This evening while Rick was putting the boys in the bath, the light in our meals room was rather beautiful, so I picked up the camera, snapped some photos and decided I would share another room tour here on the blog – something I haven’t done in a while.
This is where we eat. Every day. Three times a day. Or more if you count morning teas and afternoon teas. It is definitely the heart of our home. Not only is it the physical centre of our home, it’s where we spend most of our time as a family. If we’re fortunate enough to still be here in ten years’ time, I can see this being the place where we all gather every night to share our day with each other. What a wonderful blessing that would be!
It’s a lovely room that gets a vast amount of sun throughout the day. In the summertime, we have to keep the blinds closed in the mornings otherwise our Jamie will tell us very clearly: “Sun in my eyes.” (He makes me smile so much, that little guy.) He and Pete sit in two high chairs on the window side, while Angus sits on a booster seat on the other side of the table. I have another booster seat on order (I love these Mutsy ones) and when it does, Pete shall be ‘promoted’ to the other side, thus making room for our Edward down the track. The high chairs that we’ve sworn by since Angus was old enough to sit in one are the IKEA Antilops. They are cheap, safe, easy to clean, white (very important) and even stackable! We also love our fruit, and this bowl of fruit adds a bright splash of colour to the room. As much as I love the idea of flowers to decorate a room, it’s simply not cost effective for us to do so, and this way, we don’t need to find another place for our fruit…
We bought these replica Eames chairs when we moved into our last home, and they go so beautifully here as well. Naturally, I love that they’re white but it’s their design that won me over in the first place. Three years on, and I’m still a big fan of those legs! The table was a cheap find on eBay. We originally had plans of painting the legs a solid white, but I’ve gotten quite used to their distressed look now and don’t think it would be worth the trouble anymore. We also had a white IKEA Erslev rug under the table for most of last year, but about one or two months ago, I asked Rick to get rid of it because it was pretty far from being white and I realised how impractical it was to have to worry about the boys spilling food and drink at the meals table. This way, they can make as much mess as they want and so can our guests!
I call this chair the red lip chair because, well, it reminds me of lips. Red lips. it was another bargain find on eBay. I initially wanted to put this in our lounge room, but on the first day we moved in, Rick put this chair here so that I had somewhere to sit while I directed the removalists and here it’s stayed since. Who knew my husband would have such an eye for interiors? The deer cushion was from Etsy.
Right next to the meals room is the kitchen and it also opens into our family room. Together, we spend almost all our day in these three rooms alone. It’s pretty cool that the ‘french’ market bag which Rick bought me ties in with the ‘french’ scroll artwork (as well as the legs of the table!). Completely accidental, I must admit, but it’s a nice touch all the same. I honestly love this space and feel so blessed that we get to live here.
Originally, I was going to design something myself for this space, but then I saw this online and decided to just buy it instead! (I’m all for outsourcing if it makes life a tad easier, especially when you’re trying to set up a new home with three kids under three.) I liked that it was actually a scroll rather than a canvas, and that it had a slightly distressed look that wasn’t overly fake. To stop the metal parts from scratching the wall, WE simply added some Blu Tack on the back to provide a small buffer.
And there you have it. The heart of our home. It’s simple. Neutral. Uncluttered.
Perfect for us.
You can see my other room tours here.