Veranda, Fall 1994. Interior design by DHS Designs (Darryl H. Savage). Photography by Anne Gummerson. Source.
What I like about blogging, in addition to choosing photos, is writing. I love words, puns and a play on words and like to indulge myself now and then because I can't do so at work. It's all serious business in corporate in America. So excuse the title. I couldn't resist.
The photo above is the only one I could find with an antique tray (papier-mache) table. My mother had a black tole tray from the 1950s or 1960s painted with puffy pink flowers and gold edges. It stayed in the back of the coat closet and didn't see the light of day until a yard sale in 1992. It was pretty, but certainly not "look at me--I'm the focus of the room" material, like the one above.
I can't account for my sudden interest in tole tables, although I did watch Vanity Fair and The Young Victoria this weekend so there was plenty of English influence. Here are antique tray tables that could hold their own in any room.
A French yellow version at Andrew Spindler Antiques
English Regency tole tray and stand at Antiquario Villas & Cottages
Chinoisserie motifs at BG Galleries
Another English Regency table. George Subkoff Antiques.
I'm loving anything yellow lately. BG Galleries.
A French Charles X tray on a later stand from Drum & Company.
Another French tole tray, this time at March
A subtle design on this 19th Century version from Heather & Company
Greek key trim is a winner whether it's on curtains, pillows or furniture. Kevin Stone Antiques & Interiors.
Not a tray table, but a similar style and I have a soft spot for anything neoclassical. Thomas Jolly Antiques.
The only trouble with these tables is that you can't kick back with a pepperoni pizza and put your feet up while watching a movie, but I say put a television in the kitchen instead. Fini.