Dining Room: Oh my god, I think it’s done. Mostly.


So you’ll probably be relieved to know that despite the sheer amount of pictures in this post, this will probably be one of the last posts about the dining room that you’ll see for a while.  And that’s because there’s really not much more to do in here.

Ok, that’s not entirely true – there are a few little bits and pieces left but nothing too major (aside from the flooring!) and to be honest, there are more pressing matters in the rest of the house that require attention so I’m pretty happy to call this one ‘almost done’.

My gallery wall – which I’ve been working on for two years !!! – is finally done.  Y’all it takes a LONG time to fill a whole wall.

But the last remaining pieces are now in place and it’s done.  All done.

This gorgeous baby I got from here.  I love his face, I love his little headdress.  He’s probably my favourite now.  The illustration is by Jamie Mitchell.

The gold foil prints – the ones that say, ‘happiness is made for you‘ and ‘Bonjour Amour, Bon Jour‘ are both from Sarah and Bendrix.

We’ve also finally got a rug in here as I mentioned in this post.  It’s taken me AGES to decide on a rug and in the end, I went for this rather cute one from Urbanara – a rag rug that’s huge and ties all the colours from the rest of the room.  And the tablecloth is from H&M.

You’ll be very proud of me by the way.  Every shot I took for this post was on MANUAL SETTINGS.  Yes, I’m finally getting to grips with my DSLR.   I borrowed the tripod from Wayne’s telescope as mine has disappeared somewhere (how someone can lose a tripod in their own home is beyond me but I’ve managed it).  I’m pretty happy with the way the shots came out considering this is my first time!

So you’ll have to forgive me for the million and one shots in this post.  I’m going to stop talking now and just share.

You can see I also added a few of my own pieces in here as well like The Telltale Heart and a couple tiny ones I created at a workshop when I went to Meet The Blogger London (which I failed to blog about because I’m kind of shit like that sometimes – soz). The colour pallete in here may seem crazy but really it’s just shades of orange, pink, turquoise and blue – and it’s all tied together with my two large canvas paintings.

I would still like to replace this console but I haven’t been able to find anything else within my budget so I’m going to leave it as is for the time being.

And I’d love a different table for this side of the room but I’m looking for PERFECT and I haven’t found it yet… plus I REALLY need to get one of those wall tie things for the roller pully thing hanging from the window!  The curtain is shoved against the rad just because I was trying to let as much light into the room as possible ;)

So anyway, thanks for sticking with me through the million and one changes this room has progressed through to get it to this point.   Remember when it looked like this?

I know I drag things out but it takes time, money, patience and elbow grease to get a room right.  And we still need to refinish the floors as I mentioned.  And of course, it’s still evolving cuz it always will be, that’s just how it goes with interior design freaks (you know what I mean, right? I know you do).  But for now, I’m gonna stick a fork in this one and call it done.  For now ;)

Oooh, just to mention, if you want to read my 10 Tips for a Fabulous Gallery Wall, I reveal all my secrets.

And if you want to see what the dining room looks like now (because of course it wasn’t done!), you can find that here.

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  • Elly @ Caribbean LivingApril 29, 2013 - 2:02 am

    Big congrats darl, it is looking fabulous!!! Loving the gallery wall newbies, that tiger image is brilliant – think my faves are still the Carpe Diem and Chicken texts, love!! It reeeeally does take time to get a space totally perfect no? But always worth it in the end! Am swooning all over again over the barcart too btw, our one arrives soon and I cannot waaait!xx<br /><br />ReplyCancel

  • Carole PoirotApril 29, 2013 - 6:55 am

    Well, it looks fantastic! Interiors always evolve, mine (despite not having the freedom to do as much as you can) always changes and I&#39;m always tweaking things. The before/after is pretty spectacular and I love your gallery wall! What&#39;s wrong with the flooring? It looks beautiful like that I think… As for the manual camera settings, well done! But I think you&#39;re being a little tooReplyCancel

  • ShobhaApril 29, 2013 - 8:13 am

    Looks fab! I love the gallery wall. I&#39;ve always wanted to do one but don&#39;t have the patience to wait 2 years.ReplyCancel

    • Kimberly HughesApril 30, 2013 - 5:20 pm

      Thank you! You don&#39;t really have to wait 2 years ;) You can start with a small collection like I did initially (I think I started with 10 pieces and now there are 35 pieces)and I just added to it bit by bit over the last 2 years. It&#39;s only taken that long to fill it because it was very organic – I didn&#39;t rush out looking for things but if something caught my eye and I knew it couldReplyCancel

  • topchelseagirlApril 29, 2013 - 11:14 am

    Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous. Love the gallery wall, love the barcart, love the grey walls. Love it all.ReplyCancel

  • Kirsty | A Safe MooringApril 29, 2013 - 1:45 pm

    Whoa, that is a serious before and after!!! Nice work! You should send it to Young House Love, I think they&#39;d love this transformation.ReplyCancel

  • Hollie @ I'm Busy ProcrastinatingApril 29, 2013 - 3:55 pm

    I love that tiger print. Who thinks of putting a headdress on a tiger, anyway? Awesome people, that&#39;s who.<br /><br />And, yes, isn&#39;t it amazing the feeling when you know how to use the manual settings on your camera? I took a class ages ago before the digital age, but had to re-learn a couple years ago. Since then, it&#39;s been a continual learning process. Even when you know the basicsReplyCancel

  • Kelly @ View Along the WayApril 29, 2013 - 5:52 pm

    Whoa, the before and after is crazy! That gallery wall is ridiculous.<br /><br />PS: Linked to your roman shade tutorial today!ReplyCancel

  • Elisa of Fancy Free MeApril 29, 2013 - 5:53 pm

    Beautiful!! You did an amazing job with the room, the gallery the photography! You killed it and now if you&#39;ll excuse me I&#39;ve got to get to pinning all these brilliant photos!ReplyCancel

  • Suzanne {backonfestiveroad}April 29, 2013 - 8:02 pm

    Amazing, can&#39;t believe it&#39;s the same room! I especially love the new rug. Congrats!ReplyCancel

  • micheleApril 30, 2013 - 1:01 am

    oh it&#39;s yummy, red. i love seeing some new angles of this room which are extremely flattering and will no doubt be pinned like bananas. the gallery wall just keeps gettin sexier.<br /><br />smiles.<br /><br />micheleReplyCancel

  • Ria BartelApril 30, 2013 - 9:15 am

    Dear Kimberly,<br /><br />this is the most amazing dining room, i´ve ever seen. Great! Greetings, RiaReplyCancel

  • interiornoviceMay 1, 2013 - 7:28 pm

    Hi Kim, I love your &quot;almost finished&quot; room. That gallery wall is spectacular and I can understand why it took so long to get it just right, it takes a long time to collect things you cherish over time. You must be so happy :). xDReplyCancel

  • Mocca and MeMay 1, 2013 - 9:32 pm

    LOVE IT! The wall is fantastic. Everything corner of the room, every detail is so interesting to look at! My absolute favorite item is the Bar Cart!!!! <br />Smooches! <br />Natascha xoxoReplyCancel

  • Ashley@BiggerthanthethreeofusJanuary 3, 2014 - 2:24 pm

    Coming over from the feature at Designer in Teal. Wow, I&#39;m in love with your space. The gallery wall is stunning. Great job!ReplyCancel

  • Gabbi @ Retro Ranch RenoMarch 21, 2014 - 5:18 pm

    Absolutely GORGEOUS! I&#39;m completely in love with this space!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Kris @ Driven by DécorMarch 22, 2014 - 3:17 pm

    What an amazing space!!! I&#39;ve pinned your gallery wall around the TV – I have a similar space in our family room and this is such amazing inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • MorganJanuary 9, 2015 - 2:50 am

    I love all of your pictures! Where did you find the wall art behind your gold bar cart?ReplyCancel

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