Whether you want a quick and easy style update or you’re looking to give a room a new raison d’être, having smart, versatile pieces will make it a snap. "Good design for a room is all about having furnishings that work for you, no matter what size your home is," says Samantha.
You don't have to spend a fortune to have a chic and stylish dining room. A simple round table from a big-box store was given a glam makeover with a coat of spray lacquer, then accented with a set of garden chairs. "The chairs were already painted a dove grey, so all I did was cover the seats in this graphic acid yellow fabric," says Samantha. Bright porcelain dishes found in Chinatown for a steal add a pop of colour and pattern.
Ginger jar artwork by Lindsay Agnew, lindsayagnewstyle.com; white Ribba frames, Bjursta dining table, IKEA, ikea.ca; spray painting (dining table), Benjamen Furniture Refinishing, 416-745-2559; garden chairs, Frontier Sales, frontiersales.ca; dishes, Tap Phong Trading Co., 416-977-6364; custom chair pads, Lapis table lamp, inVU Drapery Co., invudraperyco.com.