on the homefront {dining room update}…

long ago in a land far away, a certain curly-haired blogger promised to show updates of her new home as & when it developed…

to be honest, i’m always a little trepidatious about presenting things here in their unfinished format: partly because i can be a bit of a perfectionist & partly because i’m aware that things can sometimes look a little half baked when they’re, well, only actually half baked {explained so deftly in this “the middle makes no sense” post put together by john & sherry over at young house love}…

but, here goes…

following last week’s acquisition of a “not forever, but it will do for now” dining table {posted about here}, i’m happy to report we’re finally making some progress at last…

here’s how our dining room looked when we first moved in {a blank canvas}:

a nomadic abode

& here’s how it looked for the best part of our first four months of living here {a blank canvas housing a non-blank canvas, four neglected chairs & a bin}:

a nomadic abode

oh the shame!

& here’s how it looks now with the addition of the aforementioned “not forever, but it will do for now” dining table which arrived on saturday having been hoisted over the balcony by a rope…

a nomadic abode

of course this nook is far from finished, but at least we now have somewhere to eat & something to fill that gap in the middle of the room…

& whilst the table was a forced purchase {more on that here}, things could be worse…

its size works well in the compact thoroughfare which serves as our dining room & i think the arched table legs tie in nicely with the rounded backs of the wishbone chairs {personally, i prefer more of a high contrast look over a matchy matchy affair, but needs must}…

the table currently boasts a patchy orange sheen so i’ll be sanding that back & applying a soaped oak finish {more about that another day} so that it sits a little more quietly in the space…

in addition, i’m also planning to soften this whole nook with a rug {which will also take away from the wood-on-wood overload currently on show}, an oversized light, a glossy console table & some artwork {as well as actually hanging the existing picture as opposed to propping it up on a radiator}…

i’m toying with colours at the moment, but because there are no windows along this entire side of the house {skylights only} & it can get a little gloomy, i’m currently leaning towards introducing a fresh green palette to enliven things & bring the outdoors in…

perhaps a bit like this…

a nomadic abode_green dining room

i love vintage art work: it’s generally affordable {so you don’t mind swapping the look out every now & then} & it feels like having old friends to stay…

& as i already have a few pieces in my collection, i’m hoping it won’t be long before i can bring this whole look to life…

a nomadic abode_art

but all this being said, come back next week & i might just have installed the walled succulent garden i’d envisaged since day one…

such is the beauty of design!

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12 thoughts on “on the homefront {dining room update}…

  1. IT. LOOKS. FABULOUS. Wow! I love the skylight you have in the dining nook, too. That adds so much to it, but the majority of it is all your doing. The oversized b&w print of NYC is a great focal point behind the (gorgeous!) just-for-now table. And I love those wishbone chairs with the sheepskins on them. I could have a long and lazy meal there, for sure! I think if you add in those colors and vintage paintings it will really make that space something special. Can’t wait to see the progress going forward. Soaped oak finish piqued my interest!

    • thank you love! it’s a long way off, but i never get around to putting up progress reports or airing my many lines of thought that go into each room… to be honest, if i owned this home, it would look nothing like this, but then that’s the fun of renting, right? you can play in a non-committal way… nothing too crazy expensive to fit nooks in rental homes… it has to be fun & functional & not break the bank! i’ll update you on the soaped oak when i get to it later this week!

  2. The table has finally arrived. Yeepee!!

    I LOVE your collage… it really embodies what it would look like and all elements are great.

    Very nice nook AND a place to eat yummy food, not just gobbling down chocolates

    • thank you so much love… i love putting together these collages… perhaps not the most professional, but to be honest i think they work… i do a lot of my personal project work like this and it takes a tenth of the time of tech drawings, so for the purposes of vignettes & nooks, i think it works! yes, looking forward to being able to host yummy food {and not just chocolate} too!

  3. trepidatious – great word.

    I think it looks great and I love your table. I’d be interested in having that when you get your forever one. Is it extendable? Love all that green, very Hawaii. I’m loving all these posts about how you do stuff x

    three questions:
    1. are those fake flowers from Abi’s
    2. where do you get the oil paintings, I really want that look but can never find any I like
    3. what did you do that concept board in, photoshop?

    • hi annie… yes the table is extendable (though still not huge when open)… it’s actually quite a handsome piece & whilst it’s growing on me, i’m still looking for a round one (too many angles occurring in my home!) so i’ll keep you posted 😉
      the flowers are indeed fakealicious & ahernia… they’re my favourite of all the ones i have as they’re the most real looking by far (white hydrangea & peony, gelda & dark berries)… i also got the vase from her shop & it’s a lovely smoky grey glass which sets of the fresh greens & whites nicely!
      the oil paintings i’ve picked up from various places… etsy, ebay, op shops & markets… i have the most luck on etsy, though decent portraits can start to get a bit pricey (in the £000s) and i don’t have that kind of budget!
      & the concept board i did very quickly on my mac in pages (it’s very rough, but suits my purposes and is a really quick way for me to work up a look to see if i like the direction it’s going in)… i did a few in ppt for my studies which worked really well too… clearly not to scale, but in terms of creating a look & feel i enjoy this medium!

    • thank you so much! it’ll probably change a kazillion times over, but i thought it’s worth documenting the process… it should certainly brighten up what is currently a very underused space!

    • thank you so much leah! hopefully this is a relatively-short term project too so i should have most things in place in the next few weeks! hoorah!

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