The Kind of Legs You Never Forget

I could not get the table out of my mind when I first blogged about it in late 2010. I tried, really tried to convince friends who were then decorating a pricey new home to buy it but they had a teen and a tween and were afraid of seeing such a fine-quality piece get damaged. The next time I stopped in at Toronto’s Patina the table was gone and co-owners Garry and Sal proudly informed me that it had been purchased by none other than Barbara Barry herself and shipped to California.

Fast forward to this week with me flipping through the December/January 2013 issue of House Beautiful and there was the table, now a starring player in a Newport Beach home designed by Barry. I don’t think Sal and Garry even knew the table was by Ed Wormley because if they had mentioned it I would have included the reference in my original post. In the image below from the magazine (photo by Victoria Pearson) the table looks darker than in my pic but it’s because it’s backlit against the windows. I have no doubt it’s the same piece and I still wish I’d been able to convince my friends to buy it. They acquired some lovely things for their new house but none as nice as this.

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Saturday, November 24, 2012 by Chris
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13 Comments For This Post

  1. Carol Says:

    No use crying over spilt milk (wah wah wah!)

  2. David Says:

    Its really graceful. It looks like the sort of thing Barbara Barry would design for one of her furniture collections.

  3. lynn Says:

    o.m.g. stunning. really, really stunning.

  4. Lois Says:

    Good evening, nothing like a good set of legs…Lois of those are one of a kind fabulous

  5. Eya Donald Greenland Kotulsky Says:

    That is an absolutely beautiful table. Really gracious lines. If I’d been your client, I’d have been tempted to get the table and send the teen and the tween off to boarding school for a few years!

  6. Magda Says:

    Yes, I remember the table. Beautiful in any setting.

  7. Lin Says:

    Gorgeous table but I’m not so sure it’s the one in House Beautiful. It’s hard to tell when the photo is from a different angle than your original, but to me it looks like the legs on “your” table flare at an angle if you’re standing dead centre between any two legs, while they point directly sideways on the one in the magazine. Also, the feet are different, though they could have been changed, of course.

  8. Tim@DesignMaze Says:

    wow … you definitely have an eye to pick out fantastic pieces!! those legs are definitely a showstopper! Now I want that table!!

  9. Alison Hodd Says:

    The table is timelessly stunning. I looks like something Barbara would design herself. Her ability to stay true to her soft sophisticated style is unparalleled. I’m curious about the choice of cafe curtains in the picture above. I wonder why she spec’d those.

  10. Mike Says:

    Definitely looks like a BB–she obviously knows what she likes. Curious as to what the pricepoint was when it was for sale in Toronto…

  11. Jen | MontrealDigs Says:

    I’m not huge fan of Barry’s serene colour palette, but can’t fault her furniture sense and was admiring that spread in my latest HB issue – fascinating that you were an early champion of that gorgeous table, Chris!

    My dining room chairs are essentially the same carved prince of wales feather design and I’ve been going back and forth for years about painting them and livening up the trad, boring brown – they look so good in white here. I think I’ll be staring at this photo for awhile…

  12. Chris Says:

    Mike, Patina had the table priced at $4,200, which was definitely within my friends’ snack bracket. Alas . . .

  13. Claire Says:

    So funny–I was gazing at that spread in HB and thinking, “I have practically the same lamp” as is on the sideboard in the background. Mine I found at the free store on Hornby Island as a fantastic score. I love that we all see pieces of ourselves in a photo of a room!

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