We are table people. End tables. Coffee table. Game table. Console table. Kitchen table. Dining room table.
Unfortunately, our tables tend to be overtaken by things that love to accumulate on tables. Coffee cups. Laundry. Fruit bowl. Mail. Books...lots of books. Keys. Remotes. Xbox controllers. KIeenex boxes. Xbox games. Movies. Cereal boxes. Notebooks. Centerpieces. Photo albums. Extra socks with no match. Receipts. Laptops. Purse. Ribbons, tape, gift wrap. Newspapers. Coupons.
All this to say, we'd be in sad shape without our tables. I have been searching for the perfect table for our tiny little dining nook for two years. When we bought our darling little ranch house, we were looking for a yard with grass, at least one huge tree, and three bedrooms. All other amenities were secondary. So, no surprise, we ended up with a miniscule dining area which is really just a cozy corner at the north end of the living room. Some friends gave us their round, glass dinette set when they upgraded. This set was a definite upgrade for us. I could have lived with that set forever. Really.
As circumstances played out, a few weeks before Thanksgiving, Dan and I walked to Acacia Cafe for coffee and Sudoku as is our usual Tuesday routine. On the way home, on a whim, we decided to browse through the antique mall about 2 blocks from our home. I'm not a big shopper, but I just thought we might find an interesting table for the TV in our bedroom. We did find a table, but we didn't buy it. Instead, I became completely distracted by this fabulous, vibey, totally retro, round table with 6 matching upholstered chairs in aqua, turquoise, avocado green - my colors!. It was love at first sight...it was The Table! The price was astonishingly low, like the-price-of-one-brand-new-chair low. I decided we should put it on a 24-hr hold so we could measure our space, just to be sure. The next day I took my mom and Alyssa to see it. Alyssa loved it. My mom, not so much. I decided to not get it. The next day, I took my good friend Kelly to see it. It was gone. Someone bought MY table. I was incredibly disappointed, but took the stoic, "it wasn't meant to be" approach. Alyssa was actually quite upset that I hadn't bought it while I had the chance.
Fast forward to last Saturday. Alyssa and I were Christmas shopping. Urban Outfitters. Sur La Table. Borders. Anthropologie. Crate and Barrel. I have to say, I love Crate and Barrel. And I found the most fantastic retro (think The Dick VanDyke Show) living room set there. If I were a little more impulsive and could justify the purchase, a Petrie sofa would be on its way to my house right now. And the matching big chair. And definitely the groovy green leather chair. Definitely. Oh, and the awesome coffee table. So cool. I kept thinking about that living room set while Alyssa drove me home. Even seriously considered looking on Craigslist for a used set.
I walked in the door with stars and retro-vibe in my eyes. Walked in the dining room. Discovered an early Christmas present. Someone went back to the antique store and bought The Table and hid it 'til it couldn't be hidden anymore. @daninreallife, my favorite twitter buddy and husband, actually came up with the surprise gift of the century. It fits in the dining room just perfectly. I absolutely love it and, of course, @daninreallife is my hero. He's the best. I might love him just a tiny bit more than The Table.
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