Dining Room Reveal

Following on from Wednesday's living room reveal, I'm finally happy to show you the adjoining dining room today. Hallelujah!

Dining Room Reveal - French For Pineapple Blog

When I last threatened to show you this room, I realised that there were a few things that I really wasn't happy with, so I posted a bit of a tease instead, focusing on the sideboard, which you can see here if you missed it.

There were two main things I wanted to change before photographing it again for this post - one was that I still hadn't re-painted the floor (now ticked off the list), and I wasn't loving the vintage school chairs we had in here, which with the new wall colour, suddenly seemed very orange (in a bad way!) - a bit of a sticking point as my husband still loves them.

Dining Room Reveal - French For Pineapple Blog


I think I'll love them again too, but in a different room, like in my fantasy kitchen / side return extension, that WILL happen one day! I'd have them at a big table in front of the crittall windows and doors that will run across the back of the house. Oh, sorry, I got a bit carried away in fantasy-land there. Back to reality...

So, I swapped the vintage school chairs with bench seats and Eames chairs that we already had (having a knock on effect on the kitchen, which I'll tell you about soon!), and relegated the school chairs to the studio for now (along with all the other displaced furniture that doesn't currently have a home - is it any wonder I can barely squeeze in that door?!).

Dining Room Reveal - French For Pineapple Blog


Dining Room Reveal - French For Pineapple Blog

As you can see, the walls are the same colour as the living room, which unites the two rooms and they now have a lovely flow. The dining room was an über bright aqua during the navy living room phase, so it was all quite dramatic and umm, loud. I love the serene feeling of these rooms now!

Here's a shot of the living room from the dining room, so you can get an idea of the layout - the rooms are almost knocked completely through...

Dining Room Reveal - French For Pineapple Blog



Since painting the floors, which has freshened up the room SO much, I've not put the rug back down, and wasn't planning to, but looking back at photos of the rug in here makes me think I might.

I also had a bit of a wobble and decided that the dining table had to go. It hasn't, but I'd still like to replace it one day as I'm not a huge fan of the stainless steel industrial style of it if I'm completely honest, but I like it much better with the bench seats, so it's not on my 'must do immediately' list anymore (panic averted, and husband breathes a huge sigh of relief).

Dining Room Reveal - French For Pineapple Blog

Dining Room Reveal - French For Pineapple Blog

Dining Room Reveal - French For Pineapple Blog

Dining Room Reveal - French For Pineapple Blog



Dining Room Reveal - French For Pineapple Blog

Dining Room Reveal - French For Pineapple Blog
I have other plans for the wall where the Juju hat is currently hung so that will probably change, and I want to paint the huge bookcase the same colour as the shelving in the living room. I might add moulding to the cupboards to tie it in more, and perhaps add the same brass handles too. I have a huge can of that paint left over and it's just begging to be used, so it would be rude not to. Besides, I haven't painted anything for at least four days.

I'd also like to add these Holy Wafer handles from Superfront to the sideboard cupboard doors. See? It never ends, but I'm in a happy place with these rooms for now at least, but I would like to up the glam factor a tad.

Alright, I'll stop emptying the contents of my brain onto the screen for now, and I'll see you back here next week!

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Living Room - The Big Reveal!

Living Room Reveal - French For Pineapple Blog

This post has been a loooooong time coming, but I'm SO excited to finally share my new look living room with you today! Whoop!

A LOT has changed in here. You can see my post about the plans and moodboard for this room here, and here it is in it’s previous navy blue period, in my 'DIY It Stool' post (a.k.a my most popular post, like, ever).

As promised way back when, here's a look at the alcove on the right side where the wall mounted television is. This was without a doubt the worst part of the room...

Living Room Reveal - French For Pineapple Blog
Pretty awful, huh? Those white cubes and all those DVD's and toys on display do my head in! And that grotty, yellowed floor, ewwww.

I decided that buying shelving and/or cupboards for the alcoves was false economy given that what I really wanted, was something bespoke, and eventually that's what we went for. I was beyond excited when it actually started to happen...

Living Room Reveal - French For Pineapple Blog

Living Room Reveal - French For Pineapple Blog

So there are now bespoke cupboards and shelves in the alcoves, making the most of those awkward spaces and the high ceilings which has had a huge impact on the feel of the room, and they look like they've always been there.

Other changes include a new vintage coffee table and a seagrass rug, the floors have been given two coats of fresh white floor paint, and I've 'upgraded' my fiddle leaf fig plant for a tree, and hung a monochrome gallery wall above the sofa.

Oh, and I've finally gotten rid of the awful filthy disgusting bent and tangled ancient silver venetians!

The walls have gone from darkest navy blue, to a pale, understated, yet anything but boring, fleshy pink. And I must say, I know a lot of you REALLY loved that blue, and so did I, but the room just feels so much calmer and warmer now, and I am absolutely in love with the new colour. It changes in different lights from a tue pink, to palest flesh, to almost beige (yes, that’s right, beige, and I STILL LOVE IT!).

