Tale of the Tubac TableBy Mary
Another very busy week! WHEW! As we continue to get grounded in our new location the days are full and the skies are most often clear blue. This past week I tried my hand at fused glass art. Some practice pieces are out of the kiln but nothing to brag about yet. We made our final furniture delivery to the Dove Mountain project. The photography is scheduled for next week. On Saturday I found the ONLY wholesale florist in Tucson so I could throw together two flower arrangements for a friend’s 90th birthday. The true highlight of the week was the arrival of our custom-made dining table. So here is the tale…
While visiting last July, prior to our relocation to Tucson, Paul and I decided to take a ride to a much talked about small village 50 miles south, Tubac Village. (Go here for more information on Tubac Village)
Needless to say we were fairly naive about traveling further south into the desert in the middle of summer. Once we arrived at the village we realized the “error in our ways”. Because of the extreme heat of the summer afternoons many of the shops close for the summer. (Lesson learned) None the less we found plenty to do with many interesting and unique shops and galleries open. Here is where the story begins…
At the time we visited Tubac I was in the process of the final sorting of what to move from our Lake Gaston home. We had a very contemporary Scandinavian dining table with a hidden leaf which I loved. To bring or not to bring to Tucson was the question? Many of the furnishings for the Southwest are heavy and dark and do not suit me at all. Bridging the gap between my transitional/contemporary taste to a more regional look was a real challenge. We browsed at many galleries and shops just exploring. We found this console table in Tubac Territory Furniture and the concept of blending styles began to develop. Because both of us fell in love with the unique wood craftsmanship of the Dennis Kaufman furniture pieces we placed an order for a hand-made table like this console from Juniper wood, finished natural. Rarely are we that impulsive but this seems to be all part of the new adventure.
I was concerned after we placed the order that it was too far a departure from the furniture we were accustom to. Would it be too bulky or look too heavy??? Because this piece is custom and the wood and finish need time to cure it took about 12 weeks to be completed. I was a little impatient around the six weeks point but finally resolved myself to the wait. Now I know how my clients feel when I inform them of a long lead time. 🙁
Last Friday the table was delivered and it far exceeded my expectation. It fit the space perfectly! The wood, the workmanship and style really work. I had ordered the two china hutches and woven chairs last August at the Las Vegas market and they are perfect compliments. I love it when a design plan comes together!
With the arrival of the table we are just about finished up with the interior design of our new home. It is extremely different but certainly “all me” with lots of color, texture and eclecticism. We used almost all the art from the lake house so it really is starting to feel like home. I will give you a virtual tour when I finish a few more touches.
How do you feel about the table? Do you think I went too overboard with this one?
More and more of you are sending comments about the blogs. It is so exciting to read your comments. Keep them coming!
Mary Sherwood Lifestyles