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Ideas and Inspiration, Interviews
Q&A with Interior Designer and Presenter Julia Kendell
November 27, 2015 at 2:31 pm 0
Following the recent launch of our new  ‘Exclusively Danetti with Julia Kendell’ range, we managed to catch up with Julia during the recent shoot for the launch of our collection. We had a chat with her to find out what she thought about the collaboration and the individual products.

Why did you choose to work with Danetti?

When I am designing an interior for a client I will only specify furniture from a supplier I can trust and who I know will be reliable. The furniture also has to be aesthetically beautiful, fit the brief and it’s also got to be good value. I have to be absolutely sure that it's going to arrive on time, in good order and should anything go wrong, I have to know that the company will be on it straight away. Danetti satisfies all those criteria so I was absolutely thrilled to be asked to collaborate on a furniture collection with them.

What elements of your personal design ethos have you incorporated into this range?

My personal ethos is all about creating an emotional connection both between the interior and the inhabitants who will be using that space. The reason that’s important is because in this day and age we're all so busy and we need a home that we can retreat to at the end of the day. Somewhere you feel safe, that's also energising. So for me creating this range of furniture, creates a perfect backdrop for home life that has a sense of energy about it. And that has been really important.

How would you sum up the range?

I’d sum up the range as being a fresh and robust collection combining organic materials and glossy surfaces. I've created something that’s really energising and is just a really fabulous collection for contemporary family living.

The Peacock blue is a beautiful accent - is it a bit of a signature colour of yours?

I really enjoy designing with blue. It’s a very calming colour and because of this and because it’s very easy on the eye. It means you can use quite punchy shades to create impact and depth in a scheme without it unbalancing the whole look of the scheme and without it drawing too much attention. So yes, it's just a fabulous colour. I love it!

What elements of the process of design do you enjoy the most?

I love the entire experience of designing and putting this collection together. It has been hugely exciting for me. Of course I suppose nothing beats the moment when you’ve done all the concept drawings, you’ve had all the meetings and then suddenly the pieces arrive and you can unwrap them and see them in the flesh. It's just so exciting.

How important was it to you that these products were affordable?

Affordable design has always been at the heart of my work. When I first started out in the industry a very long time ago it was very much an elitist sport. Only the very wealthy could afford to have really beautifully designed pieces of furniture and interiors and of course there's no reason why everybody shouldn’t have a beautiful home. So throughout my career, I’ve always championed really good quality design at good value.

What does good design mean to you?

Good design to me is creating a balance between something being aesthetically very pleasing (so it's satisfying all the senses I suppose, something that feels good, that’s tactile, that looks great, sometimes that smells great too) and also being functional and practical. You want something that makes you feel a whole emotional connection. 

How do you see these products integrating with the modern family?

I think that the dining table and the space around it is really underestimated. In this day and age when families are so busy and when the illuminated screen is such a draw - we need to be able to have family time around the dining table. It’s one of those moments when we can really connect as a family. It’s the place where you have Xmas lunches and birthday dinners. You can sort out problems and share experiences. Frankly, it is where memories are made, family memories and that is so, so important.

What do you think of the bar stools?

I am particularly thrilled with the bar stools. It’s really difficult actually to find the perfect bar stool. One that you can move easily, is comfortable, looks great, but these bar stools I think are spot on. They’re very easy to move around. Plus, they’re light as anything but they are very robust and you know they are going to last and they look fantastic. Even just the tiniest detail like the beautiful stitching around the seat. They’re absolutely stunning -I'm so so pleased with them!

How about the sideboards:

The sideboards have been designed with detail in mind and they will satisfy even the most discerning client. The chamfered detail throughout the whole piece is just beautiful. Whats more the 'soft close' mechanism and the super smooth sliding door are great too. It’s just so lovely to use. I love the combination of the materials as well. The gloss, and the matt and the timber I think just works so beautifully together. And of course there are a lot of surprising little details as well like the mirrored backs on some of the pieces - just beautiful…

What do you like best about the table selection? 

