Thursday, October 29, 2009

The Table Choice - Living Room Redesign


This was the discussion which lead to a table decision.

"Okay," I said to my husband, "here's the deal. If I go with custom and the table gets scratched, and it will because it's going to get a lot of use, I'll be upset because I've scratched such a nice table, and I'll be more upset because it was the more costly option."

"Okay, here's the deal. If I go with the Sonoma and the table gets scratched, and it will because it's going to get a lot of use, I'll be upset because I've scratched such a nice table, but I'll be less upset because it was the less costly option."

His response, "Then you've made your decision."


(I'd have to say he's becoming a pretty good design assistant! Ha.)

And with that I picked up the phone and ordered the Sonoma Table. Yes, having a beautiful custom table created for me by Phil Culbertson would have been fabulous, but in the end we decided this was not the best place to have something so special made. This table needs to be used with ease, from my work, to the kids playing board games, to people sitting around socializing. I think this choice is a great compromise between function, style and price.

Plus, the savings can be used to completely finish the space. When you look at it from this angle it is a no brainer...so now on to lighting, paint, pillows and refinishing the console.

What design decision have you made lately?

27 comments :

  1. I'm excited about this table! My sister-in-law wanted this table, but didn't get it. So now I get to see it in your room!!! And what decisions have I made....NONE! I can't pick out a color for the pantry!

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  2. I enlarged the photo to get a better look at the table and I noticed the woman in the background...She was looking at you like "What is she doing?!!! Too funny!!

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  3. Oh too funny!!! I know, when I start taking photos in stores, which is OFTEN, I try to avoid getting people in them. I do recall this woman looking at me rather strangely, but never looked that close at the photo.

    Good luck picking the pantry paint!Perhaps you may want to look at your favorite pantry items, boxes of food, etc. and draw a color from one of them.

    Janell

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  4. Nice choice, Janell! I love the pedestal base on this table. I guess you're glad you made that decision so you could move on. I have recently decided to freshen up my living room a little bit ~ new drapes and new side table skirts. I'm hesitant to get prices on a slipcover for the sofa, but the room will look silly without it.

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  5. It's gorgeous! Pedestal tables are such a classic! I had to sell a white one (that was uber cheap from Pier 1 but still very well made) when we moved to our small place. oh well, when I move to a cottage again, I'll for sure have one again!

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  6. Great choice, I completely understand the logic.

    I've actually been up to quite a lot lately, and I'll show it off sometime soon. We painted our foyer and some hallways, I just ordered a runner and a rug for our foyer, and I just ordered new light fixtures for those areas. Hopefully the space will come together in a week or two. Progress feels so good!

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  7. Beautiful choice! My projects are on hold right now because we are in mid move, so I'll have to live vicariously through you. I can't wait to see what you do with the rest of the room.

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  8. you know, i'm normally not a huge circular table fan, but i just love the proportions of this. very nice!

    my design choice lately has been, well, no design choice. see here:
    http://tearinguphouses.blogspot.com/2009/10/calling-all-sitters.html

    kelly

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  9. great choice! and what a good way to make a decision... that's how i decided against butcher block counters in my kitchen & breakfast bar. NO WAY am i going to be sanding off marker stains & fork stabs for the next 10 years! ha!
    the base on that table is gorgeous- i think you'll be really happy with it. enjoy!
    rachel

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  10. Good check off that one. William Sonoma have such great designs. Good choice.Can not wait to see what you do with the rest of the room.

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  11. Round tables are great for conversation too. Smart choice!

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  12. Beautiful table--I can't wait to see how you beautify the room. I'm trying to decide what color to paint my sideboard!!!!! I would've been done with the durn thing if I could just make up my mind. I've been thinking red, but would hate to dislike the color, because repainting would be a mutha! I just bought a sample today, so hopefully I can get it done over the weekend.

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  13. Beautiful table--I can't wait to see how you beautify the room. I'm trying to decide what color to paint my sideboard!!!!! I would've been done with the durn thing if I could just make up my mind. I've been thinking red, but would hate to dislike the color, because repainting would be a mutha! I just bought a sample today, so hopefully I can get it done over the weekend.

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  14. Oooh ... I am so excited to see what you come up with! Great decision in my mind!

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  15. Congrats on making a choice! It will look gorgeous! Now, about the domino effect on the other light fixtures... I can't see the one in the foyer, but as for the five light fixture, have you thought about just taking the goblets off for now, since that's what seems to stand out so much? It might look lovely and more delicate with just the candelabra bulbs showing. Love your posts!
    - L in Michigan

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  16. Absolutely beautiful table and great design decision :o) Another great post

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  17. Oops, I mean the light fixture with SIX lights, taking the white goblet covers off of that one. :)
    - L in Michigan

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  18. It's lovely. Can't wait to see it in your space! Sometimes those husbands do come in handy. :)

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  19. It's a lovely, and practical, choice. I would have probably done the same thing. Have a good weekend...

    pk @ Room Remix

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  20. Yeah for picking one out- I can not WAIT to see it in your space. It is going to look amazing for sure!

    Happy Halloween!!!

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  21. Yay - sometimes husbands have a wonderfully simply way of making decisions easy!

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  22. As an update, I was just talking with Phil Culbertson and he hoped I made it clear his price was not so expensive that people would not consider using him to have some wonderful custom furniture made.

    His quote was $1500, which is quite reasonable to have a custom table made. Unique design and solid wood! With the design tweaks we were considering the price would have possibly inched up a bit, and this was one factor in not deciding to go with the custom choice. $1500 was the absolute top of my budget.

    But the biggest factor was that I needed a table I felt free to get used as a work table, and used with frequency, by myself, kids and guests. The Z Gallerie table was on sale, and the price for it came to $724 including shipping and set up. So, in the end, this is the choice I made. With the savings I will finish painting the space, purchase the additional light fixtures and a few finishing accessories, completing the space with the savings.

    I know there will be times when I look at my choice and wish I had gone with Phil's design, but that is life. Filled with choices at every corner!!

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  25. I admit that I tend to religiously follow your blog. I LOVE your design style choices (I find inspiration here daily). I must say that I always saw your house as having high ceilings in photos you've posted. It wasn't until I ran across this old post that I was able to size up the ceiling in the photo with your husband! You've done an amazing job creating a look of height in this room!

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  26. I love the pedestal table you found at z galleries. I am trying to also find a table that's affordable, however z gallerie has discontinued that table. I am having a hard time finding a table. Any suggestion of where I may find a table?

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