Last Look With Cynthia Ferguson

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Condo dining room
(Photo: Donna Griffith)

When her downsizing client asked her to redesign an untouched Toronto condo originally built in the 1980s, designer Cynthia Ferguson had a blank canvas and plenty to work with. See how she designed this welcoming, traditional dining room for this grandmother of eight who’s prone to throwing impromptu dinner parties.

1. My client had a beautiful collection of traditional furniture in her home. When deciding what to bring to her new condo, we chose the most important pieces first which provided history and sophistication to the space. We then added in new pieces to update the interiors and bring a freshness to the space. Soft curves and a less layered approach allow us to create an updated traditional style.

2. The client asked that her painting by Canadian artist, Bobbie Burgers, be the main focal point of the dining room. That was an easy task as she happens to be one of my favorite artists as well! We then had the shades for the sconces flanking the large painting made in a beautiful blue to compliment the art.

3. With smaller, open condos, white is an easy go-to for the walls. It creates a blank canvas for colorful art and accents on furniture. Being mindful of little sticky hands, we used an eggshell finish on the walls for easy wiping. Adding the molding to the walls adds interest and texture without making the space feel busy.


Cynthia Ferguson
Cynthia Ferguson


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