To me, dining and kitchen tables are more than just four legs that hold up a top.Â Granted, the definition certainly states those are the fundamental elements of a “table”, but I find that tables, ones at least upon which you dine, really represent coming together, gathering, socializing, conversation, learning, loving, laughing, family, friendship, fellowship and love.Â What? How did I get that from a few pieces of wood/metal/marble or whatever material which makes up your kitchen and/or dining room?Â Well, I grew up in a household where while we didn’t have breakfast together, we always had dinner together.Â On the weekends, it was lunch together too; if one of the four kids or my dad had something going on, that was ok, the rest of us were called by “Time to eat!” and we came to eat on time.Â And we talked. We asked questions. We learned about each others’ lives. We learned about our challenges in school and with our friends, our funny stories about our teachers, our interesting stories about field trips, our excitement or nervousness about an upcoming game or performance.Â The dining room represented a platform for where we could as a family break bread and for one hour (or more if we could make it) of our very very very busy days during our very busy lives, we could be as one.
To this day, I love looking at dining tables when I’m in furniture stores or at friends’ homes, or a guest at a party.Â How big is this table? Does it speak to me?Â Is this a place that screams formality? Or one that whispers relax, find comfort in being here, let your guard down, and share with us. I tend to enjoy the latter kind of tables more.Â Weird, that the older I get, the more I enjoy a more rustic, at ease, casual environment and furniture and decor that can set that stage.
One of our Partners, Federal Home Company, actually custom builds these exact types of tables from “reclaimed” wood and call them “Harvest Tables.“Â I had a chance to see some of their work at the Autumn Harvest Brunch in October as well as a friend’s home recently.Â They come in a variety of sizes, stains, lengths, shapes.Â The legs are all different as well.Â I talked with Doug DeLuca and Matt Bronczek the two heads of Federal Home Company, about them.Â They told me that some of the wood had been taken from a hundred year old barn in Michigan. Utilizing “reclaimed” wood to create these wondrous works is a sustainable yet cool way to bring a piece of history into your home.Â Each table practically tells its own story.Â Not that I am against your typical catalog furniture, but while we are cutting down thousands of acres of trees to get over priced pieces of furniture, these guys are taking perfectly good sturdy wood, with thick and thin planks and putting them together to make some of the most charming tables I’ve ever seen.
The tables are ideal for “farm kitchens”, rustic dining rooms, or traditional dining spaces that needs a bit of whimsy, a wink of old in a new world, also in retail stores where they look fantastic displaying items, in restaurants, where communal tables are fitting.Â They are inviting, they are pieces of interest in a room and most of all, they truly carry out the representation of where families and friends have a place to gather, share food, drinks, laughter, and love.
Learn more about the Harvest Tables by contacting Matt Bronczek directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Learn more about the McLean-based company here: http://federalhomecompany.com/ and read the Punch post about the Autumn Harvest Brunch showcasing one of the firm’s latest works in McLean here: http://www.pamelaspunch.com/federal-home-company-defines-reclaimed-celebrates-a-completion-with-an-autumn-harvest-brunch/
See more photos in a SLIDESHOW.
Photos show tables in several stages of building.Â Federal Home Company also custom designs and created wine racks and other pieces of furniture out of reclaimed wood.
Pamela Lynne Sorensen is the founder of Pamela’s Punch, a leading source of information for the “who, what, when, and where” of Washington, DC’s elite social, professional, and philanthropic scene, which she founded in November of 2006. In 2012 she launched Pacific Punch, based in Los Angeles. Pamela comes from an extensive background in sales and business development from a variety of industries, has been involved with charities and fundraising for a number of years and holds several Board and leadership positions. She currently resides in Arlington, Virginia and when she’s not out on the town, she’s reading or writing while sipping fine wine, or traveling the country and the world ISO adventures, beauty, fun, food, style, libations, music, and the good life. Follow her on Twitter at @pamelaspunch.