Aww. Teeny and round, and perfect for small dwellings. It has served its purpose well, and will continue to in the breakfast nook. But now that we have an actual dining room (yes, a whole room made to hold just a table - I can barely even fathom the concept), I am searching for something larger. Something in a dark wood. Something with fairly simple lines, not at all fru-fru, almost "mission" in style. Something that (here's the kicker) will seat ten people.
I've always wanted to be able to seat everybody together, comfortably at the same table (instead of how we've always had to do it: a sprinkling here and there - at the bar, in the kitchen, holding plates of food in their laps in the living room). And in preparation for the hoards of guests that my mother seems to think can (and will) descend upon us at any given time, like at Thanksgiving, I need a table that's pretty big. But it's important to me that its "bigness" come in the form of leaves that can be added, so it won't be so obtrusive in the room. And so it will still be cozy when it's just us (plus maybe the occasional friend or two) having dinner together.
And it would be nice if whatever I find is something that won't break the bank to purchase. Some of my favorites I've seen so far require a trade: one dining table for one kidney. And that's not including the chairs. If you actually want to sit down while you dine, you have to be willing to give up a few additional organs. $150 per chair? Times ten? I know there are discounts for "sets", but then you still have to pay for each additional chair. Um...hello! Perhaps we should just implement the concept of the ever-fun "children's table" (a.k.a folding table in the other room) and search for a smaller dining set.
When mom was up here a week or so ago, we found a couple of contenders at Oak Express. They seem to have really sturdy, well-made, real-wood pieces. And they definitely have great prices. But I didn't find exactly what I was looking for. I'm not sure how I feel about "counter height" dining tables, and most of the ones I liked there, as far as style and color, seemed to be that height. (I do, however, know how mom feels about them. Whenever I would look at one, or heaven forbid, sit down at one, she would make The Face and inform me that "old people have trouble sitting up high". Then, in case I had missed her opinion regarding counter height dining tables, she would add: "And your dad hates to have his ankles dangling.") Hmm. We can't have that! Dangling ankles - how gross would that be while we're trying to eat?
I've considered shopping online. I love Pottery Barn, IKEA...those sort of ridiculously cool, ridiculously expensive places. I mean, who doesn't? But I really don't like the shipping prices. Yowser! So I thought I'd first try to find something locally, if I could. You know, support my fellow Razorback Retailers in the area.
Anybody have any suggestions - either from shops in the NW Arkansas area or from fairly reasonably priced online places? ...Oh, and here's a reminder of the color of the dining room, in all its blazing glory, to keep in mind when making any specific suggestions: