Thursday, September 3, 2020

The Library Dining Table

Bunny Williams

Yesterday I planned a lovely day with delivery of my new dining table and styling it. Unfortunately, my day began at 8 am with a series of phone calls from the police, and after the table arrived around noon, I needed to get out and decompress. I will provide more details when I can but there is an ongoing issue. So table styling got "tabled" until today. The table size and style are perfect for the space and I will take photos today.

Here are more great examples of library/dining tables with Chinoiserie to inspire me and perhaps you as well.

McCann Design Group

William McClure

Lance Jackson and David Ecton - Traditional Home

Miles Redd - House Beautiful

What styling elements to do you like? The lamps with the hidden cords are too weird and aren't practical with a glass table anyway so I'll pass on that. I have plenty of light and don't need to go the battery lamp route. I love lots of coffee table books. An orchid is a must. Blue and white Chinese porcelain of course. And the palm fronds are so dramatic. We'll see what progress I make today hopefully.

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  1. So sorry to hear your ongoing difficulties disrupted your styling plans.
    I love the library table look with lots of coffee table books, lots of blue and white, palm fronds, and orchids. I am looking forward to seeing your table. I am sure it will be gorgeous!
    Rooting for you! You have done an amazing job and have accomplished so much in a very short period of time.

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    1. Thanks so much. I hope to have a relaxing day today but who knows? It is what it is.

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  2. My personal preference is for simplicity in styling on a table top. I need to see open space, so a few clusters of objects with areas of open, clean space is what I like. I can appreciate interesting objects and arrangements better when I can see them clearly. A shelf or shelving unit can handle more visual weight and volume.

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    1. It's interesting, I had built in bookshelves in my last two homes and decided I did not want it here and much prefer not having it visually.

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  3. Bunny’s table is my favorite, the best part of it being the drama of the riser, blue and white urn and palm fronds. My next favorite part are the orchids!🌺
    I’m so sorry about yesterday, today is a new day! Have fun!
    Michelle

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    1. I keep trying to make an orchid run and life keeps getting in the way!

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  4. Well I guess I was thinking of a different picture of Bunny’s table,the one with palm fronds and orchids!🙄🤣😂
    Michelle

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    1. Yes, she mixes it up and there are many different versions of this table's styling. I love design being dynamic. I dislike when a person has an interior designer style things and then they never touch it. Boring to me.

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    2. Agreed! Changing things up is my favorite pastime!💕
      Michelle

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  5. I like a few well chosen pieces of varying scale but with a certain synergy of material. Scale of various groupings is what I always obsess about the most and what makes me ultimately love it or not.

    In all the examples shown there's that going for it although I might tweak here or there to suit my sensibilities but it wouldn't feel the need to change much.

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    1. They are all great but the Bunny Williams is my fave.

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  6. You will have so much fun styling and restyling your table. Looking forward to seeing it! It was full moon yesterday, some people react when that happens. Enjoy your beautiful home.

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    1. It's a full moon every night when someone is nuts.

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  7. I'm sorry this situation is still going on.

    I don't think you can beat that beautiful spacious room of Bunny's, with the architecture, the natural light and the views, but my favorite as far as styling is the one by Miles Redd. Maybe it's his bold use of saturated colors, or maybe the table looks like it has a purpose with the desk blotter, the pencil jar, etc. I realize that's done for the camera, and it might be difficult to make it work in real life.

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    1. I like your word "purpose," which is also what I was thinking as a component of more of a casual/"unstyled" tabletop, ie an opportunity to introduce something made of raw nature, like unpainted wicker or polished wood, such as a wooden bowl for keys. Or the same to hold the mail. Kinda like: we don't just pose for photos here, we LIVE here! In any event, I hope t'heck you turned the phone OFF for a few hours today, sank yourself into the cushions and let yourself focus on yourSELF!

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    2. For me, beauty is purpose enough.

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  8. So sorry about SB and whatever is recurring here (and why does he still have some your stuff? That he has the matching red lantern makes this personal!). Hope you enjoy your day and so glad the Mercer is as wonderful as you had hoped and that its second coming came out unbroken!

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    1. A long story that I will share tomorrow. Very unpleasant.The table is wonderful.

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  9. :( How unfortunate you are dealing with ongoing issues, sending good thoughts that all will be resolved soon - and without any more drama.

    I think your library table will change often according to season and mood. I always like stacks of books interspersed with some natural elements (shells, crystals, feathers) plus some glam crystal or brass figures. I think garden stools would look lovely nestled beneath the thick glass top too. But what do I know?, lol, I live in a tiny crowded dated house! (which makes following along with you all the more fun!)

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    1. I agree, it will likely change weekly, I am always moving things around.

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  10. I have long adored that green Miles Redd study (he designed it for his mom, such a fine young man!). But how do you think the ginger-jar lamps on top of the tablecloth operate? Holes in the cloth and the table and an outlet in the floor directly below? Or long cords dangling off the back side and dragging to the wall? Being stylish is so logistically fraught! Best wishes.

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    1. I posted on this before and if memory serves he created slits in the tablecloth and fed the electrical cords between the table leaves which I think is a fire hazard. I would not do it. He is 46 BTW, not so young. LOL

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    2. I don't know how long ago Miles did this room, but I believe there are battery operated lamps now, though I don't know what sort of light they emit. I went to a lecture of his maybe three years ago (?), at the San Francisco Fall Antiques show. He was extremely charming, and very accessible, and he looked much younger that 46!

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    3. He is quoted in the House Beautiful feature on his parents' home in Buckhead that he snaked the cords between the table leaves and under the rug.

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  11. I can't read SB without thinking SoB. Coincidence? I think not.

    The table will be gorgeous and therapeutic, I suspect! Enjoy the process. :-)

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    1. Not therapeutic enough. Read tomorrow's post. SOB indeed.

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  12. I'm so sorry that SOB is causing you problems! He worries me! I hope the police can straighten him out!
    Love the Bunny Williams room!

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    1. The police are completely useless. Completely and totally worthless.

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  13. Wow loving the decadence in this, so chic, great photos aswell, thanks for sharing

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