My makeover made it onto Martha Stewart’s website!!!

What a thrill to have worked with the Martha Stewart and The Home Depot teams to re-design my dining area at my downtown Toronto townhouse! You can scroll to the bottom of this post to view a list of sources and see the story on Martha’s website.

A ‘before’ picture of the space. This picture was taken years before I moved in. The former owners were using a very small space as their front living room located on the main floor of the townhouse.

Martha and I first met about 10 years ago. I was the on-air home expert for CTV’s Canada AM and she made a special appearance on the morning show; introducing her then line of garden products at The Home Depot Canada. We  have met many times since (but can’t you tell how much she fell in love with me -just look at her gazing!) :)

After I moved into my townhouse I remodelled the front space of the main floor as a dinette area off my kitchen. As you can see, storage was lacking and I have lots of things to display!

I designed a wall of cabinetry at my local Home Depot. They have very knowledgeable and creative designers on staff that are will to help turn your ideas into reality. This was the initial 3-d drawing to help me realize how the cabinetry would look onto the wall.

Six weeks later… boxes arrived! The nice thing about ordering pre-made cabinets is that the assembly is quite easy- everything comes ready to assemble- even the doors are pre-hung. This is particularly great for people living in their homes during their remodel as the mess is lessened.

Here are the cabinets in place! I had an installer from The Home Depot help with the installation in order to ensure everything looked perfect at the end. Now all I have to do is choose a servery counter and back splash… and handles… paint the wall and trims and… and… and… trying to get a custom look can be a lot of work!

Here is the handle style I chose. I wanted the burnished brass finish to match the light fixture which I bought years ago. I also wanted the handles installed horizontally; being lined up made the cabinets appear almost bistro-like (French bistros often have long, horizontal rails to hang towels on).

The servery was topped with a Silestone quartz countertop called Lyra. I asked that it be wrapped up the sides and across the top of the servery. This helped give this area a clean, contemporary feel.

Then on to the windows. I drew a picture as to the style and proportion I wanted, then my custom drapery sewer did the rest!

I chose a traditional fabric for the windows; drapes are a big investment so i wanted to make sure they would last a long time.

I covered the seat pads of my dining chairs myself. I chose a contemporary pattern in a heavy upholstery weight for durability. Notice the hints of brassy yellow in my fabrics? I did this to match the cabinetry handles and the light fixture.

A fun picture of Martha and I back in 2013. I designed a special green room for Martha and her team to hang out in while they attended a food show in Toronto in which she was a special guest.

SOURCES: Here are the sources of all the products used in my makeover:

Cabinetry: Maidstone Cabinets, Sharkey Gray, Martha Stewart, homedepot.ca.
Cabinet hardware: Richelieu #795192-AE, richelieu.com.
Stone tabletop, counter and console: silestone.com.
Wall paint: Sharkey Grey, behr.com.
Ceiling paint: Blue Bird Day, behr.com.
Elegant glide curtain rod: ECM8107 brass, http://www.jffabrics.com.
Chair fabric: Wedgwood’s Intaglio3, http://www.jffabrics.com.
Drapery fabric: Wedgwood’s Fabled Crane, http://www.jffabrics.com.
Grey Clarkson armchairs, casalife.com.
Bottom-up silhouette window shade, hunterdouglas.ca.
Dishes, tealight holder, grey vase, urbanbarn.com.
Tablecloth, sandwich platters, placemats: homesense.ca.
Zodiac pendant Light CHC2112AB-WG, cocoonfurnishings.ca.
Florals: freshflorals.com.

TO SEE MY DINING ROOM STORY ON MARTHA STEWART’S WEBSITE, CLICK BELOW:

http://www.marthastewart.com/1512570/after-dining-room-makeover-karl-lohnes

FOR MORE PICTURES CLICK TO READ THE MAKEOVER AS IT APPEARED IN CANADIAN LIVING MAGAZINE, FALL 2016:

http://www.canadianliving.com/home-and-garden/decor-and-renovation/article/karl-lohnes-functional-dining-room-makeover

 

SPECIAL: Home Makeover Announcement

I am excited to announce that I have collaberated with the folks at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, MasterBrand Cabinetry and The Home Depot Canada to create a wonderful dining room makeover story that appears in this month’s issue of Canadian Living magazine. Here’s how my makeover story all began:

Just over a year ago I was visiting my friends at the Martha Stewart offices in New York. While chatting over coffee, I proposed an idea to creatively use the Martha Stewart brand cabinetry (exclusive to The Home Depot) in a way that takes it out of the predictable kitchen and bath use. The idea was to creatively use standard kitchen cabinetry and add decorative & useful storage, display and entertaining service in a dining room. As a designer, I know the importance of an attractive room, but also the practical side of it too. Everyone loved the idea and our wheels all started churning.

Well, a year later and I am ready to show you the end result. We ended up creating the makeover story in my own Toronto townhouse so lucky me; I got to work on a super-creative project and then reap the benefits of living with the end result. But before I give you a sneak peek, I want to explain my storage dilemma:

I have a very small dining space that is adjacent to the kitchen in my townhouse. In a regular-sized family home this room would be considered a breakfast/ dinette area but for me, its the only place I have to eat and entertain. Here is a picture of the dining space BEFORE:

DSC09146I need storage, I need a servery while entertaining and I could not afford to give up much space to accomodate my large collection of wine glasses, dishes and serving pieces. I was using a book cabinet that offered very limited storage and it certainly was not going to hold my dining collections. Here’s a picture of the  proposed cabientry wall. Its about 10 feet long and almost 10 feet tall. Here was my INITIAL IDEA:

DINING project- drawing

By using standard 12″ upper cabinets, I will acheive a slim wall of storage that only takes away  a 12″ strip of floor space. I wanted closed storage, an open servery area and a display area for more attactive items. I wanted a very simple door style and neutral colour:

Martha Stewart’s Maidstone cabinet style in Sharkey Gray (available at The Home Depot). Here’s tha happy day when the cabinets got INSTALLED:

Dining cabinets install

And here’s the finished results. I hope you like the makeover; it really has changed the way I entertain in my home. Time to start polishing the silver!

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The pale blue ceiling reflects a brighter light durint the day and visually drops the ceiling at night by turning pale gray.

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Everything has a place; whether hidden away on bottom shelves, proudly displayed behind glass or sitting on the open servery area.

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