ISSUE 50  |  Holidays Abroad

Steal This Look: A Compact Dining Room in a London Victorian

December 15, 2015 10:00 AM

BY Alexa Hotz

The luxury of a proper dining room is something most small-space dwellers forgo, but not Sara Emslie, stylist and author of Beautifully Small: Clever Ideas for Compact Spaces. In her own house, a 640-square-foot Victorian in London, Emslie created a serene dining room with a four-person table, foldaway outdoor dining chairs, and organized storage on open shelving. Here’s a look at the key elements to re-create the look in your own small (or large) space.

Above: Photograph by Rachel Whiting from Required Reading: Beautifully Small.

Above: Photograph by Rachel Whiting from Required Reading: Beautifully Small.

Furniture & Lighting

Above: The Reed Half Pendant by David Trubridge is $3,610 at Horne.

Above: Ikea’s Stornäs Extendable Table in Antique Stain is $329.

Above: Fermob’s Bistro Folding Chair, Set of 2, shown here in Willow, is $216 at Lumens.

Above: The Original BTC Hector Medium Floor Light in Bone China is $509 at Horne.

Mantel Accessories

Above: A Woven Bread Basket from Morocco is $20 at Alder & Co. and similar to the basket hanging on Emslie’s wall.

Above: From Kirsten Hecktermann, the Full Moon Spoon is 13 inches and was hand-carved by Mwajira in East Africa from Mvule wood; £14 ($21).

Above: The FSC Teak Paddle Board is $39.95 from Crate & Barrel.

Above: The Glass Trap Pitcher is $12.95 at CB2.

Above: A Coffee Wood Tasting Spoon is $24.95 at Nickey Kehoe in Los Angeles.

Above: A Wire Storage Basket is $39 NZD ($26 USD) at Father Rabbit.


Above: From London-based ceramic collective Brickett Davda, a Large Black Cup is $72 at March. We also like the Brickett Davda Tableware Collection for Toast for a similar shape.

Above: Brickett Davda Plates in black range from $52 to $152 at March.

Above: From Toast the Anna Tea Pot in charcoal-glazed porcelain is $110.

Above: Moroccan Recycled Glasses in green are $12.50 at Canvas.

Above: Marimekko’s Unikko Blue Oilcloth is $49.95 per yard from Textile Arts. For more ideas, see 5 Favorites: Scandinavian Modern Oilcloth for the Summer Table.

Above: The Shell Bisque Pitcher in white is $30 at Canvas.

Above: The Utensil Cotton Tea Towel Set in blue is $52.50 at Canvas.

Above: A large handwoven Kiondo Basket measuring 22 inches wide and seven inches high is $165 at Lost & Found in LA. The shop also sells smaller versions starting at $125.

For more ideas on how to live in small spaces, see our posts: