Casual Dining Room Reveal | Brunch in Calgary's Garrison Woods

Have you ever driven through Garrison Woods? It's quite a unique neighbourhood just off Marda Loop's 33rd Ave strip. This neighbourhood gives us Notting Hill–vibes and is definitely worth a tour in the middle of winter when the houses are snow topped and Christmas lights are twinkling—at least this was the scene on the day of installation for this project. We're sure it's just as serene any season of the year. Inside our client's home, we created an Instagram-worthy brunch scene that's a feast for the eyes!

These homeowners have raised their children and sent [most] of them off to university. They've put in their time with the spills, messes, Play-Doh, crafts, and jam stuck to everything, so they really wanted to give themselves the gift of updating and improving their home. At our initial consultation, we decided that a "phased" approach would best suit their needs and lifestyle. Instead of taking on an entire home renovation from top to bottom, we would bite off smaller pieces from time to time.

We've tackled the majority of the main floor, and we're sharing it all with you today. Just wait until you see the wallpaper in the powder room!


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Before the update, the home's cabinets, hardwood, and railing were a yellow oak, so we had the cabinets and railing professionally painted, replaced the cabinet hardware with polished brass, and selected a wide-plank brushed-oak engineered hardwood to run the entire main floor. New tile was added in the mudroom and new carpet was run up the stairs to the bedrooms. We replaced the light fixtures in the foyer and formal dining room with airy, transitional-style chrome fixtures.



The homeowners wanted the dining nook to remain casual, so we hung a concrete pendant above a new table and added wood/woven chairs that are perfect for entertaining friends or lounging over weekend brunches.


The original hardwood floor, which cut off where the kitchen met the living room carpet, was modernized with a lighter (and cozier) wide-plank floor and extended through the entire main floor. Our choice of a sturdy farmhouse table in a grey-wash finish also agrees with the cozy and casual vibe. Because the kids are off in university, the homeowners didn't need to have seating for more than four, which is perfect because this size table is the perfect scale for this space. 


We really love the woven detailing in the dining chairs—you don’t often see this kind of treatment in a dining set and space. Plus, the chairs have just the right amount of give for comfortable brunching. 


We can't complete an installation without fresh flowers or an array of tasty treats. The hardest part of the install was trying not to devour the drool-worthy chocolate croissants. 


Up at the breakfast nook, we went with these comfortable tufted barstools with a similar grey-wash finish and nailhead detailing—perfect for catching up over meal prep when the kids come home to visit.

Of course we couldn’t forget about the powder room, so we jazzed it up with a new mirror, a vanity light, and wallpaper, all of which are sure to spike conversation. The wallpaper might be our favourite accent. In true DWK fashion, we chose a gold agate slice print that catches the light in the most unique ways. We only wish you could see it in person. 


So, what are your thoughts? Are you a fan of our wallpaper choice? Would you like an invite to brunch? 


Design Lead Jenn MacDonald
Photography Katrina Ramsvik