I have acquired a table from my father- in-law. It's not my usual taste, but I've always rather liked it. In fact, we had it in our very first house in Hackney but swapped it for something different when we moved here. It's a late 1950s/early 1960s Swedish table. I've seen some similar ones in magazines, but it was a pic in Selena Lake's book Romantic Style that sort of got me thinking that it might work in our house. I'm going to live with it for a few weeks and see...not sure at the moment, really not sure.
Selina Lake's version. Pic taken from Romantic Style. Photo: Debi Treloar. Book published by Ryland, Peters & Small
Our first house was a tiny railwayman's cottage, hidden away in Hackney, East London. It was Victorian and had beautiful pine floorboards. I always liked the modern white of the table against the old wood floor (and I loved that house so very much, but there was no room in it for babies!). Our current house is modern, and so there is no new/old contrast. One to think about, anyway.