I love posting great finds and sales on styleNorth but your encouraging comments aside, it sometimes feel likes like I’m shouting into the wind. And then I hear from a reader like Rosanna who found exactly the dining chairs she was hunting for thanks to my post about Skypad. Well, maybe they weren’t exactly what she had in mind, the avacado green leather and corduroy probably wouldn’t have been anyone’s first choice but by God, she’s made them work.
What I love about Rosanna is that she uses Craigslist, Kijiji, blogs and Google to hunt down not just what she’s after but the cheapest possible version of what she’s after. She found her former Duncan Phyfe dining set on Craigslist for just $200; she cleaned it up, recovered the seats and enjoyed it for awhile before trading up when the next great thing came along. Sound familiar? She resold the Phyfe set on CL and made her money back, money that helped pay for the $100 Brno chairs.
As sexy, durable and comfortable as the Mies chairs are, they also pose a challenge, namely finding a table tall enough for them to slide under. Rosanna’s answer, and such a stylish answer, is the Saarinen tulip table. She scoured the internet and found an unlicensed knock-off online at Furniture Toronto for $1,500: “Ordered on Tuesday, in my home Wednesday evening,” she reports.
“The Venetian masks and prints seem to still work in the new room,” writes Rosanna, “some of the colours are picked up in the leather of the Brno chairs. I was sort of inspired by art deco glam, which is pretty obvious in the wallpaper (Home Depot Graham & Brown – the middle diamonds are actually silver, as are the thicker chevrons above and below them) and the light fixture is from Union Lighting; the paint is called Dorian Gray from C2.
“I added the cowhide as an afterthought,” concludes Rosanna. “I originally purchased it to cut up and recover some Louis XIV chairs, but I couldn’t bear to destroy such a nicely patterned hide so I thought I’d tie in the black and white from the top of the room down on the floor.”
Rosanna invited my feedback and all I really have to say is, “Wow, great job! What a transformation!” I think painting out the woodwork would lighten and freshen up the room even more but I know this is an emotional decision and also a bit of a domino; if the trim and paneling in the dining room is painted shouldn’t the rest of the main floor be painted out, too?
The only downside of having such a stellar dining room is that the rest of the house needs to live up to this high standard. What do you think Rosanna, how about a full-on house tour?