To demonstrate, the light changed dramatically whilst I was photographing the room - from dark grey and cloudy to bright sunshine and everything in between, so you'll see in all the images below how different it looks in different lights. I wish I could say I did that on purpose, but, ummm, I didn't.

Phew, that's quite a lot of change for one room! But you don't want to listen to me rabbiting on about it, you want pictures.

So here you go...

Living Room Reveal - French For Pineapple Blog




Living Room Reveal - French For Pineapple Blog


The wall colour is Pink Ground (Farrow and Ball), and I decided to go with Setting Plaster for the alcove built-ins, which is a touch more brown than pink, and the two colours together work beautifully.

I adore the lights that I finally purchased for the tops of the shelves, and I think they stop the built-ins from looking too traditional, along with the brass handles, giving it a modern edge.

Living Room Reveal - French For Pineapple Blog

Living Room Reveal - French For Pineapple Blog


And yes, in case you're wondering, I designed these shelves primarily for display rather than books (we already have a big built in bookshelf in the dining room), so each side has only two shelves (as well as the cupboard top on the left side), to give a nice amount of space for displaying treasures and plants.

Living Room Reveal - French For Pineapple Blog

Living Room Reveal - French For Pineapple Blog

Living Room Reveal - French For Pineapple Blog


Living Room Reveal - French For Pineapple Blog

Living Room Reveal - French For Pineapple Blog
I love having these cupboards to hide Baxter's toys away at the end of the day, you'd never know that in the afternoons and evenings, and on the weekends, this room is his playground - the coffee table is a car park (and Jurassic park), and the sofa, his castle. It all goes into baskets in the cupboards once he goes to bed, et voilà, it's a grown-up space again....aaaaand relax. 

Of course I also love not seeing the cable box, DVD player and DVDs even more - that was a huge bugbear for years. It's such a treat to no longer despair about the television arrangement.

Another exciting change, which is actually more dramatic than I thought it would be, are the new blinds. The old ones that we inherited when we moved in were horrific, and I really don’t know why it’s taken me so long to bid them farewell. The metal silver venetians were caked with grime and dust - totally impossible to clean, and they were bent, warped and the control strings were really knotted and grotty. Urgh, just look!

Living Room Reveal - French For Pineapple Blog

Living Room Reveal - French For Pineapple Blog

Living Room Reveal - French For Pineapple Blog





But they’re gone!

In their place are lovely simple black Vista roller blinds from Blinds2Go

I love the clean lines of the panels which are made with a high-tech fabric, cleverly allowing light in during the day, and allowing us to see out, yet from outside you can't see in and they look solid black. Cool, right? 

This switches at night (depending on how much light there is inside and outside), so they're nearly solid black from inside and slightly transparent from outside. This is not a problem for us as we have opaque lower window panes, and once our lights are out, you can't see in at all. 

I like to have the blinds half up during the day, but something more solid wouldn’t let much light in, so these are the perfect choice for us, and they really did complete the room.

Blinds2Go have a huge selection of products to choose from, including romans blinds and shutters. I'm pretty sure there's something for every window covering requirement, and the ordering system is easy and efficient (and they've just launched a shiny new website!), so do have a look if you're in the market.

The black blinds coupled with the other black accents throughout, ground the room, and stop the pink from looking too feminine.

Living Room Reveal - French For Pineapple Blog


Living Room Reveal - French For Pineapple Blog
Living Room Reveal - French For Pineapple Blog
Now how about my beautiful new fiddle leaf fig tree? Isn't she just gorgeous? I still have fiddle leaf fig plant too, currently residing in the dining room, and once it's grown a bit taller and the trunk a bit thicker and stronger, I'll coax it into tree form, so eventually I'll have a multi-trunk AND a single trunk tree. This excites me more than it probably should! I think one will end up in my studio, once I get it sorted out (ie. once you can actually get into the room!).

Living Room Reveal - French For Pineapple Blog

The new monochrome gallery wall is a success (well at least I think so!), as we've never got the art on this big wall right before, but now it's a real feature.

Living Room Reveal - French For Pineapple Blog

Living Room Reveal - French For Pineapple Blog

And that's about it, I think the pictures speak for themselves. If there's anything you want to know about, just shout. And be sure to come back on Friday, because I'm turning the camera around to show you the adjoining dining room.

Living Room Reveal - French For Pineapple Blog

Living Room Reveal - French For Pineapple Blog

Living Room Reveal - French For Pineapple Blog


Living Room Reveal - French For Pineapple Blog

Living Room Reveal - French For Pineapple Blog


Disclaimer: Posted in collaboration with Blinds2Go who kindly provided me with the fab Vista Black Roller Blinds for this room.


