When we moved to the Boston area, we looked for a house that did not have a formal dining room. In our prior house, it was definitely an under-used space. The house we liked the best, however, had a dining room open to the living room. We furnished it with some existing pieces and a few new ones, but we still weren’t making much use of the space. Then I had an idea – inspired by Pinterest, no doubt. Over the years, we have picked up many beautiful coffee table books. They sat on shelves or the aforementioned coffee table, but they were rarely opened after they were first purchased. I had seen a number of dining rooms with round tables like ours with books displayed on top. But I didn’t want to just leave the books closed on a different surface.
I kept my eyes open for a book stand when we went antiquing and recently spotted just what I wanted. Now, a brass stand holds an open book, with other books arranged around the table. Each day, I turn to a new page. It’s like having an oversized page-a-day calendar to enjoy. The French word for a book stand is un pupitre (uhn pew-pee-truh) and my pupitre is helping me enjoy my home even more than I already did.