My niece Miriam turned me onto ebay several years ago, and created a monster. Now she's got me hooked on Craig's List. She needed a dining room table to go in her newly designed dining room that would work with the FABULOUS server I found with her. I combed the local Craig's List listings, and found the perfect table, well within her limited budget. While I was looking for a dining room table, I also found one for her kitchen, that was too wonderful to pass up. So now we are done looking for tables for food, and just need everything else in the house.
The great thing about this table, is that it has three leaves, so it can go from 66" to 102", depending on Miriam's needs. The double pedestals are nice and chunky. Miriam was thinking she wanted it painted, but I told her we needed to wait until the dining room was painted and the fabric up on the walls before we knew the direction we wanted to take with the finish. Ever since I painted the sideboard, she wants to paint everything. I may just give it a good waxing, and find some fun painted chairs to go around it.
I think the pedestals are really pretty, just need some work on the finish.
The fun thing about going to peoples houses to pick up stuff, is getting to sometimes see wonderful architecture. This table was in Gloucester MA, in a house right on the ocean. The detailing of an old beach front "cottage" is one of my favorites, and Sue the owner was nice enough to let me snap pictures to share with you guys. She and her husband are downsizing, now that the kids are grown, so she no longer needed a big table.
This is a view of the family room running along the back of the house. it used to be a porch that she enclosed. It looks out on the bay.
The view from the back is GORGEOUS!!
The butlers pantry had an arched door, I'd never seen one in a pantry before, isn't it stunning?
The railing details on the stairs were so wonderful, I snapped lots of shots to share.....
I don't know why, but I always think of this kind of a newell post as a captains post.
Note the way the railing swoops up at the level change.
We were so successful with the dining table, I suggested that we check out this other table for the kitchen. (Another great bargain). Miriam wanted a rectangular table that could fit tight against the wall. Ross felt that a round shape worked better in the space. Soooooo.... I was able to satisfy both of them because I am a SUPER DECORATOR!!!!!
This table is a drop leaf that opens up to hold more leaves!! I have never seen one like this, and I have been around a loooooonnnng time.
So I figured that they could use it with one leaf down to fit against the wall, and one leaf up to curve into the room. When they had a lot of company, like at holidays with melding two families, they could add the extra leaves and have a second dining table set up in the kitchen just off the dining room. Now Miriam just needs to learn how to cook. (I hope I'm just kidding).
I've been a designer for longer than some of you have been alive. I have now started a new page of my career, closing my firm and designing furniture, as well as writing decorating books. Some of you may be familiar with my work over the years by seeing me in magazines. I tend to think that I'm funny, so please read my postings with a grain of salt thrown in for flavor. My spelling is atrocious, so I am refusing any responsibility for spell check right here and now. I hope anyone reading this will enjoy the pictures, info and humor.