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The Dining Room (Sideboard)...

As you may know, over the last few months I've been giving my living and dining rooms a brand new look. I was busy photographing the rooms last weekend for this post, which was supposed to be the big Living and Dining Room Reveal. However, when I looked back at them, I realised that although I'm really very happy with the rooms, that I wasn't actually ready to show them off just yet, as there are too many things that still need to be done (like painting the floors for one. Urgh.), and I'm not happy to show the world, well, okay, maybe not the world, but you know what I mean, until everything is looking a bit more finished.

I think it's going to be at least another few weeks before I post the proper reveal, but I took loads of shots of the sideboard in the dining room, which is really long, and I've always struggled with styling it. I finally got it to a point where I'm happy with it, so there's no way I'm not going to show you these photos!

The sideboard is made up of five wall mounted Ikea kitchen cabinets, with a bespoke sprayed to match piece of MDF for the top. Fantastic to house everything from the kids games, to craft supplies, and who know what else. I'd love to replace the top with with marble one day, though even if I had the budget, I'd be worried the weight of it would pull the cabinets off the wall.

So here you go, a detailed look at the dining room sideboard. Of course you can see peeks of the rest of the room and the beautiful Pink Ground walls, which I am completely besotted with. As soon as I can, I will show you the whole dining room and the living room, which has changed SO much from it's navy blue days...

Dining Room - French For Pineapple Blog

Dining Room - French For Pineapple Blog
Dining Room - French For Pineapple Blog

Dining Room - French For Pineapple Blog

Dining Room - French For Pineapple Blog

Dining Room - French For Pineapple Blog
Dining Room - French For Pineapple Blog

Dining Room - French For Pineapple Blog

Dining Room - French For Pineapple Blog

Dining Room - French For Pineapple Blog







How do you Juju?

Black and cream juju hat on blush pink wall. French For Pineapple blog
You know that mental list of things that you really really want for your home and have done for years but still haven't got? I'm not talking about the 'fantasy' list of things that you're probably never going to own unless you win the lottery (well, let's be honest!), but the more realistic things that you've just never quite been able to justify. Or is it just me who has both of those lists? I really hope not. 

Well as you've probably guessed, my list is quite long. Yes, I am greedy and I want a lot of things. I've decided that it could be worse - I'm not a bad person because of this, I just like pretty things in the house, and it makes me very happy. So sue me. 

I'm pretty excited today, because I'm now able to cross not one, but two of those items off my list, for today is the day that I opened up two very exciting boxes. And I have justified the life out of them below.
Black and cream juju hat on blush pink wall - French For Pineapple blog
The first box contained a magnificent cream and black Juju hat. Handmade in Cameroon by local craftspeople and traditionally made as ceremonial head dresses, these insanely beautiful feathered artefacts have been gracing the walls of gorgeous homes world round for years now, and I've had one at the top of my really really want list for ages.

Not really having ever felt I could justify the two hundred plus pound spend, I occasionally check ebay to see if any pop up, and that's exactly what I did the other night. BINGO. I picked one up for £80 from a lovely lady who was given it by friends living in Cameroon, but the colours didn't work in her house so she decided to sell it. No one else even bid on it and I'm over the moon at my bargain buy.

Luckily I didn't have a choice colour wise, or I'd never have been able to choose as they come in an amazing array of colours, which has probably also contributed to the fact that I've not bought one before. However I do need to decide where to put it. I temporarily popped in on the chimney breast to photograph it, but I don't think it will end up there. At around 80cms in diameter, it still get's a little lost there, or perhaps I'm just used the really big print that is normally in that spot. I'll let you know where it ends up.

So yeah, ebay doubters, you can still find bargains if you have the patience (and perhaps an obsessive / stubborn streak!)
Black and cream pineapple hat on blush pink chimney breast - French For Pineapple blog
The other thing I've crossed off my list is this beautiful 'Tumbler' side table from West Elm in a brass finish. Admittedly it's not been on my list for years, and in fact this particular design is quite new, but our living room has been crying out for a couple of side tables for a long while, and I totally fell in love with the selection from West Elm when I first laid eyes on them. It was a case of nothing else will do. I decided to splash out and buy one (not two!) and I've found another wooden side table for £30 on eBay (of course) that I'll paint. So I've actually saved money there, right?!

Brass side table - French For Pineapple blog
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One more thing, and then I'll let you go. This week is a pretty monumental week for me as my littlest who will be four next month started full time nursery (actually just yesterday), which means I finally have a bit more time to concentrate on the things I love doing, like writing my blog so I'll be posting more regularly. Hooray! So please come back soon or sign up to get posts in your inbox, because in the next few days I'll be sharing my recent holiday purchases and a mini interiors shopping guide to Ibiza and Formentera, and I have so many other exciting posts in the pipeline for you too! Now go vote.