Dining in the clear

Is having a glass top/ Lucite dining table totally ridiculous?  I just love the way these tables float in the rooms.  They command attention yet don’t dominate.  Very fresh and chic.

The maintenance seems like it would be intense for those who are anti-smudge.  Yet, I can’t get the look out of my head.  After years of favoring chunky wood farm tables, are the winds ashifting?  Or am I just having a temporary crush?

organic chic

Holy moly, I am absolutely smitten with the organic, free-from, wooden coffee tables by Rotsen Furniture.  The rugged wood tops look like the were plucked and polished right from the forest floor.  And the plexiglass and metal bases really add a nice modern dimension to the tables.  Eco friendly too!


Just seeing these tables inspires me to design an organic chic space.  Start with a natural woody table, mix in some modern elements, metal accents, fabulous patterened rug and streamlined furniture… and wa-la… Insta-Room!

(Sources: Sutton Sofa by Hickory Chair, Mirror Drum Tables by Stray Dog, Goddess Lamps by Arteriors Home, coffee table by Rotsen, ottomans: 1st Dibs,  Kevin Cherry Bacall Lounge chair via Kara Mann, Blazane vintage rug by Mansour Modern, Pillows by Kevin O’brien)

I really appreciate modern spaces with natural elements mixed in.  They really add a little something special.

Let me indulge you in just a few more…

via emily henderson

Heiner-Orth via Desire to Inspire

rue magazine

…gadzooks that sofa!

end tables with a little ooomph

I like to mix in interesting end tables to spice up a traditional interior.  If your coffee table is boxy, why not balance things out with a sculptural end table?  Or if if one is wood, why not do the other in metal?  Since end tables are smaller, and not set at center stage, its easier to take risks and mix in furniture with a little extra flair.

There are so many tables with interesting shapes, textures, colors and personality.  Why not think outside the box and add a little depth to your space?  Here are a few of my favorites…

1. Keyhole Bone side table, Clayton Gray Home, $975
2. Open ended white lacquer/mirrored table, Worlds Away, to the trade

3. Nantucket Driftwood end table, Arteriors Home, to the trade, also check out Crate & Barrel’s option

4.  Rocker Boca X Base, Room Service LA, $695

5. Upholstered Nailhead End Table, Vanguard, to the trade

6. Bond end table, Jonathan Adler, $1,250
7. Forest Park silver iron table, Arteriors Home, to the trade
8. Lucky Lacquer table, Serena and Lily, $325
9.  Hourglass table, Nate Berkus/HSN, $150
10.  Cast Iron Base tray table, West Elm, $129
11. London vintage steamer trunk, Four Hands,  to the trade
12.  Ebony Finish tray table, Overstock, $134
13.  Amil side table, Made Goods, to the trade
Happy shopping, friends!!
and PS…
just because something is “to the trade,” 
doesn’t mean it’s necessarily Jonathan Adler expensive
you can always check with me if you are interested in a piece….

Tulip Tables

I have two large, white bookshelves in my dining room that dominate the majority of the wall space.  Because of that, I feel strongly that I must have a wood dining table to balance out all the white.  But if my situation were different, I’d sure love to have a Saarinen tulip table with carrara marble top.

I really enoy the silhouette of the table and it pairs so perfectly with just about any chair!  And if you’ve read this blog a bit, you know I have quite a thing for chairs.  Plus there is something so organic and social about a round table.  Each person is equal distance from their dining partners, encouraging conversation, sharing and food fights.  Ok, maybe I’m too grown up for a food fight…

So lets review some pretties and some chair pairings, shall we?

Cantilever chairs.  Yum, like it.
Bertoia chairs, with cushions so they aren’t painful.
Not quite as pretty as non-cushioned, but much more practical!
I would mention the chairs, but I’m too fixated on the dark wall and copper pendant…
looks great with traditional upholstered chairs with nail head trim.
Rolling chairs?  Yes, No, Maybe?
Yellow and metal Beaut’s
Are these Milo Baughman?  Anyone?
Ghost chairs alone would seem to empty for me, 
but I like it in combination with the banquette.
Tulip chairs are the expected pairing with tulip tables.
A little too matchy for me, but I can’t argue that it works…
With another banquette and Baahhh I want to make out with that lighting fixture.
Upholstered chairs… don’t love the style but I enjoy the splash of raspberry.
Eames molded plywood chair.  Not my favorite, but Sure.
West Elm’s Overlapping square’s chair.
This one is a fail for me, maybe its the chair back competing with the Imperial trellis wallpaper.
Maybe its the square shape with the round table.
What do you think?

white dining tables

Have you seen Nicole’s dining room?  I love it all- the mirrored wall, the acrylic chairs with cute cushions, but what I was most surprised by was my admiration for her White (Ikea!) Dining Table.

I’ve always been a wood-dining-table kinda girl.  The chunkier and more rustic, the better.  But there is something very glam and sophisticated about a white dining table.  And we all know that white goes with everything.

I always chuckle how many of my clients shy away from white.  I think, for them, it conjures up images of “country” or “sterile.”  I always try to re-educate them.  White can be modern and sophisticated.  White can also be that needed neutral contrast in a colorful room.  White can break up a whole lot of wood, wood and wood. Which is why it can be so fab in a dining room- a space that can easily become heavy and woody.

Here are some dining rooms with white tables that hit just the right note for me.

Nina Kejser via desire to inspire
Elle Decor

 alexandra rowley via southern living

Jill Stuart via Elle Decor

Southern Living

 coastal living

Juan Carlos Garcia Lavin via Elle Decor

AND here are some table ideas for you…..
The Plinth dining table from Room Service LA satisfies my desire for Chunk and for Gloss.
Those of you on a budget are in luck!  CB2 has a similar offering for 1/3 the cost.
It’s also two feet shorter though, so you’ll have to keep those dinner parties smaller.
West Elm offers their infamous parsons table in gloss white.  But it seems the expandable version only comes in chocolate.  So only small dinner parties… BOO.
And Nicole used the Norden Table from Ikea.  Looks kinda plain here, but its all how you dress it up, right?
$299 and it seats up to 10!