after what has felt like years deciding over a coffee table, we have finally agreed and purchased one! over the last 4 months or so we've redone our living room (i started to talk about it here), moved furniture around, and tried to create a casual and comfortable vibe. we're really loving the room and a lot of people who come over comment that it looks bigger now which is funny because we actually have larger pieces of furniture! but we added a longer rug and a sofa with two chairs instead of the sectional so we were able to move everything back by about a foot.
we have this hole though in the middle of the room that our little round coffee table no longer fills up. it served its purpose well but has been beaten to death by two unnamed toddlers and is so small that it looks silly now. so today i thought i'd walk through the thought process of finding the right new table.
there were lots of contenders in the mix. why is it that when i put a room together for a client, i can make decisions and have a clear vision but when it comes to my own home i hem and haw forever?? anyway, first i was thinking of a tufted ottoman that would be comfortable to rest your feet on (a big ask from mr r). this one from wisteria is what i had in mind.
but that started to feel like too much fabric with the all of the upholstery already going on. so i moved onto a wood table with clean lines kind of like a farmhouse table feel. i was a little afraid how it would hold up to trucks, tractors, and whatever else got rolled over it by the littles. i can't tell you how many times i almost clicked purchase on one of these though!
restoration hardware always has great options and while i loved this one, i didn't love the nearly $1600 price tag.
and then i started thinking that these might blend into the rug too much? and ohhh that rug - we love it so much and the bottom shelf on all of these options would cover it up. so while i love the look of those kinds of table, i realized i actually wanted something a little lighter. and so the idea of an open frame was born. not earth shattering or anything but we just hadn't considered it. plus it has the added bonus of not being able to lose cars, puzzle pieces, and every other little toy underneath!
this past weekend i was randomly browsing one king's lane (which i do all too frequently!) and i basically stumbled on exactly what we were looking for - an open metal base with a rough wood top which looked like any dents we might add to it would add to the character, not take away from it. plus the top has a parquet pattern which makes it more unique. the dimensions were perfect and okl has that little thing where they tell you how many are left. have you seen that? well it said "only 1 left". those marketing people, they know what they're doing! i actually have missed out on something on their site before, so i jumped on it.
and that my friends is a ridiculously long-winded story of our new coffee table. i can't wait to see it in person - that's the only piece that has me a little nervous!