Dream Decor Inspiration + giveaway!
Making the most of a small living space is never easy!
As Londoners these last five years, Rob and I have hopped on from houseshare to flatshare, and finally, a lovely rented one-bedroom flat two years ago. I’ve said it before but despite the lack of space, I am grateful that our landlord is easy to reach, doesn’t hammer us with constant rent increases and all things considered, we were lucky to snatch a flat with plenty of light, our own little stairwell for extra privacy, and a terrace to enjoy on sunnier days.
That said, you know how it is… does anyone ever get really satisfied with their home? For me, it’s always an ongoing project: there’s always tweaks I can think of to make the space nicer, brighter, and more welcoming.
If you’ve read recent posts, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about. Lately I’ve been yearning for more space, especially in our living room, which is also our kitchen and office. This is where we spend most of our time when we are indoors and I want to switch things around a little. Since we’re probably investing in a second Macbook Air for Rob (to replace his old iMac), I thought it would make sense to get rid of our small two-seater table and desk to replace them with a larger dining table which would allow us to both work from it on weekends and host friends over for dinner.
As always when I’m pondering an interiors swap, I turn to books, magazines, and Pinterest for inspiration, with the caveat that it has to work within our budget of course. I think we can sell our table and desk for about £250 on Gumtree, so I’ve been looking at dining tables around £500 or less. Interestingly this month I received in the post the brand new Dream Decor book by Will Taylor of Bright Bazaar, and it’s been a great resource for inspiration. The photos are really beautiful and who doesn’t love a peek at other people’s homes?
Throughout the book, Will visits dreamy home spaces from a range of creative personalities around the world and breaks down what makes each room a successful design space down to the individual elements that make it special, thereby offering a formula you can translate into your own home. Covering tips including color palettes, materials, patterns, furniture, and accessories, Dream Decor is brimming with helpful advice for the interiors enthusiast. As I was on a mission to spot inspiring dining/living spaces, I covered the book in post-it notes wherever photographs would grab my attention. Then, like in a design version of the Hunger Games, I took the notes out one by one, trying to keep for the end the four looks that were my absolute favourites.
Want to see which ones I settled on?
Dream Decor: Styling A Cool, Creative And Comfortable Home, Wherever You Live by Will Taylor, is published by Jacqui Small (£25). Photographs above by Andrew Boyd.
You might notice that there are two quite distinct themes here and what’s pretty funny is that this is not the first time I have a dilemma between a rustic/coastal look, and a more industrial/loft look. Do you remember the post I wrote last year about hosting the perfect dinner party? Sounds like my dilemma is far from being resolved and that I’m still very much attracted to both interior themes. That’s what you get for putting a country bumpkin in a big city for five years.
Setting the dilemma resolution aside for the moment, I’ve had a first look online to see what’s available out there within our budget and I’ve pinned the below choices which I all like. What do you think? I’d love for you to help me pick which dining table is your favourite and for your trouble, you can win a copy of Bright Bazaar’s book for yourself!
Rustic Dining Tables
Industrial Dining Tables
1 // Zinc Dining Table by Habitat (£395)
2 // Zinc Dining Table by Made (£349)
3 // Trestle Dining Table by Out There Interiors (£530)
4 // Oak Dining Table by Made (£229)
5 // Mango Wood Dining Table by Maisons du Monde (£499)
Win a copy of Bright Bazaar’s Dream Decor!
Edit: Congratulations Evija – you are the winner of my giveaway!