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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Dining Room Tour!

This week I'm linking up with Kelly's Korner again for the dining room tour!

We're very lucky to now have a conservatory, as we used to have our dining table at one end of the living room and the TV at the other. Well, I say, "at one end", but they kind of met in the middle. Here's the view from the outside. You can just see one of the dining chairs on the left...

And here is the table. The tablecloth is a wipe-clean (very essential!) William Morris design. To the right you can just make out our new handheld vacuum. It's a Black and Decker and it is soooo good! I use it several times a day to clean up crumbs from the kids. I love it!

On the table we have a Splat Man coaster that the kids bought Mr W for Fathers' Day. I need to buy two more as they fight over it every mealtime! Don't think Mr W has actually used it yet.

We also have these coasters that we bought in Australia on our honeymoon. There are more somewhere, but here are a few:

This is a new addition. It's not actually hung up yet, but this is where it will go. To the right is the doorway to the kitchen. Anyway, I created this artwork on Tagxedo. I chose about 200 words that are special to our family - names, places, books, toys, TV programmes, food, pets... Some are too small to read, but I like the fact they're there, all making up Great Britain. I had to play around with the layout a bit to get the most important words bigger, but I'm really pleased with how it turned out.

This is one of the cupboards we have in the conservatory/dining room/play room/utility room (!):

That Mickey Mouse French memo board is in Little W's bedroom now. Behind it is a photo box my brother bought me. The three canvas boxes I keep lots of my craft bits in.

On the top of the cupboard is this tomato plant. It's grown so well in here!

There's also an iron and a photo frame:

I bought it years ago, but recently discovered I'd only ever put one photo in it. I really must dig out some more as I like the frame and need to display it!

This is one of our bookcases. I prefer the darker ones in the living room, but I think the lighter wood probably goes better in the conservatory. It's rather multi-purpose. The top shelves have my books, the bottom has the kids' puzzles and books and the very top has a robot made by Little W! Here you can see some Union Jack flags we still have up from our Jubilee celebrations...

These are my recipe books:

This is the other end of the room:

And these doors lead into the living room:

Also at this end is the kids' craft area:

Finally, this is the view to the left of the conservatory:

So, there you have it - our dining room, with a lot of uses!


  1. It is great seeing how real people live. I have to admit, now my children are 10 & 14, it is nice not having toys everywhere.

    I love that splat mat!

  2. Ha ha, yes, the toys... It's a constant clearing up battle! And trying to keep all the bits together... Nightmare!

  3. What a great idea - I`d love to do a dining room tour. I really like your splat mat!

    1. Thanks Marie! Splat Man is very popular! You should join in the home tours at Kelly's Korner. They're lots of fun although most are Anerican houses and they are pretty big! I love looking though:)

  4. I love your word artwork. That is very cool! And I like how multi-purpose your space is. It's kind of like mine in that way :)

    As you can tell I'm a few weeks behind on my blog reading :)

  5. Thanks Natasha! Yeah, very multi-purpose:)

    I could spend days reading through everyone's home tours!


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