Side tables are oddly important. Like, you don’t think you really need one until you have that cup of coffee that you need to set down. Or you have that large space between your sofa and chair that needs filled up. Side tables really are a necessity. Whether it’s for practical reasons or design reasons, side tables are the cream to drip coffee. Or the fudge to ice cream sundaes. We all need them!
Below are some rules when choosing the perfect side table.
If you’re placing a side table next to a sofa, it looks best when it’s no lower than an inch or two below the arm of the seat. 24 inches is usually perfect. If you’re placing a side table next to a chair that has a shorter arm, pick a shorter option, like 16 to 20 inches.
I like the width of the table to be at least 18 inches across. Anything smaller just isn’t functional.
Marble, stone, glass and ceramic tops are perfect for holding drinks. Wood tops are fine for displaying items but definitely need coasters.
The number of side tables you need depends on the room’s size and the amount of seating. Your sofa and chairs can have their own side table. I prefer two seats sharing one table.
Since side tables are small and not the main focal point, most people don’t want to spend a lot of money on them. So because we love you, we have found 40 tables for under $200. These tables range in colors, sizes, shapes and materials. Hope you find the perfect table!!
Starting this Saturday, I will be visiting 5 west coast cities to celebrate the launch of my book, Simply Styling. Together with Room & Board, I will be in Culver City, Costa Mesa, San Francisco, Seattle and Denver. If you live in any of these locations, I would love to meet you and talk shop!! I, of course, am nervous that no one will show up, so please, I beg of you, let’s HANG OUT! Hahaha. Seriously though, I am way cooler in person than online, so let’s meet…:) Below are the cities and dates. (Also, rsvp using the links attached to each image.)
Culver City- 1pm-3pm
Costa Mesa- 6pm-8pm
San Francisco- 6pm-8pm
See you soon!!!
A few weeks ago we celebrated the release of Simply Styling in my lovely city, Boise Idaho. It was a perfect event, full of my family and friends who have been so important to me and my family. West Elm hosted the event and Wildflower provided the gorgeous flower arrangements. Designers Nicole Powell, Lauren Smyth and SG contributor Janna Smith gave some fantastic tips for decorating for the fall. If you came to the event, thank you!! I love you all and wish I could have hugged each and everyone of you.
Check back for my book tour dates!
I love it when great architectural details make a huge comeback. If you haven’t noticed, gone are the heavily textured popcorn ceilings of yesteryear (does anyone really miss them?), and in their place you’ll find whitewashed trusses, exposed rustic beams, and elegant shiplap. Yes, wooden ceilings are back in a BIG way and it makes me want to do a giant fist pump.
If I could, I’d install them in my own home this very instant. But, for now, I’ll have to live vicariously through these inspiring images…
Vaulted ceilings and crisp white beams…is there really anything better? Even in a smaller space, the combination of these two would make the room feel huge.
Image: The New York Times
Wanna know how to make a cool kitchen even cooler? You guessed it — add wooden ceilings! The natural tone of this ceiling adds plenty of warmth to the space, while providing just enough contrast with the floors.
Would you ever believe that plywood could make for a sleek, ultra modern ceiling material? I was a complete skeptic, as well, until I saw this amazing Scandinavian space. Consider me converted.
This desert Airbnb rental is hitting all the right notes, especially with its unique shiplap ceiling. In combination with the worn concrete floors and hanging chairs, this is the perfect space to kick back and relax.
Image: Rolies + Dubois
Beautiful wooden beams are one thing. But take those same beams and add in a skylight and now you’ve got something heavenly. This dining room is a true natural light haven. I’ll be over for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Mindy Bucklew/SG Contributor