Sunday, July 12, 2009

My dear Ol' Oaky...

Hosted by "Happy to Design"

It's Sunday again and I get to relive another fave post, thanks to our host, Chari, who knows just what we like to do on Sundays... Reflect...

I can't help but miss my old Oak table when I look back at my tablescapes in the past, but I know she's in a good home- my next door neighbor's parents!
From February 6, 2009

After 11 years of beautiful tablescaping adventures, my little fam of 5 say goodbye to our old and big solid oak table (*sob*). Our dining area is too small, the kids kept whacking the rounded edges and access to the kitchen when we're entertaining is almost impossible! Who wants that, right? (*sob*) Even though I love that table (*sob*) I have to think of all the bruises, stubbed toes, ripped stitches from sleeves, the squeezing (oh, those painful squeezes just to get to the other side)(*sob*).
Anyway... (still sobbing) I knew that I wanted a more Asian decor without the stereotypical little tokens associated with an Asian home. After all, I am also part Spanish (Europe, Spain), so I can't go too ethnic on both or my home will fall under eclectic and that's just not my style!

No ma'am! So... when we saw this new one, I fell in love with the color, look and the slimmer figure (now if only I can slim down that quick then we're set! I wish!)

As we said buh-bye to the ole' oakey, we say hello to our new Rubberwood dark chocolate Pagoda 6-pc set from Cost Plus World Market! We picked it up last Monday morning and it was heavy! (Good thing dh is so up to the task with his mus-kles!)

Ready to take a look-see? Are ya? Alright, here they are... (old and new of course- gotta build up the thrill factor, lol)

My ole' oakey is off to a wonderful couple who's been looking for someone like her... She's not old, the warehouse we got her from gave us a 50-year minimum lifespan, so she's still a tween (*sob*).

I just love this set!!!

It was 53% off in store (that's how we bought it) and would have been 65% off online (but they didn't want to honor the paper ad)
It's a sturdy and beautiful table

(four legs with brace, oh yeah, it's not going anywhere!)
4 chairs and a bench!
(I've always wanted one...)


Thank you so much both to our lovely host, Chari and to all of you for stopping by!

TABLESCAPING IDEA: ("Brain is a little tired") Remember that the tables you use is just as important as the dishes you use so consider the future tablescapes you want to do on it if in the market for a new table. Test it out at the store if they have other things to sell there, do a tablescape on the table. Let the piece inspire you.


  1. Visiting from SITS. Love your blog and your ideas!

  2. Chandy, I too love your old table, but I really love the new one. It is just gorgeous, and I love the bench with it. So pretty and you do some gorgeous tablescapes on it. Great post. Hugs, Marty

  3. I love the tables from Cost Plus. And I really like the benches. They seem so practical when you have small children - you can fit a lot of butts on a bench vs. a chair.

  4. I think you made the right choice. Sometimes we just have to (sob) let go (sob) of the ones we love.
    Now as for that bench. I love that look.

  5. Good morning everybody! Welcome and thank you!

  6. Out with the old - in with the new! I like them both.

    Christi @ a Southern Life

  7. Hmmmm looking back . . . are you still sad to part with it? The "new" table has been through a lot of wonderful tablescapes and I really like it. :-)

    I also enjoyed your Christmas in July. The napkins sure resemble a gift. And those candle holders are just perfect in three. Those will be my fave for today :-)

    It's also interesting to know that you do use those settings and not just for display. Every meal in your home must be real fun. No doubt about it :-)

  8. Your new table is beautiful, but I understand the heartbreak for the old table. You've inspired me to get some new chairs and go back to eating at the table. We haven't done that in over 4 years. I'll be following your blog to keep up with your creativity. I admire creativity and think that any person can find it, it just might not be what people traditionally think of as "creative."

    :::visiting from SITS:::

  9. Beautiful dining set! I like dark wood. You made a good choice, Chari...Christine

  10. Mornin' Chandy...

    Just wanted to come by and say thank you for joining in with Sunday Favorites, my friend!

    What a great post!'s hard sometimes to give up a piece of furniture that we've become so attached to but it sounds like your beautiful oak table and chairs went to a wonderful home!!! I love, love, LOVE your new table! I think I remember this post...when you got your new table! It really does suit your home and decor!!! Now you get to make many more fond memories around this table!!!

    Thank you for sharing this post and more of your beautiful home with all of us!

    Have a marvelous Monday, my friend!

  11. Ooops...just lil' ol' me again! hehe!

    Just wanted to tell you that I love your new header and blog's really pretty!!!

    Love Chari

  12. Glad to hear your old table got a new family to love it. Maybe they will let you visit? lol.

    Love the new table. Having a bench instead of 2 chairs is great.

    I missed this post the first time around. So glad that you shared it again.

    And I love your sense of humor in writing this post. Can I offer you a kleenix?

  13. Chandy, I love that table and the bench and chairs! How perfect. Glad you reposted this. laurie

  14. Visiting from SITS. Love the new table. Benches are so practical with kids, I wish I had them. I'm on my 3rd table in 20 years...DH say's "no more", so I'll just have to be happy with what I have, LOL.

  15. Hello, thank you all for coming and Chari, glad you stopped by...


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