For the cost of the Arc round table, the price I think is quite amazing. I haven’t seen such beautiful veneer detailing on a table at that price - ever! So just how lovely to be able to have such a stunning piece in your kitchen or dining room. The Zen table is a contemporary spin on the classic trestle table it is the perfect size for a family or a group of friends. I wanted to keep the lines nice and simple and straightforward - it’s just perfect.

The chairs are so elegant, how do you feel about the results?

Comfort is so important when it comes to sitting at a dining table. The design of the Form Dining chair really focus's on this. It's available with and without arms and the detailing again is really really superior. Particularly the way the frame follows the curvature around the back, it’s just the most beautiful chair. Definitely designed with comfort very much in mind. We all like to spend time at the dinner table, nobody wants their friends or family to feel uncomfortable. Therefore the design makes you feel like you want to spend hours at the dining table. So there you have it! Our Exclusively Danetti range with TV Interior Designer and Presenter Julia Kendell in all it's glory. If you want to see more, head over to Danetti.com for more.
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Living Inspiration, Styling Tips
One Sideboard, 3 Looks With Julia Kendell
November 18, 2015 at 5:18 pm 0
Featured Image Revised Take inspiration from our stunning new ‘Exclusively Danetti with Julia Kendell’ range of sideboards and see how versatile the collection is. We worked with Julia to create three very different looks using the same sideboard. It’s so important to us that this range is versatile so we wanted to show you how it’s done. See how these looks can be achieved easily and used to enhance a variety of styles. Think outside the box and let your imagination do the styling!  

 

Look One: Naturally Organic Sideboard

Julia wanted to show the sideboard looking feminine and tactile, so opted for calming colours and natural textures. Choose your accessories carefully for this look. Julia selected pieces in soft pastels, twigs, interesting sculptural shaped flowers. A delicate framed butterfly print combined to give the look a slightly botanical feel with elegant style. Neutral Revised Naturally Organic: Glide sideboard in white gloss with grey and oak, £499

How to get this look at home:

  1. Use a few bold shaped items but in pale colours.
  2. Look for dried flower heads; hydrangeas and cow parsley work well.
  3. Twigs or something with height will add impact and substance to the look. You don’t have to buy them though, we just picked ours from the woods!
  4. Layering up a few different clear glass pieces will add interest without being intrusive.
  5. A simple framed print in soft colours will give the sideboard a focal point. For this look Julia opted for purposeful central placement.

This combination of organic elements and simple, elegant pieces creates a soft, welcoming look that sits well in most contemporary environments. Keep the look ‘clean’ and defined allowing the twigs and flowers to add the unconstrained movement in the display.” Julia Kendell

 

Look Two: Gorgeous Global Sideboard

The eclectic traveller look is a favourite style for Julia. Having been lucky enough to travel to amazing places as an Interior Designer, she’s picked up some interesting authentic pieces along the way. As a palette, classic monochrome works well for this look. Julia felt that black and white would give the sideboard style definition. A fascinating selection of accessories and curiosities add interest and create a well travelled antiquitous feel. Therefore blending in effortlessly with the contemporary sideboard. It’s easy to create with a selection of much loved treasured possessions and a few simple quick tricks.   Monochrome Revised Gorgeous Global: Glide sideboard in white gloss with grey and oak £499

How to get this look at home:

  1. Decide on the look you are going for, Julia went for ‘tribal global traveller’ - but it would work well with a different theme such as Mediterranean, Indian etc
  2. Cloches are a great way to showcase something simple and unusual - Julia used an old camera and a plant; even the simplest object is elevated to something special under a cloche.Man From Kathmandu
  3. One striking piece will give your collection a focal point, Julia’s wooden statue from Kathmandu was her choice for this ensemble.
  4. The contemporary zig zag vase helps set the scene and Julia then used touches of black and white throughout the selection to tie them all together. The ceramic we chose has a vaguely tribal feel, perfect for this look.
  5. Use something living like an orchid or a leafy fern to breathe life into the look and stop your arrangement from appearing dusty or antiquated.
  6. Authentic artefacts aren’t essential to this look. The best thing is to use something that means something to you, a piece that you love. But failing that you can get some amazing ‘global chic’ items in charity shops or on the highstreet. One of our go-to places for inexpensive but great quality props is Homesense.

