I’ve always longed to have an apartment with enough space to place a bench along one side of a dining table, just like Stine (who authors a beautiful blog called, Stines Hjem) has in her dining room. I felt so inspired by how she layered gentle hues across the walls, textiles, lighting and furniture to create a cosy and informal eating space. This is the kind of dining area that isn’t too formal to sit around and chat with friends over a cup of tea, nor is it too informal to work for a grown up dinner party. Stine complimented the weathered wooden furniture with a soothing palette of dove grey hues and diluted duck egg shades – the duo of true blue pendants bring an element of surprise to the room. It makes my heart happy to see colourful spaces like these; spaces that spell out Home. What do you find inspiring about this dining area?

// Photography by Stines Hjem


Will Taylor

Will lives in NYC and is an interior design author and content creator. He's been blogging about his love of design, style and travel since 2009. His #MakeYouSmileStyle approach to decorating and dressing has inspired over one million Instagram uploads to the hashtag from followers across the world.


  1. tim@designmaze Reply

    definitely the blue pendants (love the silver lining) and the birdie wallpaper as backdrop … they give this room an edge and set it apart from an ordinary country farm house dining room.

  2. I am completely smitten by this room as it looks so relaxed and cosy. I can imagine the bench is very comfortable with its blanket and cushions and I love the pendant lights and muted colours.

    *happy sigh*

  3. Love the colour sheme! The light blue / grey colour of the little stool in front of the table is just perfect for my next painting project! 😉

    Benches in the kitchen is just so nice! I’m trying to convince my parents about that. Just imagine lots of cushions , a cup of tea and a magazine…

  4. Very refreshing palette! Doves and duck eggs – a perfect description 🙂

    Not my style at all, but I would gladly go over there for a cup of tea anytime!

    Xx. Holly.

  5. we recently painted our walls a light grey and were wondering what our accent color should be….this blue is so beautiful it may just be perfect…, thanks for sharing the blog too just popped over and love it !

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Welcome to Bright.Bazaar, my make-you-smile style corner of the internet. I’ve been sharing my love of beautiful design, feel-good homes, everyday style, inspiring travel and, pretty much everything in between, since 2009. As well as working as a content creator, I write interior design books and edit a bi-weekly e-newsletter called Smile Mail. I live in New York City with my heartmate and can often be found listening to Madonna’s Confessions album and dreaming up my next home renovation project.