Having lived in our home for 10 years now and finally some spare funds to remove the wall between the kitchen and dining room, we were able to create the large open plan space I always dreamt of. It is almost finished, just the new flooring and comfy TV seating area to sort. Its a lovely bright space, furnished with a combination of reclaimed hand painted furniture, modern pieces and local independent artists. All coming together to create a bright, light Scandinavian style space.
Above is a hand painted chest of drawers (the only piece in our home I didn't actually paint)in palest grey. A bowl and glass ball both found at a local boot sale. The sand encrusted SEA letters were bought on Etsy. The painting was very generously given to me by local artist Linda Bartlett whose work I used to sell in my shop.
The dining room view of the space. Huge white table purchased from Ebay is solid wood with great leg detail. If all white is too much for you to contemplate, the Scandinavian style is also very much about beautiful blond woods. This look is appearing everywhere on the high street at the moment.
Pic Danish design store
After much thought and changing my mind I decided to go for the classic Eiffel style chairs in white. I initially bought a blue Eiffel chair with blonde wooden legs but when we decided to go for a dark floor I felt the metal leg style would suit it better. I'm really pleased with the look. We also have clear Philippe Starck Armchairs for each end of the table. Not really Scandinavian style but they compliment the look. I think its important to not just follow a look blindly, but to inject your own personality into your home.
Getting the builders in also gave us a chance to re-think the heating. I have always loved the old style cast iron radiators and actually, considering they add to the decor and are not designed to sit unnoticed on the wall they were really good value for money. Ours were purchased from B & Q but you can find many around these days from just £100 each.
What my heart really desires is the traditional Scandinavian style stove (below) but they are WAY out of my budget.
I really hate to have lots of "stuff" cluttering my work surfaces which is an ongoing trial with four men in the house. Still its a great game of hide and seek I have ! Storage is important but also has to look good. When I found these great ceramic house storage jars in the sale in Debenhams they reminded me of the tall house you see in many Scandinavian countries. I've used them to store the tea, coffee and sugar.
pic - escapisttravel.com
Due to lack of money we decided to leave the existing kitchen units in place for the time being. We changed the tiles and gave the walls a lick of paint and it looks fine. A beloved find from my bootsale obsession is the set of beautiful plates and soup bowls displayed on a plate rack found at TK Maxx. Have to admit they don't get much use but they look LOVELY ! Although they are Vintage English, they look very Scandi to me and fit the space beautifully.
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