Re-Design For Living

(With apologies to Noel Coward)

A new dining room table has come our way. It will comfortably seat eight to twelve, which the old one did not. Mrs. E. and I are thrilled and planning the first dinner party now. The issue of what to do with the old table was solved when we moved it, temporarily (we thought), into the library where it sat for a week whilst we lay about on the beach.

I love the idea of library tables. My father-in-law, ex-UDT frogman and Linguistics professor that he is, has a beautiful specimen. It must be eight feet long, fashioned from a plank of a ship I believe. He is of the pre-digital generation and so still looks things up in Atlases and the OED. That long table is perfect for opening an unabridged dictionary and bottle of single malt or two whilst still having room left over for the day’s papers and a week’s worth of mail.

We didn’t have room for that sort of thing on the deco game table that served as my desk (seen in the photo above, pre-strié orange walls). Until the dining room table arrived and the lacquered burled wood Empire redux number found its way in here.

It took me four hours to figure out how to arrange it to best advantage. Yet another reason to hire professional decorators. I’m pleased with the result though and the change of view has made it somewhat easier to approach the blank digital page for this, my 831st post. Now it’s a question of finding room for the game table and moving another… .

How about you? Have you changed your perspective lately? What’s your re-design for living?

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