Dining Room Revamp

So much goes on around the kitchen table!! from drinking cups of tea with your girlfriends to dancing round the table on a Friday night with your lover, gin and tonic in hand…..

It’s the space in your home where you bring everyone together. Your friends, family, children, grandparents, morning to night, no other room has such high footfall.

That being the case, this is the room you can have the most fun designing. So about a year ago, well maybe longer…… I started planning.

Dining room, before shot, already pretty tropical!

(before shot –  already pretty tropical.)

Here at the studio we have been designing wallpapers, and selfishly I had to design a few with my kitchen in mind! I was brought up in a tropical country and am obsessed in all my design work (jewellery included) in the tropical, it being my most dominant inspiration, so alongside Sarah’s amazing love for gardening and all things green and growing this had to be our first print!

Tropicalizing my kitchen/diner was always going to be the way forward. My garden has been growing into a jungle for some years now so the view from the dining room into the jungle garden is now incredible, all we needed to do now was create something as amazing inside!

The wallpaper took months to get right, it is an amazing process, so many details! slowly slowly being refined…  so in the meantime I could obsess over the furniture.

I love beautiful things, but like most we can never afford the wish list, so i have become a master of finding ways over the years of creating what i really want, for less…and often the inventiveness that finds the solution creates a far more individual result.

I always wanted an oval table, before children we had a great 1970’s smoky glass tulip table and now the kids are grown up (well nearly) I knew it was time..

The original table we wanted was out of our price bracket so thinking out of the box was the only way. I found a company on eBay that sold the base and thankfully my partner is a talented cabinet maker so he could make me the table top we needed. Made out of MDF and lacquered it black, it arrived with a piano finish, beautiful but ridiculous and scary considering our 3 kids!!! Needless to say we have worn it in slightly now…

The chairs are another eBay find, a steal at £50 each, original 1970’s brass. I had found a table and chair set in an antique shop that I’d fallen in love with, I mean deeply in love with so when three months later I find the exact same chairs not for £5000.00 but for £50 each a steal and a squeal.


Sarah and I took a trip to Ardingly antiques fair earlier this year, something we love to do, especially as this time it was for one of our own homes we could be completely open minded about what we found. Several Marino glass chandeliers and three shiny black safe’s later…… Stacking the safe’s one on top of the other we created a beautiful cabinet that now stores my alcohol and all important growing collection of Gins!!

Dining room after

(after: totally topicalised.)    This image taken by Luminary colour  All other images taken by Black Parrots Studio.