We're almost coming to the end of this part of the renovation of the house and I always knew that the dining table was going to be a key piece. I started looking at tables a long time ago and had trawled John Lewis, Habitat, Loaf, Cox and Cox, Graham & Green, M&S, Heals, Ikea - you name it and I'd taken a look.
With a big space to fill it needed to be substantial in size, plus we wanted it to seat 10. I actually came across this table in a magazine when I was putting my mood boards together (which just means cutting things out and pinning them on to canvasses that I bought from Home Bargains - rudimentary but it worked!) What I loved about it was its colour, the fact that it was handmade (from old scaffold planks. I know, some will think that I'm crazy!) and the way that it looks like it's levitating.
The table was from John Osborn Design and given that it was in an interiors magazine I thought that it would be ridiculously expensive - a little like the wall mounted TV unit that I liked from elsewhere which turned out to be £7000! As it turned out, it was no more than a table from most of the stores that I've mentioned above and probably considerably less expensive given its 3 metre size. Obviously we still have to get chairs but I wanted to see it in situ before going ahead with those.
Mr SG's initial reaction was "It looks like a load of old planks put together." Well, he was right on that one. But really he likes it. Not quite as much as I do - but he does like it. The great thing is that it's really easy to take the acrylic and wires off, meaning that the table can be stored should the space be required for something else.
The bowl on the table is from Cox and Cox (£35) and the vase was a wedding present to us from my lovely Mum!
So that's the table dealt with. There will be more to follow. Oh and anyone is very welcome to come over - it's just that no-one will be able to sit down :(