In the musical number Be Our Guest from the beloved Beauty and the Beast, Lumiere croons about life being so unnerving for a servant who isn't serving. Whether its because I actually identify with my furniture, or because I went a Beauty and the Beast Sing-a-long at the Castro theater, I believe the same to be true of my dining room table. It was just sitting there sad and lonely in a room not fit for purpose.
Then the figurative Belle walked into our lives. Stools, a rug and tulips transformed the dining room and I started to see a little something there that wasn't there before.
It may also have something to do with getting better at the white balance on my camera.
The table was joined by a pair of World Market bar stools that I found on Craigslist. I love the feminine, antique feel to juxtapose the modern table design.
They also echo the patterns in the rug, something I didn't realize until I was editing the photos.
The rug is from Ikea and something I hemmed and hawed about for some time. It was actually hard to convince Mr. P about it because I was so back and forth on it. We decided to give it a try. We could always take it back.
But now the flat weave southwest feel has grown on me faster than the hairy Beast grew on Belle.
The wood, oh the glorious slices of trees, will always be first in my heart though. The room really is being designed to let the wood sing.
Our extended plan is to move the two World Market stools to the table ends and fill in the middle with four Ikea Ingolf stools in black. Until then, a pair of Ikea stools I Craigslisted for $30 are holding it's place and we can bring them out if we're squeezing a large dinner party around.
More to come on the commissioning process and why I have to withold my wholehearted recommendation.