For those of you who might need a catch up,
…we hosted a room makeover contest.
We wanted to offer help to people out there who might be struggling with rooms that, for one reason or another, just haven’t come together.
The plan was to use existing items in their house, add a fresh eye and a little Tin Barn love and turn a problem space into a functional and enjoyable part of their home – in ONE DAY!
The submissions came in and we whittled it down to 5 finalists (NOT easy) and by facebook vote, Kimberly Raycroft & Peter Shaughnessy were declared the winners!
Kimberly and Peter chose to submit their dining room. A big move and a second baby made completing this room fall right off the priority list.
Here’s some of what Kim said about the space:
“One room that has remained totally untouched is our dining room. There sits a gorgeous harvest table that we had made for us, and basically that’s it. I am totally overwhelmed by the size of the room and the lack of time I have to dream and plan what to do with it. Literally all we have done was change the pendant light that sits over top of the table. It makes me so sad. One of things that I loved most about this house was the dining space. I pictured warm family meals with our close friends and family in that room for years to come… and the room literally sits cold and empty, often only strewn with kids toys that I collect at night. It never gets used.”
Moving from a small house in Toronto to a much larger one in Almonte they only had the bare minimum for the room. A really nice table (yay) and we also loved those metal chairs.
The space itself – gorgeous! Big room, huge mouldings and 2 beautiful windows.
So, on monday we swept in, moved a lot of stuff around, added a little bit of this and that. This is pretty much how the day went.
Voila, the results!!
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WHAT WE DID:
Kimberly and Peter had a style that we could instantly connect with and the character in the house’s architecture was amazing. They had collected some really nice pieces of furniture but taking any from other rooms in the house would have left a big hole behind. Plus, nothing was really the right scale for this room anyways (read: large!) So our first task was to hunt down some pieces that would fill the space & compliment what was already there. The sideboard was the first and most important element. We wanted something to ground the space and fill the back wall behind the table while being a generous surface for serving and display.
Then, we found this sweet industrial metal drawer cabinet that was the perfect thing to reinforce the eclectic style they had already established with the wood table and great collection of chair styles.
Another lucky find was this primitive bench that was the absolute perfect size for the door wall, cozying up what could’ve been a dead space and allowing for tons more seating and a more casual feel.
We hung some rustic folding chairs on the wall, ready and waiting for bigger parties. …or impromptu jam sessions…
We didn’t want to cover up the beautiful trim on the windows so we added some simple counter weighted burlap panels to soften the light and give the teensiest bit of privacy.
We wanted to use as many of their own possessions as possible, so we hunted around for items that we could use to make the space feel like home and very personal. One of the few things that was actually in the room when we saw it was Peter’s beautiful collection of antique tools. They were all pieces that were used by different members of his family over the years so we were excited to come up with a way to showcase them.
We know they have a love for things with a past and have recently returned to settle in Almonte where Kim was raised, so we thought these Almonte Flour Mill sacks were a sweet find and repurposed them as a wall piece.
And we found tons of great things of theirs to layer in.
What a great day it was. Thanks so much to Kimberly and Peter for trusting us with their home! And to all who entered the contest – we would have loved to do every one. We hope this inspired you to see the potential of your own space and tackle that room once and for all!
vicki & errin