Friday, January 21, 2011

Decor Daydreaming

Happy Friday girls! Fridays to me mean FREEDOM! Not that I don't love my job, because I do, but the weekend is when I get to relax, read blogs, stalk etsy, head to flea markets and thrift stores and so much more. My idea of a good time!

Today I found myself daydreaming about ... what else ... our future home. Especially the living room. You see, we need a coffee table, and I have come up with a couple options that I think are pretty great. But I want your input!

I'll show you some I think would be good choices, but I'll save my favorite for last.

We have a couch that basically is the shape of an IKEA Ektorp sofa, which will be slipcovered in white, along with an oversized chair also in white (shocker!).

Keep in mind a couple of inspiration photos I shared a while ago. This is sorta what we're going for ...

Farmhouse/cottage/industrial/vintage/minimal/clean/white/chic... you know, something specific like that : )

On to the coffee table choices...

Linden Street Round Cocktail Table from JC Penny

I like this one, especially the curve of the legs, the fact that it's round, and the shelf on the bottom. I don't think we could go wrong here. Kimberley from Restoration House has a similar one here, and it looks great in her room.

Jamar Cocktail Ottoman from JC Penney

This is beautiful, especially for the price! $250 for a tufted velvet ottoman is unheard of! I would get it in the gray velvet in the picture, but I'm afraid it's almost too formal for the living room look I'm going for. And I'm afraid it would be a pain with food/drinks in front of the tv, even if we did have a tray on it. We might need a true coffee table to be more functional. But it is certainly beautiful!

And now, the one I've really fallen head over heels for .... Bricklayer Tables!

These can be super pricey (like $1200 at Sundance Catalog) but there are really similar options from for $115-200. Sounds good to me.

This first one is really what I had in mind because of the bottom shelf, but there's a problem. I think the bar that goes across the floor on the bottom makes it look too modern and cube-y.

The version above from Ballard doesn't have that, and I like it so much better that way, even though it may seem like a small thing. But it's $350, not $200, and when you're newlyweds, that's a big difference : )

There is also the table above that's similar but with no shelf on the bottom. I really like this one, and it's Matt's fave, but I was just dying for that bottom shelf. But you can't beat the price at $115!

Now I promise I fell in love with the table BEFORE I saw this, but Rie from Home and Harmony has the Ballard version and the whole look is JUST what I'm going for. Absolute perfection! (Sorry to just give you links to things, but it seems like it's bad blogging etiquette to take someone else's picture, even when you link back. I think it's silly but I would never want to offend any of my other fellow bloggers! So... go check out the links!!! : )

Well what do you think I should get? True bricklayers table, but with slight modern accent? Modified bricklayer but with no shelf? Classic cottage round table? Or the beautiful velvet tufted ottoman? I'm leaving it in your capable hands, ladies! : )

{live beautifully}



  1. Well goodness they are all cool. I really like the first one, but I am wondering if it would be too much white, w/your white slipcovered couches. You might have to anchor/style it with industrial/darker pieces to balance it out. I love all the other tables and especially ones w/the lower shelves, as long as they don't get too cluttery, LOL! My sister hates hers because the bottom is just storage for newspapers and magazines and stuff....
    Isn't it fun to dream and create?
    Have a good weekend (and oh, I feel the same way as you about the weekends!)

  2. Anonymous1/22/2011

    Mom says.....
    I think the first one is a bit too modern & I'm with Michelle about the white one being too white (although I love it), so one of the others would do nicely. $115 sounds like it fits best into your budget!

    Whatever you do will look wonderful, like always!


  3. Anonymous1/26/2011

    I figure if you're buying something new, you wont want to shabby it up any. Just a thought, while you are out at thrift shops etc is there much chance of finding something which would work, like an old chest, or trunk? We recently found a coffee table at a yard sale for $20. It's now been painted white and looks perfect. I like the first one, and the third one. With the third one, I'd be inclined to paint the frame a lighter color. The wood actually isn't too dark.
    Just my thoughts.

    Lisa x


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