Living Room & Dining Room

Before and after: Dining room makeover

Before and after: Dining room makeover Author: Style At Home

Living Room & Dining Room

Before and after: Dining room makeover

“We knew right away that we wanted the room to be fresh and energetic,” says designer Erin Feasby of Feasby & Bleeks Design. “The Arts and Crafts-style framework was in keeping with the age of the home, but the quirky dimensions meant the conventional linear features of that look weren’t going to work. With the help of the contractors at Equinox Development, we decided we could be a little more gutsy.”
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Before the makeover

A small square area with two doorways, a shallow alcove and a corner window, this dining room in a west-end Toronto house was painted a predictable beige. Its Arts and Crafts-style plate rail and trim were lovely original elements, but they weren’t enough on their own to add the dramatic tension or decorative spark that would make the space shine. warm-cool-diningroom-chorus.jpg
Chorus of colour 

Warm yellows and blues indelibly stamp this space, but the skilful layering keeps it from looking stuffy. warm-cool-diningroom-quickchange.jpg “The fabrics we used included both warm and cool tones to keep the look modern,” Erin Feasby, Designer.

Quick-change colour

“Think of unconventional ways to use colours you love,” says designer Erin Feasby, referring to the bright blue table. The highgloss treatment is practical and economical, she adds. “It’s only paint – you can change it whenever you want.” warm-cool-diningroom-glass.jpg
Art of glass

Only one of the two small windows in the room was equipped with a stained glass pane. To unify them, new leaded-glass panes modelled on the original design were installed in both. warm-cool-diningroom-scale.jpg “Low-hanging groupings of art are easy to admire both sitting and standing,” Erin Feasby, Designer.

Scale secrets

The plate rail limited the placement of artwork, so Erin and partner Cindy Bleeks of Feasby & Bleeks Design chose oversize pieces and created pleasing groupings. The sleek bar cart delivers more texture and depth to the space. warm-cool-diningroom-pattern.jpg
Pattern play

“The wallpaper, with its modern take on Arts and Crafts style, was one of the jumping-off points for the theme,” says Erin. The colours are reflected in the geometric pattern on the chairs.
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Living Room & Dining Room

Before and after: Dining room makeover