Monday, July 02, 2007


Whilst shopping for home-office furniture, I was pleasantly sidetracked and bought a killer gorgeous Asian table for our master bedroom. Since setting up the room, I've been annoyed by the long expanse of empty wall between the two doorways. I was just preparing to commision a carpenter we know to build us a long rustic table - basically something longer and narrower than a a sofa table to fit the narrow available space.
The Asian table I found wasn't as long as I wanted, but it had exactly the same rustic charm I dreamed of. And it measures 13" wide, leaving plenty of space for walking!
The table was constructed in Vietnam from salvaged wood. I'd never seen anything like it, but today as I looked through a reference book (Influential Styles), I found an almost indentical table dating from the 1700's. Tables with precisely the same lines and size have been popular exports to Europe and America since the late 1700's. So I suddenly felt much more content with my unusual and slightly out-of-character choice!
On the table sits an eye-catching little green antique ginger jar, which sadly is missing its cap. And on the right side of the table is an Ikea Grono lamp ($24 for two), which I hacked by covering in Martha Stewart gift wrap to cut the glare. The lamp now looks lovely and I get lots of compliments on my handi-chick design.


  1. casapinka12:50 pm

    Lovely table, you must be so proud.

  2. I have table envy, it's gorgeous!

    Thanks so much for sending over your link, you've got such a lovely eye for decorating.

    p.s. I hope you do try ebay, it surprised me to read that you'd never bought from there before! :)