The quiet lion of a living room

True story: I was planning to write about coffee tables today, their strength in a room, and feature two in particular which I just refinished this week. As I sat down to write this post, an article popped up from Apartment Therapy asking readers for advice pertaining to a homeowners question about how to clearly define her living room.

Norma, I hope you don't mind my sharing your living room photo, (it's been seen by thousands anyway)!


When I saw Norma's living room I had two immediate thoughts: 1) Norma clearly has awesome taste as she chose the same IKEA rug that we chose, (Lappljung Ruta), and 2) Coffee table!!!

This space is fantastic and already has a great mix of pieces! As I read comment after comment, (some folks suggesting expensive new purchases and getting rid of some of these amazing pieces!), I was puzzled that no one simply suggested a coffee table, (I couldn't help it, I did throw my two cents in, along with a little furniture shifting idea). But seriously, stick a coffee table over that rug and Norma's got herself a cozy, bona fide living room!

Coffee tables are sometimes underrated I think. When planning a living room usually the first thoughts are of the seating. Deciding between armchairs and a sofa, sofa and a loveseat, loveseat and armchairs, (decisions, decisions). I'm not disagreeing with this, but be sure to save a bit of the budget for a clutch coffee table. Clutch, as in strong enough in the style of your room to bring it all together. Coffee tables carry a big responsibility and receive little credit.

So, on that sad note, here are two gorgeous clutch  coffee tables I just finished this week and are now available for sale, (pick-up, only - I'm located in Northern Virginia): Duck Egg bamboo coffee table

My second bamboo piece in a month! I may be falling hard.. Piece has been painted in Duck Egg by Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and sealed in clear wax. The herringbone construction pattern to the bottom 'shelf' is incredible; a truly unique piece!

39.5"W x 19.5"D x 18.5"H

Paris Grey antique coffee table by Lane, (circa 1950s)
This beauty is a real rescue - constructed of solid mahogany wood and still sturdy as can be, the original finish was damaged by a handful of water stains. I painted it in Paris Grey, (also by Annie Sloan Chalk Paint), and distressed all the unique edges and corners to maintain the character and age of the piece. Sealed for protection in clear wax. (Sorry the floor looks blood red!? My new camera and I are still getting acquainted. This is the true color of the table, however).

48"W x 22"D x 16"H

Thank you so much for reading!


This post was originally published on Chelsea's Garage, now affectionately known as StyleMutt.