Friday, March 4, 2011

Friday Favourite ~ Empty Table and Silky Oak cabinet

                       This post is for Ange who firstly always worries about my normally full table of finds and secondly never fails to admire my china pears and old lanterns on my dining table. So I was thinking of Ange this week when my table was finally empty and I could see the cedar again. I don't normally post about my house but lots of people ask so I thought as this room was actually tidy I would give it a shot.
                     This room is perhaps one of the largest in the house and we really don't use it alot so it does tend to be the drop off zone for treasures. Kristen would like to put a pool table in here and turn it into a games room. But it is a wonderful room for dinners, particularly birthdays and Christmas. The table seats 10 comfortably but more at a push.

The paint appears much yellower in the photos. It is not quite as custardy.  This simple silky oak corner cupboard has a bit of a story to it. The piece next to it with my French glass flowers on it Kristen found when someone was THROWING it away and it was orphaned and needed a good home and someone silly like me to love it.
The silky oak corner cabinet came from my Grandfathers house in Kelvin Grove. I inheritied it when we cleared the house. Now the furniture in his house was not precious or particularly flash and as was common in those days when he bought the house the furniture came with it. So it held no great sentimental attachment for him. My Grandmother had passed away long before I was born and no one knows what she felt about the furniture either. Anyway when I openned my shop on a whim "Frogs Hollow Antiques and Curios" in Hawthorne.....many years ago and long gone now I needed furniture so I grabbed a few bits from home, for those in the industry this will be a familiar story. The plan was to bring it home shortly after once the shop was nice and full. Well as fate would have it, it sold. To a wonderful lady who actually became one of my favourite customers. So it was all good but I still held a spark for this piece. Years later and long after we had shut our shop Kristen came home from a buying trip and said to me "Go and look at the back of the ute." Sure enough there she was. She had come back. In the mean time she had been to Sydney and back. So funny I think and makes it all the more special to me.  

Had to show you a picture of the dining ceiling. I love fancy plaster work. The one in our bedroom is a favourite and it is nice to look up at when you are in bed. Hope you have a lovely day it is raining here in Brisbane.


  1. I try really hard not to have sentimental attachment to pieces of furniture, but I fail everytime. Even something from Ikea ends up having some sort of reason for why I keep it ...

    That story about the corner Silky Oak cupboard is wonderful, and it makes me think that sometimes certain pieces of furniture really do have a bit of soul.

    I can't believe that huge table is cedar! Fabulous!

  2. I always love hearing your stories Katherine. How strange that corner cabinet boomeranged back to you... Your dining room looks wonderful - your table and chairs are beauties. xx

  3. I so love and want that table I need a 10 seater and its gorgeous.
    Am so glad you got the corner cupboard back I couldnt have parted with it.Hope you got it back for a bargain.
    I love,love your ceiling!!

  4. Your ceiling is gorgeous! I love the story of your cupboard, amazing.

  5. Beautiful room Katherine, so nice to see your lovely home. Thanks for sharing. What a lovely big table and the ceiling is gorgeous.

    Its a lovely sunny day here today, just perfect. A tad different to the crisp morning that we had this morning, we could even see our breathes. You know winter isn't too far away when the kids already want a hot water bottle at night :)

    Have a great day, Tam x

  6. I love your dining table. Don't hide it anymore! Thanks for the squizz inside your home :)

  7. Thanks for letting us look around your home its nice to see peoples homes not only gives you inspiration but it also to me tells me a bit about someones personality. I love your dinning table beautiful wood, it looks gorg against your yellow walls, and your ceiling is amazing reminds me of the old stately homes, have a lovely weekend, dee x

  8. Your dining room is such a wonderful room Katherine and the pears are the perfect touch for a dining table cetre piece ;o)
    I love the story of your cabinet, how wonderful. And that small table with your flowers on was a gem of a find, it's gorgeous!
    Thanks for the link, you're too kind!

  9. It's always nice to see around other peoples houses, I think it satisfies the peeper in us all.xx.

  10. Hay Katherine loved seeing the photos of your dining room - just beautiful pieces. I'm with Ange love the pears. Sandy xx

  11. That is such a lovely story about the corner cabinet. I love it and love that someone was looking down to make sure it's now living there with you. And that table's a cracker!! I can picture a christmas feast with a big turkey in the centre of it. I'm sure you've many a good time around it. Great seeing your house. I often wonder what you decide to keep out of all the fab stuff you find!x

  12. Love your dining room Katherine and all of your pieces are beautiful. It looks very warm and welcoming.
    Pam x

  13. Hi Dear Katherine
    I've missed you all.... been nuts not being able to log on and visit... Hope these past few weeks have been kind to you.....

    Love your story about the cabinet... taking a little holiday and coming back to it's rightful owner ..??? hehehe...

    On another note... thought of you yesterday... I recently have caught up with my niece and new great nephew... was singing broadway and show tunes to him yesterday.. and strangely he like 'Some Enchanted Evening' best.... go figure!! Although He also liked 42nd street and Lullaby of Broadway!! .. Got to teach them young!! hahahaha

    Have a great weekend... ciao xxxx Julie

  14. The dining room table is beautiful and I just bought 2 chairs like those. The ceiling is just gorgeous.

  15. Lovely furniture and house. Love that plasterwork, how wondeful indeed. Mel xx

  16. How lovely for you to see your table again! Lovely for us too, the room looks beautiful :) I especially love the look of your plant on the pedestal.
    X Tracey

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