Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Center of attention: hall tables

Last week we chatted with Scot Meacham Wood at The Skirted Roundtable and I just fell in love with this living room he did for a client. In particular, I love the use of the center hall table used between the two back to back sofas. Of course, one has to have a fairly large space to make this work, but I think it particularly works because it's a round table between two rectangular sofas, paired with the low rectangular ottoman. It really creates a strong focal point that draws the eye right in. I'd love to have a foyer or hallway large enough for a center hall table, but in the mean time, I can dream. And keep in mind that these tables don't need to be only in the hall!

Designer Anita Clark, Stylist Robert Brown,via Michael J. Lee Photography

A center table in a hall or foyer is a great place to showcase a collection, such as the ginger jars in the image above, or a way to anchor a stopping place in an open space. They create "stopping place", which can be very welcoming.

Interior design by Suzanne Kasler via Veranda (photo Thibault Jeanson)

The Susanne Kasler space above and the Peter Pennoyer foyer below both offer hall tables with comfy chairs - an impromptu reading nook. 

design by Frank Roop, via Elle Decor  (photo by Eric Roth)

The round dining room below looks like it serves as a pass-thru as well. So the table acts as both center hall and dining table as needed.

Michael J. Lee photography for Cordis Management

via Country Living (photography by Jonny Valiant)

I used a small center hall table in this Boston townhouse living room design to fill out the bay window - providing a place for display, impromptu board game or elegant work space.
Linda Merrill Decorative Surroundings (photography by Michael J. Lee)

Well, still wishing I had space for a center hall table, but I may try to come up with something in my front hall...

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Jeanette {A Passion for Home} said...

I have given thought to whether to include a center table in our home. After seeing the photos you I included has renewed my interest. I also have a dilemma on how to fill the space within our bay window where your idea has triggered some thoughts.

Did I say I am inspired? ;-)

I thoroughly enjoyed the interview with Mr. Wood.

The Shiny Pebble said...

Hi Linda. This is a fantastic line up. I don't have space for one, so I use one at the corner of my family room. It is massive, but just at the right height to set a drink if you are sitting near it. I love that I can change my collections display right there.

By the way, I have kicked started that little project over at my blog. It is starting to grown its own legs. :D

I appreciate you.

Sally@DivineDistractions said...

I love the idea of a center table, but seldom do I have space for one in my designs. They are like an unnecessary, but adored, little jewel. I especially love the one with the huge glass vases holding the branches. I love the scale of that whole vignette in the open hallway. Thanks for a nice refreshing imagine-ing at the end of a busy day.

Jeanette {A Passion for Home} said...

OK, I'm back for a second look. Love it all!!!!

Karena said...

I especially love the round tables, and the one with the branches is my favorite.

Art by Karena

Charlotta Ward said...

I love a large open hallway like in picture no 3. A distant dream at the moment but something I am set on having one day.

Lovely post with so much eye candy.

Also thank you for your encouraging words on my blog. I look forward to hearing from you more often.

xx Charlotta

Acanthus and Acorn said...

I would kill to have a round table in my foyer, but it is too tiny! One of my all time favorite looks...too many tear sheets to count, but I still dream! Loved looking at your selections.

Cote de Texas said...

I love this!
i have a center table, it's really a french wine table, but i pile it with books, etc. great post.

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