When I was younger my nana used to tell me how much the two of us were alike – that we both loved to entertain – and she was right. While some people can’t stand the idea of hosting a party, I love it. I love thinking about the details - the colors, sounds, smells and tastes and how they all work together to make something bigger than itself. It’s a personal process that I pour myself into, so while I may not be an Italian grandmother showing her love through platefuls of pasta, I hope my guests can feel the love through the details.
Unfortunately, as old homes shift and move, some pieces just don’t fit together as they should. And as the kids have gotten older, the desire to have bedroom and bathroom doors that shut and remain shut has moved higher to the top of the priority list. We now have new doors that fully shut but I was unable to bring myself to get rid of our original doors. So with 13 stripped doors in the basement, I told my husband that I was going to use them to build our tables for the night. I found amazing mid-century hairpin legs that would hold the weight of the door. With a quick drill to each corner, we now had two long and narrow tables. I left the original door plates on them, because why not - in my opinion, it is just more character.