…Especially with teens using the living room! Can you put an iced drink on it? Will spilled food eat into the finish? How frequently will it need polishing? We have a no food rule in the living room which is consistently broken. Thanks, MCC.

A. All good questions. I love children and in my house our children have grown up with fine furniture and for the most part have learned to respect and enjoy it. The safest and easiest answer is to put a glass top on the table, this way everyone can enjoy the beautiful surface without worrying. Another option would be to wipe the table soon after spills on it or to use coasters.

Polishing is really a matter of judgment and whether you protect it with glass, but it won’t need to be polished that frequently.