Turn­ing the ta­bles to find your din­ing style

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Q: About six months ago, we moved into a small home. We’re fur­nish­ing it in stages. My part­ner and I like the rus­tic look, but I’ve no­ticed that too much wood makes the house feel even smaller. Our lat­est chal­lenge is find­ing a din­ing ta­ble. It seems sim­ple enough, but we have a small bud­get. Any ideas?

A: Shop­ping for a ta­ble of any size can be chal­leng­ing. There are so many vari­ables, from height, length and width to the ma­te­rial or mix of ma­te­ri­als that con­trib­ute to the ta­ble’s style.

If you’re look­ing for a bar­gain, shop flea mar­kets and sec­ond­hand stores. Don’t be de­terred by a less-than-per­fect fin­ish. You can trans­form any piece of fur­ni­ture with paint or stain.

Make sure the ta­ble is in good re­pair. Cos­metic changes won’t cor­rect a wob­bly ta­ble.

If you pre­fer to buy ready­made, there’s an op­tion that of- fers choices for ev­ery taste.

Crate & Bar­rel’s 1+1 Tops and Bases gives you the free­dom to cre­ate your own ta­ble.

There are five bases: elm, ham­mered steel, Par­sons dark steel, Par­sons stain­less steel and zinc. Each of the bases come in four lengths and two heights. The ta­ble tops, man­u­fac­tured to fit any of the bases, cover a va­ri­ety of styles from mod­ern to rus­tic: clear glass, grey glass, white (en­gi­neered wood with a pow­der­coat fin­ish), Car­rara mar­ble, con­crete, myr­tle, teak and re­claimed wood.

The re­claimed-wood bases are all unique, due to nat­u­ral weath­er­ing that ex­poses grain, colour­ing, knots, cracks and nail holes. They have a tung oil and lac­quer fin­ish.

The din­ing room shown here fea­tures the dark steel base and re­claimed wood top. The open­weave chairs and raised buf­fet al­low for plenty of light and a feel­ing of space in a small room. The multi-hued weave car­pet light­ens the wood floor. The el­e­ments come to­gether to cre­ate a rus­tic style with to­day’s mod­ern sen­si­bil­ity. Bril­liant.

Q: Have you any ad­vice on how to blend a man’s bach­e­lor fur­ni­ture (leather couches and ’80s bed­room fur­ni­ture) with a woman’s an­tique wood/clas­sic style to dec­o­rate a brand new town­house with­out hurt­ing feel­ings? We’re in our 50s, and I’m hav­ing a hard time con­vinc­ing my new hus­band some things need to go, how to mix and where to start.

A: Com­pro­mise is the way. I’m sure there are pieces of fur­ni­ture and ac­ces­sories you both like from each other’s past homes.

Leather couches are time­less and suit any style. Keep your clas­sic lamps and car­pet, and shop for a cof­fee ta­ble that’s a blend of both.

An an­tique buf­fet or ar­moire is both prac­ti­cal and beau­ti­ful. Mix with plain white crock­ery and glass­ware that has a bold, mas­cu­line shape.

Bed­room fur­ni­ture might be a big stum­bling block. Restyle with paint, change the hard­ware, or switch to a new bed. Keep the rest. Your new home will take shape grad­u­ally to en­com­pass items new and old that you both cher­ish. En­joy the jour­ney.

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Mul­ti­ple pair­ing choices al­low you to cre­ate your own din­ing-ta­ble style with Crate & Bar­rel’s wide se­lec­tion of bases and tops.

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