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A new table, turning 40, and a horse in the dining room.

So a few weeks ago, on Winter Solstice, I turned 40. My husband gifted me a truly hideous flower bouqet and a truly beautiful new table for our dining room. The bouquet quickly went out of my sight and we had a lovely, quiet, sunny day. I have been in love with this table ever since.

I have wanted a new table since we moved into this house. Or if not a new table, at least a new table top. We had originally bought our Ikea Norden table for our old Berlin apartment and while it did have the right dimensions for the dining room, I just didn´t love the table top. I wanted something made out of massive wood. So I started begging my handy husband to build me a new table top and for my 40iest birthday, he obliged. The wood was provided by one of our neighbors who has a seemingly unlimited supply of beautiful old pine planks, one of his friends did the planing, and my husband did all the assembling and sanding and whatnot. The tabletop went on our old Norden base and hellooo, gorgeous new table. I have since treated it numerous times with a white pigmented oil and I hope it will keep its light color. I love it. When we had just installed it I went into the dining roo several times a day just to look at this table. 

As for turning 40. Well. It seems everybody expects you to be devastated. Is this a women´s thing? I don´t think anybody expected my husband to feel terrible when he turned 40? Anyway I always (like even back in my 20ies), always had the feeling that I would like being 40. I kind of thought that at age 40, I surely must have figured it all out. Ha. Well I surely haven´t, but as a fact I have never been more at peace with myself than right now. And yes that extends to my body. It´s all good. Let´s do this, 40.

On a lighter note, there´s a horse in my dining room. I had the urge to switch it all around for spring so I brought in Horse. Horse had been living in my rear hallway so far. I bought him from here a few years ago but never considered him for the dining room until now. He is made from painted scrap wood and has all the right colors and I think I really like Horse here. At least for now. Also, spring bulbs. Because after Christmas it´s spring. Right? (I have such garden fever these days. I have already ordered all my seeds because I´m so impatient. Can it be March already?)

Last but not least I treated myself to a flower bouqet. Eucalyptus and white Amaryllis. And yes I might have told my long suffering husband to use this as an inspiration for upcoming birthdays. But really, it´s all forgiven and forgotten because look at this table. (Just please never buy me orange flowers again). 

Bonus picture! Snowy fluffy furry Emma. 

Have a good week! 

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Reader Comments (15)

I've just discovered your blog - and I love it! And your table too. And reading this, I've also just turned 40 and I never felt better and full of energy. Alles gute zum Geburtstag!

January 10, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterEva

happy birthday!

January 10, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterveronika

Eva - thank you! I just had a look at your website and I LOVE your pictures!

Veronika - thank you!

January 10, 2017 | Registered CommenterKatrin

Happy Birthday! I agree about turning 40. (Alas, I just turned 68 - and except for #50, I've not minded a ONE of them!) I agree about the table! Beautiful! (And about most orange bouquets, too.) Now he knows :)

January 10, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca

Happy 40th! I loved turning 40. I'm now 54. I didn't like turning 50 though - that was hard for me. Your dining room is gorgeous and I love that table! Your husband is very talented.

January 11, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMelanie

A late happy birthday to you Katrin!
May it be a very happy and healthy year for you both and for your cats and doggy Ludwig!
You are young at 40! At 40 life begins! I don't mind I'm 56 but still feel like 40 ha, ha!
You can imagine that I don't even get hidious flower bouquets anymore.... I buy them myself....

Love the atmosphere in your dining room and your table is a beauty!
May I ask you what F&B colour your cabinet is?
Thank you for the wonderful pictures! Enjoy it very much!

January 11, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterinkiemulder

Happy belated birthday! And once again, I love Horse. A lot.

January 11, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterannton

Love the table, well done your husband! I turned 40 last year and I thought it would be something to worry about, but in the end I felt ok about it, being healthy and happy is more important than worrying about a number and after all there are bigger things to worry about in the world and I am so happy with my little lot...this year I intend to be kinder to myself and really enjoy what I have got...but I am like you....please hurry up spring......

January 11, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterHelen

Happy Birthday - nachträglich! Ich musste gerade so lachen über die Blumengeschichte. Ich habe selbst schon so viele scheußliche Blumen von meinem Mann gekriegt ...

January 11, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSaskia

Belated wishes! Emma is so gorgeous.

January 11, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJessB

Happy birthday Katrin. Many happy returns.

Yes, 40 is just a number...especially since you have such a fabulous husband!

Best wishes!

January 11, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJoanne

Wie sich die Themen ähneln.. zum Brot der Tisch. Auch ich wünsche mir einen neuen ... 3 neue .. Küche Eßzimmer und für den neuen Arbeitsplatz. Das dunkle Holz mag ich nicht mehr ... Und die 40 ... was soll ich sagen ... das bin ich jetzt seid 3 Jahren .. wenn ich gefragt werde ... :)

January 14, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSusanne

Happy birthday, I know belated, but I wish you wonderful surprises and peacefulness and good life in your village for the next year. The table is gorgeous, the sideboard is always beautifully arranged and I do wish you''d posted a pic of the inappropriate flowers. The idea of them in your house made me smile

January 14, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSally

Thank you all!

Inkie - the cabinet is painted in "Down Pipe" from Farrow & Ball.

Sally - they were VERY orange. ;-)

January 16, 2017 | Registered CommenterKatrin

A rather late happy birthday from me. What a great picture of Emma and I love Horse. Such a lovely table top, I can understand why you'd go into the room to just look at it. :-)

February 3, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterHelle

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