Thursday, April 13, 2017

One Room Challenge Spring 2017 ~ Week 2

Hello to Week 2 of Spring 2017 One Room Challenge! Being inspiring by the Croma Design Inc and Nam Dang-Mitchell Design Inc (see more of their fab projects from Week 1), my dining room is soon to take on a very different personality: from bold and vibrantly colorful to calm and modern sophistication.


This was my dining room featured on Style at Home magazine a few years back.  I am still in love with the dynamite wallpaper and what a "wow" statement it made, especially for night-time entertaining.


images courtesy of Style at Home / Donna Griffith

However, one short coming in my dining room is the lack of storage.  OK correction, there is NO storage in this dining room and for a home decor addict, it means piles of beautiful "stuff" EVERYWHERE.  You haven't seen my dining room for a while because it has slowly turned into hmmmm ... a storage locker?


To rectify this situation (I honestly can't look at this sight much longer), I have decided to incorporate as much storage in this small dining room as possible while keeping the space feeling light and airy.  I have looked in stores and online for off-the-shelf solutions that fit my must-haves: 
  • dimension: max out storage but not intrusive or bulky
  • material:  intricate mix of woods and marble
  • function: serve as sideboard for entertaining and desk for home office
  • style: sleek, contemporary and can stand the test of time
It's a tall order and for that, I've decided to go custom.  I must have gone through 10 different versions with my cabinet guy (poor him) and these are my inspirations:


I will also be using these beautiful brushed brass knobs from Lew's Hardware available at Upper Canada Specialty Hardware.  Fingers crossed these cabinets will be done in time for Week 6!



I am a big fan of wallpaper (in case you haven't noticed it yet) and to up the serene and sophistication factor in my dining room, I know I need to work with Calico Wallpaper!



Based in Brooklyn NY, Nick and Rachel, along with their talented team, create their sensational non-repeating large scale murals that:

"blend the beauty, play and abstractions of art with the functional utility of design, thereby creating a product that inspires and invigorates the backdrops of our lives." ~ calico wallpaper 


I would love to dress my entire room in Inverted Space, but keeping budget and resale in mind (the general buyers in Toronto are still rather conservative when it comes to home decor), I have opted for Mist from the Aurora collection for a soothing ombre effect for a couple of walls and an extra special treatment with Andromeda for the display nook.  Can't wait to see them both installed!


images courtesy of Calico Wallpaper 

Lighting solution is key in a dining room, especially when mine is also doubling as a home office.  I knew the Bocci 28 series will be my chandelier one day and today, my dream comes true with the 28.7.  It will be stunning in my new dining room.


images courtesy of Bocci 

Speaking about love at first sight, I fell in love with these amazing Horizon wall sconces designed by Christian + David of ANONY Studio at the Interior Design Show.


The design duo has invested a lot of time and energy in designing. sourcing, and manufacturing these showstopping fixtures locally in Toronto, and best of it all, they are an absolute bliss to work with!  Here is David sharing with us why these sconces are so special:


To make these sconces even more incredible for night-time entertaining, we will layer a pair of acrylic panels in front of the fixture to up the sculptural factor and for ambience.


images courtesy of ANONY 

Last but not least, I need a new dining table!  I know I want something classic and visually light, and immediately the Platner dining table popped in my head.


images courtesy of Design Within Reach 

Slightly too large for my space and a lot more so at the budget department, I have found a hidden treasure (literally) similar in look and scores green light on both scale and the bank book from HomeSense.  Finding fabulous for less ... no kidding!


A lot of work to be done in the next four weeks! Wish me luck and come back at Week 3 to check on my progress.  Can you feel my excitement at #OneRoomChallenge? 


32 comments:

  1. It's going to be fabulous, I mean it was great before so it can only get better right? I'll be following along to see how it turns out. Great style by the way, this was my first visit to your blog.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Maggie! I love to hear from new friends and fellow #oneroomchallenger! heading over to yours now xoxo

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  2. Exciting!!! The custom storage sounds fantastic and it will definitely stand the test of time. I can't wait to see the final product. I also love the table you scored at Homesense! Gotta love great deals :)

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    1. Thanks Amy! the custom storage took a huge bite out of my budget (... well didn't really set one) but I know it just have to happen or else I may just regret it in the future. Heading over to check out your bathroom now. high five to all #oneroomchallenger!

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  3. You are so talented, Tim! Your new dining room is going to be just beautiful!

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    1. xoxo J! You will have to join us on #oneroomchallenge!

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  4. YESSSSSSS! I love your plans to make this space multi-function. Oh, and those chairs are perfect...I have been coveting them for awhile and hope to use them somewhere...someday :) xo

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    1. Meant a lot to me Kristin especially when your projects are also so beautiful + chic! Let's cross the finishing line together fellow #oneroomchallenger!

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  5. I love the new direction you are going! The HomeSense table is a great find and those sconces are so unique.

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    1. xoxo V! I can't wait to see your two toned office too! your cabinets are also so gorgeous! yay to #oneroomchallenger!

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  6. Gorgeous! I'm a huge fan of Calico papers and would have murdered for it, but budget restraints, sad sigh. I can't wait to see how it all comes together, the wallpapers and chandelier are just to die for.

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    1. oh it is so gorgeous in person and I just can't wait to see them installed next week! come back to see how they turned out in Week 3!

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  7. oh gosh i hear you on the storage! and it was incredibly good looking before... so now it will be incredibly-er good looking!

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    1. totally right? It was just so tragic and I am glad that I finally get to clean that up for a really good reason! Thanks for stopping by Cassie!

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  8. There is nothing harder (well really there is a LOT harder) but IN TIS context...it is difficult to change a room that WORKED and that you loved and still love...but I applaud your willingness to embrace your new needs. Excited to follow along!

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    1. Thank You Lesli! The lack of storage really pushed me over the edge and I am glad to tackle it for spring cleaning as well! Come back next week for more updates!

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  9. Love your vibe and what you are doing! Yes, that storage thing for creatives is KEY!!

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    1. Thanks Kim! I am loving the new direction as well. Fresh and contemporary.

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  10. You are 100% speaking my language with all this colour. Truly stunning!

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  11. There are so many elements that I love here! Storage is key! Good Lord, we've got to be able to hide our stuff, right? Love the direction you are going! Thanks for popping over to The Dedicated House! Back to the stencil I go! Happy weekend! Toodles, Kathryn

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Kathryn! Don't you just love a #oneroomchallenge community to support and inspire each other?

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  12. That dining table find is crazy good! I love the Platner-style base and the light, clean direction for the space. Can't wait to see more!

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    1. Thanks Kevin! amazing you are doing the makeover right the way after school term is over! Lucky sister indeed!

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  13. I'm so excited about you plan Tim! Cannot wait to see your custom cabinet come to life! Your wallpaper picks and chandelier are stunning choices!

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    1. thanks Jana!! I can't wait for it to come together this week ... wallpaper and cabinets should be back!

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  14. Your dining room will be so amazing! Where are you getting the Bocci 28.7 from? It's incredible!

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    1. TYTY! The Bocci lights are available at retailers. You can locate one closes to you on their website www.bocci.ca

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  15. You always find such amazing deals at Homesense! Can't wait to see what you do with this space! I decided to join the ORC this time as well, working on my dining room!

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    1. yay Barbara!! you have to send me your link!

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  16. I, too am a huge fan of wallpaper. So glad you decided to implement wallpaper in your new home decor design. Can not wait to see how this space progresses. With your custom made pieces and overall design this space is bound for beauty.

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  17. I love all your design choices - those lights are so polished but still a statement. Can't wait to see it all together.

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