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Dine By Design East: Janice Bates-Hawkins & chef Chris Velden

See the custom wallpaper interior decorator Janice Bates-Hawkins is designing for her display at Dine By Design East.

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Some exciting news from one of our Dine By Design East participants.

I’ve just learned that Janice Bates-Hawkins, owner of Signature Design, is designing a special custom wallpaper for her dining-room display at Dine By Design East. Inspired by different chair designs from a book jacket, she’s creating a unique wallpaper design.
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I love the rough, gesture-like quality of these sketches. We feature a scan of the sketches in the Dine By Design East insert in the upcoming Fall issue of East Coast Living. Here’s a quick view of her profile.

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In the shot below, Terry Beaver of Atlantic Digital begins rendering Janice’s wallpaper design. I can’t wait to see the final wallpaper on Janice’s booth.

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Janice is matched with chef Chris Velden of Flying Apron Cookery. An early advocate of using local sources for meat and produce, Chris worked with us a couple of summer’s ago for a story on summer salads. Here’s a few photos from that shoot, all by James Ingram.

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Back in the day when he was chef at Ryan Duffy’s, Chris started growing raised veggie and herb gardens on the restaurant’s rooftop in downtown Halifax, growing a multitude of veggies and herbs, including chives, mint, thyme and bok choy. I can’t wait to learn what he’s preparing for his Dine By Design menu.

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Be sure and get your tickets soon for the Dine By Design Gala on Oct. 3–they are going quickly.