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Tuesday, 24 September 2013

before and after: the dining room

Some of my favourite type of blog posts are the home ones, now that I have my own home, I'm obsessed...I've even become known to create a mood-board or two. It may be because I'm nosy (most likely), or it may be after ten years of living in rented accommodation  it's nice to know I can actually do things like decorating and spend money on making rooms look pretty, rather than trying to hide damp spots, and dodgy stains on the carpet.

And the best type of home posts (in my humble opinion) are 'Before and After' room shots...and after seeing all of the lovely Sarah's, I swore I'd do the same when our house was finished.  So, a mere 14 weeks after we got the keys, we have finally completed one room, GO US!

So here it is, our Dining Room.  The room I blogged about here, the room I was most about excited about decorating, and the room we spend the least amount of time in, hrmm:



We always wanted this room to have a bit of a music theme to it, somewhere the boy could come and strum his guitar...while admiring his handywork.  He painted those Beatles prints years ago, and they've moved from home to home with him!

Choosing to paint the walls grey didn't initially go down well with the 'rents, but with  having so much colour from our artwork in this room, I knew we needed something simple that wouldn't clash with any of the other colours.  But to our surprise, both sets of parents have now agreed that the grey looks really good...we knew what we were doing!

We stole the vinyl idea from a magazine, it looks good, and means we can change the sleeves whenever we fancy something different!  And, when the boys dad found these frames in Home Bargains at only £1.99 a pop, we couldn't resist!! We're still building our vinyl collection though, and I'm sure some of these will be replaced quite soon with other albums we like better...but for now, these make a good talking point.

Yes, a slightly pretentious element to the room.  Before the house agreement had fully gone through, we were desperate to buy something house-y, of course all the practical things were by-the-by and it seemed completely sensible at the time to buy a record player.  I'd seen this one on Emma and Elsie's blog, and showed it to the boy, him being an even bigger music fan than me, was 'adding to basket' almost immediately.  And it doesn't just look pretty, we can play the music on our walls now too.

The old radio was an AMAZING house warming pressie from some of our friends, they'd found it in Warwick Tower (an awesome vintage store in Carlisle) and apparently had been told it may not work.  We didn't care as it looked so good in the corner of our room, but we plugged it in and after a few crackles and wheezes we tuned into Japan!!! The quality isn't great, but the whole thing lights up and it has a real nostalgic feel to it...I don't know what living in the war was like (obvs) but tuning this in, and listening to long wave radio, I can imagine...

This 60's print collage, I like to pretend I made, but we actually bought it from a vintage fair that was on at the South Bank in London a few years ago, I have no idea what the name of the stall we bought it from was, sorry!  I mainly liked it because it has a tiny little 'Radio Caroline''s all about me.

Some more impressive artwork by the boy, the 'Love' canvas he painted for my bedroom before we lived together...ahh, what a sweetie.  And the portraits of the two of us he did when we lived with our best friends, he did one of all four of us, and now we've parted ways, we've taken our paintings with us! 

And finally, our old super uncomfortable Ikea sofa, spruced up with a new cover! And Next have done us proud since we've moved into our new home, almost to the point where I was starting to worry our house looked like a Next show room, I've put my foot down now, but we couldn't resist these cushions, particularly as the Good Day Sunshine one fits in nicely with the music theme.  
So there you have it...that's our dining room, now we just need to have lots of dinner parties!


  1. Waaaah Caroline i LOVE this!!!! The room looks AMAZING!!!!! Cannot wait to see the rest of the house…no pressure lol xxxx

  2. wow i love it , thats incredible x

  3. This room looks awesome. I love having vinyl on the walls. My boyfriend has so much great stuff that I want to do it in our flat. And I LOVELOVELOVE the paint colour!


  4. I can't get over how different the room looks, it's amazing! I love that it's got a music theme too, so cool! Your boyfriends paintings look so good too xx

  5. You've done such a beautiful job, pop over and do mine? ;) We rent our flat so it's difficult to get motivated to do much. We haven't even finished framing the posters we bought to decorate after we moved in a year ago!

    Lindsay at Scottish Outlander (


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