A Family Home Part 2: Dining Room

Back in November I shared the kitchen of the Classic Home renovation we designed. The project was so large that I thought it was best to share in bite size pieces! 

Today I'm sharing Part 2:

An Elegant Dining Room 

Who: Sherry + Phil and their son

What: Kitchen Renovation

When: Spring 2016 - Summer 2017

Years lived in: 10 years

Before we can chat about the after, you need to see the



Ta-Dah! Now lets look at the final product!

The first order of business for this space was to remove the wall separating the kitchen and dining room. It opened up the space and made it function for this family. It also showered both rooms with the stunning light from the French doors.


When we took out the wall between the kitchen and the dining room I really wanted to make sure we didn't end up with an awkward kitchen gable in her formal dining area. And what does every great hostess need? Well a built in bar of course. We continued the kitchen cabinetry into the dining area to create a hidden built in bar. Perfect for serving part guests and to hold all of her beautiful glassware. I repeated the antique mirror from the kitchen in the back of the bar for a cohesive look. 


Even though our client wanted to open her dining room to the kitchen she still wanted the space to feel formal and elegant. I knew the space needed wallpaper. Deciding on that wallpaper did not come quickly or easily - we looked more than 50+ options from all over the world before finally arriving at this beautiful mural from Anthropologie. Unfortunately it was not available in Canada, but that is when having a designer comes in handy. We found a way!

We decided to frame it with trim rather than apply it to the entire upper wall to really make it special and feel like artwork! The design is in the details.


The homeowner had purchased the light fixture before the renovation began, so we needed to be able to tie it in to the design, hence the repeated brushed brass accents throughout. The table was a family heirloom and the chairs the client fell in love with right before we started the renos. I love how the black chairs tied in with the graphite in the wallpaper. 

We were fortunate that our client was prepared to commit to luxurious custom drapery in the dining room. They were an important element in the formality of the space. Yes, they are beautiful but they also are functional, the blackout lining keeps the heat out of the room and keeps the sun off her beautiful table. 

We added grosgrain ribbon along the edge of the drapes for another little detail. Of course the hardware mattered, so we went with a gorgeous heavy brushed brass with the most amazing tie backs. They will keep her beautiful drapes out of harms way when they are going in and out of the French doors. 


Such a bold statement with the wallpaper required the elegant foundation of the trim and wainscoting we applied. If you are planning to install wainscotting the key is to plan, plan and plan some more. How will the trim end? How will it tie into doorways and windows. In this room I didn't want to see electrical outlets in the middle of the design so I had them all moved down so we could hide them in the baseboards.


In the end we were all thrilled with the result. What do you think?


Contracting: McCormick General Construction

Photographer: Jillian Schecher Studio