Interior: Sunny living and dining room

Style at Home

Interior: Sunny living and dining room

"I'm lucky to be surrounded by inspiration every day. I get to work with a lot of talented people and see new products and trends before they're even made public," says Style at Home contributing design editor Christine Hanlon. "I've come to learn that decor styles change almost as quickly as fashion trends." That attitude serves her well, especially in her own home, where she can test out her latest design crushes without completely reinventing each room.

Play with patina
The classic fireplace is one of Christine's favourite features in the room. The wall sconces, chandelier and coffee table - moved from the family room to take pride of place here - all have warm golden tones that glow against the creamy white backdrop. Inexpensive Parsons tables on either side of the fireplace stand in for the built-in shelves Christine plans to install one day. The headdress above the mantel adds softness and movement to the space. christine-overall1.jpg
Inject colour
In her living room, Christine retained most of her core pieces but injected new life into the space with citrine (a shade she plucked from the runway). A laid-back aesthetic, fresh, sunny tones and Asian silhouettes give the classic framework refined, plush interest. christine-cushions1.jpg
Make fabric flexible
Christine's choice of a modern geometric fabric on the sofa gives the piece a casual appeal, despite its traditional shape. The fabric reads as a solid neutral from afar, allowing Christine the flexibility to easily update the cushions should she want to. christine-flowers1.jpg
Combine luxe & less
The treasured quartz cluster sculpture was a splurge, while the vintage white planter was a secondhand purchase. Christine loves to display a variety of floral arrangements in a room; she believes they add an essential touch to a fresh and inviting space. christine-flowers-books1.jpg
Hit the books
"I love books and magazines anywhere, but they look especially great stacked on a coffee table, where they work as the foundation to showcase other objets," says Christine. A voracious reader of design books, Christine's arrangements are never in situ for very long. christine-dining-table1.jpg
Change up the classics
Christine's dining room before the updates was home to classic elements, such as the wood table, dresser and tall candlesticks. christine-dining1.jpg
Use a light hand
"Changing out the more traditional chandelier that used to hang here for a more delicate, chinoiserie-inspired one made such a dramatic impact right away," says Christine. Other classic elements were switched out for some relaxed slipcovered armchairs and a crisp white tablescape. christine-flowers-window.jpg
Create connections
To integrate the look between the living and dining rooms, Christine used the same modern graphic fabric that's on the living room's sofa and armchairs on the front of the dining room's sidechairs. They're in turn backed with the same delicate grey toile that graces the sofa's toss cushions. Christine used the same trick on the toile toss cushions, which are ingeniously backed with the sofa fabric.


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Interior: Sunny living and dining room