The Hard Working Dining Table

How many of us have a separate dining room and how often do you use it?

Our house only has two rooms downstairs or 3 at a push if you call the postage stamp of a hall a room.  One long kitchen and a living room the same length but not big enough to fit a dining table in so the obvious place to put a table is the kitchen.  So is it a kitchen table or a dining table, that is the question?  I think the former as our table works hard, its not just for show or the occasional sit down meal.  Our scrubbed pine table does everything, we work from it, do homework, have breakfast dinner and tea around it, we coffee and cake around it, we sit and chat with friends around it, its an all purpose well loved piece of furniture at the heart of the home.  Bringing me back to my initial question about separate dining spaces and how often you use them, I think the way we live our lives today has changed so much that we live more communally than ever before, having a dedicated room just for having a meal in is becoming a thing of the past but I suppose that is my own opinion and I’d love to know yours.

We bought our table with the intention of having it forever, we wanted the scrubbed top so we could make dents and have spills so that each mark became part of our history and after 15 years its still fabulous.  So I’m not about to change it any time soon, well I might paint the legs, I’ve been itching to do that for ages.  I do daydream sometimes about other tables for when the day comes for us to move or if we extend, so that I could fit in a bigger sleeker model in but it would still have the same daily jobs to contend with.

On the good value side IKEA do some fabulous tables like this one, then my mind wanders to the more desirable versions from HAY and Heal’s, my all time luxury item would be a Saarinen large oval by Knoll its dreamy.  For now though I shall stick to my trusty scrubbed pine sturdy table that is part of the fabric of our family, there to create more memories around for the foreseeable future.

I shall leave you with my ever increasing Pinterest board dedicated to the very subject of dining for pure inspirational purposes of course.

Jx

Images 1-6 my own ~ Image Source 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 & 12

 

How to Live with a Small Bathroom // Monochrome Dreaming

Confession time, I dislike my bathroom but neither have the funds or the space to do anything about it at the moment.  The thought of being bathroomless fills me with more dread than living with the one I have currently got.  I would simply adore my home to be glossy magazine worthy but that just isn’t going to happen with my dodgy 80’s taps and strange wooden dado rail that grace my walls!  We have ripped up nasty laminate and painted everything in hard wearing blackened by Farrow & Ball which blurs the lines to this tiny tiny 2 m² space.  The saving grace is the suite is white we’ll just ignore the acrylic bath with old lady grab handles.

I have added little touches that make it a nicer space to be in and I do love having a long soak.  We have a super slimline cupboard from Ikea that hides all the bathroom essentials and keeps the surfaces clear.  With the shower being over the bath we replaced the shower head and attachments to a simple stainless rose, pipe and control panel so no extra fuss. We have just added a sleak new shower screen from the new Elle Decoration Noir range for Bathstore that has stopped the leaks and is perfect for what we need.  All other touches give it a cohesive look that makes you ignore the crappy tiles and dodgy dado. A beautiful oak loo seat from Baileys if you can call a loo seat beautiful and an oak loo roll holder from Workshop Living , soft linen towels by Rowen & Wren, and a super Hunter & Jones Berber style cotton bath mat that is sumptuous to step onto after a lovely soak. The next small change is happening late Summer as we have bitten the bullet and are replacing all the windows for grey aluminium ones, more window less frame so should make a huge difference to the quality of light.

So you don’t really need that glossy magazine bathroom, you can make little changes and add thoughtful accessories to make your bathroom into a relaxing place to spend quality moments for that all important bath to rejuvenate and collect your thoughts.

I know exactly how I would transform this space if I could, monochrome would be the colour scheme, I find it works so well in a bathroom especially one as small as mine. I gather inspirational images all the time but always come back to the same look.  Streamlined fixtures, clean lines, no fuss and I’d definitely fit in a feature tile somewhere by Mandarin Stone, I have one leaning up behind my sink to help me visualise how it could be, one day.

So for now I shall live with my little tired space but shall dream big via my Pinterest board.

Jx

Images 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 & 16