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A Room I Won't Forget.

We have had so many amazing clients and projects over the years, for which I am so grateful that I get to do this everyday for a living and have such a lasting impression on people's lives and their homes. While each project (big or small) holds a special memory, there are some spaces that I go back to repeatedly to serve as continuous inspiration. A room that I reminisce about frequently is the #diningroom from #projectgrenview.

I will never forget the first time I walked into the home with our client and saw the original character of the spaces and detailing as soon as you stepped foot through the front door. My client told me that the original charm and detailing of the home is what sold them on this house, as it had been well maintained from the previous owners. Her fear was that I was going to walk in and suggest that all the wood paneling be painted white! While it was a thought that crossed my mind, as soon as I saw the immaculate condition of the wood trim and paneling, I couldn't suggest we paint it at all. I did, however, stress to our client that in order to balance the heaviness of the wood and bring in a modern aesthetic, it would be crucial to create contrast and most of the walls should be painted out in a light and airy colour.

The doors leading from the front entry into the dining room were also in immaculate condition with the original crystal hardware. There was also a beautiful swing door that lead into the previous kitchen of the home, but we turned this space into the servery and the addition featured a new, larger kitchen.

*Note the little leather pull on the servery door!*

Truly these details were so inspiring to me and the flooding of potential for this space fueled my creativity and passion like no other project. If you have followed us on Instagram for any length of time, then you know I am deeply passionate about millwork, cabinetry and trim details.

Original doors, trim, hardware, knobs, wainscoting and stained glass windows in this beautiful home. #projectgrenview

The updated ceiling chandelier over the dining room table features a cast resin design and contrasts the wallpaper and paneling for a modern take to this space.

A custom credenza was made to fit in the recessed area of the dining room, in a stunning shade of green; which, ironically, ended up being Benjamin Moore's #colouroftheyear for 2015.

Overall, this space has a real sophistication balanced by the traditional wood paneling with more contemporary elements, keeping it timeless and current 5 years later. This is definitely a room that I will never forget!

Design by: NFG Designs Inc.

Photos by: Mike Chajecki


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