Dining in style…soon

4 Jan

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???!!


8 Responses to “Dining in style…soon”

  1. Sophie January 4, 2013 at 9:39 pm #

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

    • Samantha January 7, 2013 at 10:01 pm #

      Yes I love the bright green chairs!

  2. Amy B. January 7, 2013 at 12:59 pm #

    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!

    • Samantha January 7, 2013 at 10:01 pm #

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

  3. Stacey February 15, 2013 at 8:24 am #

    Wow! That table is amazing. The legs are just as grand as your inspiration photo and the size… holy dinner party!!! I bet you’re so excited.
    I love the idea of using the Eames chairs around this table. It exactly fits the bill in terms of your love for mixing modern with traditional. It’s a great choice. I love the photo and all the colors… but you can NEVER go wrong keeping the palette simple. The black and white idea totally appeals to me.
    Have fun!

    • Samantha February 17, 2013 at 7:57 pm #

      Thanks Stacey – We LOVE the table and I can highly recommend it, its soo well built. I just cant wait to get the right chairs around it now… I just need to find the right supplier!

  4. Nancy February 22, 2013 at 10:41 am #

    Wow. This is odd but had come up with the exact same idea for my own dining room–black balustrade table from RH and white eames chairs – so please post when you’ve gotten everything in to tell how it all looks. I stumbled across your blog and this post while searching for anyone who had experience with that black oak drifted finish on the table. It looks a bit rough in the pictures. (I am envisioning splinters and crumbs caught in the finish!) Is it rough or is it smooth?

    • Samantha February 23, 2013 at 10:02 am #

      Hi Nancy – there’s no splinters but it is a wood table so yes there’s grooves and wood grain detail and crumbs can get caught but we keep the kids at one end with a plastic tablecloth over it so that deals with most of the mess issue! It really is a beautiful table, it has more of a painted finish than a stained finish – its very even. I can highly recommend it!

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