You rarely see a living room without a coffee table that anchors the space. In fact, coffee tables are one of those pieces that are normally non negotiable. They not only bring stability to your space, but they offer much needed counter space to display books, candles and other decor items. They are also practically needed when you want to place a glass of water or bowl of popcorn somewhere. I personally would be placing a bowl of ice cream or a plate of chocolate chip cookies on my coffee table…wouldn’t you?!
Coffee tables come in all shapes and sizes. When choosing the perfect table for your space, there are a few things to remember.
Consider your space. The ideal distance from the edge of the sofa to the edge of the table is 18 inches, which is close enough to reach for your drink or put a magazine down, but far enough to stretch out your legs.
Think about your room’s main passageway, and leave at least 30 inches from the outer edge of the coffee table to the TV stand or media cabinet.
A coffee table’s height is very important. The surface should be about one or two inches lower than your sofa seat. Standard tables are 16 to 18 inches high, and a taller table is 20 or 21 inches for those taller sofas.
Below we’ve got a round up of 30 different coffee tables. We’ve got round tables, square tables, marble tables, wood tables…we’ve got lots of options for you! And the best part is that they are all under $300! So now you can spend more money on your dream sofa or that Moroccan rug that you’ve been eyeing.
When it comes to establishing the look and feel of a room, few things are as important as the right lighting choice. Lighting evokes specific genres and recalls distinct design eras. Most of us can discern the difference between an 80’s table lamp and a mid century ceiling pendant in the blink of an eye….am I right?
One lighting brand that is getting the marriage of “mid century meets modern” oh so right is Portland based company Cedar & Moss. From sleek pendants to unique wall sconces, this brand has a little something for everyone. And what began as a humble solo project in 2013 for founder Michelle Steinback has quickly become a successful, growing business that is taking the design world by storm.
Care to see some of my personal Cedar & Moss favorites? Take a look below….
*All images courtesy of Cedar and Moss.
Mindy Bucklew/SG Contributor
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Kitchen countertops are a major design feature of kitchens that tend to be overlooked. To many this kitchen element is viewed as the most dreaded area of the home to tackle.The key to decorating kitchen countertops is to have the right balance of practicality and design. Too many things and the space will look overwhelming and cluttered, but not enough accessories looks sparse and unfinished. With that in mind, there are ways to arrange your kitchen essentials and decorations, meanwhile getting maximum usage of the surface area you have. Here are a few simple tricks to guide the styling of your kitchen counters:
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Plants are a simple way to make a space feel more lived-in and relaxed. Incorporating a touch of greenery in an out-of-the way spot like a corner display or playfully bunching a few together, allows you to decorate without sacrificing any useable counter space. To add a bit of extra convenience, decorate your go-to cooking herbs in a lovely terracotta or ceramic planter. If your kitchen doesn’t get much sunlight, try opting for a low-maintenance plant like succulents.
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2. Tea Towels
Instead of stashing your tea towels in a drawer, try draping your tea towels over your sink or countertop. The placement allows you to fully utilize your tea towels while giving you an excuse to show off your favorite towel.
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Trays are the perfect solution for displaying a collection of your frequently-used cooking items in an organized and aesthetically pleasing manner. Combining cooking oils and spices with small decorative touches gives you the perfect balance for your countertop vignette. Cutting boards also double as the perfect tray if you want to give your display a bit more practicality.
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Make your kitchen utensils just another part of your kitchen decor. Placing large utensils in a vase will be easily accessible and contributes to the room’s style while serving a practical purpose. When decorating with utensils, color and material are crucial for achieving the aesthetic you want. Metals like gold, coppers and stainless steel work great with ceramic, marble, or wood. Don’t be afraid to mix and match with these materials!
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Rather than hanging your artwork on the wall, opt for making your art a part of your counter space. Be sure to pick pieces that complement your kitchen design without overwhelming the space. Place your artwork somewhere that doesn’t get in the way of cooking, like against the kitchen back splash. Layering larger and smaller frames with each other is perfect for adding visual interest and depth to a space.
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Countertops are one of the best places to store/display your favorite cookbooks. Besides being easily accessible and conveniently located, cookbooks can add a much needed personal touch to your kitchen. Incorporate your other kitchen decorations to your book display to give the space a truly authentic feel.
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With a current trend of kitchen appliances placing a focus on design, appliances have become decorative pieces themselves. Incorporating your countertop appliances into your kitchen décor leaves your countertops looking pretty without sacrificing function. It is important to repeat the color of your appliance in your decor to make your style appear seamless. Pairing one or two matching accessories with a copper fruit bowl or your favorite plant will do just the trick.
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I will always be a fan of traditional wood flooring, always. It’s classic, beautiful, and it provides lots of warmth and texture with its natural grain. And who doesn’t love the creak of an old wooden floor beneath their feet? Honestly, it only gets better with age.
But sometimes a little change is good. And with the huge variety of flooring available these days, there’s no shortage of options to choose from. Whether it’s a bold tile pattern in the bathroom or smooth concrete floors in the kitchen, there are plenty of ways to change things up from the norm…
Image: Lean Timms
Can I just gush for a moment about polished concrete floors? Seriously crushing on them. They’re tough-as-nails, super easy to clean, and they always make any space feel instantly modern.
Image: Suzy Hoodless
The world needs more home libraries. Specifically ones with black built-in bookshelves and Moroccan tile floors. I mean…c’mon.
Image: Bungalow Classic
Have you guys seen the long rectangular tiles that are made to mimic the appearance of wood planks? To be honest, I wasn’t completely sold on these in the beginning but the concept is starting to grow on me. Especially if it’s laid in this beautiful herringbone pattern.
Image: Elle Denmark
Brick floors! Where have you been all my life? I know, maybe not the easiest thing to clean with those deeper grout lines, but you have to admit it’s gorgeous. Like something you would find in an old Italian hotel.
Image: Bo Bedre
Ok, so I did throw in one wood floor. But, in my defense, it’s one that’s not very common. Whitewashed wood floors are definitely on my favorites list. I love the minimalist feel, but it’s not too white. And there’s just enough of that lovely grain peeking through. Dreamy.
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