Thursday, April 5, 2012

Question ...

Alright bloggy friends. I'm in the middle of switching my fall/winter dining room look to a softer, lighter look for spring and summer. You might remember that what feels like decades ago my dining room looked like this:


It wasn't terrible, but the table had a lower tressle that made it incredibly difficult for hosting anymore than 4 people at that table. I believe that they call them "Breakfast Tables" which makes sense, I mean how many people do you usually host at breakfast? Anyway - it wasn't working for us. So, I opted to store it, along with the chairs, and get something new:


Well, old - actually. I got this great antique Early American Empire table, along with chairs I spent days gilding for the dining room. Not only did it make the dining room look so much bigger on the days we didn't need to seat more than 5 or 6; the table has 5 leaves, meaning I could  seat 16 comfortably. I say could because I realistically, I don't think 16 people would fit in my dining room.

I did all of this in the fall - so the brown burlap tablecloth from Ballard Designs, and my chocolate drapery were perfect choices. Now that we're moving toward Spring, I want something lighter - and with a new round table, that means a new skirt.

So here's the question - and please leave your answer in the comment section below. If it were up to you, would you go with option one, or option two?

OPTION ONE:
The Triple Skirted Table








Option Two
The Pleated Skirted Table



Wish I could find more examples of this ...

So, there you have it - one or two? What do you think?

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36 comments:

  1. Option one, if you only have one layer of carpet. Option 2 if you are layering your carpet.

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  2. OH- I love them both- I think Option 1 has a less formal feel...but I love the elegance of Option 2. You can't go wrong with either look! xo Diana

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  3. Definitely option one! Would give you more possibilities to play 'around'. With a single cloth, several layers, and...and...
    With burlap, old linen, with same laces on top, different natural colors and....and...and even a ruffled one in between.

    Good luck, Happy Easter,
    and greetings from the Périgord,
    karin

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  4. option 2 is a cleaner more refined look that won't weigh you and the dining room down this summer!
    Eve

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  5. I agree with the first comment re: the carpets. I really love the last photo of the triple tiered skirts, with that delicate top layer...SO pretty!

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  6. Option #2. I don't think the room needs all those layers with the rugs layered.

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  7. With only these two options, I'd pick #2 because it feels lighter. But for spring and summer, I prefer no tablecloth - let the wood shine!

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  8. I would choose #2...it is lighter and airier. The layers might clash with your rug layers. Have you considered no table covering?

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  9. I like option #2. I might crisscross a couple of runners on top of the cloth. Does that put me halfway between 1 an 2? ~ Maureen

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  10. option 2 is more Spring like and less heavy feeling. All the layers seem to drag the feel of the room down and probably would be better for a Fall/Winter

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  11. two for sure and one when the top one needs to be freshened up!

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  12. I like the lightness of option two but I am sure which ever one you choose will be lovely!

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  13. I'd say option 2. it's a lighter look with your furniture. can't wait to see your choice! donna

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  14. I agree with Heather. For the hot summer months just leave the table bare or maybe just a small square topper. All the layers look hot and heavy and I'm not a fan of the gather/pleated tablecloth at all.

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  15. I love option 1, but I am a more is more kind of girl. I love mixing fabric colors, textures, and patterns and using simple ivory china (Lenox Montclair) and a mix and match of inherited silver (Berain, Luxembourg, Canterbury, William and Mary).

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  16. Well clearly I am in the minority here but after seeing both options, I would have to go with Option #1 using lighter, pastel colors and fresh flowers. Option #2 looks like it belongs on a make-up vanity or bathroom v. dining room. Sorry, that's just me and my $0.02!

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  17. Artie I love option #1, love all those layers! I would use light fabrics for a light airy look! Can't wait to see what you decide!

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  18. Option 2, #1 is kind of messy looking.

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  19. Hello Artie! I think, if I had to choose between the two...I would go with #2...but...you know me...I like options...and I might like to see no tablecloth and maybe just a table square...slightly askew...and a great vignette for spring/summer.
    ***Tami

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  20. You have featured two of my favorite designers in these picks. In Option One, John Saladino -- my all-time favorite -- is responsible for the last image. It is in his beautiful villa in California called Villa diLemma (He has a sense of humor). In Option Two, you featured Pamela Pearce of Houston in the first image. While Pamela's is very graceful and pretty, I must go with John Saladino, a wonderful artist, designer and classicist. You can have so many different looks by changing the top two cloths for different occasions and china patterns. Also, Artie, I think you would be inspired by his book about the transformation of his home, called "Villa."

    For starters, I think the new/old round table and chairs already lighten up the room. I know whatever look you pick, it will be fabulous.

    All the best...Victoria

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  21. option 1....I love the layers!!!

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  22. Option #1 for sure.....option #2 looks like a dressing table in a bedroom....and I don't think I would use 3 clothes....2 would be nice....a solid and a print...

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  23. Option two is going to enlarge your table. Gathers tend to add weight, size and volume.. I'd go with the layered pieces and maybe remove a layer of rugs.. You asked , te he he.. Either is great.. but i love one! happy springs. Happy Easter. Many blessings.. xo marlis

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  24. Definitely option 2 - more of a warm weather look.

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  25. option 2. love this cleaner look

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  26. Option 2. I totally love that look. A little cleaner, more straight-forward but still very luxe!

    Enjoy your Easter weekend!

    Keri

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  27. Option 2!! Pamela Pierce's pleated table cloth is one of my all time fav's!

    Can't wait to see what you come up with!

    AB

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  28. Number 1 namely because you have more options in choosing and mixing weight, texture,trim, pattern and colour.
    Secondly, I don't see a pleated skirt but "I spy my little eye"; a g-a-t-h-e-r-e-d one. :)
    -Brenda-

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  29. Between the two, I like Option 2. What about if you just have one tablecloth in a lighter colour similar to what you have now, which I love. I just think the 3 cloths can look a bit messy.

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  30. Artie, a tough choice because I love both looks. I would go with option 2 because you can always layer over it for a change!

    Thank you again for Sponsoring such an amazing Giveaway on my site!

    xoxo
    Karena
    Art by Karena

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  31. My first thought was that option 1 is shown in large areas with a long focus and your room is much smaller. I feel the closer area needs a less fussy look. Then I read everyone's comments and thought that option 2 would be more fun to play around with. Lighter colored fabric and either option would be great. You have great taste, go with your own instincts.

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  32. oH i THINK YOU GOTTA GO WITH OPTION 2...OPTION 1 HAS BEEN DONE AND DONE AND DONE A MILLION TIMES...love the newer look of the lush plush fresh option number 2...phyllis

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  33. I love both options, each for a different reason. Now you have me facing my OWN decision!!! Whatever YOU decide, I know it will be WONDERFUL!!!

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