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Dine By Design East 2015: SOLARIUM

Raw wood textures and rustic antiques define this greenhouse-inspired dining space.

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Photo: Bruce Murray

Inspired by the DuPont family arboretum near Philadelphia, Janice Bates-Hawkins created a greenhouse dining space that celebrated fall in all its splendour, with wood surfaces, rustic furniture pieces, garden accessories, and fresh herbs.

Photo: Bruce Murray

Janice Bates-Hawkins. Photo: Bruce Murray

It was challenging to match the huge fall-themed murals on all three walls. “It had to look like a real forest,” says Bates-Hawkins. “And each panel had to flow. I went through hundreds of photos to make sure it looked right.”

Her team built the room’s nine panels in increments, including the dramatic raised ceiling. Bates-Hawkins planned to paint the walls but changed her mind after falling in love with the bare wood texture. “The raw wood is my favourite thing about the space,” she says. The wood theme continued with the antique table and ladder-back chairs. The light fixture by Living Lighting at Station 12 was a focal point of the space. “It mimics the framing of the windows,” says Bates-Hawkins.

Supplier List
Construction, materials, labour: PBM Construction and Renovation
Window murals: Walls Talk Custom Digital Wall Coverings
Chandelier: Living Lighting at Station 12
Floor paint: Farrow & Ball via Hue Design Studio (“Cornforth White”)
Flowers: Props Floral Designs
Flower/antique containers, dishes, cutlery, accessories: Signature Design Resource