“Its lovely to have a place to assemble your treasured memories of trips and adventures, family heirlooms and quirky finds. Collecting these together in one place has more impact than dotting around the house and has a wonderful sense of energy and history” Julia Kendell

Look Three: Playful Retro Sideboard

Although this might not be the most obvious look for this fabulous collection as it has a contemporary retro feel to it. It feels playful, fresh and bright and would be at home in any family living space. Julia managed to bring something new to the retro look with some lovely styling ideas. There is a fine line between stylish and kitsch with retro styling. Remember you want it to be more Conran less Austin Powers so get the balance between retro and contemporary right.  

How to get this look at home:

  1. Choose a few pre-loved or nostalgic accessories in bright colours to kick start your look. We used the bullseye telephone and the ochre coloured pot filled with bull rushes give the sideboard enough of a nod to the retro, without looking too themed.
  2. Add a few more sharp, contemporary products that will give it a really updated feel. The juxtaposition between the new and the old will give a designer styling look.
  3. Introduce something individual and cool. Julia used string, mini clothes pegs and a selection of Penguin Classic book cover postcards to create wall art. Childrens drawings of fun photographs would look great as well.
  4. A pendant light hanging over the sideboard is a great idea and can be themed to match the scheme - this globe style light is typical of the 60’s era.

“Retro is all about having fun, adding pops of colour and creating a space where people want to stop and look and leave with a smile. Have confidence in your choices, not mixing too many styles or colours, and leave plenty of space around groups of items to avoid the car-boot look!” Julia Kendell

To see these looks come to life, check out the video and comment telling us which you like the best.

 

The product that we used in this shoot was the The Exclusively Danetti with Julia Kendell Glide Sideboard in White gloss, Grey gloss and Oak, £499, www.danetti.com

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Bar Stools, General News
New Bar Stool Range – Now In Stock, Ready for Delivery
August 16, 2012 at 12:28 pm 0
We have great pleasure in introducing 10 new, modern kitchen bar stools to our range.  We have searched high and low to broaden and strengthen our bar stool range with various choices of seat shape and style, leg and pedestal type, shiny chrome or brushed metal finishes, in a variety of colours from classic Black and modern White, to Ruby Red, Mulberry Purple and Putty Grey.  We currently have stock of all of these new bar stools ready for speedy delivery.  Now for the tricky part... which ones to choose! Anzio Modern Bar Stool
Anzio Modern Bar Stool

Anzio Modern Bar Stool £79.00

The Anzio Modern Bar Stool is the perfect place to perch at the breakfast bar with a latte or glass of chilled white wine! Its contemporary designer sleek looks really make it stand out from the crowd.  The comfortably padded round seat is upholstered in high quality modern White  or rich Mulberry Purple faux leather.
Anzio Modern Bar Stool

Anzio Modern Bar Stool £79.00

The funky chrome legs are slender with the rear legs wrapping round to make an integral trendy footrest.         Anzio Modern Gas Lift Bar Stool
Anzio Modern Gas Lift Bar Stool

Anzio Modern Gas Lift Bar Stool £139.00

The Anzio Modern Gas Lift Bar Stool is stylish and contemporary, and a great way to modernise any kitchen. Its clean lines and sleek looks make it a real show-stopper at your breakfast bar. The trendy round seat is upholstered in high quality faux leather in a gorgeous rich Mulberry Purple colour. This looks fabulous as an accent colour in a modern white, black or grey kitchen!  
Anzio Modern Gas Lift Bar Stool

Anzio Modern Gas Lift Bar Stool £139.00

  The pedestal is brushed metal to go with stainless steel appliances, and heavy round flat base provides stability. The height is adjustable via the gas lift system.     Savina Chrome Gas Lift Bar Stool
Savina Chrome Gas Lift Bar Stool

Savina Chrome Gas Lift Bar Stool £159.00

This modern and stylish gas lift bar stool will add a touch of class to your kitchen. We love the contemporary rounded shape of the backrest on the funky Savina Chrome Gas Lift Bar Stool which is part of our new exclusive range. Offering style, comfort and value for money, the Savina ticks all the right boxes. A trendy yet elegant bar stool which is the epitome of style and sophistication and is well upholstered in comfortable padding and soft, tactile Black or White faux leather.  It is fully height adjustable with a chrome finish pedestal, footrest and heavy base.
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Dining Chairs, Product Reviews
Stylish Quilted Moda Dining Chair : Product Spotlight
June 27, 2012 at 3:30 pm 0
Moda Dining Chair

