Category Archives: Dining rooms

Home Love: My Favourite Space

I poked my head into blogland today and heard about the Home Love contest at Fashion for Home (thanks Kimberly!) where you show your favourite spot in your home and the prize of ยฃ500 to spend at their online store is very tantalizing indeed, so thought I’d enter (nothing to lose!).

For the contest, I am submitting my dining room, which has been a real labour of love in every sense of the phrase. Lots of labour and lots of love (and a teensy budget). Now that the labour part is over, there is just lots of love for the room.

My favourite room!

This room connects to the living room, the kitchen and the stairs, so it is pretty much the central hub of the home. For me, it is buzzing with creative energy while also perfectly fitting into the happy, relaxed and eclectic style that personifies my hubby and me. A mix of old and new, everything has been acquired over time from different places including an antiques saleroom, a local art and craft fair, even a flea market in Amsterdam, with a few items from retail stores.

The painting sitting behind the Dutch vases on the bookcase (below) is a reproduction of Edward Hopper’s Capron House (1933). I painted it just to see if I had any talent with a paintbrush. ๐Ÿ™‚

My proudest creative endeavour is making over the vintage pine farmhouse table and chairs set which came from an auction house, complete with knocks and dents. I love how deep the table is – it makes it very social and we can fit up to 8 people around it at a squeeze. The original finish wasnโ€™t quite our style though, so I got to work on it, staining the table dark and painting the chairs a lovely pale stone colour.

Yup, thatโ€™s me getting down and dirty.

When we put the room together, it was just for me and hubby. Now we have a little boy and he seems to be enjoying the room as much as the grownups do! And no childproofing required for the solid old furniture – any knocks he (inevitably) adds will simply add to the character and memories. ๐Ÿ™‚


What is your favourite spot or room in your home?




Filed under Design, Dining rooms, DIY

Arty rooms

I have such a thing for arty rooms, and the bigger the art, the better. Remember my magic Photoshop trick here? (visit the link for more arty spaces)

Images from my Pinterest

Darlings, I am taking a break from blogging for a couple of weeks as work and life are hectic right now and there are 17,398 things that I must attend to before I can resume normal-ish service here. Fret not though, as I will continue to pin lovely inspiration that I come across so there will be plenty for you to browse through on my Pinterest boards. I’ll also continue to post interesting finds on my Facebook page so be sure to join me there!

Lots of love to you all and catch you when I’m back! xxx



Filed under Art, Dining rooms, Living rooms

A peek into my home

sneak peek!

This is exciting! I am over at the swoonilicious Swoon Worthy blog today, showing a peek into my home for the first time ever and talking about my favourite room, creatively achieved on an itsy bitsy budget.

If you’ve ever wondered how I go about designing my own humble little home… well, there are no designer names to be found, nor any sort of design process or rules that are followed, but there is plenty of heart. ๐Ÿ™‚

I know you’re just dying of curiosity so I shan’t keep you any longer, hop on over to Swoon Worthy now!


Filed under Art, Craft, Design, Dining rooms

Cheery contrast: blue & red

Drake Design Associates

The weather has turned dreary and rainy in this part of the world so I am looking at a perk-me-up colour combination: turquoisey blue (think blue sky and sea) teamed with bright vibrant red.



House of Turquoise


Homes & Antiques


La Maison Boheme

It even works for a cosier, more romantic look.


Apartment Therapy

Aren’t these just the prettiest little girls’ rooms? SO much better than a sickly pink overload. (Speaking of which, can somebody please explain why some parents insist on surrounding their girls in pink? Because I really don’t understand it.)

Little Green Notebook


Hotel Missoni, Edinburgh


Conversation Pieces

Looks like the most fun wedding ever, yes?


Do you have colours that you turn to when you need perking up? Or any other tricks for a dreary grey day?



Filed under Bedrooms, Blue, Design, Dining rooms, Living rooms, Red

Home tour: mixing old and new in a country setting

This is a sort of second installment to the previous post where we ogled over designer Jimmy Stanton’s urban condo in Atlanta.

He and his partner also have a beautiful home in the Georgia countryside so there is even more of their gorgeous style to feast your eyes on.

Warm khaki-grey walls, harmonious blend of old and new, different shapes and textures… there are so many interesting things to look at, yet the overall feel is SO comfortable and homely.

The grouping of pressed botanicals set against black paper is fabulous and I love that the seat is not centered to the art wall… rebellious!

LOVE the old submarine ceiling lights!

They really have thought of everything in this beautiful home… there are even speakers wired into the tree trunks! *cue soft music in the air*

So if it was a choice between the condo in the previous post or this country home, which one would you pick?


Images from Atlanta Homes



Filed under Bathrooms, Bedrooms, Design, Dining rooms, Home tours, Kitchens, Living rooms

Coral crush

Shades of coral: stunning natural beauty

If you read my Interior Moods post, you’ll know that there is something in this spring air that has got me completely besotted with the cheery sweet shades of coral.

Being a mix of pink, orange and yellow (all happy colours!), it’s no wonder coral feels so uplifting.

Coral shades range from light, delicate and soft…

Feminine and BEAU-TI-FUL

to vibrant coral-reds…

Fab way to add red!


On to more coral loveliness for your viewing pleasure…

Nuevo Estilo
Mediterranean, eclectic and charming


via Elements of Style
Fabulously feminine


source unknown (please let me know if you know where this image is from and I’ll credit it)
Gorgeous accent with black and white chic


Elle Decor
Sitting pretty with other happy colours


House Beautiful
Light aqua and coral – possibly the chirpiest combination


Nuevo Estilo
OMG a coral rug!


1st Option
Love how the lampshade pops against the cool silvery blue curtains


Massucco Warner Miller


via House of Turquoise
Such a peachy nursery


Black Crow Studios via La Maison Boheme
Swoonilicious watercolour wallpaper… YUM


Give me a woop if you also think that coral the most delightful and cheerful accent colour! ๐Ÿ™‚



Filed under Bedrooms, Coral, Design, Dining rooms, Living rooms

Foxed-glass mirrors

1st Option via hello lovely inc.

Antiqued mirrors, to me, are like unique pieces of art. The aged/foxed look, whether naturally formed over many years or deliberate, adds so much depth and dimension to a space.

House Beautiful

House Beautiful

Elle Decor

via Swoon Worthy
I can’t get over this image…. so utterly gorgeous!

Literally, pieces of art…

Saligo Design

source unknown
Vintage photos and vintage mirrors – so cute!

As part of the furniture, adding so much character…

via Frog Hill Designs

Nuevo Estilo

Nuevo Estilo

You likey?



Filed under Bedrooms, Design, Dining rooms, Living rooms