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Her own One of a Kind: Why Patti Stewart loves to host family dinner parties

For the past 12 years, Toronto native Patti Stewart has lived in a 1930s-era East York house that she extensively renovated two years ago, overseeing a main-floor addition that allowed her to both create new rooms and switch up functions. The dining room, for instance, moved into what was the living room, inheriting a fireplace with a gas insert and original lead-glass windows. The 48-year-old director of the One of a Kind Show, the arts and crafts extravaganza that runs until Sunday at Exhibition Place in Toronto, painted the room's window frames white to complement the handcrafted glass. Stewart, who lives with her husband and their two young children, says she frequently hosts large family suppers and so her enlarged dining room is now her favourite part of the house. "This is where everyone gathers," she says, "at a table that can seat 14."

The painting
"This is an original piece of art by Nova Scotia artist Lynn Rotin. It was one of the first paintings I ever purchased. I liked the organic feel to it along with the natural colour palette."

The armchairs
 "These are my grandmother's chairs from the 1950s. Besides having sentimental value, I think they have a sophisticated, classic design that never goes out of style. I have recovered them several times. Currently they are covered in deep-grey Italian linen."

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The decorative pillows
 "I discovered these screen-printed pillows at the One of a Kind Show. They are handmade by Fluf Design in Toronto."

The wooden bowl
 "This bowl is hand-turned by one of my favourite artisans at the One of a Kind Show, Don Stinson of Stinson Studios [in Tamworth, Ont.]. I have several of his pieces."

The dining table and chairs
 "This salvaged-wood farmhouse table, evoking the clean-lined Parsons style, is from Restoration Hardware; so are the chairs. I have always liked French bistro style and I didn't want chairs that were too matchy-matchy for the table."

The chandelier
"I love the strong, clean lines of this chandelier. It's huge and heavy; we had to reinforce the ceiling where it is hung. Thefilament bulbs give a beautiful, soft glow to dine by."

The sideboard
"This piece, holding all my serving dishes and wineglasses, was made by furniture designer Jack Fice. He uses 100-per-cent salvaged materials in his designs. The top is made from the floorboards of an old barn."

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