Dining Rooms

With open concept homes being so popular and in demand you tend to see less and less of dining rooms.  However I do see the formal dining room coming back into floor plans and home designs.  This week I was looking into dining rooms and the furniture that goes with it.  These are some of my top inspiration looks that I loved.

1.  Cofferred Ceilings is all I see in this space, I am still so in love with this design feature.  What a difference it makes in a room.  The Wainscoting is also very complimenting, it completes the materials and surfaces design aspect.  As for décor, Window treatments frame the windows nicely.  I love the symmetrical wooden framed art work. The soft blue paint on the walls compliment the wooden textures in this space very well.

2. MDF Paneling I did something similar to this in my design office at work, the substance it adds to the room is great.  The deep blue is very on trend at the moment.  I love the combination of the dark wall and the light wallpaper and chair upholstery.   The contrast black console with metallic art and different shades of blue in accessories.  The only thing I see wrong with this space is the area rug under the dining table it doesn’t seem to be the right size.  When placing an area rug under a dining table you need to make sure you include some chair room.  Measure the top of the table and add 24-30 inches to each side so you have room to easily pull out and push in a chair while sitting in it. It’s really a hassle if the dining room rug is not large enough and the back legs of your chair keep going over the edge of the rug.

3. Light and Airy, the built in woodworking, trim and moldings are stunning.  I love how this designer kept everything very light when it came to the paint and the cabinetry.  Even though this space has dated parquet flooring by lightening everything up it really compliments the floors well.  Lighter flooring is definitely on trend as well and hey anything that will show less dust or pet hair I am all for!  My Favorite part of this room is the vintage crystal chandelier, it compliments the rustic wooden table perfectly. This room is right in my element and my favorite look.

4.  For a more contemporary look this room was great.  Everything is very minimal, bright, light, sleek with straight lines.   The perfectly placed framed art work covers the entire wall, which I liked a bit different then just placing a mirror or a large piece or framed art.   I love the random pops of color in this space.  The one red chair and the bright yellow console, its unexpected yet works.  The inspirational piece being the multi color art on the fireplace mantel.  I am not a fan of the one chair that is placed by the console table underneath the window.  There is no purpose for it, I would’ve preferred to see a plant there or kept it bare.

I hope you enjoyed these dining room looks, they can so easily be re created with some creativity and imagination.  Mixing of Materials and Surfaces with the simple Rules and Principles of Design.
Lilly Cordeiro
LC Designs

 

Living Room Reno- Casa C Project

                                  

Casa C Project

With my great passion for design and decorating, recently my mother decided that she wanted to re vamp her living room and test my designing.  To me I seen this as a great opportunity to start my interior design/decorating career.  Especially with her type of style being out of my comfort zone and not something I would normally do.   She wanted to start with laying out new hardwood flooring on the entire main floor minus the kitchen.  She had parquet flooring to begin with, a very orangey dated floor.  You may not know this but in my last semester we learned about materials and surfaces of the home.  Parquet flooring used to be very expensive and everyone wanted it in there homes, it used to be looked at as a luxury to have.  This however was a very, very long time ago so it  was time to update.

Here is a picture of the before picture of the flooring, now do you see what I mean about it being popular a very, very long time ago.  I knew just by updating the floors this would create a completely different feel to the entire home right away.  The after shot is hard to tell exactly the look.  We went with a medium/ dark linear Engineered Hardwood Floor.  The Color Scheme was to be very light, mainly ivory’s , champagnes, gold’s and greens.  Choosing a dark floor was the best option to contrast against the light furniture that we would be incorporating into the design.

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The main Piece that was my inspiration for this transformation was an upholstered statement chair that my mom did not want to get rid of.  So we worked with the chair as it was a a substantial piece to start this project off with. When it comes to interior decorating you always should have an inspiration piece whether it be artwork, furniture or a cased good.  It can be pretty cool seeing what you can come up with by starting off with one piece.

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Along the West wall of the living room a really dated media unit which darkened the room and made it very gloomy.   Keep in mind this room had already been updated with paint to a light ivory tint.  Before the paint, it was even darker a builders tan beige ( I forgot to take before pic of the paint: bad decorator move )  I decided to convince them that a built in unit would really open up the space if we built from floor to ceiling.  We managed to agree, I made up a quick sketch of a design.  We then had a meeting with our custom cabinetry maker, Mario.

I selected the color and the hardware that we would be using.   After a very long wait for our contact to get started on this project.  Before we knew it old dated media unit was out and new wall unit installation had begun.  As you can see in the photo below the fireplace was also a dated brick which kind of made the space gloomy.  I wanted to have it painted out however they refused and didn’t want to loose the look of the rustic texture.  We washed the brick down took away all the smoke stains as this used to be a wood burning fireplace before the gas one was installed.  Painted out the fireplace black, it used to have shiny gold trim.  That was as far as they were willing to go to change it.  In design you sometimes do have some bumps in the road with what you want and what your client wants, you need to be able to still make it work!

