Saturday, 30 April 2016

Dining tables

We had the strangest weather this week, hail, rain and then sunny blue skies, more rain and more cloud.  Incredibly weird weather for this time of year I remember back in 2008 on 6th April  ( which just happens to be hubby’s birthday that’s how I remember) we had snow. By midday looking out to sea from Still and West, it had all but melted and the sun was shining with bright blue skies! Anyway talking of mealtimes …

It’s no secret that I love vintage and antique pieces of furniture. As much as I love contemporary pieces, when it comes to larger pieces of furniture I always resort to vintage or antique. For me dining room tables are both personal and sentimental pieces of furniture. They matter. Memories are made around a table, joy and heartache as well as huge life changing decisions are often made around a table.

When we moved to the UK, I was on the hunt for another table more suitable for the smaller space so I browsed eBay to find my table. I knew what I was looking for and when I found it up in Kent I was thrilled, unfortunately hubby didn’t share my sentiments. He didn’t think the trek to Kent was worth the price of the table.  A few weeks later over one weekend we bought two tables, both of which were returned within a day of purchase because I knew in my heart they didn’t have the character I was looking for. My advice is don’t settle for less but persevere until you find exactly what you’re looking for – that goes for all things in life I guess!

A trip to Ardingly Antiques fair a couple of weeks later and I found my table as I walked through the covered sheds to the open stalls. There he was in all his battered oak glory; solid, dependable, handsome but it a rugged sort of way, with lovely turned legs. I touched him, inspected him, got right up underneath him and gazed lovingly at his maker’s signature dated 1932……this was my table!

Apparently my table came out of an old pub. I can just imagine these working men and women sitting in a smoke filled pub, ruminating on their troubles and the threat of war as well as celebrating happier occasions. What I love about my table is the patina of years of wear and tear. But that’s not for everyone. I like to have contrast in my interiors, so a slightly rustic beaten up table teamed with sleek Philippe Starke Ghost chairs and a few odd wooden ones is a match made in heaven - I don’t want a table I have to be too precious about. Your choice of dining table will depend on a lot of things, how you live, if you like a formal or a more casual feel, whether you entertain a lot or not at all, even children and pets, they all play a role.

If you are looking for a table with character, then a visit to a few antique fairs is a good place to start. You’ll find plenty of tables from the more highly polished and refined to those like mine with a few knocks and dings of life etched on it.  Take a day trip and visit a few towns that are known for their antique stores like Petworth.  You can also look on eBay and even ask your local antique store to look out for a table for you.

A round up of a few tables I found online: slightly rustic, formal, french country, mid-century and industrial style.


or you might be looking for a table worthy of a banquet and fit for a king, in which case you might like this. 

Have a great week!


  1. Happy sunday Sharon love Ria x

  2. Your dining room table sounds wonderful, especially knowing some of it's history too. Sarah x

  3. Oh I love the legs...looks like a beautiful table!

  4. So many lovely tables...I have a favourite here :)
    Have a great friday, take care!