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When space is tight ...
Sunday, February 13, 2011


Bars in the kitchen are great for sitting at to eat breakfast or lunch, but, in my opinion, dinner needs to be a slower, nicer event. I just can't relax while sitting on a high stool at a bar. I feel as if I have to rush, as if I'm catching a bite in an airport or a bar somewhere.

Until very recently we had no dining table in our Nashville condo ... and then my very-cool mom sent us a black drop-leaf. It's perfect for small-space urban living because, when folded up, it is only 12 inches deep. Take a look. It sits at the end of my kitchen counter. Hardly takes any room at all.

And looky here, at a small dinner party with our friends Mary Jayne and Steve (Steve, incidentally, is the Official Kansas Correspondent for this blog; he's the guy who sent us the photo of the eyelash on the hotel-room chair)


Now isn't that better than sitting under harsh light at some kitchen bar? Wine and cocktails were served along with the lamb stew. Wouldn't the meal have been more dangerous if we were sitting on high stools?

Thanks again, Mom.


5 Comments:

Blogger Heather said...

Where is that table from?? We have similar space constraints and that table is awesome!!

February 14, 2011 at 5:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're wunkum!
Heather - It's been so long ago I absolutely cannot tell you where it came from . . . but it definitely was from a catalog.
I'd go on Google and type in "space-saving dropleaf tables"
Should be no problem.

February 14, 2011 at 7:49 PM  
Blogger Ad Hudler said...

Hey, Heather: Alas, too much time has passed, and my mom doesn't remember. I CAN tell you that we saw a similar table in the Crate & Barrel catalog recently

And here's my mom's advice: "Sorry . . . but it's been so long. I know it was one of those specialty catalogs they send out. But it's been soooo long I have absolutely no idea. Tell her to Google space-saving drop-leaf tables. That should get her a bunch of hits."

Me again: Got to love my tech-savvy 71-year-old Mom, no?

February 14, 2011 at 7:49 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

Your mom's awesome. =) Thanks!

February 15, 2011 at 10:49 AM  
Blogger Fran Holliday Sanford said...

Ad, if I can add my 2 cents (did you know there is not a cent key? I did not know)...For drop leaf tables, you can check out your local antique shops too. Be sure to check each side to make sure the leaves are not warped when extended. There are a lot of English drop leaf tables around, usually oak, that can be painted. Good luck!

February 17, 2011 at 12:34 AM  

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