Wednesday, August 9, 2017

It’s Not Your Mother’s Table Skirt

I was never a fan of the voluptuous table skirts of the past bearing heavy bullion fringe. They never seemed very sophisticated but rather a fill in for a nicer piece of furniture.   I am on board with the more current tailored look; that can blend with almost any style. An old piece of furniture can be upgraded with a pretty fabric and or a pretty trim. They can be covered in an indoor outdoor fabric for ease of care.I currently have a client that wants to keep her skirted table.  Here are some great examples that don’t shout granny.



Chinoiserie Chic: Saturday Inspiration - Grecian and Chinoiserie Entryway
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I love the simplicity of this simple tailored linen version.
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Mark Sikes really knows how to work them.  I love this one in the living room of his own home. It brings an earthiness to the all white room.


“A skirted table adds a feminine and sophisticated touch to a room,” says Mark. “And they’re practical—you can stow things out of sight.”
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He keeps them simple and elegant so they don’t over power.
Pacific Palisades No. 4 - Mark D. Sikes
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Love the pop of red here
Mark D. Sikes      A skirted table brings instant glamour to any room. We… 
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Another “hidden” advantage is the ability to store things underneath.  Great in an apartment where there is limited storage.

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Another example of a heavy linen adding earthiness to a white space.

Photo by Bjorn Wallander/OTTO
Here is another version of this with the tape treatment omitted at top.  I kind of like this.

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This one adds softness to a room with a lot of legs.

Skirted tables have a much leaner look these days and I just love it. | Interior designer: Christopher Maya
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Skirted tables are great in an entry where they can create the illusion of mass.

Amy Berry Makes Over a 100-Year-Old Dallas Home
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LOVE what Mary Douglas Drysdale did here.  A skirted table can work in a more contemporary space as long as you keep it simple.
Mary Douglas Drysdale  skirt and art
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Simple and Beautiful
What I meant to do with my console. Now I just need to learn how to use my sewing machine.
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Simple linen skirt, a great way to hide ugly bar essentials.  You can find one like this on Etsy here
skirted table for a bar, joyous.com via cote de texas
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This great skirt could hide an ugly (but practical) folding table.  I have a couple of round ones.  A long one with a skirt like this is very tempting. I love the lacing detail.
High Street Market: Outdoor spaces
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An interesting fabric makes a statement in an otherwise patternless entry.
Betsy Burnham, Tailored Skirted Round Table
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If you would like to order a 33”round folding table go here. If you would like to order a 48” folding round table go here.  If you would like to order a console table go here.  If you aren’t a seamstress Kirtam Designs on Etsy can make almost any of the above designs.  To check out their Etsy shop go here

For more inspirational tableskirts, check out my pinteres board here  What do you think about skirted tables? Would you use one in your home?

22 comments:

  1. OMG! I may have two granny tables. They don't have any fringe on them. They're very simple but quel alors. How does one know if they're granny or not? Is it the bulbous bottom that makes if granny? Is it OK if it's just a simple hem with an over cloth? God forbid I have granny tables. These days I have to worry about granny clothes, granny tables and just the fact I'm a granny.

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  2. Sandra you are the epitome of what a granny is not!! I am sure whatever you have is lovely, and as long as you like them who cares!!

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    1. YOU WOULD LOVE HER CASA!!!!!!!!VERY MODERN!!!!!!!!!!!

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  3. These table skirts are all wonderful. I love the tailored look of them. On a previous post, you mentioned that you could not find my blog. You should just be able to click on the link that is my name...but if not, here it is:
    http://www.enjoyingthesimplethings.com

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  4. Hi Penny! Thanks for stopping by and leaving your link! Now I can find you!

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  5. Love the tailored look, but generally I prefer the look without a skirt. I do appreciate this idea for a serving table when I have to use those folding tables. Ha! Ha!
    I, too, love the lacing detail and the Greek Key design on the alfresco table. Thanks for sharing all these ideas.

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  6. Unlike you, I have always loved fabric and gulp TRIM!, and have always had a skirted table somewhere in my house. When I ditched the big dining table and added a round table in the room that became the dining/library room, I went hard core and draped the table with an Afghan tribal rug. I like the way the legs showed underneath part. Then I realized I liked even better having a table full of books most of the time could be easily moved if I kept the moving men pads under the table legs. What to do? The 54" diameter made having a cloth made a little more than I wanted to pay for the beautiful fabric I had chosen. Instead, I went retro and ordered to blue batik bedspreads (as I might have done in college in the late 60's) and I love the look. The plus is that this room is next to the garage and tends to be the place where packages are dropped off. The heavy-duty rug is up to the job to protect the table top!

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  7. I have ONE ROUND ANTIQUE POKER TABLE covered up with MOUNDS of TAFFETA cloth to cover ugly legs....I than have piles of STUFF on top and some FAB old FRENCH CHAIRS hanging out around the table as I have no where else to put them............I do have stuff hidden underneath!

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    1. They are great for stashing!! I am warming up to them...thanks to my new client!

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    2. Does she need some FRENCH CHAIRS?I have SIX I THINK!

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  8. I'm one of the table skirt lovers and have had several over the years. But the one I have left is not long for this world! The ones you've shown are chic, chic, chic and I love them. I think with the right decor they are fabulous!

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  9. I love the skirts you posted and I actually have my dining table skirted, only because it is wood, the chairs are wood and the floors are wood, too much wood in one spot. I bought it from Ballards many moons ago and it washes up beautifully. In fact I am looking for a topper to put on it for Fall/Winter changes. For me it just works.

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    1. The too many legs and too much wood issue...they work don't they?!!

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  10. I agree... the tailored skirt is sophisticated and what I typically do. Occasionally, I will do a gathered skirt if that is what the client prefers...but I keep it simple so as not to look fussy or dated.

    I followed you over from your Instagram...

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  11. Although I don't have any in my home, I love table skirts, and the collection of them that you brought together here is wonderful. My favorite is the simple tailored one covering the bar setup. Really lovely!

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  12. Love this style and love the hidden storage option! xox

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  13. I agree with Michele, I love this style as well and the idea of storing a buch of stuff out of sight is great too.

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    1. The stash factor in limited space is very tempting I agree!!

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  14. You have some nice examples here. Several years ago there was the great table skirt debate in blog land. I must admit that I've always fallen into the "love 'em" camp. I even have one in progress for an octogan entry table in the living room st the moment.

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    1. I think they are fabulous in a large entry. They can give weight to a space that is hard to achieve with a bunch of legs!! I finally found the right piece for my own entry, or I would have considered one there!

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  15. nice examples Cindy! I have not considered a skirted table in ages, but you have me thinking, and my mind is swirling. thank you dear friend xo
    debra

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  16. One of these days I am coming on one of your tours! When I can leave for more than four days!!

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