The Gypsy Table
I'm in the middle of a big project that won't be "blogworthy" for awhile, so I thought I'd take a break and show off one of my favorite pieces of the handmade furniture which I build as a hobby.
My wife named this piece "The Gypsy Table."
It's a rustic hallway table, or sofa table. Narrow enough to fit in a slim space like an entryway, yet long enough to go behind a sofa so that you have a place to set your books and drinks.
The top is made from locally milled lumber. I left the bandsaw marks on it, which made a beautiful pattern.
As you can see, there are also some interesting details on the ends, with old fashioned mortise-and-tenon joints.
My favorite part is the bottom, which has wooden slats and a whimsical folk pattern along the edge of the black rail.
The Gypsy Table isn't my only sofa or hallway table. I've got a few other favorites, too, like this classic black version....
...which has antique wormy chestnut wood on the top and the bottom shelf.
The simple shape of these tables tables means that they fit in with any kind of decor, from traditional to contemporary. So if you need a long, narrow table that's just the right fit, give me a call. Free delivery if you're local to Asheville!
Making a Difference in a New Home
One of the best parts of my job is helping home buyers settle into their new homes. It's the perfect time for interior painting, hanging art just the way you want it, and generally getting everything ship-shape.
One of my recent customers moved into a very nice apartment, but the walls were all white and very bland. My first job was to personalize the rooms with a few accent walls. (Accent walls are perfect for apartment owners, because it's easy to have them painted over when you move out.)
My customer really chose the colors well. I'm surprised that this blue coordinates so well with the taupe trim. Perhaps it's because the blue already has a lot of gray in it.
Just having a little color in the space gave it personality. But it really came together when I hung the pictures...
...lots and lots of pictures! She had a lot of beautiful paintings, not to mention the prints and sculptures, and we filled the walls with them.
The great thing about working in the Asheville area is that so many of my customers love art, and I love to hang it for them. I've been developing a few "tricks of trade" lately that make it easy to hang two pictures side by side at the same level... I can even center them on one another if they're different sizes.
Remember the boring white bedroom that I started with? Look at what a difference a little paint (and a lot of good taste) can make.
If you need someone to paint your walls or help you hang your art, give me a call. I really enjoy helping new homeowners make a "house" into a "home."
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