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Dine By Design East 2015: DINNER WITH THE QUEEN OF SPAIN

An iconic wallpaper pattern is the creative inspiration for Costandi Designs’ luxurious black-and-white dining room.

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Photo: Bruce Murray

For Robyn Cox and the team at Costandi Designs, their room began with the wallpaper. “I wanted something graphic that would reference traditional design, but with a modern hand,” says Cox. She showcased the iconic Queen of Spain pattern in wall panels. “It frames it out and highlights the pattern,” she says.

With a bold black-and-white palette, the space blended classical and contemporary elements to dramatic effect: the wide marble-like tiling, the sleek chairs with gold velvet snakeskin backs, the elegant console table at the back wall. “Everything stands out on its own, but also works collectively,” Cox says.

Handcrafted by ceramist Melody Hillman, splatter-finish plates and vases amped up the drama. On the console, liquor bottles became art pieces. On the side wall, the artwork (all by NSCAD grads) had a collected feel. “The photos of family heirlooms by Katherine Nakaska look like oil paintings,” Cox says. “The middle paintings by Colin Canary bring a nice blast of colour.”

Supplier List
Paint: Farrow & Ball via Hue Design Studio (walls and ceiling: “All White,” trim: “Pitch Black”)
Wallcovering: “Queen of Spain” by Schumacher
Drapery and chair back fabric: donated by Robert Allen Fabrics
Bernhardt table, Renwil light, Modern History Home console: Costandi Designs
Chairs: Korson, customized at Costandi Designs
Flooring: Elegant Flooring
Plates and vases: Melody Hillman Ceramics
Flowers: The Flower Shop
Colourful paintings: Colin Canary
Photographs: Katherine Nakaska