With the holiday season coming upon us in a few weeks, we start entertaining the idea of welcoming our family and friends over the dinner table. The busyness of everyday life leaves us longing for the company of our loved ones with whom we often struggle to synchronise the weekly schedules. But despite the increasingly atomised society, during the Christmas season, we are all willing to work our way through the noise and make an exception.
A beautiful tradition of gathering, all those small rituals of preparing and sharing a meal together are at the heart of the Christmas spirit. We use the opportunity to re-connect and truly relax in the privacy of our home nests. The science has spoken, spending time and sharing a meal with the people we cherish in our lives is not only pleasant, but it’s also essential to both our physical and mental health. It is of the utmost importance to find more time for each other.
Regardless of your feelings towards Christmas resolutions, let’s make a promise that we’ll prioritise our relationships in the year ahead so that these precious gatherings will no longer be exclusive only to the holiday season.
Its majesty the vintage dining table
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Throughout history, the dining table has always been a sacred place where we come to replenish our bodies and our souls. A safe place to communicate, show mindful gratitude and simply be together. Many modern homes fall victim to a trend of improvised dining stations, but none of these smart, space-saving solutions actually support healthy and truly connected family life.
When selecting a family dining table, it is of the utmost importance not to make hasty decisions. Since it holds a central spot in our everyday routines, the dining table is a room-defining piece and as such, it needs to be both aesthetically pleasing and highly functional. Depending on the size of your tribe and the available space for entertaining, there are many different dining options to choose from. With that in mind, selecting that one special piece for your home is definitely worth a lot of thought and research.
Below you will find tips on how to pick a perfect vintage dining table for hosting dinner parties for your friends and family.
A vintage dining table is a memory box
The dining table is the central nervous system of a home. It is a place of memories, helping us remember who we are and what we’ve been through. A vintage dining table is a backdrop to our family’s most precious stories. Like a memory box, its wood treasures images, sounds, smells, cheers and sorrows of the past. It reminds us of the endless conversations we shared over the years that shaped us into who we are today.
But the vintage dining table is also a home of dreams and aspirations we build for the future. It is a promise that together we can face anything life presents.
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The old-school charm of an antique dining table
More than a memory box, an antique dining table speaks about tradition and grace. Its old-world allure contributes layers of interest that never seem to lose lustre.
But other than the increased sentimental value, what makes antique dining tables so valuable is the quality of their build. They already passed the test of time and if they’re still in ship shape you can count on them to serve you for decades to come.
An antique dining table can be a stunning statement piece to enliven the entertaining area and give it a touch of sophistication.
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Round vintage table to encourage intimate conversation
If you prefer intimate dinner parties where everyone at the table can easily become part of the same conversation, opt for a round vintage table. The small rituals and the way people interact around the curves are precious for creating an atmosphere of cosiness and acceptance.
Even though round vintage tables tend to host fewer people than their rectangular counterparts, this doesn’t mean you will have to give up on the idea of entertaining a larger group. Many round tables come with the extension leaves you can easily put to action at any time.
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The mid-century charm of a G Plan table
Famous for its attention to detail and timeless design, a G Plan table plays well with most of the interior styles. These high-quality, yet very affordable pieces of the mid-century design are a fantastic choice for families who focus on reliability and a subtle look.
G Plan tables are champions of the small space living which makes them increasingly popular these days.
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Bring flexibility with an extending McIntosh table
Simple yet sophisticated, a McIntosh table is a great example of clever mid-century design. Due to their compact size and an integrated extension leaves, McIntosh dining tables are extremely popular in modern apartments. On-demand, they extend smoothly to seat extra guests and yet again easily go back to their original small scale state.
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Simplicity and style of an Ercol table
With a wide range of different dining furniture, Ercol brings style and versatility to the table. Each Ercol table has all the hallmarks of exceptional fine-quality design and features pared-back look with soft edges and elegant legs.
These tables are powerful allies for creating memorable meals and hosting all important celebrations from first birthdays to engagement parties.
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Decorative touch of vintage dining chairs
However, to create truly wonderful dining you will need more than just a table. Carefully selected vintage dining chairs will bring comfort and refinement of the yesteryear’s dining experience while simultaneously making a stylish statement.
Try mixing and matching different vintage dining chairs to create an effortless look. This approach is a perfect antidote to those of us with a serious chair fetish who find it impossible to settle for a single designer piece.
If space is at a premium and you plan on using the extendable dining table, you may want to consider opting for a set of stacking chairs.
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Make every meal memorable and bring regular dinner parties back into your life!
You won’t regret it.
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