Moda Dining Chair £79.00

The exclusive quilted Moda Dining Chair is a very elegant and stylish dining chair. It is upholstered in high quality comfortable padding, covered in either beautiful Black, fashionable White, warm Brown, rich Cream or funky Grey faux leather, which is quilted on the back to give a luxury look and great support. The elegant brushed steel legs make this a contemporary and modern addition to any kitchen or dining room.  The Moda chairs are in stock and ready for immediate delivery. The Moda chair looks fabulous with many types of dining table, but especially tables with brushed steel legs such as the Angola, which is available in White High Gloss or Oak veneer; the Style Extending Dining Table which has a high quality Walnut veneer; the Assi range of extending dining tables, available in White and Grey high gloss, White high gloss, Walnut veneer and Wenge Dark Wood veneer; and finally the Casa Extending Dining Tables which come in Matt White, Matt Black, White Gloss and Wenge veneer.
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Materials, Product Reviews
Cool and Quirky Glass and White Oak Tables, Sideboard and Display Unit
May 28, 2012 at 10:04 am 0
The Aria White Oak and Glass furniture range is a surefire way to stun your guests, as it looks as though each modern table and stylish sideboard or shelving display unit is floating in the air!  This chunky contemporary white oak furniture has a very stylish oak grain running through the wood and the tables and sideboard are complemented by glass supporting legs, made from 12mm thick tempered clear glass.  These have been rigorously tested for strength and durability, certified to BS6206 to test the quality of toughening and strength against impact. Aria White Oak Shelving Unit
Aria Glass and White Oak Shelving Unit

Aria Glass and White Oak Shelving Unit £599.00

The beautiful modern Aria White Oak Shelving Unit with glass shelves is the perfect display unit for stylish and contemporary homes.  Measuring 1840mm in height, 1600mm in width and 390mm in depth, the Aria Glass and White Oak Shelving Unit is perfect for putting all your ornaments and photographs on display. It can be used traditionally against a wall or to partition a room into two separate living spaces.     Aria White Oak and Glass Dining Table
Aria White Oak and Glass Dining Table

Aria White Oak and Glass Dining Table £499.00

The contemporary white table top of the Aria White Oak and Glass Dining Table is 10cm thick and seats 6 to 8 people. The legs supporting the table are made from 12mm thick tempered clear glass and have been rigorously tested for strength and durability.  One funky glass leg runs along the width of the table at one end and the other runs along the length, providing an eye-catching yet stable base for this contemporary white table.   Aria Large White Oak Coffee Table
Aria Large White Oak Coffee Table

Aria Large White Oak Coffee Table £249.00

Create an impressive focal point for your lounge with this funky, designer white oak coffee table - it’s a real stunner!  The contemporary white oak grained top measures 1200mm x 800mm and has funky clear tempered glass legs, matching the other tables in this trendy range.       Aria Small White Oak Coffee-End Table 
Aria Small White Oak Coffee End Table

Aria Small White Oak Coffee End Table £199.00

The Aria Small White Oak Coffee-End Table is a versatile and funky occasional table which can be utilised as a small Square Coffee Table, Lamp Table or End Table and matches the rest of the Aria range.  The funky white oak grained top measures 800mm square.       Aria Glass and White Oak Sideboard 
Aria Glass and White Oak Sideboard

