My dining room got a makeover

Posted on Wed, 14 Mar 2018 by KiM

When Christmas was over I was itching for a house project. I wasn’t looking for anything major as I only had a few days to really get into it before the new year, so I decided to give my dining room a makeover. I wasn’t really feeling the colour scheme I had gone with of grey/taupe and pale pink. I found it a bit cold and lifeless, especially when I love cozy, dramatic dining rooms. And since my dining room can be closed off from the rest of the house I knew I could go with something bold. I’ll start with a before photo. And for those of you who lean towards subtlety you may prefer this to the after. 😉

I went looking through Farrow & Ball colours and kept going back to terra-cotta shades. They seemed so warm and inviting. So I went for it! I did a bit of a random colour scheme of pink, terra-cotta and mustard.

I thought this room could use some dramatic curtains, and thought some crushed velvet in a mustard shade would do the trick. After a bit of digging on Etsy I found the most incredible set of very heavy, vintage curtains that were absolutely perfect. (I’ll include sources for everything at the end of the post)

Because the curtains weigh a ton I opted for a short rod on each side for them and found some sheer fabric and had them made into panels that we could easily slide across for privacy. (We live on a busy road so having something that could close so the city of Ottawa can’t watch us eat was crucial). I feel like a legit grown-up now with this curtain set-up, complete with tassels! That scalloped edging at the bottom is also along the inside edges of the curtains and is such a pretty detail.

A few weeks ago husband and I drove to Montreal to check out our favourite flea market and I found the art in the photo above (and a third one which you’ll see later). I almost didn’t buy them but thought they were so fun I went back for them without knowing where I could use them. I realized they would be a bold addition of colour in the dining room. I am SO glad I ended up scooping them up.

There isn’t much wall space in my dining room so I opted for a gallery arrangement on the only decent sized wall in the room. I had fun coming up with this. 🙂

The gorgeous girl with the orange hair and the print of the lips in the previous photo are of my Instagram friend Kelseyanna who kindly sent me copies which I had blown up and mounted on acrylic. The other gorgeous girl is a print by Mel Remmers. Love her!

At the top is a canvas painting by another dear Instagram friend Andrea. Below it is a lightbox my husband built for me. Inside is a photograph I took that I turned into an x-ray. Unfortunately it is hard to photograph when turned on but I LOVE how it turned out!

To my amazement I managed to find a rug that had shades of orange and pink in it to bring in the 2 major colours of the space. And it’s a perfect low pile rug for a dining room so sliding these heavy tulip chairs back and forth and cleaning up cat messes is no biggie.


There are still a few things I want to change in here. I found a darling vintage fabric to cover the chairs with (might not have enough to do all though dammit); I want a smaller, oval dining table because this one my husband built is a bit too big; I want a new buffet that is ideally 7′ long like this one. Regardless of those items I am really enjoying this transformation. At first when my husband saw the colours he thought I was insane but he quickly grew to love it too. I also had him on board with the curtain situation despite it taking hours to install/hang everything. Hope you all like it!

>>>SOURCES<<< wall colour: , ceiling colour: , alcove colour: , velvet curtains: , fabric for sheers: , curtain tassels: , curtain hardware: , 3 pink and purple signed and numbered prints from Montreal’s St. Michel flea market, vintage radio converted into a Bluetooth speaker by my husband: , purple vase on radio & glass owl vase on dining table & most of the vintage ceramics on buffet: , plate with semi-circle hanging on wall in alcove & bowl below it & 2 small bowls leaning against books: , plate with flower: , brass reed sculpture & brass plant stand: , wooden stool plant stand & purple vase on dining table: , rug: , Hay Denmark blanket and Ferm Living orange pot: , framed canvas abstract painting: Andrea , photos on acrylic: Kelseyanna Fitzpatrick  printed by , print of girl in black/white:

A renovated and extended home in London

Posted on Mon, 12 Mar 2018 by KiM

A love of dark colours is evident in this 2100 ft² renovated and extended home in London by . So it’s a win in my book already, and then they threw in some of my favourite Farrow & Ball wallpapers, the paint job on the exterior wins bonus points. (Photos: Ed Reeve)

(Check out more of Brian’s work here and here)

Monday’s pets on furniture

Posted on Mon, 12 Mar 2018 by KiM

If you would like to participate in the Monday’s pets on furniture series please send photos, your name, location and a brief description to kim[at]desiretoinspire[dot]net, or hashtag your photos on Instagram with #DTIpetsonfurniture. Thanks!

Today’s post is in honour of Jinxamus Pinkerton (Jinx), who passed away last week. So sorry Barbara. 🙁

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I would like to send you a picture of our cat Geraldine sitting pretty on couch from Idea Furniture in Chicago, IL. We live in Bloomingdale,  IL.
She is almost 4 years old and came to us from shelter. Every day she brings a lot of joy to us. We love her a lot!
– Lisaanna

This is Athena. She is a Norwegian Forest Cat with 9 years old. She is the Cat Queen of the house! 
– Leticia (São Bernardo do Campo, São Paulo, Brazil).

This is Obe the Welsh Terrier on her Florence Knoll Chair. She knows style when she see it.
– Jeff

One from my sister of her absolutely gorgeous cat Carl.

And a couple of my big boy Felix, who seems to be doing awesome despite having lymphoma.

A converted ironmongers warehouse

Posted on Sun, 11 Mar 2018 by KiM

This may be my all time favourite warehouse conversion ever featured on this here blog. This beauty is a recently converted and extended ironmongers warehouse in London. THE KITCHEN!!! A total dream in tile, concrete, walnut, marble, copper, brass and brick. TO DIE FOR!!! I would stop there but I am also a new huge fan of terrazzo flooring so there’s that too. Available as a location home through .

Rancho Santa Fe Villa

Posted on Thu, 8 Mar 2018 by KiM

Rancho Santa Fe villa, in all its earthy, rustic glorious goodness. A place I would be eternally happy living in. Designed by the always impressive .

(more Atelier AM here)