Turning the tables to find your dining style
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.