Currently the dining room had become the dumping ground for all of the boxes have not been unpacked yet so it a great place to make box forts but does not resemble a dining room in anyway shape or form yet. The room leads directly off the kitchen via sliding doors which are ugly and impossible to slide, you can open them but it a two person job and requires pushing and straining. They need replacing and after stripping the wallpaper it is probably the first job I will tackle. I have looked around at sliding door options and think i am definitely going to go with a simple mechanism like the one below. I want to find vintage doors and have a glass etching project in mind to make it really personal.
Even whilst it is filled with boxes you can tell that the room is massive and has tonnes of natural sunlight from the large bay windows. For this reason I need a huge table hopefully seating 10 but at least 8, dinner round at mine then! I have not found the perfect table for the right price yest but something along the lines of the one below would do just nicely, unfortunately it is no longer available.
I have some dining chairs that I have collected over the years but will need to gather more and then a day of sanding and paiting will be ahead of me, well maybe a weekend.
This room will house the record player so I will need some seating. The mid century sideboard that I restored last year will be perfect as a record cabinet.
I need to sort out the heating in this room as the radiator is too small for the space. So the gas fire will be removed and replaced with a cream wood burner and the radiator removed and two tall column radiators there in its stead. Swapping the radiators will also free up a little wall space for a much needed sideboard. I have heaps of glasses etc that will need to live somewhere. I am looking at a few second hand mid century options but I am also quite taken with the String shelving system too.
One of the stores I have fallen in love with in Paris is petit pan and I made the nursery pillows from their fabric. I am determined to have some of their beautiful printed cement tiles in the house, perhaps in the hearth? I think they would fit with the mid century feel.
Until recently I was set on having 5 small lights in the ceiling that would hang low and run the length of the table. However I have such a beautiful Victorian plaster ceiling rose that I have decided to keep it and instead am looking into a swag light. I will make my own as considering what they are the prices are through the roof, no pun intended. That way I can have the lights the exact length I want.
I have not decided on a colour scheme as yet but I will need to consider that many of my food posts will be shot in there so deep colours may reflect in the light. One thing is certain I will be reintroducing cocktail hour.