home & heART: Turning an Old Leaf into a New Table

Catherine Crews enlisted the skills and knowledge of our own Walter Neill to help her design and create a new coffee table for her and her husband's home. This labor of love brought new life and purpose to a leaf from another handcrafted dining table.   

What drew you to this piece?
We needed a coffee table for our home, and wanted it to be a functional, handmade piece of art, rather than something I could buy at a furniture store.

What emotions or memories does it elicit? 
This piece elicits a lot of emotions and memories for us. I had a 3ft. sq. piece of cherry wood that was made for me by the late John Evans, a very talented artist/carpenter of Blue Springs, MS. It served as the leaf of our former dining room table, and was a part of many delicious meals and intimate discussions with family and close friends. With an idea from my neighbor and dear friend, I used the iron crafting skills of Walter, and we co-created a beautiful, functional coffee table for our home. Nothing but good comes out of the combination of all these talented, wonderful people.

How do you choose where you put art in your home?
My husband and I willingly chose to down-size to a 1,700 sq. ft. home, so we are very selective in what art we choose to display and where we choose to display it. We have art in places that we can see and enjoy every day.

Why is collecting art important?
Art provides beauty and good energy to your home, and is a reflection of who you are and what you value. By collecting art you are supporting artists who want to make a living doing what they love.

What advice do you have for people looking to buy art for their homes?
Buy art that has meaning to you, and buy art that you can enjoy for many years.

Catherine and her husband found a way to turn an old piece of furniture into something new by commissioning (our own!) Walter Neill to build this table. Repurposing the old to ensure many more years of memories and use! 

Catherine and her husband found a way to turn an old piece of furniture into something new by commissioning (our own!) Walter Neill to build this table. Repurposing the old to ensure many more years of memories and use!