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The house was a crazy mess for what felt like forever.  With the installation of the new floors new baseboards and crown molding being installed.  It was dust central, covering the new couches were a must!

 

Throughout this design process we had multiple shopping trips to try and find the right pieces for the space.  A large area rug was her number one priority.  She wanted something large in scale and a statement in the room.  We made our way over to “Carpet One” on Victoria Street in Kitchener and found a beautiful Rug.  With this room being an awkward space with barely any wall space it was hard to create a proper seating area.  I wanted to tear down the cement hearth so we could fit a chair in beside the couch and in front of the window this also would have looked a lot better.  Again they did not want to loose that feature, so I had to work with it.

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With her style being classic with a touch of Victorian we found a beautiful coffee table.  Glass top with golden curved legs which wouldn’t add a lot of visual weight to the space.

From there it all came together.  I lost majority of my before photos with the old décor and old flooring and paint 😦 Which is very sad to me.  However you can still someone tell the difference a little paint and fresh colors and proper designing can do to a space.

The Before and the After Photos.  Now we still aren’t completely done, we are still waiting to find drapes for the windows, perfect pieces for the fireplace, a side table for the upholstered chair with accessories, a custom flower arrangement for the coffee table and two more pillows for the larger scale couch.  But I couldn’t wait anymore.   So here you go,  A Some-what complete transformation!

 

 

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Next I will show you how we transformed their dark and musky foyer entrance.  To a glamorous breath of fresh air with some wall paper, new lighting, slim console table and accessories.

 

Lilly Cordeiro

LC Designs

My Top 5 Favs of the Week! .4. 22.14

My Top 5 Fav’s!

1. Floral Prints- Spring time is here guys and I am loving it. I can finally start to wear less layers and can bring out some of my colorful clothes from hibernation. I’m especially loving floral prints right now.

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2. Quartz!  I am loving quartz countertops, even though they are relatively new vs marble or granite.  There are tons of colors to choose from and are visually stunning in any room.  It has the same durability as concrete or granite however can be a bit more forgiving so it wont chip or crack as easily.  Its a non porous material so it resists staining much better than granite.

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3. Strappy Heels- Such a fashion forward statement piece for spring.  Pair them with rolled up boyfriend jeans, belt and loose tee.  Or Dress them up with straight legged black pants, blouse and a blazer.

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4. I love this find I got for my bosses office, from Homesense.  I found it very fitting as he has been a custom home builder for 25 years.  It brought a little vintage feel into the office space.

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5. Penny Tile-  Also known as penny rounds a little throwback to the early 1900s.  They have come full circle to harmonize with nearly every style, from Victorian to bungalow, midcentury modern to contemporary.  Penny tiles can be used in several different areas , backsplashes, wall tile, accents, flooring in a washroom, columns and even fireplaces.  I think you will being to see a lot more if this product being used!

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My top 5 Favs! 04.15.14

This week I was inspired to talk about kitchens since I am looking into building a new home soon with my employer Sunlight Heritage Homes.  Inspiration is all around me and I thought I would take advantage and share it all with you.

Two tone kitchens have been popular for quite some time now. I particularily like to see a mix of materials used that are un expected and something that you wouldn’t normally see used for typical kitchen cabinetry.

 

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My first fav kitchen picture.. Where do I begin, from the glam glossy backsplash to the reclaimed wood island.  This kitchen has me all over it.  Mixing materials and styles is my favorite part about design.  The different textures add tons of character to this kitchen.

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Another reclaimed wood island, I think we may have a trend here for what I like in kitchens.  I love the soft grey upper and lower cabinetry with the chimney style range hood.  The Island has a country barn feel which I also admire.  The steel stools complete this look for me.

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The all white kitchen is definitely in my top 5 right now.  Very clean and fresh with the dark grey sleek quartz counter, don’t get me started on the partial integrated wood cutting board feature.  The A-frame dome type light fixtures add just enough shape to the space that it needs.

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Hello Raised Breakfast bar! I love that this designer used a different material and texture for the raised bar instead of keeping it uniform with the countertops.  This feature is stunning especially if you are tight for space its a great way to incorporate extra seating.

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I saved the best for last. I Loveeee this space, yes this photo deserves four e’s on the Love. The Brick accent wall, Black Chimney hood range, the light white wash wood paneled ceiling and darker Decorative Wooden beams.  The enormous island, this space is my favorite.  I especially like the two tone kitchen and how they have used two different counters for the kitchen and the island.

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I hope you enjoyed these kitchens as much as I did.  My head is just flowing with creative ideas and new features that I can incorporate into our future home.  Now we just need to decided what we want to go with for our design.  Either way I cant wait for that project to begin and to see what we end up coming up with.

 

Follow Sunlight Heritage Homes blog as well for tons of tips and ideas when it comes to your home.

http://sunlighthomes1.wordpress.com

 

Lilly Cordeiro

Lc Designs 🙂