All this talk of the lounge lately and I’ve never shown you the other end of the room which acts as a dining area. Here it is with the former owner’s furniture:
This is how it looked for the first 18 months we lived here. I see a dining setting as an investment and was happy to wait until we could afford something special so we lived with the in-law’s wonky 70s hand-me-down pine table instead of wasting money on a nicer but temporary solution.
Our engagement brought lots of requests for gift ideas, so we asked for contributions to a dining setting. I was not expecting much change from four figures for a seriously good dining table, but I found this Tasmanian oak beauty for less than $300 at one of my fave antique stores. It came with chunky old upholstered chairs and the owner wouldn’t sell it to me without the chairs, but then the delivery guy offered to take them off my hands in lieu of payment for delivery – sweet! I love mixing old and new, nowhere more so than dining tables and chairs, and these replica Eames chairs from Milan Direct fit the bill. The crisp, glossy white is a beautiful contrast with the traditional style and natural imperfections of the table, but the timber legs prevent it looking too jarrring.
There are still a number of finishing touches I’d like to make, but I’m really pleased with the progress.