I took this pic of the Boston Public Garden yesterday while strolling through with my dear friend, Linda Holt!
Linda is a fabulous interior designer and photographer, too. Please check out her Instagram and follow her!
Her videos are fantastic, and she gives a ton of wonderful tips on both decorating and photography.
And, now, a letter from a Cherry Chairfield who’s struggling to find cool casual dining tables, plus chairs and stools. Let’s read what she has to say.
After living in our home for five years, my DH has finally given me the go-ahead for us to renovate the kitchen and family room area.
Can I tell you how excited I am?
On top of it, we’re working with a kitchen designer I adore.
By the way, your posts about how to work with a designer and what we need to do to prepare were beneficial. I especially loved the Decorator from Hell and the one about how not to get fired by your designer.
And, that kitchen you did virtually a year or two ago? When I showed it to my husband and told him that’s what I wanted, was when he looked up from his laptop and said. “Oh, I like that, hun. If that’s what you have in mind, then let’s get someone in here to give us a quote.”
That was six months ago, and they are going to start the reno in June.
Everything has been selected for the kitchen, and I love it all.
But, here’s where I’m struggling.
We have three kids under the age of eight. So, yes, there will be an island, and I will have ample room for three counter stools. In addition, there’s a fairly good-sized eating area.
And, here’s where I’m stumped.
I need a good, sturdy dining table that can withstand the abuse by my children. Did I mention that I gave birth to three Tazmanian Devils?
Laurel, I have at least 15 more years of child-rearing. But… I want a stylish kitchen.
And, God forbid, I don’t want a matched “set.”
I also don’t want something hopelessly dated, like in that “granny” post you did. That was pretty funny, though.
Plus, I’m not too big on the clunky, faux rustic transitional furniture look.
So, I need a cool casual dining table for the eating area. We could do rectangular or round. But, it needs to sit 6-8, if possible.
I also need the three counter stools and 6-8 dining chairs.
I know that you don’t give individual advice, but could you maybe do a roundup post of some cool casual dining tables, chairs, and stools that all work together? Pretty please?
when you if you do, please remember that it needs to be PRACTICAL.
I don’t want to spend the next 15 years screaming at my kids and having a nervous breakdown at every meal.
Thank you, “Cherry.” Yes, Cherry is a made-up reader. Originally, this post was going to be about chair and stool combos. Then, I got the brilliant idea to add tables.
My poor laptop is having hot flashes. haha
That is when I know I’m in trouble. It means I have 75 tabs open. I’m not exaggerating. And I’m not going to be finished until Monday afternoon, at this rate.
So, this is going to be a two-parter. Today, I’m going to focus on some stylish, classic, and charming casual dining tables you could use in a kitchen or a more casual dining room.
However, there is still a range from super rustic in a cool antique way, all the way to a table which could be used in a more formal dining area, but it’s not so formal it couldn’t go in an elegant kitchen.
But, before I begin, I have a bit of bad news for Cherry.
It’s about her boys.
I couldn’t wait for my two hellions to grow up and get out of my hair. And, somehow, the years flew by and, I managed not to kill them. (accidentally, of course) But one day, just like that. They were gone. And then, of course, I immediately wanted them back.
But, here’s the thing I didn’t realize until recently.
Grown men are really just little boys, only with bigger bodies.
That’s the only difference.
Oh, you think it’s funny?
The other day, I was doing some dusting when I noticed my makeshift dining table above.
Yes, this one.
Oh, I knew who was responsible for this.
But, what I forgot until a little later was that he was doing a crossword puzzle, and his pen bled through the paper. Actually, it looks like there was tracing paper underneath his crossword. haha.
It could’ve easily been me who did something like this. The only difference is, I probably would’ve noticed and taken care of it.
Okay, I’ve found a bunch of fantastic tables. Here’s what I’m going to do. First, I’m going to lump them together in categories with mini widgets. There will be a very brief explanation of each grouping.
Then, there will be a big widget with short descriptions of the casual dining tables.
Some of the tables are new, some are only a few years old, and many are 100 or more years old. Please click on any image for more information.
The first grouping of casual dining tables is round tables with pedestals or birdcage bases.
The second grouping of casual dining tables is round and oval tables with four legs.
The third grouping of casual dining tables is gateleg and bamboo-based tables.
The fourth grouping of casual dining tables is mostly straight-leg trestle tables.
The fifth grouping of casual dining tables is turned-leg trestle tables.
The sixth grouping of casual dining tables is straight-leg farm tables.
The seventh grouping of casual dining tables is straight-leg tables, a little more formal.
The eighth grouping of casual dining tables is turned leg farmhouse tables.
And the final grouping of casual dining tables are turned leg farmhouse tables but a bit more refined.
Below is the big widget with descriptions. Yes, some of these tables are not in the little widgets. And there are several tables not in the big widget. Please click on any image for more information.
Okay, which of these casual dining tables are your favorites?
I will take several of these tables and create numerous chair and stool pairings to go with them.
How does that sound?
It’s funny, but there are two posts that aren’t that old but already obsolete.
Plus, there’s a companion post which is table and dining chair pairings.
I will try to update those two posts as well.
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