When GHID found out the details about the 12’ x 16 space allowed for the dining room the first thing that popped into our heads was scale and functionality in a small room. When beginning the designs of the space, we recognized the small scale of the room and how that relates to today’s home. One of the biggest design challenges for clients is space planning in a small room. We wanted to address this space planning issue with thinking beyond just the dining room and into what a client’s needs would be in their entire small living space. With this idea in mind GHID hit the drawing boards and came up with the concept of a “convertible dining settee” (as you can tell the title has not yet been confirmed). Garrison designed a custom settee that can be converted into a headboard & storage bench. To bring our plans to life we recruited the one and only Trio Furniture. From our simple sketches and rendering of the custom settee, Trio Furniture was able to create a masterpiece that is currently being displayed in GHID’s Serving Up Style dining room @ the Portland Fall Home & Garden Show.
Here are some preliminary inspirations for the custom piece:
Continuing on the design process journey, we also wanted a space that related to everyone’s home. We wanted to create a space that would inspire people with ideas to bring back home. We accomplished this by using a design with simple floors, windows, and trims. By keeping this neutral palette with clean lines, we are able to show how much the right pieces and materials can really glam up a space. Our theme for our statement pieces in the room was gilded. GHID has worked with Five Star Faux for all our refinishing needs from furniture to fireplaces. They can work miracles on just about anything we give them. This time it was a vintage dresser to use for a buffet and a custom metal table pedestal base created by Gearhart Ironwerks. We love the idea of incorporating mixed metals into a space, so we had the pieces finished in different tones of metallics from tarnished silver to brassy gold. The final pieces are stunning and compliment each other very well.
Take a look at the before shots … after shots still to come or you can also check them out at the show
Going along the same lines of using a neutral palette that relates to everyone, we also wanted to give the dining room an updated feel. We introduced many fresh pops of color into the room through gorgeous fabrics, donated by Clarke & Clarke Fabrics, and accessories. We chose a palette of mauves, plums, and taupes for the furniture, and added accents of teal & gray on the table top. These colors combined with the mixed metals gives the dining room a very luxe feel, but still holds a very casual, cozy atmosphere.
That’s all for now folks, this series is definitely not done yet. Remember the Portland Fall Home and Garden Show starts tomorrow and runs through Sunday evening. GHID is volunteering at our room throughout the entire show, please come stop by Serving Up Style and see everyone’s hard work! See you there!