Life Unstyled Bohemian Modern dining

Mix & Match Dining

Now that I’m thinking about yet another house move (see last post) the wheels have started turning regarding how I’m going to decorate. As I mentioned last time, my taste has changed a bit, calmed down I guess in the last year or so. But that doesn’t mean I like ordinary (FYI I do not like ordinary). I still love an eclectic mix, and no better place to exercise my right to mix and match than in the dining room. Whether you have a separate dining area or, like me, your kitchen does double duty, one of the most freeing realizations is that it doesn’t all have to match.

The brilliant owners of this insanely stylish home in The Netherlands – styled here by me for my second book Bohemian Modern – have got it so right. Start with a good solid table, add a petite love seat and then mix in an odd collection of dining chairs and stools. (If you have room for the love seat idea, don’t forget to check the seat height as a sofa is often lower than a dining chair. You could always plump it up with extra cushions for added height). The trio of glossy copper pendants and the concrete floors give this vintage look a more contemporary edge.
Life Unstyled Bohemian Modern table

Taking inspiration from this seriously cool room, I put together a little moodboard using a mix of vintage, contemporary, wood, metallic, painted and upholstered pieces. Even though none of it technically matches – in other words, it’s not part of a set –  and there aren’t multiples of any chair, the look feels unified.  I’ve used a multicolored Moroccan rug to link the various colors and I’ve repeated a warm wood with the table and a couple of the chairs. I’ve never been able to resist collecting chairs – everyone has a thing right? So for me this is an excuse to indulge my impulse to buy any chair any time!

Chairish Life Unstyled Dining

  1. Anthropologie pendant lights, 2. loveseat, 3. Tom Dixon stool, 4. Chairish dining table, 5. Chairish Paul McCobb chair, 6. Abigail Ahern faux plants, 7&8. Abigail Ahern vases, 9. Abigail Ahern votives, 10. Beldi Rugs Boucherouite kilim, 11. Chairish Captain’s chair, 12. Chairish Paul McCobb Captain’s chair.



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  • Reply Shella 17 June 2016 at 10:44 AM

    As always can totally relate to your interior stage! Currently doing the same, toning and calming things down. Style is definitely changing and like you I still love eclectic style but just a bit more thought out, I love reading that you are too, kind of makes it ok for me ha ha. Good luck with your house move and please keep us posted with your progress and your decorating! Looking forward to the next book. Thanks as always for your continued inspiration x

    • Reply Emily Henson 20 June 2016 at 10:16 AM

      Thanks so much Shella! It’s really strange to witness what I thought was my trademark style begin to change, but I’m just going with it! xx

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