It’s been six days since I heard the bad news about my house falling through. You may be forgiven for thinking that I would wallow in a ball of self-pity and gin, but only one of those is true. (Mmmm … gin.) Instead, I arranged to see a house the very next day.
It has four bedrooms (yay!), but is opposite a school (boo!). It has allotments at the bottom of a very nice garden but because it’s fairly open, I had visions of burglars running amok and using my garden as an escape. (I also had a very vivid imagination as a child.) It’s a little old-fashioned, which I could probably get over, and I even got the rent down £50 a month as I stood and complained about the rent to the agent.
But the fact is, my heart wasn’t in it. I could have looked at my dream house that day and hated it. I’m still hurt and upset that I’ve been royally shafted … and not in a good way. I’ve gone through the process of beginning my house search again because I know that’s the most positive, proactive thing I can do and sitting on my bum moaning doesn’t do myself or Dexter any favours.
So whilst I wait for new houses to be added to RightMove (yup, I really am refreshing the homepage on the hour), I thought I’d do some online browsing for homey stuff. Planning my new home always makes me feel better about things and even though I have most of the basics now, it’s always good to keep looking.
(I say I have most of the basics, I don’t even have a washing machine or fridge, but I DO have the most gorgeous cushions!)
So today, I thought I’d focus on a dining room wish list. I may not physically have a dining room yet, but dreaming about one will help me cope with the stress of last week!
Dining Table & Chairs
I already have a dining room table and chairs, BUT … the table was a second from DFS and cost me £50. It’s a white, high gloss, square table with a chip in the middle but it more than did the job at my old house – I didn’t have a formal dining room, it just sat at the end of the kitchen. It did me a turn, as Mum would have said.
I bought (and put together myself) these green chairs from Atlantic Shopping to go with the white table …
… which I still like, but I think I want something more grown-up, and definitely something bigger for my next house. I’d love to be able to have family round for dinner, which I can’t do with my small, ‘seats 4’, table.
I’ve been looking on eBay for second-hand solid oak tables and there are some real bargains to be had. I have a man with a van for jobs like that so I have someone to go and collect it for me, but part of me wants something new. I’m tired of having to buy everything second-hand, but I’m still not prepared to spend £800 on a table!
Here are a few sets I’ve seen so far that I like – this first one is from M&S:
It’s got enough room for when I have visitors BUT … I’m not sure I’m a fan of the whole dark leather thing. At least not at the dining table. So that’s the only thing that puts me off. Plus the table is £649 and it’s £200 per chair! You can’t deny the quality of M&S but I think that’s pretty expensive, don’t you? They are, however, running a 20% off selected pieces of furniture right now, so it would work out at least a little cheaper. As an aside, I think the crockery they’ve used here is also gorgeous!
Next up is this set from Zurleys:
I prefer the lighter colour of the chair pads and I think circular extending tables are more unusual so this could work, whether I end up putting it in the kitchen or dining room because let’s face, who knows what house I’ll end up with! It’s light oak and £614 for the table AND 4 chairs!
And finally, I love this from Ikea:
This table is birch and is £275 – maybe more suitable for something a little less formal. But you can’t go wrong with Ikea if your budget can’t extend to M&S/John Lewis prices. There’s always a great range, you can even buy table tops and legs separately for something a little different and something I only found out this week, but you can even arrange for Ikea to put your furniture together for you. For someone that can be a little DIY-challenged, that’s a great help.
Do you remember the copper lamp I bought last month? (I vlogged about it here.) I envisage putting that on my sideboard, and having both in the dining room (space permitting.) I’ve also seen a few accouterments (Word of the Day) as I pottered around M&S that I love – I mean who doesn’t love pointless pink flamingo pots that may well be too small to put anything in? They’re pretty cute though.
But back to lighting. I’m getting over my copper addiction – mainly because I think I’ve bought everything copper I can lay my hands on. Ikea again are great for lighting, but it’s hard to choose something when you don’t know what your colour scheme will be. But I’ve had a look round, and these are currently on my shortlist:
1. Homebase – £14.99
2. BHS – £150
3. John Lewis – £110-£140
So that’s it for now. I like the idea of bookshelves to go over the sideboard, but we’ll have to see if there’s room. *sigh* I just want a house!