Dining Nook Update

While updating the house tour pictures on the blog, I realized that I neglected to update you on our new table purchase.


You might remember the issue we had with the old table. It didn't fit in the space we had.

Since we inherited the black dining table through the real estate transaction in Omaha, I didn't feel too bad about selling it on Craigslist when the right offer came along.

That left us without a table from December through April. Luckily Jay and I eat most of our meals at the island counter so it wasn't much of an inconvienece. After a while, the empty space bugged me and I began looking for long, and very narrow dining tables.

Something like this.

Photo via Ark Pad. Designer Julie Hillman

Photo via Ark Pad. Designer Julie Hillman

Or this.

Image via Pinterest

Image via Pinterest

Turns out a long, narrow table is not an easy thing to find. Many of them are custom made and expensive. Since we had just bought the couch, I looked for a more economical option while we saved for what we (ha! like Jay cares!) I, really wanted down the line.

I had never really thought about a round table until I saw this adorable little kitchen nook on Pinterest.

Image via Pinterest

Image via Pinterest

Eureka! A tulip table! Yes, that was the answer for now. And guess what, Ikea carries them (they are called Docksta in Ikea-speak) and they are C-H-E-A-P! Plus, it's versatile enough that when we do decide to get a new table this could go a lot of different places in our house.

I paired our table with 2 clear, chrome chairs called the Tobias Chair that I thought would be perfect and now sincerely regret. Clear seats and backs? There are a lot of things that can go wrong, but at the top of the list is that they are impossible to keep clean. Finger prints galore! They are really comfy and luckily we only bought two since we have a bench.

So there you have it. I was feeling pretty good about how things were looking.

That is, until I stumbled across an Australian home tour on Design Sponge and fell truly, madly, deeply (remember that song? Savage Garden?) in love with this set up.

Image via Design Sponge

Image via Design Sponge

Yup, I want that. This introduced two new obsessions.

  1. Cowhide rug
  2. Built in bench with a TON of pillows

That old geometric designed rug from Cost Plus World Market that's under the tulip table now is going on 7 years old. It's time! And, as for the built-in bench, frankly, I'm sort of annoyed that the contractor didn't already do that. He very literally built-in every other built-in possible - but not the most needed one!

Put it on the list!

I can hear Jay saying it now - one thing at a time!