Dining in style…soon

For the last 6 years – since we moved to the USA from London my little family has been dining on a basic white round table from Ikea. We loved it when we bought it and lord knows we have had great use out of it but with more and more guests on the horizon and finally being able to entertain in our home it was high time to splash out and get a new table.

I have been keeping my eye open for a table for a while but I wasn’t getting very far – I really was torn about what to buy…wood or white? make our own concrete topped one??? Modern or traditional?

I needed help. So I started hitting my design sources for ideas (aka Pinterest!!) and I was heavily  inspired by this great dining set up……

Modern meets traditional dining room

Modern meets traditional dining room

I actually found this image on the Novogratz facebook page taken from the NY Times blog, the photograph is by  Magnus Marding.

The combination of modern & traditional is right up my alley and the legs on the above table are amazing. And so with this image in mind I finally knew what style I was looking for and after some time I found it. Yes, I have finally chosen a dining table…..

Grand Baluster in Black Drifted Oak

Grand Baluster in Black Drifted Oak

It’s from Restoration Hardware and I was able to take advantage of their end of year sale which was a bonus. I love the lines on this table and the black color is so dramatic! I cant wait to see it in situ. It also extends out to 96 inches which is perfect for the times we have more people over for dinner! (well not for another 4 weeks till we get it delivered!)

As for the chairs I am thinking I will add in some white modern eames moulded chairs around it to play off the traditional lines. Exactly like the ones in the first image above. What do you think – do you like the Black & White combination or would you add in some color???!!



About Samantha

We're a British couple living and working in the Bay Area and we just put our life savings (gulp) into our first home. We both work full time and have 2 young sons so life is kinda hectic! We intend to fully remodel the house with a very small budget whilst living in it and we will be doing most of the work ourselves. Interested in sustainable design and living we are trying to do the remodel as green as we can within our budget. This is our record of the journey to create our dream family home, the decisions we face and the inspiration and ideas we gather along the way.

3 thoughts on “Dining in style…soon

  1. Maybe black and white chairs with two emerald green chairs at the heads of the table for and your hubby?

  2. You can do a reverse image search on google to find where an image came from. The first link that came up for me is here: http://tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/04/01/family-style/

    Love the colorful mix of chairs!

    • Thanks Amy, I’ve updated the post with the right links!

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