Dishing Design At The Black House

Tales Of Upper Hillsborough

As James and I tackle completing our Captain’s Quarters in The Black House, in Charlottetown, PEI, we’re sleuthing online for innovative ideas to incorporate into this suite’s bijou living/dining room, which is located in one of this 1880’s shingle manse’s second floor original bedrooms.



Unfortunately we don’t have a lot of space. We know we have to keep it spatially minimal while endeavouring to be visually arresting. And we can’t overwhelm the room with stuff. It’s only – get this – a demure 11 x 12 feet!


Here’s the floor plan:

One of the surprises we’ve discovered about Prince Edward Island is, despite its provenance there aren’t a lot of antique “anythings” to be had. It seems anything good is either cloistered in long time resident’s homes or has been pilfered and shipped off to more affluent parts of the country.

Which makes our quest to mix old with new quite challenging.

Lately I’ve been fixated with the idea of sourcing vintage china to glue to a wall near our built-in dining banquette.

Here’s some inspiration photos which excite me!

Photo Courtesy Of —thestudio4art

Photo Courtesy of DesignSparrow

Photo Courtesy of todayisgoingtobeawesome

Dish Wall By Designer Lisa Sherry -As Featured In Lonny Magazine – Courtesy Of Lolalina

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Yesterday I strolled through the St. Lawrence Market Antique Show in Toronto (where I live) which operates every Sunday.



I purchased these 13 plates. I paid anywhere from $3 to $8 for each of these!

Yes, this was a $65 investment.



I’m not sure these will all make the cut, but it’s a start, don’t you think? Whichever we don’t attach to the wall with velcro will become part of the house china! Why not?


Here’s a snippet of a snap showing the completed project!


Stay tuned for more on the renovation of our vintage triplex in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island called The Tales Of Upper Hillsborough

~ Steven and the urbaneer team

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