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Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Excuse to Buy a Table Runner

It's official. We can now have dinner parties. Expect your invitations in the mail any day ... I just hope you like frozen pizza.

When we bought the table a couple weeks ago, it had a few little problems. The legs were a bit wobbly, but a little screw tightening fixed that.

Four of the screws holding on the tongue-and-groove boards that let the table expand for the leaf were missing and had been replaced with screws an inch too long. When Darwin started to tighten them down, he realized just in time that they would poke through the tabletop. He bought new 1.5-inch screws and removed the assembly and turned it around so he would have fresh wood for the holes. He also fixed a piece of the table edge that had come loose from its curve and been screwed down in the wrong place.

On Sunday we set the table upright in the room for the first time. It is just the right size for the space, with enough room to add another leaf (we'll probably have one made or maybe Darwin the handyman can make it himself). We've gotten so used to having a big open space in the dining room that I was worried having all this furniture in there would restrict traffic flow into the living room. Fortunately, that's not the case.

We bought a rug at the last auction that fits with the colors of the room but may be too small for the table. We haven't tried it out yet. For the moment, the paint-stained carpet gets to stay.

I'm still not sure how I like the Eastlake parlor furniture next to the Queen Anne dining table and chairs, but for now it's OK. How can I complain about that when I have a $10 dingy yellow thrift store armchair sitting in the corner?

Now that I'm looking at the picture again, I think it needs something. A table runner, I think, to break up all the almost-black of that table. Yes, I've seen some lovely ones at Pottery Barn via eBay ...

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Denny said...

Table and chairs look great! Really rich looking AND I love the second pic since it looks like you took it without the flash (I have mentioned before how I like pics taken without a flash) If mixing the furnishings bothers you and you have to leave the Eastlake stuff in there you might want to consider doing a fabric slipcover for the chairs that would play down the queen anne look. Maybe something like this.... http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=4442501207 Oh - and I like my pizza with pepperoni and green pepper....

10:48 AM  
Jordana said...

It's looking gorgeous in there! A vase with flowers would look nice in the center of the table too.

11:41 AM  
Becky said...

Looks beautiful! I love the wall color. Don't you feel so domesticated now that you have furniture that fits the room :)

3:56 PM  
Greg said...

That looks really, really nice. And the drapes don't hide the window casing!

4:18 PM  
halloweenlover said...

GORGEOUS! I love it! The drapes are really beautiful too. You did a fabulous job with the room.

4:36 PM  
Lenise said...

Too gorgeous!! I have to admit to being envious. Only mildly, though, 'cuz you all work hard on that house and deserve for it to be beautiful!

6:56 PM  
Kristin said...

Ah, you guys are making me blush!

But I can't take credit for the lovely drapes. The POs left them here for us to enjoy, and unlike the other faded-floral-sheet-from-the-thrift-store-looking curtains they left in the other rooms, I love these.

And Greg, I very much enjoy the fact that they don't hide the woodwork. I've made a point on all the curtains I've added to the house to do the same.

8:55 PM  
mindy said...

That looks beautiful! I love it. I agree, aa table runner and some type of vase-ish thing in the center of the table would tie it all together. I find that since our ceilings are so high, it helps make it feel cozier - less empty space to stare at, I guess ;)

8:23 PM  

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