Last weekend Mr W and I spent a lot of time finishing rooms; you know, adding those really important finishing touches that add magic and the bit we all love. One of the those spaces was the dining space, but before I get to the finished look, let us take a look at what our make shift dining space looked like...
We had nearly all the elements here, but it just wasn't cohesive and there were a few design problems I was facing; I couldn't decide what to do with the vintage Ercol chairs. I was so happy when we found these on eBay for a very reasonable price. I'd been after these Goldsmith Ercols for ever, I wanted this shape and look as opposed to the usual Windsor so it wouldn't look too curved in this area. I loved the shape of them and their gorgeous high backs but wasn't sure whether to keep them dark, go green to match in with the island or go light.
I found my round dining room table of dreams from West Elm. After hunting high and low for a Ercol Windsor round table, which was like hunting for the answer to Game of Thrones. I decided to look at what was available on the High Street and found this curved beauty from West Elm (it doesn't look like there is anymore available on line) It was my first furniture purchase from West Elm, a guy with white gloves came and put it up for us and the whole experience was wonderful... I've got the bug now!
Anyway, back to design, I was after something that was round and would disrupt the straight lines that you find in a kitchen space but I wasn't sure if it went with the chairs and was I being too midcentury wannabe?
There was a huge expanse of wall, what to do with this space? My default position would be to fill it with whatever I could find quickly to make it look finished, but I had told myself not to fall into that trap again, buying for the sake of buying and then not being happy with the end result.
I needed to plan how I was going to turn this space into a cohesive look, that fitted in with the open plan space just enough, but not too matchy matchy so it had it's own individual style.
I finally decided that the chairs should go light. It took at least three months for me to figure this out. It took a few days of sanding down the old varnish, prepping and painting to get the chairs looking fantastic. We used our trusty grey favourite Valspar's Apollo to tie in the lighter colour scheme but also it is the grey we use in most of other rooms of the house, because we love it so much, so the rest of the house now feels tied together now that grey is in here.
So the final design quandary was what to do with the huge expanse of wall? I, like most of the interior world, have had my eye on the Ikea Stockholm 2017 Cabinet, but seems it has disappeared from any Ikea website (inserts really sad face!) so will have to begin the search for something different as I want a cabinet to style up in the corner by the bifolds; a real Californian, Palm Springs style something to be home to all my plants on top but most importantly hide away glasses, plates and table dressings. Until I find the perfect cabinet the green gang have really started loving life in their new home! There is some serious growth going on.
Then it was time to address the huge expanse of Valspar's Peaceful Soul, I love this colour, but really did need something on the wall to break up the colour. I had thought about a gallery wall but just wasn't in love with the thought of this in the kitchen, plus I have the mini gallery wall in the kitchen which I am still finding in hugely difficult to find the types of prints i want, and couldn't face hunting for more! Then inspired by our stay at Artist Residence I decided to look for a similar style print and found Robert Cadloff's Shooting Star print on King and McGaw (basically the go to for any artwork requirements!) Introduced to the site by Dee and Lisa off the back of their workshop, I haven't used anything else since! Mum and Dad kindly purchased the print as my 30th birthday treat for the house, we painted the frame Apollo to tie in the chairs and Voila! it looks incredible! Slightly muted, just big enough, a little touch of the Vegas about it, adds that much needed finishing touch to the space.
Here's a few more snaps of the dining space... hope you have enjoyed looking at what we've created at Number Five and how I overcame my design quandaries.
My beautiful Tom Dixon Birthday treats looking glorious on the West Elm table filled with summer's hydrangeas.
Coconut Plant and Cadloff
Little details make a space don't they?
The dining space & the copper counter
Jo Malone Incense and Embers one of my favourite evening scents
All ties in wonderfully together don't you think?
Green plant gang - happy in their new home!
Fiddly Fig, Vita Copenhagen, Cadloff and Made.com lights
I can't wait to invite guests round and set the table for a fantastic dinner party!