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about the table

© Azzari Jarrett

My kitchen table is a major source of inspiration for me.  We gather here every night for dinner.  My daughters do homework and arts and crafts here.  And I photograph (almost daily) here.   So many memories!  My most popular captures on instagram are taken on this table.  It was also the muse for my self-published book, On The Table.

Today, I want to share a little more about the actual table itself.

© Azzari Jarrett

I bought the table on a whim at  Nadeau (there are a number of stores around the US).   The paint was falling off of the legs, and the wood was raw and unfinished.  My Dad took one look at it and told me I needed to paint it.  But I felt it was perfect, just the way it was.   I fell in love with the exposed, rough, wood surface.  Added bonus: I’m not concerned with having it “clean” all the time – it shows every ounce of spilled kool-aid, glitter projects gone awry, and coffee cup stains.

© Azzari Jarrett

Every  imperfection is documented on its surface.  I know this would drive some people nuts, but I welcome these imperfections.  It tells the story of our life, and I feel that it adds character to our room.

© Azzari Jarrett

There are two windows surrounding the table, which allows the perfect amount of natural light to spill through.  As you can tell, I like to keep fresh flowers displayed here.  All the time.  This table is truly a perfect background.  I would imagine that someday it will become my worktable, as I can’t see how we will fit a family of 5 here for dinner once my youngest daughter is old enough to sit at the table.

You can see more images I have taken on our table here.

  • rachel del grosso - May 21, 2014 - 10:11 am

    i love it, and agree that it’s perfect just the way it is. lately i’ve been really falling out of love with our kitchen table because there is no character. it’s light wood, but has a glass top, and OH how i hate the glass top. I want it off. I want to spill on the wood and dent it and make it ours, you know?

    your on the table book? i’ve been telling my hubby that i really want it for my birthday in a few weeks. i figure it will help me feel much better about hitting the 30 milestone.ReplyCancel

    • Azzari - May 21, 2014 - 9:32 pm

      Happy early 30th Rachel! The book is not currently for sale anymore, but I will let you know if I release more copies.ReplyCancel

  • cara - May 21, 2014 - 12:16 pm

    our table is much the same because i have the same sentiments as you about it. loved this.ReplyCancel

    • Azzari - May 21, 2014 - 9:28 pm

      Thanks Cara!ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Caillier - May 21, 2014 - 7:39 pm

    I love your table. Were some of the coffee stains done by me?ReplyCancel

    • Azzari - May 21, 2014 - 9:28 pm

      Yes, some of them are yours!ReplyCancel