This, my friends, is my coffee table.
Sad, huh? It’s old, dark, dingy, factory-made, collects dirt in its little cracks, and leaves little to the imagination. Whomp whomp. Recently,Β I stopped even trying to make it more aesthetically pleasing with a display, because hubby will promptly move it aside and ask me why I left books and vases on the table, HAH.
But the table was $40 from Craigslist, it fits perfectly in the space, I don’t give a hoot if my husband leaves his cold beer on it or kicks his feet up on it, and it’s light enough that I can push it aside to work out on the rug. So I feel like I’m kind of stuck with it for now…
I think people in theirΒ twenties like myself areΒ sort of forced intoΒ buying one cheap piece of furniture after another to accommodate whatever rental or small space we’re currently inhabiting for a short period ofΒ time.Β Now that I have a kid and own a home, I feel more ready to invest in long-term pieces of furniture. Alas, the budget right now does not allow me to buy what I really want for this space, and our next home might require a completely different size table. Hopefully by then I’ll have a bigger budget for my dream table! What’s more,Β I might feel totally differently about all of this coffee table businessΒ once Oliver starts running his head into things.
That being said, here are some investment-worthy coffee tables that I’m currently coveting and/or just love the design of. And who knows, maybe I’ll magically stumble across the perfectΒ one at a thrift shop or Craigslist some day!
Pottery Barn Granger Coffee Table:Β I love the simple industrial chic look of this coffee table. The corners don’t look terribly sharp and it’s petite enough to push aside. But it looks a wee bit small and I’m not sure it would accommodate those dinners in front of the TV that hubby and I have grown to love since having a baby.
Serena & Lily Savile Coffee Table: Go big or go home. This orange and brass numberΒ is totally amaze balls and requires someone with a lot of guts and a serious design plan in place to pull off. It’s just such a conversation piece, I absolutely adoreΒ it. I have a soft spot for anything orange too.
Ballard Designs Durham Cocktail Table: This simple and good lookingΒ piece fulfills most of my needs in a coffee table for a reasonable price. A chic no-brainer.
Worlds Away Taylor Gold Leaf Coffee Table: Simply gorgeous, but indeed incredibly expensive and formal. This is the coffee table that Erin Gates has and the way she styles it is lovely.Β As annoying as I imagine itΒ might be to clean, Β I sort of love the idea of a see-through coffee table to make the room feel airier and to show off a beautiful patterned rug.
Pottery Barn Parquet Reclaimed Wood Rectangular Coffee Table: I loveΒ EVERYTHING about this table – the reclaimed wood top, the mosaic layout, the sturdy cast iron legs, and the large size. A bit too large for my space, otherwise I would totally find a way to snag this up. Also comes in a round version! I mean, hello awesome Instagram photos!
Crate and Barrel Dixon Coffee Table: The chevron pattern is super fun and the price is not terrible for the quality!
Wisteria Rectangular Parquet Top Dining Table: Hmm can you tell I like the mango wood and cast iron look? I’m sensing a trend here. This coffee table is also amazing, and I love that it’s ginormous at 40″ deep. LUST.
West Elm Terrace Coffee Table: With two glass levels over one mirrored level, this coffee table begs for some serious styling. Endless possibilities!
Williams-Sonoma Stevenson Coffee Table: This table comes in both nickelΒ and brass and it has WHEELS!! AMAZING! Perfect for people like me who like to scoot furniture around often to do yoga or have tummy time with baby.
I also adore lucite coffee tables but the perfect one is near impossible to find, so that’s a topic for a whole ‘nother post!
Do tell, what are some of your favorite lust-worthy coffee tables?