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A Bittersweet Tale

This week our blogpost is a sentimental one, for this week we say goodbye to one of our own. She has been a great friend to us. She has stood beside us for the last 6 years – through some rather trying times, namely the remodel. She’s been at every meeting, been witness to so many decisions, to celebrations, to Simple Things history. She has seen some ugly arguments and debates over paint color, logo design, roof color, window placement. She has been here for birthday parties, hasty lunches, an occasional unhealthy breakfast. She has been a great supporter (quite literally, really). And through all of this, she remained strong and unbiased. Through all of this she sat graceful and silent. I am, of course, talking about our table.


This dear friend is leaving us.

She came to us 6 years ago via a Belgian dealer that imports European vintage industrial into the US. She is a native Belgian from the capital city of Brussels. Her original job was as a factory work table, which explains her grand size. She is a perfectly ambered long grain pine with turned legs.

(We, however, will always think of her as our Downton Abbey table – as discussed in this recent blog post).


She has been a fixture at simple things for a long while – at least a long while in the furniture business. Her first appearance was at our christmas display in the old location, – not Granbury, or pre-remodeled Vickery. I’m talking old – University Park Village old.

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After that she found a place of honor in our offices (and in our hearts) as our work/conference/debate table. She’s been strewn with floor plans and samples of every building material you can imagine. Customers have chosen their sofa while sitting at this table. Employees have had multiple meals here, customer and employee children have drawn pictures at this table.


But as with many friends that come into our lives, they sometimes must move along to the next stage. And this girl is movin’ on up. As of next week, she will be heading to her new home in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her new owner is absolutely delightful – and I don’t know if we could part with her to anything less.

We don’t think she’ll miss us, since she’s a table and all, but in case you are worried about that, be comforted in the fact that she is going with some good friends: a sofa named antebella, some dining chairs, some english-arm chairs and some wicked cool leather chairs (which i will post pictures of in a day or two). All of these pieces are, of course, reorder-able, but our table…..she is one of a kind perfect.


Farewell, friend.

4 Comments Post a comment
  1. Ally #

    The best blog ever!!! I will miss her.

    February 19, 2014
  2. Sandy Mitchell #

    What a fitting farewell for a treasured
    friend !! Very clever, of course ❗

    February 19, 2014
    • Thanks for your compliment and your sympathetic message! We are a sentimental bunch over here.

      February 20, 2014

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