De­signer Jes­sica Waks en­hances the golden glow of a pal’s glam liv­ing and din­ing area


Who bet­ter than a long-time friend to cap­ture your essence in decor? This lucky home­owner had her for­mer el­e­men­tary school buddy, de­signer Jes­sica Waks, to call on when she and her hus­band bought this mid­town Toronto new build in 2015. “They like to en­ter­tain, so hav­ing a beau­ti­fully ap­pointed for­mal liv­ing and din­ing space was im­por­tant to them,” says Jes­sica. “The house has hand­some fin­ishes and amaz­ing ceil­ing height, but it was very neu­tral. My job was to add per­son­al­ity and colour be­fit­ting this vi­brant and stylish young cou­ple and their two kids.”

For the pal­ette in­spi­ra­tion, Jes­sica looked no fur­ther than her pal. “She’s a strik­ing red­head who wears jewel tones so grace­fully,” says the de­signer. “So I joke that we chose her favourite hues – the ones she’s been dress­ing in since we were 10 – which are deep blues and greens.” An op­u­lent sap­phire and emer­ald scheme quickly emerged, dis­played on clas­sic fur­nish­ings, such as spot­ted wood-framed slip­per chairs and nail­head-trimmed rounded din­ing chairs. Mid-cen­tury-feel

el­e­ments like the own­ers’ ex­ist­ing Par­son­sstyle din­ing ta­ble and a mod chan­de­lier in­tro­duce a cur­rent feel, while a healthy dose of gold – par­tic­u­larly in the form of geo­met­ric brushed brass ta­ble bases – brings on glam­our.

With Hanukkah on the hori­zon, this so­cial fam­ily had a few din­ner par­ties al­ready on the agenda, so Jes­sica popped back into the stylish pic­ture to im­bue a ju­bi­lant vibe. The hol­i­day’s typ­i­cal pal­ette con­sists of blues and metallics, so pick­ing up where the in­te­rior’s year-round look leaves off was sim­ple. Thanks to a hand­ful of DIY projects, a se­lect few on-theme ac­ces­sories and a stun­ningly set ta­ble, the home­own­ers are ready to greet guests – Jes­sica surely among them.

DE­SIGN, Jes­sica Claire In­te­ri­ors, jes­si­ca­clairein­te­ri­ors.com; COF­FEE TA­BLE, CON­SOLE, gold and white BOXES (on cof­fee ta­ble), branch

look CAN­DE­LABRA, glass BOWLS with gold rims, brass BAR TOOLS, Elte; CHAN­DE­LIER, Light­maker Stu­dio; TA­BLE LAMPS, Uni­ver­sal Lamp; white BOWL, PLATES, CHARG­ERS, STEMWARE and FLAT­WARE, Wil­liam Ash­ley; FAB­RIC (used as ta­ble run­ner), Robert Allen; Shred­ded Square ART­WORK, Jen­nifer Mar­man and Daniel Borins; cloi­sonné DREIDELS, Crate and Bar­rel; HANUKIAH, CB2; speck­led CAN­DLES, Is­rael’s Ju­daica; WALL­PA­PER (used as gift wrap), Thibaut at Kravet Canada; sil­ver pat­terned GIFT WRAP, blue GIFT WRAP, WASHI TAPE, gold bead GAR­LAND (on con­sole), Michaels; RIB­BON, Creative Bag.


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