High or Low
Sep 6, 2016

High/low: Casual-chic dining room

By: Mary Levitski
High/low: Casual-chic dining room

Can you tell which is the high and which is the low?

Author: Michael Nangreaves; produced by Andrea McCrindle

High or Low
Sep 6, 2016

High/low: Casual-chic dining room

By: Mary Levitski

We designed a casual-chic dining area on two different budgets. Can you tell the rooms apart?

We designed a casual-chic dining room on budgets befitting a diner and a five-star restaurant. Can you tell the difference?

 

We designed a casual-chic dining area on two different budgets. Can you tell the rooms apart?

 

We designed a casual-chic dining area on two different budgets. Can you tell the rooms apart?

 

LOW: $3,406

1 Canvas brushed brass 5-light Harlowe chandelier, Canadian Tire, $220.

2 Round mirror with gold-painted metal frame, HomeSense, $70.

3 Antique painted pine Windsor-style dining chair, Elle & Eve, $125.

4 Square lacquered plastic tray in Aqua, Bouclair, $20.

5 Vintage hickory dresser with cultured marble top, Carrocel, $2,195.

6 Polyamide Docksta dining table with painted fibreboard top, 41", IKEA, $269.

7 Lacquered rubberwood Lyla dining chair in Black, EQ3, $249.

8 Seagrass and polyester Sinnerlig rug with jute edging, 7' x 10', IKEA, $89.

9 Lacquered stained beech Norraryd dining chair, IKEA, $99.

10 Blown glass Monroe vases in White, Pottery Barn, $70 US ($40 US extra large, and $30 US medium).

 

We designed a casual-chic dining area on two different budgets. Can you tell the rooms apart?

 

HIGH: $13,007

1 Brass 6-light geometric frame chandelier with tapered arms, Union Lighting and Furnishings, $2,670.

2 Round mirror with picture-style polished stainless steel frame in Gold, Union Lighting and Furnishings, $1,650.

3 Black-painted pine and ash Windsor-style dining chair, Sharon O'Dowd, $545.

4 Square painted pine Zuma tray in Aqua Sky, Crate and Barrel, $47.

5 Antique walnut dresser with Carrara marble top, Carrocel, $4,500.

6 Round powder-coated aluminum Beauty dining table with marble top 48", Casalife, $2,198.

7 Oil-finished white oak Edwin dining chair in Black, Coolican & Company, $845.

8 Hand-woven jute Popcorn rug in Natural, 6' x 9', Pier 1 Imports, $260.

9 Stained beech Ironica dining chair in Black, Ton, $167.

10 Milk glass vases, Peaks & Rafters, $75 (large) and $50 (medium)

BOTH HIGH & LOW: Behr Marquee Quiet on the Set MQ3-04 wall paint, and Gulf Waters MQ4-52 accent wall & door paint, The Home Depot; Black bentwood dining chair, Design Within Reach; Plates (on dresser), Speck and Stone.

 

We designed a casual-chic dining area on two different budgets. Can you tell the rooms apart?

 

Our High and Low room sets have a uniform yet collected feel thanks to the mismatched monochromatic dining chairs. The true hero, however, is the table, a timeless Saarinen-inspired piece in unassuming white, which makes it easy to play with the seating combinations to create your preferred aesthetic. For instance, using a single style of chair in contrasting hues imparts a playful vibe, repeating one shape in one colour results in a formal look and picking diverse silhouettes in varied finishes lends an eclectic feel. The possibilities are endless!

Playful: Era armed bentwood beech in White, Red and Turquoise, Design Within Reach, $363 each.

Formal: Black-painted pine and ash Windsor-style, Sharon O’Dowd, $545 each

Eclectic: Lacquered rubberwood Lyla in Forest Green, EQ3, $249; varnished beech and plywood No.18 in Natural, Ton, $242; painted beechwood Willa in Dove, Crate and Barrel, $199

 

We designed a casual-chic dining area on two different budgets. Can you tell the rooms apart?

 

Looking to beef up your dining room’s storage capacity? Forgo the typical hutch or sideboard and opt for a show-stopping antique dresser. Built in the louis XVI style, our high option, made of solid walnut, features a marble top and brass hardware. more than just a looker, the practical piece boasts deep wide drawers ideal for storing everything from platters and flatware to placemats and napkins.

 

We designed a casual-chic dining area on two different budgets. Can you tell the rooms apart?

 

Even the most casual dining space can use a little bit of sparkle, and our high and low brass-finished chandeliers deliver just that. Their linear silhouettes are quite popular, so the look is easy to achieve on any budget.

1 Brass 6-light geometric frame with tapered arms, Union Lighting and Furnishings, $2,670.

2 Kichler brass 8-light Erzo in Natural Brass, Wayfair.ca, $1,008.

3 Robert Abbey steel 8-light Delany in Antique Brass Finish, Universal Lamp, $965.

4 Canvas brushed brass 5-light Harlowe, Canadian Tire, $220.

 

We designed a casual-chic dining area on two different budgets. Can you tell the rooms apart?

 

For a graphic element, we colour-blocked the door by painting its trim and the wall directly above it teal, but just about any blue will suit this laid-back neutral space – so go ahead and experiment! 

1 Bluenose P2116-03, Para Paints.

2 Baffin Island Grey 6161-52, Sico Paint.

3 Olympic Paints Crescendo D54-3, Lowe's

 

 

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