As a teen I came home from school one day and my Mum had moved the dining table into the conservatory, and replaced it with a pair of sofas and a wooden chest. I remember asking her why she had made this change to her kitchen dining area, and her response is so vivid: “When you all come in from school you all go and talk together in the lounge and I’m in here all alone. I want you all to come in from school, sit on these sofas and talk to me”.
Instantly two problems were solved – my Mum had lots of people to talk to, and we wouldn’t get annoyed at having to travel so far to do all the jobs she constantly asked us to do. The dining table never came back into the kitchen, and it’s a part of the house I have fond memories of. It’s where we’d spend time with friends, and where we’d play ‘hotels’ when we came in late – right up until I left home.
When Furniture Village asked me to select my favourite pieces from their current range, I knew I wanted to style an area like my Mum’s kitchen – open plan, sociable and practical, and because I love all things Scandi, I thought I would tie that in too.Scandi style is functional and practical, but it’s not as clean, minimal and white as IKEA would have you think. In reality, Scandi homes are likely to be full of colour and natural textures, with a welcoming warmth. So with that in mind, here are my picks (including a sofa, of course):