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26th October 2015

Ideas on how to create a multi functional dining area with vintage accessories and a smart home office in an alcove. With tips from interior stylist Maxine Brady from WeLoveHome

Today, I want to talk you through my dining room ideas….well, I call it a dining room – which sounds a little grand – but it is more like a dining ‘area’. We have finally finished our mega home project – knocking a wall down between our old living room and pokey dining room to make an open-plan space.

I’ve never done that ‘open-plan-living-thing’ before and it has taken me months and months to work out what to do with the space.  I’ve been plotting my ideas for the living room but I haven’t had much inspiration for the dining space.  I love having a table and somewhere to eat but it’s always been a bit of a passage space.  We had an old sash window which was leaking (big shocker there) and a reproduction fireplace and that was it really.

During the build, I suggested casually that it might be an to replace the fireplace. Next thing I know Jonathan #DIYboyfriend has pulled it out the wall! Ekk! I freaked out by the idea that we were taking out an ‘original’ fireplace but as Jonathan pointed out it wasn’t original and I kept tripping over the extra large granite hearth subbing my toe. Without it, we can now push the dining table up against the wall, gaining lots more space.

My lovely builder John, took out the sash window and replaced it with this BOOOTIFUL full-glazed grey metal framed KAT door which opens out directly onto our garden. This has been seriously life changing! It allows so much more light into what was once a dark room.

I’ve been busy painting the rest of the walls with in Little Greene Paint Company’s Loft White while Jonathan is at a wedding this weekend.Ideas on how to create a multi functional dining area with vintage accessories and a smart home office in an alcove. With tips from interior stylist Maxine Brady from WeLoveHome


Style-wise – we’re almost there. We have grey retro dining chairs from Lakeland which we love. I’ve already painted our old dining table in Annie Sloane paint in a previous mini-makeover. We had an extra school ‘Mode‘ radiator put in British Gas by the new door when they came in to overhaul my central heating, to help heat up the area. We revamped the fireplaces with Paris patchwork style tiles from British Ceramic Tiles. Now, instead of a fireplace that doesn’t work – we have this tiled hole – sounds odd but it does work! We spent ages in this room picking out our sockets and switches…funny what DIY does to you.

We really wanted to salvage as many of the period features in the house and top of the list was to sand our floorboards but they are too thin (I’ve already fallen through them) so we’re decided to go for Engineered Oak Floorboards instead from www.ukflooringdirect.co.uk which is going to look Amaaaaaziiiiiiiiig! I’m secretly pleased as the floorboards are really scruffy and putting another floor on top will make the house so much warmer too.

This is our check list of what we have done and what we have left to do.

Ideas on how to create a multi functional dining area with vintage accessories and a smart home office in an alcove. With tips from interior stylist Maxine Brady from WeLoveHomeThe biggest change for me – is the desk Jonathan is making me in the alcoves….at last I am going to have my first EVER dedicated ‘workspace’. I can not wait! No more sitting on the sofa or dining room table with my lap top.  I am on the look out for a really cool vintage office chair.

I’ve been raiding my Pinterest board for ideas for the room – as you can see here.

Follow WeLoveHomeBlog.com’s board [Style] Dining Spaces on Pinterest.

We are so nearly there – if you like you ,can see my ideas for the living room here. And of course, I’ll be sharing all my ideas on here with you as they happen. If you want to see what #DIYboyfriend has been up to – you have to check out my Facebook which is full of his handy skills. Since he has been armed with a B&Q jigsaw and a drill, he has been my hero.

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    26th October 2015 at 11:33 am

    Loving it all so far Maxine. Isn’t it handy having a BF with tools?! Looking forward to seeing the final pics.
    Carole x

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      26th October 2015 at 12:52 pm

      Handy boyfriend came out of nowhere! He has been an amazing help. Flooring from http://www.UKFlooringDirect.co.uk comes today – so excited for that to arrive as once it is fitted we can start to finish the space. Woo Hoo!

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    26th October 2015 at 1:34 pm

    Definitely worth taking the time over planning the space. When we renovated, we were so impatient about just getting it finished that in hindsight we could have planned a few things a bit better. Your patience will pay off, I promise! Can’t wait to see how it looks when finished 🙂

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      26th October 2015 at 2:01 pm

      Oh dear – I’m so impatient. The only reason I’m having to wait is because we need to wait for our dream flooring. But mabe this has worked for the best in the long run. He hee

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    26th October 2015 at 4:57 pm

    ohh love how its coming along. Its so handy having a tool wise other half. Love the idea of the office space in the alcove x

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      26th October 2015 at 5:21 pm

      Got to squeeze in my freelancing amongst the cushions somehow! Going to blog about it for http://www.lauraashley.com in the new year which is very exciting!

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    26th October 2015 at 6:38 pm

    Open plan is the only way to go. Exciting when that wall comes down!!
    And i’ve also got a very handy OH who is always willing to learn how to do new things which makes my job a lot easier. We spent this morning flicking through my trade catalogue over breakfast. How romantic! 🙂

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      27th October 2015 at 2:57 pm

      Sounds dreamy to me!

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    Rachel @ Fresh Design
    27th October 2015 at 3:15 pm

    Great to see your updates and see how it’s all coming along. I like the sound of your alcove desk.

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      28th October 2015 at 6:51 pm

      Thank you. Will keep you posted as soon as it happens on here.

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