Monday, September 14, 2009

Coffee Talk

These days there is no excuse for a boring coffee table. No longer just a place to put up your feet or a remote control catchall, your coffee table can really set the tone for your room. When we moved into our house I knew exactly what I wanted. I (we) were looking for a big, wood coffee table with a rustic feel that still looked clean. (I had this one made)There are so many options out there though, so many ways to show your personality...
Modern to traditional, glass to upholstered.


I prefer larger more substantial tables...
I love a good tufted ottoman for a table.
Something a little funky maybe?


Then there is always the blog favorite, a clear table- glass or Lucite...
Here are just a few I have seen lately that I am loving...

Worlds Away (e-mail me for pricing)
This table Ikea had on the cover of their catalog a couple of years ago. They pushed 2 together to make a large square table and I still can't stop thinking about it.
Ikea
I love a good rustic piece...slightly industrial? Even better.
Trade Source (e-mail me for pricing)
Of course your coffee table doesn't have to be a table at all. My favorite ones are often interesting objects used differently. For example, who does not like a good trunk?

Or what about 2 or 3 smaller pieces instead of one big table? Two of these would be good looking.
Restoration Hardware
Maybe something colorful?
CB2
While I LOVE a glass table, Lucite can be a cheaper way to achieve the look. Looking for something with a little more texture? What about a bench upholstered in something unexpected like this gray leather.

CB2 and Crate & Barrel

What is your coffee table? What would be your dream table?

ALL ROOM IMAGES FROM HERE

26 comments:

Lauren said...

I really like your rustic coffee table!

I also love the lucite, but our family is better off with a huge ottoman. I would really love a velvet tufted ott. w/ little wheels...change out for spring/summer. :)

PS~Erin said...

I love, love those industrial pieces, although my space just wouldn't fit them. I'd love a round coffee table. Right now we're sitting with one from ikea. It has shelfs on one side and drawers on the other. We use it to house all of our puzzles. Works great for now, but it will be getting replaced in the next year or two.

Meg said...

I LOVE your rustic table, it's gorgeous and big, I love a big coffee table too. I originally wanted to have one similar to yours made, but then stumbled upon an old iron one for a great price that I couldn't pass up, so I think I'm going to get my wood in a dining table now... great coffee table ideas though!

The Southern Lady said...

I couldn't agree more about your coffee table sentiments. Yours is just fantastic!

We're in the process of figuring out furniture for the Tokyo apartment and since husbands firm is paying for it, we're looking into some rentals with the option to buy later.

I have to tell you, it's been a bear trying to figure these things out. Thank you for some Monday morning inspiration!

Wendy said...

I have often though a coffee table can set the mood of the room. I love the funky yellow one, but it's a bit too whimsical for my place.

doug said...

I love your new coffee table! You've reminded me I still don't have one in my new house yet. Gotta work on that...thanks for the great ideas!

sarah @ realestatestyle said...

I had such a hard time choosing a coffee table for our living room. Finally went with 2 small wood tables. We have a small room. I like them because you can move them around easily. I do love a huge rustic style table too though.

Blueprint Bliss said...

Yours is my favorite. Love the industrial/rustic ones... as well as the lucite!

Emily said...

FAbulous post Marianne! I love how a coffee table can really give you an idea of someones personality. Lately I have been trying to decide whether or not to use an old chest at my parents'. I might take the plunge!

paula said...

your coffee table is gorgeous! can't wait to see it in person (like how I just invited myself over). Mine is and antique with a marble top. My first big purchase.

Rachel said...

Because our couch is so big (sectional) I would love to have a lucite table.

If I owned a home with a spacious living room, I would love a rustic table like yours!

Paloma {La Dolce Vita} said...

I love the images you collected for this post. So many great rooms!

southern daze said...

I wasn't sure about the one we recently chose until we got it home and now I love, love, LOVE it!

http://www.wisteria.com/French-Industrial-Coffee-Table/productinfo/W2328/

Blue Creek Home said...

I love this coffee table post.
I am having a bit of a coffee table issue myself, so I really enjoyed this.
I'm lovin' your custom built c.t.
And love that mirror - love the room!
Rhonda

*I am having to type in d-o-o-d-i as my word verification. This has to be the funniest one ever! What a hoot!

Elise said...

Hello, loved this post ! Really enjoyed reading it so thank you and best wishes

Sweet Nothings said...

my DREAM coffee table is a vintage louis vuitton trunk. le sigh.

JMW said...

Great images! I like the idea of a tufted ottoman to use as a coffee table, at least right now, while the kiddos are little. There are so many cool options available. Thanks for some inspiration!

urbansardines said...

Lovely! So many options to choose from. I am working on our living room, and I've decided I want plush ottoman-like stools because we prop our feet up so much :-)! But, I love a classic coffee table. Especially loving the farmhouse looking ones and the lucite. I love how lucite keeps the space looking open.

LindsB said...

I def. need to update my coffee table, its totally boring and nothing special. I'd love a lucite one, the search is on to find one that wont break the bank now :)

{The Perfect Palette} said...

cozy! So many colors/finishes/textures! Love it all! And SUCH pretty palettes- We love it! BTW- great blog! We think you have a great eye for details! chrissy from the Perfect Palette.

Yansy said...

I must say, I'm officially in love with your coffee table. Where did you have it made?

Chic Coles (Cole Design) said...

Great images! I love this post! Your wooden coffee table works so well and gives the room such a unique feel. My favorite type of "coffee table" would be using an ottoman with a leather tray on top to create the table top. I think it can be used as a dual function (coffee table/ottoman) and is very comfy to put your feet on...not that I would do that...

I also think another fun feature about coffee tables are the accessories you put on top.

Lauren said...

i LOVE yours!!!!! so gorgeous!!!

it's pretty much what i always wanted except my room started taking me in another direction.. argggg don't you hate it when they do that???!!!

Sidney said...

I've been wanting to try out a large ottoman for my coffee table. I love so many of the ones you posted...its so hard to decided what I like best!!

Jessie {Punctuated Life} said...

I've forever been in love with the idea of an upholstered or ottoman coffee table -- someday I'll have one!

And thank you for stopping by my blog!

Simple Creative Inspiration said...

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