What To Buy For Your House

This month we’re talking tables with interior designer GREGORY CURRAN, who has detected the trend for separate informal dining rooms among his clients …

Hebden trestle oak table, €2,140, at Neptune; www.neptune.com. In use since the middle Ages, trestle tables can be used from desk to dinner.

Cue the need for another table. “When it comes to shape, round or oval tables are very popular. I recently sourced an oval one by Ethnicraft (at Arnotts) for a client. I also replaced my own dining table with a round walnut one by Skovby, which can be extended to form an oval. I discovered Adele-C table designs at Milan Furniture Fair, and commissioned a dining table from designer Simon O’Driscoll.” Auctions are a good source for picking up antique tables, (look out for mid-century Danish design at Whytes), as well as The Store Yard in Portlaoise for unusual designs. Adding simple, modern chairs creates an instant, playful update. www.gcurrandesign.com.

Beach grass rug by Amy Kent; www.amykent.co.uk.

Caring for tables: Dust wooden tables with lint-free cloths. To prevent warping, keep tables away from heat. Clean regularly with carnauba wax (not Pledge!). Watermarks can be removed with mayonnaise.

Kalby console, €149.99, at Jysk; www.jysk.com.

Multi-tasking: Create a vignette in hallways, or a natural break in an open plan room with a strategically placed console. To style consoles, create an anchor, whether a piece of art or a mirror. Styling above and below the table is important to achieve balance.

Desk and bookcase, Ligne Roset at Arena Kitchens.

Electrun console table, €1,795; uk.jonathanadler.com

William Console, €690, at Hedgeroe Home

Paxton Dining Table, €515, at Marks & Spencer

Dark oak veneer Loft table, €4,395, at Rock Hill; www.rockhillinteriors.com

Penny McCormick

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