Aria Glass and White Oak Sideboard £549.00

This modern white oak and glass sideboard is the perfect addition to a contemporary living space. Stash away the TV remote, DVDs and other bits and bobs in the spacious drawers of the Aria Glass and White Oak Sideboard to keep clutter to a minimum in your dining room or lounge. The Aria Sideboard has four sleek press and release drawers for storage and a large display area.
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Colour, Dining
Get Patriotic with Red, White and Blue Dining Furniture
May 23, 2012 at 9:00 am 0
We are fast approaching the Diamond Jubilee celebrations and London Olympics and there is definitely a patriotic buzz in the air.  Introducing red, white and blue furniture and accessories into your home is right on trend at the moment.  Depending on how bold you feel, you could use a full-on Union Jack theme or just the odd accessory to acknowledge this season’s trend. If you start with Pure White walls this will give you the blank canvas you need to furnish and accessorise your room in red, white and blue.  A great way to do this in a dining room would be with a modern white gloss dining table and team this up with some red chairs. Funky Union Jack or plain blue table linen, blue crockery and glasses would finish off the contemporary Jubilee look.  To see more of our modern dining tables and funky chairs, visit our website.  Here are some ideas to get you started.....
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Naro Round White Gloss Table £169.00

Ellie White Oval Dining Table         £289.00

Fern White Gloss 4 Seater Dining Table £149.00

Coco A Frame Chair £109.00

Argenta Coloured Faux Leather Dining Chair £76.00

Fern Dining Chair £38.00

Assi White Gloss Extending Dining Table £399.00

Casa Matt White Extending Dining Table £419.00

Louina Dining Chair £119.00

Sporta Chair £129.00

Vero Modern Dining Chair £69.00

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Colour, Dining Chairs
Get On Trend with Putty Grey Dining Chairs
May 14, 2012 at 1:41 pm 0
This season’s colour trends are easy to include in your home and they don’t have to cost the earth.  One easy way to update a dining area is to buy some new dining chairs, in the latest style or colour trend. The new ‘neutral’ colour this year is Grey.  Not the cold steel grey of yesteryear but a new warm grey, that reminds you of putty or a warm flannel suit.  Grey goes with anything - use it as a backdrop for bright jewel-like colours, or blend it in a contemporary room with black, white, cream or taupe.
Stylish iconic Grey Eames  chair

Stylish iconic Grey Eames chair

With this in mind, we've decided to create a collection of Eames style chairs in muted tones to suit your home. Choose from Taupe, Taupe Grey or Cool Grey to achieve the look you are going for. At only £49 per chair you could consider buying some matching bar stools for your kitchen to complete your interior style! These fabulous iconic chairs add character and a certain quirkiness to your scheme and are equally at home in a casual or more formal settting.  
Argenta Coloured Faux Leather Dining Chair

Argenta Coloured Faux Leather Dining Chair £76.00

The Argenta Coloured Faux Leather Dining Chair has stylish, chunky curves. The metal frame is well upholstered in a broad range of colours in high quality faux leather to produce an eye-catching and modern dining chair. The Argenta is also stackable making it very versatile and brilliant for small spaces, as spare chairs can be stored safely when not in use.
Lilly Modern Dining Chair

Lilly Modern Dining Chair £89.00

The Lilly Modern Dining Chair is a stylish, modern dining chair which is slightly retro in design and looks stunning in a contemporary dining room. The gorgeous, stylish rounded back and comfy seat are lightly padded and upholstered in high quality, soft faux leather, available in modern White or high fashion, Putty Grey. The eye-catching contemporary rounded backrest and seat are complemented by trendy, slender brushed steel legs, making it the ideal accompaniment to one of our dining tables with brushed metal legs.  
Dani real leather

The luxurious real leather Dani chair

For those of you who would like to take the colour trend to another level, but want to invest in some real leather, why not have a look at our stunning Dani swing chair. This simple chair will add timeless elegance to your dining room but will also create a subtle colour trend in your home without being too obvious. Whilst these designs are much more simple in style the lovely soft charcoal colour will keep your home on trend and the classical design will last for years to come.
The elegant Elise chair

The elegant Elise chair

If you are after a leather look but looking for something a little less expensive then we have a good range of faux leather dining chairs also available in fashionable grey! Depending on your personal style we have a very attractive faux leather chair called the Elise dining chair available in Putty Grey which is almost half the price but still has all the good looks of some of our other real leather chairs! So go on - brighten up your dining area without breaking the bank! What are you waiting for?!
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Dining Seating, Styling Tips
New Italian Inspired Designer Bar Stool and Matching Chair
May 8, 2012 at 12:56 pm 0
Serroni Trendy Gas Lift Bar Stool

