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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

You Have To Love A Skirt!!

I realize that a lot of people don't like skirted tables.  They were so over done in the eighties which is why they have left a bad impression in some people's decorating pschy.  I do, however love  a well dressed table.  I think they can add a soft touch to a room.  Sometimes it can bring an elegance or whimsy and sometimes it can make a room look handsome and sophisticated.  It is another way to bring pattern and texture into a room. I have had a picture of Brunschwig and Fils in my design inspiration folder for years. It is tailored with just a few very large pleats and it adds such a sophisticated look to a room.  Someday, I am going to have my seamstress make it for me.  I will place it  on my dining room table where right now I have a full length table skirt by Ballard in a white quilted diamond pattern.  I have had mine for several years and it washes up beautifully.  They are actually cheaper now than they use to be.  They also come in burlap for all of you that love the look of burlap that is so popular right now.  The 108" is only $69, that will cover a 48" round table to the floor. Not a bad price and a great way to update a table you might not be too happy with at the moment.

My 108" tablecloth from Ballard

Now I would like to show you how lovely some table skirts can look and how they add to a room.
This half round table top has been covered with a handsome, very large pleated skirt and is being used as a console table.  Can you just imagine all the stuff you could hide under this skirt?

This is just pretty.  A floral is made less fussy by using larger pleats on this dressing table.

A skirt even makes this simple little sink look much better.

This homeowner took skirting to a very casual level using a shoe lace method on the sides. Pretty clever!

This is one of my favorite looks using a Greek Key pattern. I am still contemplating using this somewhere in my home.

This is not an acutal skirt, but a table cloth with a flirty scallop by Katrin Cargil. I just had to show this to you.

This is so handsome!  It is in the San Francisco apartment of up and coming desinger Grant K. Gibson He is so talented , be sure and visit his blog.  This skirt is so tailored and I love the trim on the bottom.  See how a table skirt can change a room and even its function.  This is being used as a bar, however, it could just as well be a console with lamps on it.

Jan Showers chose to use a tailored skirt to cover a table in this beautifully appointed room.

I know it is bold, but it is black and white stripes!!! My favorite.

Designer John Saladino

Another console skirted table. Notice the wide band at the bottom?  I really like this look.

Another pretty dressing table.  This skirt is lush with gathers out of a fun striped silk.

This is done by designer Tom Scherer.  I am not an orange girl, but the design of this table with each pleat being trimmed out is a wonderful look.  This is just an overall great looking foyer. I love that wallpaper in the background.

Last, but not least, is my wonderful friend Eddie Ross' bathroom sink skirted.  you have to see the "before" on his blog - what a wonderful transformation.  Look a Greek Key hand towel in gray. Classic at its best and budget friendly.  This is what I love about Eddie. He can make something look like it cost so much more, but on a budget.

I hope that you can now see how a skirted table can take on so many personalities.  There are so many options.  Do you think a skirted table could add to your rooms decor?

"Enjoy the Process" Of:  Adding a table skirt to your room.