The past, re-imagined
Or as I like to think of it, Choose-Your-Own-Adventure, F & K style!
… Sit tight, folks. I promise I’ll explain.
With the Siamsa Singers, I had the pleasure of visiting the Lester-Garland House in Trinity, Newfoundland. The LGH is owned and operated by the Trinity Historical Society, and it is a stunning reproduction of the grand Lester-Garland family home that once overlooked the harbour. We were treated to a tour not only of the house, but of the historic town, led by none other than the mayor of Trinity, Jim Miller! It was a lovely introduction to our three days in the Trinity area, and kicked off our evening’s concert with a particularly personal note (pun entirely intended).
The dining room of the LGH is probably the most impressive room, with beautiful Georgian and Regency furnishings, which are original to the house and the LG family. They were collected by the historical society when they re-built the house.
I loved the imposing dining table, whose top was actually made from reclaimed driftwood! The LG family was eco before it was cool. Sea worms were responsible for the burrowed markings on the top.
I will admit to wondering if Mayor Jim would turn his back long enough for me to smuggle out that table. It’s a bit big to fit under my coat, but I could have made it work.
This sideboard was the piece de resistance of the room. The inlay work is so beautiful and the quality of the craftsmanship is unparalleled.
Since I couldn’t abscond with the furniture, I had to settle for re-creating this room at home: a sort of “Lester-Garland Dining Room 2.0”. I drew from the Ben Moore colour gallery to pick four colours inspired by the walls, trim, fireplace, and dining chairs.
I wanted the re-imagined dining room to feel fresh and contemporary, but still in keeping with the traditional style of the LGH. I kept some features more traditional, like the chandelier, table, and toile curtains, and modernized other elements. The grandfather clock is actually a decal from Ikea with a clock face, which I thought was a whimsical play on the original dining room. The French dresser is my take on what the LG family would have in their home, were they decorating and working in the 21st century. As a shipping family, they would likely collect pieces from all over the world, so this inlaid dresser makes sense to me.
BUT WAIT! I ran this design past two of my favourite tastemakers: my husband, Erick, and my best friend, Alana. And they disagreed on the chairs. *Dun dun dun!* (That was supposed to be scary music.) So here we come to the choose-your-own-adventure bit. Will this story close with ending #1:
I have my personal favourite, and I’ll share it with you when I reveal the winner of the poll!
Hmmm… maybe this should be the starting point for my own dining room makeover? In about ten years, because it’ll take me that long to save up for everything. 🙂
In case you have an unlimited decorating budget (you lucky dog, you!), or just want to know where I found everything, here’s the source list:
Curtains *They come in blue and pink – I changed them to grey in my photo editor*