I desperately want a new table and chairs.
With 5 people in our family, I want to be able to have friends over to eat with us and not be pulling up lawn chairs and folding chairs.
I want a table that is easily wiped down.
Heck I’d like to be able to take a hose to it if necessary.
And my neighbor.
My neighbor is trendy, contemporary, artsy.
She loves grey…in every shade. I LOVE Love her style…
Yet it isn’t quite me.
I am Potterybarn and Ballard Design… on a Goodwill Budget.
She is more West Elm…and Ikea.
So, my neighbor just got this table…
I know it may look like a plain boring white table, but this baby is pretty swanky…and at it’s current set-up can seat 8.
YEP…8 people…that’s my family of 5 plus 3 friends.
And…if you’re not drooling already like I was…
There is an extra leaf
And bam! You can pop it and it will seat 10…comfortably.
8 of them. ..in all their green-ness.
And remember, she can pop up a 2nd leaf and make that 10.
Drool, drool, covet covet.
Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s new table.
But why am I drooling? While I think this table is uber cool. The total look just isn’t me…at all. The chairs look a little nickelodeon…but for her and her style it fits, it works, and I love it. In her house.
But what about me?
What is my style?
I like to call it traditional whimsy.
Shabby chic… Maybe A little French Country? Not Sure.
What is that, you ask? Good Question…
Basically it means…take what you can and make it work.
This is my current table
Nice that I cleaned up for ya, huh
Notice the Glue again sitting out…
I am so crafty like that.
My table seats 4-6.
And we only have 4 chairs, and the arm chair on the end is really a library chair, that belongs in a study, or living room….or library.
It’s partner is in our bedroom.
It is not intended to be a dining room chair.
I recovered the chairs a few years ago in an adorable fabric (gasp, yes I did put black with brown wood!) print.
It complemented my Yellow kitchen with black and white tile.
And I listened when the brilliant fabric lady said
“do it in outdoor fabric…
it is much more stain resilient and wipable”
Yeah… She lied.
Or had no idea what kind of wild animals
(aka, Llamas) I live with.
This fabric has NOT been stain resilient, and is not so wipable.
Thanks a lot not-so-brilliant fabric lady.
So I resolved to recover the chairs in a faux leather that was wipable…you know the kind…that sticks to your hot thighs in the summer. Sounds just like what you want in your dining room, huh?
Do you see the problem that I encountered after 1 meal?
No stains… crumbs wiped clean. But greasy finger prints remained. This was a chair recover FAIL. I did one chair, and I decided not to do the others.
Then I began dreaming of my my neighbor’s table and chairs.
Could I pull it off, if I got a brown table with a different style chair?
If I got a white table with brown chairs?
Or even the above chairs in brown…
What if i added some tradition table linens or centerpiece?
Think I can pull it off??
What do you think??
I really need your opinion here… but don’t just say “I hate it” because it might be in my Dining room one day,
and then you’d feel absolutely horrible…
but at least you’d have some place to sit and join us for dinner.
So, What is your style?
Are your traditional, contemporary, comfortable, formal?
Have you ever branched out from your typical style?
Do you think I should go for it?