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.
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?!).
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...
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).
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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