Time to think Dining Room - Christmas 2013

PUBLISHED: 15:02 29 November 2013 | UPDATED: 15:02 29 November 2013

This reclaimed wood extendable dining table is from Modish Living in a range of sizes from around £805, www.modishliving.co.uk

This reclaimed wood extendable dining table is from Modish Living in a range of sizes from around £805, www.modishliving.co.uk

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Now’s the moment to take a good look at your dining space if you are the host for friends and family over Christmas. Here are some ideas to make your entertaining area a delight.

It could be that you need to replace some furniture, or simply invest in a little sparkle and sprucing. You’ll find lots of great ideas in our local stores, order now for pre-Christmas delivery. In the meantime, we’ve found a few suggestions to help you decide what’s needed to make your dining room a talking point.

We love the use of reclaimed wood in furniture for its rustic charm, and those designers who are ‘upcycling’ and restoring old treasures. We can’t recommend enough a trip to High Wycombe to see what Chiltern Wood Recycling, a not-for-profit social enterprise founded in 2009, is up to. They use wood that might have ended up in landfill and you can see their beautiful tables and other furniture at www.chilternwoodrecycling.co.uk.

Chiltern Wood Recycling was started by Andy Hicks and now has four employees and about a dozen volunteers, including people who are taking a step back to work after serious injury.

Andy and the team collect unwanted wood that might otherwise go into skips from development projects across the South East, including at Newbury and Crossrail in London. They then turn into bespoke furniture for both indoors and outside.

Another great example is digital designer Marcel Cowan who ended up opening his own company, Mac+Wood, after failing to find the table he wanted to add warmth at a Christmas lunch. His table tops are sourced from reclaimed timber yards and given industrial brushed steel legs made by a steel specialist. The tables range from six to 12/14+ seat sizes, for around £2,600 for a table seating eight to 10. See www.macandwood.com, tel 07814 034498.

You’ll also find reclaimed wood tables at Modish Living, who use recycled aged timber beams to produce their furniture, see www.modishliving.co.uk.

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