Posted by: Chelsea Novak | March 12, 2007

Evolving into an adult

Today was a very exciting day in my life. It was the first time that M and I had guests over to our current apartment for dinner and we were all able to sit at a table and eat like civilized human beings.

Living in a attic apartment creates all kinds of design challenges. The biggest of which has been finding a kitchen table that more than two people can sit at. Inspired by the success that Dooce had in finding a dresser on ebay, I decided to see if I could find a modern kitchen table. Just to get an idea of what was out there. Lo and behold when I typed in “modern kitchen table” I got a table and chair set, inspired or knocked off from the Harry Bertoia wire chair design. It looked perfect.

New table & chairs

The glass table would give us a space to eat on, but wouldn’t eat up all the visual space in the room, same effect with the wire chairs. Best of all, the seller was based in Toronto and offering local pickup only. Oh and the price. While this was a knock-off, it still would retail for up to $2000. The seller got it for half of that and we got it off the seller for more than half of what he paid. Super score.

After we bought it on ebay, M and Mike drove out there in two cars and collected it for us. Sadly, because life has been crazy, but good busy, we haven’t had a chance to actually sit down at our mid-century modern table and see how it works.

So this evening we had Dawn and Chris over for dinner (as their spouses are both out of town), saved them from another night of toast for dinner and had them test everything out.

I am proud to report that the test was a success and, to make it even better, I got to use many of the plates and dining accessories we got from the wedding in the way in which they were intended. On a table, looking lovely.

More and more this house is starting to look like actual adults live in it. It’s all rather cool.

Today’s sing-a-long song: “When I grow up” by Garbage



  1. Great choice! We have some Bertoia chairs and a glass table on our modest balcony (here in Los Angeles), which faces similar cramping issues.

  2. Design challenges! I never thought I’d be concerned with such things. And indeed, never thought I’d have a home that actually looks like someone put some thought into decorating it.

    I picked out a floor rug that wouldn’t clash with the furniture, not one with the most colorful, funky pattern I could find…

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