Posts tagged ‘Dining Tables’

January 6, 2011

Styling Idea # 95 Tulip Chair


On the Gold Coast there is a store called FOUND. If you are familiar with it you will know that this store does an excellent job of 1) sourcing original good quality and design pieces for cheap 2) reupholstering these pieces to create new furniture 3) selling it at a premium to people who do not have the time or inclination  to search for such pieces. It is a simple concept done the world over but these guys stick out as someone who is doing a really good job. They generally have mid century design pieces and update them with contemporary fabric. I love it and I am yet to find its match in Sydney although I would love readers in the know to let me know??

Vampt has all the mid century pieces you could ask for and yet there is something fresh about FOUND. I put it down to the fact they seem to dismiss the need to maintain the integrity of the design and are happy to commit design and restoration sins such as painting wood or using modern fabric. It may not help the pieces hold value but they look hot! Um- arhh!

So, whilst we are on the topic of mid-century design classics I urge you to pick up these chairs if ever found at garage sales or ops shops- The Tulip chair was designed by Eero Saarinen in 1955 (read more here) and works wonderfully on its own or updated with a fresh printed cushion. No sins required.

Tulip Chairs

Tulip Chair- One Hour


  • Given the smooth clean “modern lines” of this piece (it was considered space age in the 50’s so you can imagine why Star Trek actually popularized the design) this chair works well both round and angular table shapes.
  • Work with different fabrics to create a pop of colour- the top image has different prints which looks great or pick one print that you love.
  • I wouldn’t colour block with upholstery unless you are after that Austin Powers vibe – if it is not all white I think the cushion needs a bit of a print to make it look fresh.
  • Don’t forget you can use the complimenting table (see middle image) if you want a compact and authentic setting.
  • As these are not likely to be a cheap investment (chances of garage sale finds are slim to none) you could use these as a row along one side balanced out with a different chair opposite. I wouldn’t use these as alternating chairs- keep them lined up and together where possible.
  • Finally I would like to draw your attention to the incredible use of colours in the last image. One of the great elements of this room is the dark walls that allow the silhouette of the chair to really pop. Even if you have just two of these chairs and want to create an impact I would place them against a back drop of a strong bold block colour and allow the design excellence to speak for itself.
October 13, 2010

Styling Idea # 45 Bench Seat Dining


An excellent way to make a room look less styled and more personal is to do something unexpected.


Hector Sanchez found via Desire to Inspire



  • This room plays with opposites- heavy black chairs with a fabric bench seat, soft lighting pieces with a strong contemporary print and formal lamps and informal dining chairs.
  • The bench seat is a great element of surprise and will always stop a space being too matchy matchy.
  • Look for fabric to cover the bench seat that adds something new to the room- a print, a colour, a style a pattern that can be repeated elsewhere.
September 7, 2010

Styling Idea # 19 Long Skinny Table (with Artwork)


For this post I was inspired by yesterday’s post. I said rectangle tables bad, square table good right? Well then I found this image filed away in my huge “things to blog about folder (no source attached sorry- I wasn’t saving at the beginning because it was for my own reference and to find these images again is torturous. If it is your image 1- let’s be friends, 2- let me know). This is the perfect image to post today because it contradicts what I said yesterday, so it keeps you guessing and it combines my before mentioned post of Large Floral Artwork. More over I think it is totally gorgeous and everyone needs gorgeous on Tuesday don’t they!

No Source Sorry



  • So, square table not your thing or you have a longer space like above than my advice is to go long – the longer the better in this case.
  • DO mix and match the chairs so it feels less like a wedding table and more like a cafe vibe.
  • DO look for incredible wood that is just made to be on display.
  • DO keep the table decorating minimal like before but if you have guest feel free to style this up like crazy. I would use different place-mats with this table in retro inspired prints and three vases of different blooms.
  • DO hang a pendent light, but this time try 2 or 3 in different styles over the length of the table.
  • DO play up the proportions- this works because the artwork balances out the length of the table – smaller artwork placed along the wall would be too predictable and only serve to make the table look too skinny. Note how this piece starts at the floor- remember that.
  • DON’T worry if you do not have a space this long with a skylight overhead- you can always buy a new house, or a square table.

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September 6, 2010

Styling Idea # 18 Square Dining Tables


I have moved into my new house and I am so excited to be unpacked! Although I have still to complete my bedroom I did not want to bore you with more bedroom ideas today and decided to turn my attention to the other area of the home that we need to concentrate on here- the dining room. In fact we do not have a dining table at all which makes dinner parties a tad hard.

Living Etc

Does the very sight of this square table makes its rectangle cousins look dated or is that just me?


  • Try the bench seat idea for relaxed summer vibes – make sure the seat is padded for a an extended stay
  • If you are using a bench seat consider covering it in bright upholstery or mixed prints.
  • If you want a more formal look use two chairs at each side giving you six in total
  • Try using two high chairs on opposite ends with low chairs or alternative ends.
  • DO hang a pendent over the table nice and low
  • DO keep this table clean during the day- over sized table ornaments will looks dated.
  • DO think about playing with different combination- clean walls/padded printed seats, wallpapered walls/plain coloured seats, bright table/plain chairs, patterned carpet/patterned chairs.
  • DON’T try to make this any bigger than nine seats in total- you will lose the flow of conversation. If you do have a table that seats 9  don’t try the bench seat- you will have to go with chairs to keep everyone at the right distance from the table.