Serroni Trendy Gas Lift Bar Stool £139.00

The modern Serroni Trendy Gas Lift Bar Stool and matching Serroni Dining Chair are stylish and eye-catching. The Italian-inspired designer bar stool is elegant and contemporary, with a comfortable seat upholstered in soft, tactile classic black or high fashion white faux leather. The pedestal, funky footrest and heavy round base are finished in modern chrome and the height is adjustable thanks to a high quality gas lift mechanism. The back of the Serroni Bar Stool is ergonomically curved, with the sides cut away to bring a touch of style to your kitchen.
Serroni Trendy Dining Chair

Serroni Trendy Dining Chair £84.00

The matching Serroni Trendy Dining Chair complements the Serroni Gas Lift Bar Stool perfectly, to create seamless style in any kitchen diner.  The funky designer frame and legs are finished in contemporary, shiny chrome and its back is ergonomically curved, again with cut-away sides, to bring an air of modernity and elegance to any dining space.  This chic dining chair looks great paired with a glass and chrome or high gloss and chrome dining table. Check out our dining table range here.
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Dining, Styling Tips
Modern White Dining Tables and Trendy Coloured Chairs
May 8, 2012 at 10:26 am 0
Fern 4-6 Seater Dining Table and Fern Coloured Chairs

Fern 4 or 6 Seater Dining Set £329.00

If you want to make a statement in your dining room, why not consider the latest trend of stark pure white with a brilliant pop of colour?  You could start with white walls, and if you are feeling particularly brave, white floors!  Painted floorboards are a cheap and effective way of achieving this, and then add a beautiful white dining table from the Danetti range of contemporary dining tables.   You can choose from the very popular white gloss Fern Range, or one of our brand new modern white tables such as the versatile Casa White Gloss Extending Dining Table, the contemporary Casa Matt White
Muse White High Gloss Dining Table

Muse White High Gloss Dining Table £479.00

Extending Dining Table, the stylish Muse Large White High Gloss Dining Table or the designer Aria White Oak and Glass Dining Table. To add your pop of bright colour, we have some beautiful coloured chairs.  The new Argenta Coloured Faux Leather Dining Chairhas stylish, chunky curves. The metal frame is well
Argenta Coloured Faux Leather Dining Chair

Argenta Coloured Faux Leather Dining Chair £76.00

upholstered in a broad range of colours in high quality faux leather to produce an eye-catching and modern dining chair. The Argenta is also stackable making it very versatile and brilliant for small spaces, as spare chairs can be stored safely when not in use. Available in fashionable modern White, Poppy Red, Putty Grey, Pistachio Green, Mulberry Purple, Ochre Yellow and Espresso Brown. Alternatively, our coloured wood Fern dining chairs come in six great colours, from classic black and white to the popping brightness of yellow or zesty lime and the juiciness of berry and grape purple. The seat is made from laminated plywood and the seat and back are all one piece, which makes the chair look streamlined and seamless. You can brighten up your dining area and have instant style without breaking the bank!
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Dining Tables, Product Reviews
Ellie Modern White Oval Dining Table : Product Spotlight
April 18, 2012 at 10:41 am 2
Ellie Oval Dining Table and Elise Chairs Dining Set

Ellie Oval Dining Table and Elise Chairs Dining Set £579.00

The modern Ellie White Oval Dining Table is fashionable and elegant, adding a touch of class and sophistication to any dining area.  The contemporary oval table top is finished in modern white satin lacquered finish and set upon funky slim three-pronged chrome legs to give a stylish, yet trendy, dining table. This chic white dining table easily seats 6 people, but looks equally wonderful with just 4 dining chairs.  Put the Ellie together with dining chairs which have slim chrome legs such as the contemporary Elise Dining Chairs or the elegant Curva Chairs and you have a winning dining set combination.
Ellie White Oval Table and Coco Chairs Dining Set

Ellie White Oval Table and Coco Chairs Dining Set £699.00

Team the Ellie White Oval Dining Table with brightly coloured plastic or lacquered chairs such as the Coco A Frame Chairs to give yourself a cutting edge dining room, or for effortless cool, combine it with some solid white dining chairs like the modern Tori Dining Chairs. The Ellie Modern White Oval Dining Table is     in stock and ready for delivery!
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