Isn't it funny how you live with something for years and don't really 'notice' it. I had one of those moments a week or 2 ago when I had to take everything out of the sitting room so I could sand the floor. My corner had to be dismantled - the place by my favourite seat on the sofa that houses my collections of aurora borealis and china flower brooches, inspiration books (yes, I will do another post on them but you maybe interested to read this in the meantime - gosh my corner looks rather empty in 2006!)
Anyway, it was when I was putting everything back that I realised how 1980's my corner table was. I chose it from Laura Ashley (my 'old' Cath Kidston) in 1988 when Anth and I returned to the UK from New Zealand, and they were all the rage then..circular tables made from chipboard which you covered with a long table cloth (usually with a frill around the edge) and then had a smaller one in matching colour tones on top of that, again with a frilled edge. Well, that table has done me well, bless it but when I started to put things back again I realised that the round table needed to be a bigger, edgier, rectangular more flea market sort of table. I needed more space too as my corner was terribly messy with wool, sewing baskets, box files, tins etc. So a search began immediately for that perfect table. I was wanting a shabby metal garden table - still do, but wasn't holding out much hope for finding one of those. Then on Friday I went to Totnes and whilst browsing in a shop came across what they called a victorian tea trolley made from wicker.
"Ah," I thought, "this might be just the thing." So after a lot of pondering and a call to Anth, it came home with me.
It even has a little box compartment (which I'm thinking must have been for cutlery in those long gone victorian times) which I can keep all my boring but essential items like chargers, glue and scissors.
I wasn't too sure at first but I'm liking it more and more, especially as the whole corner looks tidier and less fussy.
And that, dear friends, is a very good thing indeed.