High/low: Spring dining room
High or low? Can you tell the difference?
High $15, 547
- PENDANT LIGHT Stonegate Designs Nova Collection black corduroy pendant light, 30". primalighting.ca, $1,799.
- PORCELAIN VESSEL Jeff Nimeh white. hollacecluny.ca, $1,875.
- GLASS HAPPY CYLINDER Caleb Siemon. hollacecluny.ca, $525.
- GLASS HAPPY BOWL Caleb Slemon green. hollacecluny.ca, $525.
- DINING TABLE glass-top Spazio with brushed steel legs. shelterfurniture.ca, $1,699.
- EIFFEL DINING CHAIRS in black leatherette. shelterfurniture.ca, $1,116 ($279 each).
- SILK DRAPERY Dupioni panels with soft-fall thermal sunblock lining, 54" x 96". draperytoronto.com, $350 ($175 each).
- PHOTOGRAPH Hua Shan by Yann Layma. elte.com, $995.
- CERAMIC VESSEL Jeff Nimeh black. hollacecluny.ca, $575.
- MURANO GLASS BOWL. absolutelyinc.com. $195.
- METAL BOWL reclaimed hammered-metal. L'Atelier, 416.966.0200, $259.
- LOUNGE CHAIR Warren Platner in harvest. knoll.com, $5,634.
- PENDANT LIGHT Troy Lighting Saporro F2618. clicklightingandhome.com, $600.
- VASE Mouth-blown glass Salong in white. ikea.ca, $10.
- VASE Green glass (large). homesense.ca, $30.
- VASE Green glass vase (small). homesense.ca, $15.
- DINING TABLE Torsby in black/brown lacquer with chrome-plated legs. ikea.ca, $199.
- DINING CHAIRS Molded-plastic Eiffel. modernfurnitureknockoff.com, $516 ($129 each).
- DRAPERY Lyra Collection in lichen, 54" x 84". bouclair.com, $120 ($60 each).
- POSTER Canvas Premiär Crescendo of Light by Bill Philip. ikea.ca, $179.
- VASE Black hammered-aluminum Angenäm. ikea.ca, $10.
- GLASS BOWL Gregor Herman two-toned bowl. hollacecluny.ca, $140.
- PLATTER GlucksteinHome white ceramic celeste. homeoutfitters.com, $20.
- LOUNGE CHAIR Black wool Platnerstyle. modernfurnitureknockoff.com, $999.
Taking the floor
Though a finish like this looks hard to effect, it’s not! The trick is to take your time, ensuring that there are no missteps en route to your new flooring options.
1 Sand, vacuum and clean your surface area.
2 Paint the base colour (in this case, white) on the floor and let it dry overnight.
3 Map out your plan on paper, using exact measurements drawn to scale. Carefully measure and mark concentric square bands on the floor.
4 Apply painters’ tape to the outside edges of the bands you intend to colour and paint the inner band (lighter green) first and then the outer band (darker green) in a carefully executed thin coat; let dry.
5 Repeat until you’re satisfied with the finish on the floor (typically two or three coats). Let dry and apply a coat of sealer to the entire area.
1 Spring moss 2027-20, benjaminmoore.ca.
2 Yellow finch 2024-4, benjaminmoore.ca.
Paint it forward
Pair outgoing, saturated shades with their demure, pale counterparts to create a harmonious duet that sings in colourful style on the floor. If green isn’t your thing, try one of these paint pairs for a similar effect and gorgeous colour palette.
1 Valspar dark palomino 2011-2, lowes.ca.
2 Orange poppy 124-7, ppgpittsburghpaints.com.
3 Blackberry wine 670F-7, behr.com.
4 Studio mauve SW0062, sherwinwilliams.com.
5 Beauti-Tone grey matter 6L3-7, homehardware.ca.
6 Coventry gray HC 169, benjaminmoore.ca.
Introducing an icon
He designed some of mid-century America’s infamous corporate interiors, from New York City’s MetLife building to the Windows on the World restaurant at the World Trade Center, and worked with luminaries like Eero Saarinen and I.M. Pei, but Warren Platner (1919–2006) is doubtless best known for his collection for Knoll, introduced in 1966. Defined by its plush oversized seat on a nest of seemingly thread-thin wire, Platner’s lounge chair pushed the mid-century modern world one step closer to a chair without legs.
Reinterpreted many times over, the original moulded-plastic sidechair was introduced by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller in 1948 and became an instant icon for its cradling contours, smooth waterfall edges and intricate “Eiffel” base. It is a lovely occasional chair.
1 Charles and Ray Eames moulded plastic with wire base. hermanmiller.com, $395.
2 Eiffel in black leatherette. shelterfurniture.ca, $279.
3 Eiffel-style in black. morba.ca, $88.
4 Moulded-plastic Eiffel. modernfurnitureknockoff.com, $129.
The rule of three
To those who claim that three’s a crowd, the decor world says “get outta town!” In threes, things stand proud, especially home decor accessories. They look cohesive and collected, creating a vignette meant to draw a moment of appreciation from passersby. Add depth by layering items (short in front) and engage the eyes with various materials, shapes, sizes, textures and colours. See? A small, attention-grabbing grouping like this is as easy as one, two, three.