Interior / January 3, 2018 / Priscilla Douglass
The designer was looking for the same family-friendly features in the dining room chairs but finding the right seating to complement the custom live-edge walnut table wasn’t easy, so she chose chairs with simple mid-century silhouettes. “Functionwise, they tick all the boxes – they’re very comfortable and easy to clean, which is super-important when you’re tidying up after little ones,” says Rebecca. The soft grey rug was used to ground and warm the space, while the ceiling was painted pale pink for a subtle surprise.
Irene loves to update a traditional interior with contemporary lighting options. The pendants and wall sconces aren’t afterthoughts – they’re intentional design details, she says. High-gloss dark floors are a glamorous contrast for the light cabinetry and finishes. Creamy travertine marble countertops were installed years ago, so in order to introduce the cooler grey colours she was using elsewhere in the house, Irene tiled the wall above the downdraft cooktop in statuario marble tiles. “There’s a little bit of the cream that runs through them, so they blend well together,” she says.