Friday, June 14, 2013

beautiful butler's table

 Brian had one last day of vacation left, so we took another day trip.
This time we went to the town of Evanston, just north of Chicago. It's a gorgeous
culture-filled town along Lake Michigan, home of Northwestern University, and
 boasts tons of unique restaurants and shops. This is also the town Brian
grew up in, so it's extra-special to him. But, before I get to that butler's table...

We had lunch at Dixie Kitchen - a true Southern, Cajun, and Creole
restaurant. Loved the decor in the restaurant...

And the food - wow! I haven't had fried chicken in about 15 years. I normally
stay away from unhealthy food like that. But I just had to try some. I only ate
a wing and a couple of bites of the breast meat. It tasted exactly like the fried
 chicken that my mom used to make - and she's from Kentucky - so
she knows how to make darn good friend chicken! There were also grits, cole
slaw, a corn muffin, and smoky collard greens. Needless to say, most of this went
home with me. And that was with Brian eating some of it, too! 

 Later in the afternoon, we stopped at our favorite Evanston coffee shop -
 The Brothers K - for herbal iced tea. This place has a hip and bohemian vibe and
you'll find a lot of Northwestern students, as well as writers, locals, and young
 moms with babes.

Brian's eyes are the same color as the wall. :-)

 Now. On to the place where I found the butler's table - Secret Treasures.
I think it's a good thing that I live far enough away from this place, that
I can't just jump in the car and make a quick trip. Even though this store
is on the small side, it's packed with all kinds of lovely goodies. The
owner is personable and friendly, and the prices are fantastic. There were
furniture pieces outside of the store...

 and here is the beauty that came home with me.

I didn't even know what kind of table this was at first; just that I loved
the x-legs and the tray on top. It's a little banged up, but I hope to sand
it and paint it down the road. It fits perfectly in front of my living room window.
I could even see other uses for this table, such as when we have a party -
I could use this to hold all the beverages, ice bucket, and glasses.
I could also picture it holding stacks of books and some lovely candles, or
being used as a bedside table.

Have a beautiful weekend!


  1. Melanie - Food sounds delicious and I love your new table. Sounds like a fun day!


  2. Oh the chicken looked sooooo good. Everything sounds delicious and the table is fabulous. Hugs, Marty

  3. Melanie I love fried chicken but don't eat it too often. That looked so good. Love that table. How versatile and perfect for that spot!

    1. Glad you love the table as well, Linda - thanks!

  4. Hi Melanie;
    I love your pictures, I feel I know your family just by looking at their pictures! Also love the butlers table, great find! Please wish hubby Brian a Blessed and Peaceful Fathers Day for me. Have a great week end. Love and hugs, Nana.

    1. Thank you, Nana ~ you are so kind.

  5. Hi Melanie, thanks for letting us tag along on your day trip to Evanston. Something that I like to do when I have extra time (I know, what's that?) is play real estate. I usually pick a small town USA and go into Zillow and type it in. After your comments on this little town, it's on my list to visit (over the web, of course). Oh, and that fried chicken looked amazing. What a cool restraint! I haven't had fried chicken in quite a while, but have been thinking about the chicken my Mom used to pack in her summer picnic baskets, Yum :)
    You little table is wonderful and a great place for your plants. Looks like you have a incredible green thumb.
    Have a wonderful week.
    Your blogging sister, Connie :)

    1. Nothing like fried chicken on a picnic, is there? I wouldn't say I have an incredible green thumb...honestly, I just put plants in pots and water them about once/week and that's it!

  6. The restaurant and coffee shop look like such fun cookie cutter places there! And I love your new versatile!

    1. Definitely not cookie cutter chain restaurants for us if we can help it! Glad you like my table. :-)

  7. Melanie,
    Yum, yum...everything you described is mouth watering! Oh you have quite a doll-of a table here! I love her-have you been admiring her all weekend?! What a fun day and what a great find!
    Sweet Hugs,

    1. Yes, I love my table...but she desperately needs a paint job!

  8. Yum! That looks like a great meal! What a great little table you found!


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