Monday, 8 April 2013

Dining Room - an update

I have been terribly slack when it comes to documenting the changes in our house lately.
One of the changes has been the dining room. When we bought this house we knew that the dining room suite that we had bought for Tim's first house would need to be upgraded eventually to fit the room. This dining room would have to be the oddest shaped dining room I have seen. Long, but narrow. I looked back over blog photos to see if I could find a 'BEFORE' photo of the dining room, and this is the best I could find. 

It shows the old suite (plus the valentines mail bags, which are not relevant) and the dark feature wall. Many, many people loved that dark wall, but it just didn't sit right with me. I like 'light' and 'bright' rooms and that wall, along with the brown kitchen was to much for me. The photo makes the room look very bright, I know, so you'll just have to trust me.
Since that photo, a mirror (from Ikea) was added to one wall, the feature wall was matched to the rest of the house and a photo ledge has been added. The wall is not finished yet and is most certainly a work in progress. Some of those 4x6 photos need to be enlarged and canvas prints will be added above the ledge once this little one is born.

 Our new dining room suite had been on our 'to do' list for 3 years and so when it FINALLY went on sale we dashed in and bought it. It is a lot bigger than our original table and fits the room much better.    

The Tripp Trapps and Tabletops have now been purchased too. It took me 3 years to convince Tim that they would be a good investment. Now that we have them in our house, guess who loves them? Correct. Daddy-o. Cruz is a massive fan as well and loves eating at the table now. I kid you not. He gets up and down himself and loves that he is sitting high enough to interact with everyone and enjoy his meal. I love that they are SO easy to clean and that the tabletop makes wiping up the crumbs really, really easy. I'm so glad that we finally purchased them and am hoping that we get a long life out of them. Even Tim sits on the Tripp Trapp every now and then. On the other side of the table is the baby's Tripp Trapp with the newborn attachment. We are hoping that having the baby up at the dinner table with us will help to reduce that witching hour as much as possible. Often Tim or I would have to hold Cruz on our laps while we ate dinner in those newborn days as he didn't like being sat in a bouncer or put down on a rug on the floor while we were enjoying our meal. We'll see if this helps.

A close up of the top of the table shows the tray that houses these cute tulips and a little mouse friend inside a tray. I expect that we will decorate what is in the tray each holiday to make the room a little 'holiday friendly' and have a bit of fun with it. The little tray with the love hearts is used to put mail or anything that needs to be sorted during the day in. Most days my camera ends up living in there, out of the reach of cute toddler hands.

And the last photo gives a good comparison to the photo at the top of the post. Like I said, the room is not finished. We have canvases to add as well as 3 pendants that need to be hung over the table. I'm very happy with how the room is coming along though and to me it feels more homely than it used too, which is the number one goal in our house. Making this house, our home. 


  1. Love it! Our dining table looks almost identical but we have wooden chairs. I would love to replace them in time with white. This room looks great just as it is Leanne! Can't imagine how amazing it will look when it is finished!

  2. I love it too :-) I am the same, I love 'light & bright' and have slowly but surely taken out most of our dark furniture, dark walls, etc. It looks so much nicer! I also love the Tripp Trapp seat and your table centre piece...everything you have I love haha! Good work!

  3. It's so lovely to have found you via Che & Fidel's 52 project from last week. I adore your home and your decorating style- everything is just gorgeous!
    I have a Tripp Trapp for my son and we both LOVE it- so stylish and simple and it gives them so much freedom! So much so I even wrote a whole blog post about it a few months back.

    I'm now a follower of your lovely blog so I don't miss any of your posts.

    Claire @ Jemima Longstocking x