While living in France, I can’t begin to count the hours spent around the table. The majority of my memories of our time overseas is around a table; gatherings with multiple generations, eating, drinking, sharing. In our own home in the Loire Valley, our eat-in area was set up to resemble a small cafe arranged with a leather train bench found at the Paris flea market and cafe chairs. Besides meals and card playing, there were countless discussions with my ‘then’ teenage daughters. Time well spent!
In a recent project, I recommended to our design client that we upgrade her kitchen and breakfast room area. Her house is beautiful but the breakfast area of the kitchen paled in comparison with the rest of her home. Located in the center of the main living space, the family congregates here for meals, homework, craft projects etc. I brought in an expert, Lin Moty of Lin Moty Interiors to collaborate on the design and millwork details. Lin’s amazing vision, using a three dimensional presentation, helped the homeowner visualize the new proposed project.
The homeowner loved the idea of a bench that acted like a banquette on one side of the custom kitchen table. Because this area is visible from the front door of the house, our goal was to keep it open and light and visually pleasing. Lin designed windows from floor to ceiling so while seated on the bench you feel like a part of the outside. Antiqued leaded glass transom windows defined the eating area and added a beautiful architectural element.
Put energy into your everyday dining space to attract endless hours of family time together. Keep it comfortable and kid friendly.
Your table purchase may be one of the most important decisions you make in your home. It needs to be the right size and made of a durable solid hardwood. Before setting out to find the perfect table, take a measurement of the space, double checking with blue painter’s tape on the floor or a cardboard template. Take along a picture of the space and dining chair to coordinate with the style and color while shopping for your new table.
I suggest making a table purchase that will serve your family for many years to come. The finish on the table should be a polyurethane which is available in varying sheens. Flat or medium sheens tend to fit in a more casual setting while a higher sheen leans towards a formal setting. The poly finish protects the wood from stains and scratches. When purchasing a new table, be sure to inquire about how to care for it. Solid wood tables can be easily maintained by a thin coat of Briwax every 6 months. The best way to apply wax to your table is with a short natural bristle brush. Let the wax dry before buffing, rubbing in the same direction of the wood grain. Eat, drink and be merry!
A bientot! Tracy Dwyer Proprietor, Parc Monceau