Wednesday, August 18, 2010

the breakfast nook: a do-over.

a few months ago, i promised a friend that i'd paint a small "cafe" style table for her that would be done when i came to visit her last month, then i never found one, therefore i ended up using the one we had in our house, which resulted in jordan and i not having a table to eat on. (that sentence was crazy) (do you even know what i'm talking about?) (sorry.)

not having a table to eat on didn't really bother me, but jordan was getting pretty annoyed at our lack of space to place a plate on. so, after a good amount of craigslisting, and searching online, i decided i would go with either the odyssey white dining table from cb2, or the docksta dining table from ikea. they're basically the same table, but the one from cb2 is a few inches smaller. i got in the car, and was headed to cb2, when i decided to pull over at a cute little vintage home furnishings store here in atlanta called scarlett loves rhettro. i ended up finding this sweet little vintage table that was the perfect size for our space (the other 2 were really too big, but i was just going to suck it up!), and i love the metallic gleam that it adds to the room! it's a similar shape to both of the tulip-style tables i was looking at, and has a fun '60's-esque look to it. the space isn't totally done, but at least here's a little preview:

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i still need to recover the chairs in a new fabric, but i haven't decided what i want to do yet. maybe burlap? should i change out the chairs for a different style? what do you guys think?

did i mention this table was only $35? score!

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i also ended up buying a fun lantern-style pendant lamp at ikea:

i like how it echoes the circular shape of the table, and it helps balance out some of the more feminine things i've added to the room lately. i like girly things, but too much "pretty" just downright gets on my nerves.

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i also wanted to show you guys my little flower arrangement i came up with today. i've had these glass bottles (that i found on the side of the road!) for a couple of months now, and i've had this vintage cheese container for a while (bought at an antique store). i went to the grocery store today, and came home with two small $1 bouquets of coral-y carnations. they're not just for prom corsages anymore, kids!

anyway, i placed the glass bottles in the cheese container, stuck the sweet little blooms in the bottles, and voila! a new flower "arrangement":
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my friend cathryn hates carnations, so whenever i see/buy them, i think of her. this is for you c-mac:
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i think carnations are cute, because it looks like the edges were cut with pinking shears.

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p.s. my cute lil internet-turned-real-life friend barb, from knack studios talked about me yesterday :) check it out. thanks, barb!


13 comments:

  1. what a great little table sounds like a great price also...love the curtains....

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  2. What a great score! I love when things work out like that. Love the light!

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  3. I love the light above the table and I think the chairs look really good. Great work so far!

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  4. Love the table! What an awesome post Knack put up about you. :)

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  5. I think I appreciate carnations a little more now. Thank you.

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  6. Cute table and lampshade, perfect size too! But what I really love is your flowers arrangement, so cute! I love old bottles too and some of my collection even have my family name on them as my great great grandfather had a pickle and sauce factory and the bottles are quite collectible now. Glad to see you got your pop of coral with the carnations, I have never seen any that colour before...they are gorgeous!

    xx Karen

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  7. oh my ....that table is amazing...and a wonderful find! i love the chairs...

    ....thank you for the sweet link :)

    xo

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  8. I want to have a heart to heart about burlap...where are people finding burlap strong enough for every day wear?

    I recently took on a project of making purses out of burlap coffee bean sacks and abondened it because it doesn't wear well. It sheds and wears the threads down with use. A month of using a burlap purse resulted in a hole where it rubbed against my hip. Naturally I can't imagine using it on furniture. I DO think it's fabulous for pillows, table runners, even curtains...but not something where it's going to be touched every day.

    So not sure if you have had a better relationship with burlap than I have, and maybe there is a way to treat burlap to keep it from falling apart? I'd love to hear some good news about using burlap

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  9. You are so talented!! Cute idea with the flowers :)

    ~ Reenie ~

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  10. lir sudi - the burlap that i used iiiis the cheaop-o stuff that picks easily. however, there are different levels of quality in burlap. i think the more expensive options would probably leave you with a better outcome in this situation! the kind i bought was only 5.99/yard, but they had options that ran 50/yard, an di think you'd have a better time with those, as they seem to be thicker and more durable.

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