the happenings {a dining nook}…

a nomadic abode_dining nook

a rare thing indeed happened this past saturday…

whilst sitting in the movies watching life of pi, no less, it would appear we purchased a dining table on ebay {the bidding frenzy ended mid-movie}…

intake of breath…

before you get too excited, no it’s not the “forever” table, but it is an agreed “it’ll do for now” table that we determined we’d buy as part of a new year’s eve truce…

after much persuasion i caved & agreed two plus years probably was long enough to go without & the boyfriend conceded that, should i find the perfect table at a later date, this one could get the chop…

& so it is, we are now the proud owners of a compact little number in oak to tie in with our wishbone chairs {though my strong preference was something round, chunky & probably in a darker oak to contrast}

& there’s nothing like buying a dining table to instil a long-overdue dining room makeover frenzy in this household {see image above}…

our dining room is a box-like cubby {approx. 2 meters wide x 2.5 metres long} which serves double duty as a thoroughfare between the kitchen & living room…

as we rent, any major makeover is unfortunately off limits, but nonetheless i’m determined to give this space its own sense of style & identity…

first step, as always, i pull together a load of images on my computer & start constructing a roomset to see how i feel about colours, shapes & finishes & the mood in general…

first to go in are existing pieces {the table, our wishbone chairs & an oversized new york canvas purchased from ikea several years ago}…

then i play with other key pieces that will really set the mood like lighting & rugs…

our living & dining spaces are somewhat open plan so i need a look that is cohesive with the rest of the furnishings & decoration, so i’m planning on bringing in a nod to the industrial look via this fabulous koushi light & an element of tribal with a much-coveted kilim rug

i think adding a glossy console/desk from ikea {thanks for the tip ms ahern!} along the back wall will create a focal point & somewhere to display some decorative items & the colour will also tie in nicely with the other silvers & greys i have going on elsewhere in the flat…

the final step, & possibly my favourite, are the decorative finishes…

again i’m using some existing pieces i can pull in from elsewhere like my asuka wallpaper lamp {similar available here} & some artwork that i’ve acquired over time…

some books, glass votives, a porcelain cockatoo {to remind me of home, of course}, & a florist van worth of blooms completes the look…

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