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High/low: Country-chic living room console

High/low: Country-chic living room console

Can you tell which country-chic console is the high and which is the low?

Image by: Michael Nangreaves; produced by Stacy Begg & Morgan Lindsay Author: Mary Levitski

High or Low

High/low: Country-chic living room console

We designed a country-chic living room console and styled it to match on budgets behooving both a cart horse and a thoroughbred. Can you tell the difference?






HIGH: $5,601

1 A-Street Prints Reclaimed White Washed Boards wallpaper in Cream, , $320 ($160 per double roll).

2 What Lies Ahead print on standard paper with White Premium Wood frame, 44" x 44", , $468 US.

3 Acrylic and metal Column table lamp with cotton shade in Polished Nickel, , $239.

4 Hans Wegner oil-finished oak and hand-woven paper cord Wishbone side chair, , $1,315.

5 Linen blend Checkered Out fabric in Driftwood, , $112 per yard. Table skirt sewing (with three box pleats), , $160.

6 Jute, leather and cotton Shiva rug, 5' x 8', , $249.

7 Trees in the Morning 2 artwork by Masood Omer (22" x 28"), , $700.

8 Vintage ceramic ginger jar, , $1,200 (per pair).

9 Vintage ceramic bowl, , $195.

10 Antique ceramic lidded jar, , $195. 




LOW: $2,421

1 Whitewood eastern white pine click floor boards (10' x 6" x 1") , $174 ($10.20 Per board)

2 Framed horse print (40" x 40"), , $299.

3 Canvas studded glass and brushed steel Sonia table lamp with polyester blend shade, , $130.

4 Beech and paper cord Denmark side chair in Beige, , $239.

5 Cotton Buffalo Check fabric in Putty, , $33 per yard. Table skirt sewing (with one box pleat), , $105.

6 Hand-loomed hemp and suede Overbrook rug in Natural (5' x 8'), , $150.

7 Kingston 14 artwork by Ian Varney (16" x 20"), , $550.

8 Vintage ceramic ginger jar, , $595 (per pair).

9 Vintage ceramic bowl, , $65. 

10 Vintage ceramic lidded jar, , $15.




Got an über-practical yet plain-Jane storage unit? Dress it up with a custom skirt. The stylish traditional element will add formal flair to the room while concealing the unit’s contents (we’ve stocked ours with liquors and glassware to create an ersatz bar, but you can stash just about anything in yours). A glass top will finish the look and protect the fabric. In addition to a centre pleated slit, the High console skirt features an elegant pleat at either corner for a fun decorative touch. 



With sophisticated transparent bases and chic cream-toned fabric shades, these classic cylindrical table lamps will suit any room. All that’s left to match is your budget.

1 Aerin crystal Lineham with linen shade in Polished Nickel, , $1,088.

2 Glass and aluminum French Column with linen shade in Polished Nickel, , $375 US.

3 L2 Lighting glass and chrome-plated steel Chloe with linen shade, , $245.

4 Canvas studded glass and brushed steel Sonia with polyester blend shade, , $130. 




Blue and white ginger jars have held their position among decor royalty for centuries – impressive, considering their blue-collar roots. So named for their function of housing ginger and other spices in ancient China, the vessels have transcended utilitarianism and – more often than not – get to, well, sit there and look pretty. We love the casual look created by mixing the jars with an array of matching two-tone chinoiserie ceramics, such as an antique lidded jar, a vintage bowl and more recently produced plates and teacups (these are by time-honoured manufacturer Royal Copenhagen). 




Get ready to be floored: While our High tongue-and-groove wall treatment is fully faux (we bet the wood panel-look wallpaper had you fooled), the Low wall is clad in white-painted floorboards. Both options are simple DIYs that bear the country-chic aesthetic of shiplap panelling. Floorboards are easy to install on a wall, as long as  you know how to handle a hand drill and have some help balancing on a ladder. 



Not every piece that suits our High or Low room sets makes the cut. This month, stylists Morgan Lindsay and Stacy Begg came across this sleek hurricane candle sconce just a little too late. “The product’s brass finish would have glammed up the rustic, time-worn look a bit,” says Morgan. 



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