I received my latest issue of Veranda magazine a couple days ago. Did anyone notice their “World Of…” series HERE? To my delight, it was about farm tables.
I love this photo of the dining room below. The white caned chairs and mega crystal chandy sure dress up this rustic trestle table. And the silver cake domes, oh my!
According to Veranda, introducing a farm table to a room immediately makes it friendlier and cozier. And if that wasn’t enough, they go on to say that it’s the most adaptable piece of furniture whereas cuts, nicks, bangs, and scratches only make the table look better.
I couldn’t agree more.
Here is my dining room with my French farm trestle table.
I traded in my formal mahogany Chippendale ball and claw foot table a couple years ago for this rustic walnut beauty.
So much of the French Country lifestyle revolves around the table. Most farm tables are either trestle style with their thick plateau tabletop and graceful trestle legs with a beveled center stretcher or the ever popular version having four legs and commonly a planked breadboard top usually with drawers at either end for cutlery. Both types of these tables were typically made of hardwoods such as walnut and oak to withstand many family celebrations. (There’s your table lesson for today…sorry, it’s the teacher in me!)
I paired the table with a set of French mutton-bone (lamb’s leg) chairs recovered in an off-white cotton/linen blend. I think the blend wears better in upholstery fabric.
The new paint color on the wall is SW Realist Beige but it looks more like a greige.
I love the pop of yellow and a slight blue-teal color in the modern pear painting.
I mixed metal finishes because I already had the natural brass chandy and scones and I wanted to incorporate the silver-leaf Louis Philippe mirror and tall nickel and limed-oak hurricanes. I think it works.
The inlaid floor band around the perimeter of the room came from Kentucky floors….which is in Indiana. Go figure.
This is another room where you don’t see any fabric window treatments just like the post on my sunroom HERE. I took the large custom topper down last fall and am being patient on deciding what I want.
Back to the farm tables. Veranda had some good examples of new tables and where to buy them , but there’s nothing like an authentic French or European farm table.
I’m considering adding a sisal rug. What do you think?
Don’t forget about the Blogger’s Brocanting Tour September 19-25, 2013. There’s a couple more spots left and an early bird discount before March 15. I’m sure we’ll see lots of French farm tables in the flea markets of Paris & Normandy.