We moved into our house in October with big design ideas. Well, I had big design ideas, Mark knows to just hang on for the ride and let me turn my whimsical ramblings into a reality.

The dining was one of the first room I wanted to redesign. It was a complete blank slate. Beige walls, hardwood floors, tall white pillars, meaning it had great bones but was just plain. It didn’t even have a light fixture…okay, I lied. It did, until I walked into it on moving day and smashed it with my melon head (true story). So we were literally starting from scratch. I had never had a dining room before, and frankly I think they’re one of those rooms no one really needs except for a few times year when people come over and you get out your good plates. With this knowledge in mind, I decided to go big or go home, but, as always, on a budget.

I wanted a rich colour for the walls with gold and white accents to really play off the dark colour of the walls. A good, rich colour can add drama and can add that luxe look without having to spend any extra cash.

After much back and forth, I decided on Steel Wool by Benjamin Moore (Note: I live and breathe Benjamin Moore paints, I swear their colours are just always spot on). Steel Wool was the perfect blue/gray that was dark, but not overwhelmingly gothic.


After the paint was completed, it was on to furniture. Here’s where the budgeting comes into play: IKEA. A good piece of IKEA furniture, mixed with more expensive-looking pieces can give you the look you want without the empty wallet. I decided on a white Ingatorp table with Henriksdal chairs.

I added a gold centrepiece and gold sunburst mirror, both from Home Sense. To play on the gold theme, I purchased a $39 kitchen cart from IKEA and transformed it into a bar cart by spraying it gold and removing the drawer. Complementing it with gold polka dotted glasses, some fun straws and tons of alcohol, the cheap kitchen cart was now a Anthrologie style bar cart for a fraction of the cost.  To replace the light fixture, we opted for a sleek black one with Edison bulbs from The Home Depot of all places.

Dining Room 1

The room seemed almost complete, but there was one thing missing -Art! No beautiful dining room is complete without a piece of art and what better place to shop for art than the comfort of your own home. Minted was a no brainer when it came for a destination to look for a unique piece for our dining room. Minted is an online marketplace connecting you with independent artists from all over the world. Minted sources it’s pieces through on-going art competitions. I have shopped there before for our thank you cards for our wedding and I’ve been a huge fan of their paper goods for years.


Now shopping for art was fun, but also a daunting task. I didn’t realize just how many pieces Minted offers. I knew I wanted something light and bright to contrast the dark walls. Thankfully, Minted has some good filters to refine your search and I was able to narrow down my search to a  few colours and styles. After (seriously) like three solid hours scrolling through (and holding my laptop up against the wall) I decided on the Men in Red print and when it was delivered I was 100% sold on my choice. Screen Shot 2016-01-17 at 12.48.35 PM

The print and framing are perfect and I couldn’t be more pleased with my choice! The piece is beautiful and complements our dining room perfectly. It has become a focal point of the room and a huge conversation starter. I am a firm believer that a good piece of art is the perfect finishing touch to any room. Shop for your own masterpiece at'
Written by Tracey