A place to eat. A place to entertain. A place to rest and a place to converse.
The table is the central hub of our home. it is no secret that we love to cook and share meals. The entire process of eating appeals to us. From shopping at the farmers market for local ingredients, to thoughtfully preparing and orchestrating meals, to the act of eating and sharing the meal with those you love, the process is nourishing on so many levels . Food is not merely to feed, it is to savor and enjoy and always to share.
Because of the importance of the table, it was only fitting that we made one to fullfill our needs. We live in a small apartment so it couldn't be too large but needed to be big enough to squeeze friends around. We used left over wood from a construction site to build the entire table. The bench was crafted with hand hewn cedar legs and a reclaimed cedar top. All of our chairs were thrifted, curbed or from garage sales.
Another important factor for the table is the setting. As a photographer and designer, I have an unrelenting urge to make everything visually pleasing and artistic. Its part of what nourishes me. Usually, you will find our home full of flowers (foraged or from farmers). This particular arrangement is blackberry, apple and silver poplar branches, with Queen Anne's Lace and wild grasses all found just off the bike trail. Bringing a bit of nature in does wonders for a home. The napkins are our only (well worth it!) splurge. Organic cotton, naturally died and handwoven from maiwa, my absolute favourite textile shop in Vancouver.
I will often leave the table set, ready and waiting to be gathered around, to feed us and fulfill us in the way only good company and natures abundance can.