Easy Elegance

Mealtimes often provide an opportunity for family members to reconnect in the ‘heart of the home,’ but with no eat-in kitchen this small adjoining dining room has to serve double-duty as a regular eating place and space to celebrate holidays and other special occasions. To strike the right balance between comfort and refined, an extendable table with distressed top and handcrafted chairs were paired with a sleek, high-gloss white credenza and elegant ikat damask pattern drapes in warm grey and maize set against a cream background. The pendant lantern with chain hangar evokes a farmhouse style, while its geometric open cage design and polished chrome finish adds a modern twist. Four gold-rimmed ‘bird’ plates were mounted in customized shadow boxes and hung on the main wall to elevate the space and impart a gallery feel. Plagued by small square footage, a mirror was installed to make the room feel more spacious and floating shelves added for extra storage, which also deliver decorative display.

Photography by Scott Jordan

Source Guide:

Crate and Barrel: dining table (Pranzo II Vamelie), grey chairs (Village), wine glasses (Hip), stemless glasses, marin white pillar candle holders and cake stand, ‘oink’ salt and pepper shakers | Union Lighting: open cage lantern pendant light | IKEA: high-gloss white credenza (Besta), floating shelves (Lack), flatware (Tillagd), napkins (Gullmaj), yellow and white striped bowls, picture frames | EQ3: mirror (Conner), cork ceramic salt and pepper shakers, white containers with cork lids | West Elm: centre stripe woven runner and placemats, ceramic egg vase | CB2: white lacquer tray, facet white salt shaker, silver ring holder | HomeSense: milk glass cake stand with dome, star sculptures, mustard yellow vase | Simons: metallic wire lanterns | Umbra: wall clock | Etsy: yellow ball billy buttons (Sheep Farm Felt) | Rosanna: framed bird plates | Hudson’s Bay: scalloped cake stand (Martha Stewart), striped mugs | Real Canadian Superstore: white bone china plates (President’s Choice) | Tonic Living: ikat damask pattern drapery fabric | Hunter Douglas: window shadings (Silhouette) Designer Fabrics: drapery hardware Getty Images: framed Paris illustrations | Benjamin Moore: Edgecomb Gray (HC173) wall paint, White Dove (OC-17) ceiling paint, trim, crown moulding and custom radiator cover