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Monday, May 17, 2010

Game tables

House Beautiful.

I have a generous corner in the family room and have yet to do anything with it. I was torn between a daybed and a couple of lounge-y chairs. Then, today, I saw this photo of a game table. So grandma, but so chic.

Dumplings, what do you think of game tables? Do any of you have one in your home?

28 comments:

ticklishfromadistance said...

I have one an i LOVE it. It has an antique mirror top, very plain, and we play games, do homework, and every once in a while the hubs and I eat dinner in front of the fire with it. Many uses.

A Perfect Gray said...

Yes! I lucked up on a nice one at an antique shop. My 15 year-old son uses it in his 'crib' for games and eating when friends are over. It's a nice little space for him away from adults....

I'd say you all would enjoy one - perhaps even more so when the pea gets a little older...?

Meg said...

My parents have one in the "music room"--aka the Do Not Touch room. My mom does puzzles on it. But let's all keep in mind that she is 65.

Tonia of Chic Modern Vintage said...

Yes, you have just given me an idea for my den. Thanks Raina.

sherri said...

Love the idea of a game table. And love the idea of having space that I know not what to do with even more. One day, one day.

Cashon&Co said...

I try to have one and try to use it! Cards or checkers! Go for it, thats a great idea

David said...

I come from one of those families that is shuffling the cards before the dining room table is completely cleared. I like game tables very much.

Great for ntimate dinners, easily pressed into overflow service for large dinners, an impromptu desk, even for games. I say yes.

mypoliticalexile said...

We have one and its great. Its used all the time.The kids use it for games, its a great place to eat and its perfect to house jigsaw puzzles in process. Because we are freaks we had a lazy susan made for the table to do the puzzles on. Go for it.

DREAMER'S DEN said...

great idea for your family room, raina!
as the pea gets older and you play board games as a family, you'll love it!
good for puzzles too -- do you all do puzzles?

Amy B. said...

I have a game table and I love it, and yes, we use it for games.

And yes, it was my grandmother's! I have many happy memories from that table.

Marija said...

Love it. Don't have one. But have done it for clients. Like how it can double as a good homework or breakfast spot in not so spacious city condos...

Raina Cox said...

Meg and Amy B. - Hello to you both and welcome to this deliciousness!

Sketch42 said...

I would consider it. My dining room is in my living room, so I dont need or have room for an extra table... But I think either that or a desk in a living room would be a must for me. Someplace to sit and blog.

I am considering putting another couch in my dining room though.

sarah, flourish design + style said...

Inviting, practical + fabulous. It is very true that everything old is new again- xx

Elisa @ whatthevita said...

Painting our game table right now!

Kate said...

Yes, have a game table, play games on it from Chutes and Ladders to Chess. I've noticed that when I have a game set up, it's always chosen over the ugly black box!
Kate
painteveryday.blogspot.com

normajean said...

My grandparents always had one. It was an octagonal pedestal table in a beautiful wood, the top lifted off and there was a backgammon/chess board complete with all the pieces- you could even lift all that out and play cards on the green felt liner. Okay, theirs was very 70s casino, but the memories I have of it are priceless. I'm definitely going to include a more modern version in my own home (whenever I manage to upgrade to a more spacious and permanent place...)

my favorite and my best said...

if i was a table top game player i'd say hell yes!
but i am not...at least not yet.

ModFruGal said...

Absolutely...I think what makes it grandma-ish is actually CALLING it a game table. My old Burke/faux Saarinen set is in a corner of the playroom and is used for everything from chess to lego. As the room evolves from a playroom to a family den..I predict it will only become more useful...do it!

Real Estate Resuscitation said...

Thumbs up to the game table.

lucitebox said...

If it's grandma chic, it's totally calling my name--all the more so if you're playing canasta at said game table.

Have you ever played Bananagrams? I suspect you might like it because you seem like a person who enjoys words. It's for people who want to enjoy the Scrabble kitchen but can't stand the heat. Impatient people like me enjoy it, too.

Raina Cox said...

lucitebox - I've not tried Bananagrams, but it sounds like a game I'd love!

Acanthus and Acorn said...

Yes! I have one, it was a hideous thing when I bought it for next to nothing years ago. It's been re-painted and I love it...one of my favorite posessions!

erin@designcrisis said...

Yes! And now I know what to do with MY old Burke/Saarinen set!

Now I just need to find a house big enough to have some extra space for it...

wv: table. I shit you not.

susieq said...

Call me granny, but I LOVE it!

Liz, Viive & Benji said...

My favorite game table of all time is made by Susan Carson, the decoupage queen. On a very dark green background we choose print cut-outs of deciduous leaves, moths, chipmunks, etc.. to compliment a client's mountain house setting. The resulting table is luminous and practical, as you can set a drink down on the varnished surface.

Raina Cox said...

Liz, Viive & Benji - Hello and welcome to this deliciousness!

Lady from Connecticut said...

Game tables are ususally a waste of space unless you need to fill a spot. This one illustrated is not too pleasing, too many funny legs and shapes. The best kind are rectangular with two or four chairs. The chairs should be easy to climb up to because kids love to use them. I walked by my living room once and saw my eight year old and the little girl next door sitting down playing backgammon.