Saturday, 20 September 2014

The Little Dining Room Project Reveal!

 Rome wasn’t built in a day…

And neither was this little project.  Did I mention I’m finally finished with it?  I am….sort of.  This tiny little front room was a dumping ground for everything old and ugly. It needed a SERIOUS makeover.  The carpets were no longer recognisable as such and beyond any kind of cleaning so with that in mind we opted for faux wood flooring;  there’s no comparison to real wooden floors, but as usual budget dictated the purchase.

BEFORE photos taken after tenant had moved out, but before we renovated the entire house:

A small boxy room by anyone’s standards, so we went for a grand wallpaper, creating the illusion of a much bigger space as well as creating visual interest.  I wanted over the top glamour and initially I wanted to paint the ceiling gold but that was just a bit too much for my client, so we left it as is.  Instead I glammed it up with gold elements like the chandelier,  gold framed mirror,  Gold Mirrored Shelving and a few accessories. 

The wall directly opposite the window needs a statement piece and I have my eye on this Carl Bengtsson poster but I can’t seem to find a supplier in the UK…if anyone knows please drop me a line… in the meantime I’m thinking of creating my own piece of photography, if it works it’s going up, if not it's back to the drawing board!  Except for the mirror, a pineapple painting and this lovely African Grey print, the walls have been left bare.  That’s intentional as the wallpaper is very busy and doesn’t need a lot of wall art.  The addition of a palm tree in the corner gives a real tropical feel to the room.

It’s a tiny space, but I wanted to create a little bit of Hollywood sparkle.  I kept the drapes white and sheer, the light from the window still floods the room and the Purl Window Frost has given this road facing dining space much needed privacy. The table is an antique Gate leg table given to my client by her mother. The replica Phillip Starke Ghost chairs give a modern and spacious feel to the room.  There are no children in this home, so it was easy to accessorise the gold shelving with lovely décor pieces without having to make the space child friendly.   The Bar Cart adds a touch of old Hollywood glamour and fits in nicely with the whole feel of the space. The look is young and not too serious and in good old England, where we often have more grey days than sunny skies it’s a tropical oasis guaranteed to cause a smile….so what do you think?

I’ll be sharing my resource list next time – budget style!
Take care!


Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Drinks anyone?

I thought summer was over, but we’re having amazing weather for September, slightly cooler in the mornings, but our days are lovely and warm.

I don’t want to jinx it but we’ve had humid days and lots of sunshine with a slight breeze which is ideal for spending time on the beach.  Great weather means I still get to cycle along the beach front in t-shirt and shorts and so before the temperatures start dropping I want to show you pics of the bar cart that I found for the dining room project. 

Bar carts/drinks trolleys have been gaining popularity in recent years and there are some beautiful ones to be found on line.  Remember this post I did a few years back tea or drinks trolley Some are hugely expensive and others less so….this little number was £10 and I found it on eBay! It’s not quite up there with the uber glam models but it will do and does the job nicely until a more expensive one can be purchased.

I love how you can put everything to do with mixing drinks, slicing lemons and popping in a straw, all onto one small trolley. They provide just enough space for keeping all the paraphernalia together with the added bonus of being able to take it outside for a BBQ.  Plus they add a super glamorous look to any space.

I bought the vintage striped gold tumblers from Etsy and the wine glasses  with the gold coral motif from Zara Home.  

I dressed it up to fit in with the rest of the room, a slightly tropical sparkly feel…love it! Drinks anyone?

I've been promising you pics of the little dining room project for weeks now, so that's up next, promise!

Take care