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Floor lamps?








Bump.
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Definitely the first one.
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Why has this become a thread about shitty furniture? There are other threads for that.

Moo, R&B is fine if it fits your aesthetic and budget. It is solidly made and they have excellent customer service. You really have to know what you're doing to score at an auction or on 1st Dibs.

lefty

No R&B is the same recent graduate, middle-class garbage every consumer with no soul wants to buy. It is not fine by a mile. Americans bombarded by so much ugliness throughout their lives that they cannot recognise pure average atrocity that is R&B.
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Terrific, it's now the R&B thread.

 

lefty

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Both long edges will incorporate live plus some straight cut combination to make the table suitable for a dining table. The ends will be straight cut. Some of the edges will be charred/blackened. I don't think we will use a tablecloth. The top is finished only with wax and natural oil and it will develop scratches and a patina over time, but I think that is part of the beauty.
That sounds great, though I don't get this "Some of the edges will be charred/blackened." Why do that?
I asked about the tablecloth only because my wife insists on them for Sabbath and Holiday meals. I don't especially like them and I like our table better without. I do, like, however, that she has specific ones for specific holidays and seasons. It is odd, but things like that really matter to kids. It helps establish their sense of occasion and time.
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Bump.

Do you have any pictures of the different versions with baby proofing installed?
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Do you have any pictures of the different versions with baby proofing installed?

We figure she climb up and down any of them. Dexterity is important.
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That sounds great, though I don't get this "Some of the edges will be charred/blackened." Why do that?
I asked about the tablecloth only because my wife insists on them for Sabbath and Holiday meals. I don't especially like them and I like our table better without. I do, like, however, that she has specific ones for specific holidays and seasons. It is odd, but things like that really matter to kids. It helps establish their sense of occasion and time.

Would she accept a runner and placemats as an alternative to a full tablecloth?

I'd almost go the other way--tablecloth for random things/the kids/etc, and then reveal the beautiful wood underneath with per person placemats and a nice runner for special events.

But I guess that also depends on the finish. A heavy duty poly/waterlox/varnish won't need any protection day-to-day while a more delicate finish might want a layer of protection while the kids eat breakfast every day/
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Would she accept a runner and placemats as an alternative to a full tablecloth?
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No. And it is not really subject to reason. It is how her mother did it and therefore not a topic for discussion. The first, only and last time I asked, the answer was "because that is how it is supposed to be".
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Your heart is in the right place: 1stdibs, local estate sales, auctions online or in RL-this is the way to acquire things. Buying mass market garbage from mid-level outlets is nauseatingly lower-middle-class. Let your wife pick one item she needs the most (bed, dinner table ,sofa..) and let her buy that crap on the condition that you will wait to get the rest later.
Show her online sites with furniture you like or consider better than pottery barn. In short , you need to educate her and develop her taste gradually.
If she does not come around in 12 months use a pillow.

 

I think that the issue here is that women generally don't get all excited about designer furniture, as they're typically more interested in practicality. It's the same with watches - I have yet to meet a woman who cares about the movement inside her watch and the vast, vast majority of women couldn't care less about whether they're wearing a quartz or mechanical watch and yet there are quite a few men who obsess over these things.


It's the same with furniture - by and large, women will simply want to know whether a couch or chair is comfortable and practical, and whether you can get it in this colour or that colour. Most of them won't care whether it's made in the US, Italy, or somewhere else, or whether it's solid wood or veneer, or whether it's designed by someone famous (well, famous within the world of furniture).

 

I was facing the same struggle with my wife and, apart from a few small victories where I was able to convince her of the practicality of my suggestions (marble-topped dining table, solid-wood sideboard with plenty of storage space), I largely just gave up and accepted her preferences as long as they weren't visually objectionable.

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Originally Posted by Mr. Moo View Post

Guys, please help. My wife wants to drop an obscene amount of money for furniture at Room and Board. While I'm fine with spending good money for things that will last for... ever?... I just want to have some fun shopping around and not just gathering things in an online shopping cart and hitting "buy". Plus I think we can buy things on a site like 1st Dibs or something.

But she's all about R&B and fucking Pottery Barn... what do I do?

Try bopping her with your signet ring.
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I do, like, however, that she has specific ones for specific holidays and seasons. It is odd, but things like that really matter to kids. It helps establish their sense of occasion and time.

It has been said of traditions that you know you have succeeded when your kids tell you you are doing it wrong.
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Foo: Not #3
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Foo - those 3 lamps are designed to cast very different patterns/moods of light. One is basically only mood lighting, and another is almost a reading lamp.

What will this be used for?
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Moo,

If there is a furniture district where you are at take her to a place(s) where you can see stuff like; Fritz Hansen, Carl Hansen, Knoll, Cassina, Vitra, Herman Miller, and brands of that ilk. You'll likely make a convert out of her, but be forewarned whatever amount was a lot at R&B is going to be a down payment at those shops.

Aside from that on items like dining tables, benches, side tables, desks, ect you can do well with craftsman made items (not to be confused with Craftsman/Arts and Crafts style), though you will also spend alot here, usually comparable with good manufactured furniture and in some cases more.

R&B, RH, ect arent bad, I would just use them sparingly. I needed a ton of ceiling mounted lamps and while I used good ones in the key places (stairwells, ect) I used a bunch of 'Bauhaus inspired' ceiling mounts from RH in other places. $700-$1000 a lamp starts to look pretty daunting when you need seven of them, so $200-$300 at RH is better and can be left with the house if/when we move. Same deal with stuff like curtains, you can spend a small fortune on curtains if you prefer, but floor to ceiling stuff from RH is fine and will not kill you on pricing.

Then of course there are antiques and vintage pieces which in some cases can do really well and also help avoid having the place look like everything is brand new.

Most of the manufacturers have sample sales, which can be hit or miss, they may be loaded with odd-ball items.
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Foo, congrats on the baby!
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