Getting the dining room sorted

So far I’ve taken you on the journey of how we got our house and the state it was in before the renovations. I’ve also shown you what it looked like fresh from being renovated. This is the first post where I start to show you what it looks like now!

Our dining room is…well, getting there. Not finished yet, but getting there.

When we moved in, it was a room to store furniture we didn’t need. We’d been using the dining room table to eat at, but that’s about it really.

I really wanted to get the dining room sorted and ready for summer (positive thinking for the weather!), so we’ve made a few changes which means we’re getting there.

We haven’t painted any walls yet…we’ve kept it light, white and airy whilst we decide what we want to do. We found new homes for the spare furniture and James spent a day sanding back the old sideboard. We’ve had the sideboard for a year or two now and he’s meaning to do it, but these things take time. Instead of the red-ish shiny tinge, we now have a lovely walnut coloured sideboard with black handles and trim instead of the tarnished gold of before. Sorry I didn’t take a before pic! I’ve been searching for a photo of it in our old living room to share…but for the life of me, I cannot find one. Trust me though, it looks a lot better!Graham & Brown Lamp

I’d been searching for a table lamp for quite a while, but not really finding any that I liked (it’s hard searching for lighting when you have a lighting company!). Along came Graham & Brown who offered me this gorgeous open wire table lamp. I adore the lines. The metal is not quite brass and not quite steel…so goes beautifully with the gold and black accents in the room. I like to think I know good lighting when I see it these days…and I love this one. The details are great too…lovely twisted black fabric cable. It works better than smooth would have.

Table Lamp

We popped one of our vintage light bulbs in and ahhhh…..just look at that! Lovely.

Table Lamp

The dining table is one I bought around six or so years ago from Heals. I’d always loved it and found it in their sale. It’s taken James quite a while to come to appreciate it. He’s been badgering me for ages to get a new table, but I’ve never found one I like more. I love that it’s round, it’s much more sociable when friends are at ours for dinner. I think I’ve worn him down now, he’s decided it can stay if he stains it dark.

The geometric concrete vase is from Rose & Grey. I only bought it a few months ago and they seem to have sold out now. I bought this one and a larger one which is in our kitchen. I’m a fan of concrete in interiors and homewares. I love the industrial feel of it. This vase is lovely for contrasting against the sweet williams. I love it when sweet williams are in season, they’re so cheap….and pretty!
Rose & Grey Concrete Vase

Roe & Grey Concrete Vase

The chairs were from eBay. We’re on our third set of chairs for this table…none of them have been ‘right’ – either the style or the height. These chairs are a little too low. The search continues for the perfect set of chairs for us.

The ceiling light is one of our creations. It’s seven bulb light made out of a “fool’s gold” multi-point ceiling rose, black fabric cable, “fool’s gold” bulb holders and a variety of vintage style light bulbs. We chose gold to go with the metalwork on the French doors. All we need now for that light is to swap the light switch for a dimmer. Seven light bulbs can be a bit bright! A dimmer is perfect for creating ambience rather than a headache.Dining Room - Interiors Blog Dining Room - Interiors Blog

We’ve got various bit of art in the room. The one below is by an artist called Scoph. He did the interior of Leeds restaurant The Man Behind The Curtain and came in to do part of the interior of our old premises at Dowsing & Reynolds.

We love his graffiti/street style and took a shine to this particular print.Dining Room - Interiors Blog

Like I said, the room isn’t finished just yet. The fire is in, but I’m not happy with the backing. We still need to hang something above the fireplace and actually I want to move the sideboard to the opposite side of the room.

So, lots more to do…I’ll take you on that journey with me.Dining Room - Interiors Blog

* Please note that I was gifted the table lamp from Graham and Brown for review purposes. My opinions, as ever, as my own. I love it and think it fits wonderfully into the dining room.




  1. July 6, 2016 / 9:58 am

    Oh Ally it looks absolutely gorgeous!!! It must be so nice having the space to relax in – I really love how you’ve styled everything. Saving this post for when we finally get round to doing our kitchen/diner! x
    Sophie Cliff

  2. July 6, 2016 / 10:42 am

    I am absolutely IN LOVE with your home. It’s unbelievable. Please can I come live with you? Ha!
    Bee |

  3. July 6, 2016 / 3:08 pm

    Aww….thank you Sophie! Lovely comments. We do love the house so much now, it feels more like our home xx

  4. Sophie
    July 6, 2016 / 3:10 pm

    Love your home! Sophie x

  5. October 28, 2016 / 3:52 pm

    I love that you’ve used a sideboard as a little bit of a drinks table, I might have to steal this idea

  6. September 7, 2017 / 11:01 am

    I love everything! the dining chairs, the side table… that lamp! you have great taste.

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