Sunday, July 24, 2016


This is the little English table that I bought a couple of weeks ago. I usually don't buy such dark and newer or "married" pieces of furniture--but there was this little voice that said buy me. The square base of the table is oak and it's an early 18th style--except for those feet. (True 18th c. pieces and copies have bun feet) The associated top does date to the early 18th c. and has great patina. I think what caught my attention is the practicality and rustic look--perfect for a breakfast room or any casual space. 
Yesterday I had enough time to read my copies of AD and Elle Decor....... Looks like my paying attention to that little nudge was a good idea. 
The first photo (Elle Decor) is of Nate Berkus' new townhouse in New York--look at that kitchen table!!

Nate's table is French and several notches up from mine, but the lines are the same, it's dark and that scrubbed top is not that different from my guy.
I grabbed the next two photos from AD and Elle Decor. This large French "money" table is spectacular, as are the mid-century chairs.

What is striking (and perhaps an indication of future trends?) is the large antique dark wood table combined with mid-century chairs and that spectacular modern light fixture--and it works together perfectly, the furniture taking the place of art or sculpture.
Last up is a large family dining room table (Elle Decor). The room is very traditional, ....that dark wood is cropping up again--the legs are chunky and 

                                                                         the table has great patina--if the room were smaller my table would make a very good substitution.
I've been waiting for good antique tables and case pieces with patina and interest to return to the design repertoire--and IT'S HAPPENING.

Last up is Sam (grandson)

Sam (13) spent half an hour getting his hair "just-so" this morning so that he could go to the beach looking like a stud. The hair do made it through to the movies tonight. He's pretty cute, isn't he.

Jones & Cole say "hi" they are patiently waiting at my feet for a t-r-e-a-t.

Be well,
Mary & Jones & Cole


  1. Fabulous table! And such a rich patina. I am not a long as it looks good, has age and is well done!

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    1. Hi Loi, Thank you. I'll tell Sam that he has a fan. He was even happy that I blogged about his hair (and you know 13 year olds). Hope that all is well. xoxo M

  3. While searching online for bespoke dining tables made from natural hardwood, I finally landed on the website of the top furniture maker in London and believe me, I was literally overwhelmed to see the variety of antique dining table designs that this store had to offer. The ornamental woodwork, intricate hand carvings and the beautiful hand polishing of these dining tables were brilliant. I could hardly find out any flaws in these classic pieces of art in wood. Some of these tables were in full rectangular shape while some in square or oval shape with marble top and glass top finish.