It’s been a bit of a crazy week but I managed to pull together my This Little House blog post somewhere among the mayhem. I really didn’t want to miss it because this week I’m showing you around our dining room, which is one of my favourite rooms in our house. It’s really a kitchen/diner but for the sake of this tour I’m splitting the rooms in half. This space sold the house to us as it’s such a great communal area, and having a separate space for dining was important to us – K and I love our food! We decided to host Christmas last year and, with the help of an additional table, fed 11 people in this room. Our Christmas feast was also my first blog post after daisychains & dreamers was reborn!
The furniture in this room is some of my favourite too, it came from a variety of places, including Ebay and Molly’s Den Vintage Warehouse. It also includes one of my biggest splurges in the house… the dresser! The walls are painted in Farrow & Ball Vert De Terre (which K calls Terd De Vert as he struggles to name any colour outside the rainbow song!) and James White. The furniture is painted with various off-white shades of Farrow & Ball paint too. I spent many trips to the shops walking around with their colour card!
The white wooden door in the corner of the room leads to the cupboard under the stairs – which is more like a little room! Currently it’s piled high with paint pots, DIY tools and the vacuum cleaner but somewhere down the line we may consider putting a WC in here. I bought this cute metal hanging heart from Sass & Belle at the Ideal Home Show a couple of years ago and it looks really sweet hung on the door knob.
The chimney breast was bricked up when we bought the place and wallpapered with a large floral print. We wanted to open up the chimney breasts in the house to bring back the character of the property so our builder Paul knocked this one through. It wasn’t a straightforward task as years of wet soot had built up behind the opening and needed to be cleared away. The bricks were badly damaged so Paul had to rebuild the internal walls and installed a wooden beam above the opening – it was salvaged from a reclamation yard and I spent hours sanding it down and waxing it! The slate floor was also from the reclamation yard and Paul cut it to fit as he did with the fireplace in the living room.
Inside the fireplace is a cast iron basket I bought from B&Q. The chimney flue is open so this could be a working fireplace but for now it adds a cosy, country feel to the room as a decorative feature. The pheasant wallpaper is from Next Home and is a little eccentric but I love it!
I found this sideboard in Molly’s Den Vintage Warehouse and it had been upcycled with new knobs and a lick of paint. It was a bit of a bargain and proves so useful, holding a mix of paperwork and my baking tools, as well as the obligatory ‘man drawer’! Having purchased the furniture in this room from various different places I couldn’t believe my luck at how well it all matched. The lamp base was also from Molly’s Den and another steal at only £25. The lamp shade is from BHS Home and matched the blind we purchased from John Lewis.
Another Molly’s Den find (notice a correlation here?), this Emma Bridgewater chicken egg pot looks perfect sitting on the sideboard and was less than half the price of a new one. I have a bit of an obsession with Emma Bridgewater homeware as you’ll discover later down this post!
I made these tealight holders from small jar jars. Originally made for our Christmas table they were filled with rock sea salt and foliage but look pretty all year round with just lace and brown string tied around the top.
We found our pine dining table and benches on Ebay. They were made at a local furniture company called Furlong Furniture and painted in Farrow & Ball Pointing. My Mum had recently purchased the exact same one from the store so when we saw it online for a snippet of the original price it seemed like fate! The chairs were £20 each from, you guessed it, Molly’s Den Vintage Warehouse.
After the table was purchased we paid a visit to Furlong Furniture to see what else they had. What’s great about this store is that they make a lot of their pieces bespoke to fit your room and colour scheme. I found this dresser in their showroom without the glass doors and requested it was made with a glass cabinet top with room for my cookery books to be stored beneath. I chose a colour to match the table and was so happy when it arrived, exactly like my sketch!
As I said I have a bit of an obsession with Emma Bridgwater homeware! Before we bought the house I’d trawl their website whenever they had an online sale and managed to amount a fairly large collection of mugs and a tea set. When it came to putting them in the dresser I had far too many mugs to fit so half are stored in the kitchen cupboard for use everyday and the rest are for special occasions.
Some of the glasses in the dresser belonged to my great grandad and are so fragile I’m scared of using them! The larger bowl shaped wine glasses are more my size anyway!
This light was another John Lewis purchase and operates on a pulley so it can be lowered up and down. I like a mix of old and new and think it adds a country cool vibe to the room.
Finally, this old map came from a book store in Mallorca. We came across it when we were on holiday wandering the city streets of Palma. The store looked like it belonged in Diagon Alley from Harry Potter and was made up of a labyrinth of rooms and corridors. Ironically the owner was from Bournemouth and we discovered this map of ‘Dorsetshire’ in a room piled high with old maps.
I hope you enjoyed this little tour of our dining room and reading about its makeover! Make sure to come back next week when I show you around another room. In the meantime take a look at our living room, bathroom and front garden makeovers!