The Dining Room: Inspiration, ideas & wishlist

So whilst I’m in this strange limbo land between living in my current flat and moving to the new place my head is filled with ideas and inspiration (and wish lists) of gorgeous things to fill the new kitchen/dining room space with. The whole idea of actually having space for a full dining table is a novelty right now – as it’s not exactly a given in London. When space is at a premium it’s much more common to find a table that doubles as something else or can be folded down and tucked away.

the dining room inspiration


But in the new place we have space that’s a nice kitchen area plus a space that’s big enough to have a dining table. I know, hold the phone – the excitement is just too much. But after a few years of always eating on our laps on the couch…this is a welcome change. Plus it feels properly grown up too. The thing now is trying to choose a few bits and bobs that manage to both be practical, add some personality to a room that’s otherwise a monochrome blank canvas and also be fun and a bit creative.

With all the rooms in the place we’re moving to, my biggest ‘worry’ is that I don’t want to end up with them looking like a generic showroom. It’s a bit too easy to do when it comes to furnishing things – so I don’t want to go for perfectly match dining  chairs, or buy a full sofa suite for the living room. I want to mix and match a bit more and add little touches that are unique… I haven’t totally figured out how to do this part totally yet. But I’ll learn as I go. But starting with the dining room. A few ‘inspiration’ bits to start with:

dining room inspiration 1

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The above layout is not totally dissimilar to the new house. With darker floors, but we have the island/white cabinet thing which makes me think a good chunky wooden table would warm things up a bit and keep it looking like a friendly inviting place. I wouldn’t have a table *quite* this big… but I do love it and the plant and lanterns look lovely too.  How grown up is this!? I love the lights over the table too…


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Again loving a chunky wood table. But for this one I really like how the colour has been brought in with the chair seats plus the cosy chairs at either end. Again, there’s a mis-matched element but in a way that’s still got some sense behind it rather than looking like a crazy person decorated. Well, crazy in the right way… The chairs are in a pattern, but anything but generic.

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With such a black and white backdrop in the new kitchen/dining space I want to find a way to soften it all up and add colour. I really like the way these mismatched chairs in different colours do just that. Along with the colour of the hanging lights and the cabinet. Overall it creates a really creative feeling room that feels homely and welcoming – which is exactly what I want. I don’t want it to feel cold and clinical, but warm, friendly and inviting.

The wish list:


Dining room inspiration wishlist

White Chairs – / Wooden Chairs – M&S Home / Copper Bowl – H&M Home / Smeg Kettle – John Lewis / LSA Wine Glasses – John Lewis / Ombre Mug – M&S Home / Glass Jars with Wooden Lids – H&M Home / Black & Gold Candle – H&M Home  / Turquoise square plate – John Lewis / Cactus Trio – Ikea / Copper Lamp – M&S Home / White Lantern – M&S Home / Mint plates – Zara Home / Table – Angela Reed 



  1. August 12, 2015 / 8:34 pm

    I love the mix of vintage and modern!

  2. August 12, 2015 / 9:02 pm

    Really like this idea of mismatched chairs, it feels stylish but homely!

  3. julia
    August 14, 2015 / 11:55 am

    Great ideas, but I’m just wondering how you can afford to rent an entire house & furnish it in London?

  4. Tanzina
    August 28, 2015 / 12:19 pm

    I love your wishlist, especially the turquoise accents. Mint is one of my favourite colours and think it will look so pretty incorporated into the decor. I can’t wait to have my own place and decorate it up.

    Not long now hopefully!

    Tanzina | Makeup A to Z |

  5. September 3, 2015 / 4:07 am

    Relaxed, polished, glamorous, dramatic — all of our most inspired dining room spaces are featured on this board. Find ideas for banquettes, breakfast areas, lighting, and more!

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