Charlie’s Dining Room

Posted by Gillian Gillies | 20 Mar, 2011 | 6 Comments on Charlie’s Dining Room

Call me old fashioned but I love dining rooms, it makes me sad that people no longer see a place for these rooms in their homes. To me there is nothing better than having a dedicated space to host and entertain friends and family or to just sit with a pile of newspapers and magazines at the weekend.

Charlie has a good sized dining room but it lacked storage and we had to conceal a bulkhead that ran along the window wall (we tried to relocate this but the direction of the ceiling joists meant that it had to stay or the rooms above would go without heating). There were no architectural features and the space felt a little bare in comparison to the rest of the house.

Just in time for Santa – a concrete mixer was delivered to the dining room……

Following insulation and drywall the custom built-ins are installed.

The painters are one of my favourite trades – they are perfectionists and their arrival on job site heralds the end of the messy, dusty works. Once on site I know we are really on the home straight. We painted the plaster mouldings and the millwork in a creamy white and installed an olive-y grasscloth wallpaper.

The newly transformed space – the built-in wall provides ample storage and allowed us to conceal the ductwork. The stunning dining room table has polished nickel castors and a double pedestal base – it is wide enough to fit two friendly diners on each end plus it can be extended up to 120″. The chairs are elegant, camel backed parsons chairs upholstered in a warm linen. The area carpet is a David Hicks inspired piece from Stark Carpets and the black drum shade with gold-leaf interior was custom made by Dean at Lamp Cage.

This week the draperies will be installed and the artwork hung – delicious!


  • Lynn March 20, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    An absolutely beautiful transformation!! I’m sure your clients are thrilled with the finished product. I know I would be!!

  • Katie C. April 5, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    Love the dining room rug. I’ve been looking at that David Hicks hexagon pattern for my den and am glad to finally see a picture in a real room. Do you know if that is the Amber or the Mirage?

    • gilliangilliesinteriors April 6, 2011 at 12:00 pm

      Hi Katie, we selected the amber. It is the bolder of the two colour options but on a large scale carpet it is very livable and not at all overpowering. The small samples can be a little deceptive. Gillian

      • Katie C. April 6, 2011 at 2:35 pm

        Thank you so much for the response. I think that’s the one I am going for! Thanks again.

  • BDS July 25, 2011 at 12:37 am

    Beautiful room. Can you share which grasscloth wallpaper you used? The color, and texture, is absolutely perfect.

    • gilliangilliesinteriors July 25, 2011 at 12:41 pm

      Hi Brittney – it is a gorgeous paper, thank you for your comments.
      Its from Schumacher, available in Canada from Bilbrough, Toronto. The pattern reference is Haruki Sisal, colour Driftwood 5004702. It’s a very soft olive/taupe/grey depending on the time of day.


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