The River House Table Gets a New Life
After I put away the Christmas decorations, it is always a little bare looking and even a bit depressing. However, this year I am not having that problem because I am rearranging and freshening the decor. We bought ourselves a new large screen tv and hung it on the wall, so now the river house table gets a new life!
I got this table several years ago. It was a table that my parents owned and used at the River House. After my Daddy passed away, my Mama had to sell that house and this was one of the pieces that I got.
Here it is the day I brought it into the house about five years ago, obviously, no styling done yet.
And another picture from a family party about four years ago.
I was struck by this picture as soon as I saw it on Pinterest:
The table reminded me so much of MY table and I loved the way it is styled. And now, I can use it as my inspiration to style my own table!
Mr. Menace got our new large tv hung pretty quickly. And then I was able to hook up the Directv to the new tv and move the small tv out of the way. (It’s still sitting in the study floor, but let’s not talk about that.)
The first thing I wanted to start with was the hydrangeas. I had several already that I could use. The color isn’t as muted as the ones in the inspiration picture but I think they will work for now. Next I added the silver candlestick.
Then I went through our family photos and chose one with a neutral frame and picture. I couldn’t put my hydrangeas in the center like the inspiration picture because it would block the tv and it’s signal.
So far, so good! But I am going to have to clean up those wires and tools and things soon…
For the other end of the table I decided to use our antique brass binoculars and some old books. I chose gardening books and eclectic bookends.
I used my bird identification book that belonged to my mama as a lift for the binoculars which also came from the River House.
Now that both ends were taken care of I need something in the middle. It had to be something that wasn’t very tall. The bracket holding the tv is movable and pulls out to be angled toward either end of the room and I didn’t want anything that would be in the way and have to be moved every
night while eating supper time the tv was moved. I decided to use this antique wood tool carrier. The length worked out perfectly. We had purchased a surround sound system with the new tv and the long sound bar fit right into the back side of the wood carrier and was totally hidden! (Now to get those wires hidden!)
I love the baskets that are underneath the table in the inspiration picture and I will be on the lookout for something similar at yard sales and thrift store. But in the mean time, I have a good collection of wood buckets and other pieces that should work.
I am not totally satisfied. I think I need lighter color items underneath, but in the mean time I like how it looks.
What do you think? Do you have any suggestions? Any ideas to make it look more like the inspiration?