Close-Enough Coffee Table

I was so bummed the other day when I found the perfect coffee table style I wanted but it didn’t quite fit the budget. So what’s a gal to do when she can’t get the expensive option? Look for deals at Overstock.com, Amazon.com, Craigslist.com, and a general search on Google.com will do, too! Search terms: gold, metal, glass, coffee table.

From Becker Furniture World

And I even discovered the name of the coffee table style I originally wanted: St. Tropez Sanremeo Bunching Cocktail Table by Lexington Home Brands (aka Lexington Bunching Cocktail Table).

From CSN Stores

I wanted to get two of these and place them together like the pic above. CSNstores.com them on sale at $485.10 for one, in case you’re interested.

Well, here are alternates I found as options. Reasonably priced and still gives me the the gold, metal, glass top look I was looking for.

From Amazon.com

This is the Steve Silver Emerson Coffee Table (and End Tables) in Bronze (looks gold enough). $260.00

From Amazon.com

This one is the 3pcs Coffee and End Side Table Set in Bronze Finish by Poundex. $193.70

From The Simple Coffee Table Store

I think this one might be the winner. It’s the Ellipse Rectangular Cocktail Table by Hammary. $200.00

Tasty Decor: On Winter Pine…New Home, New Look!

After a long hiatus from all things interior design, you can imagine my excitement when I was asked by my hubby’s cousin and his wife to help them think through the design/decor features for their first owned home. Matt and Mandy recently moved from their 2 bedroom Crystal City apartment into a wonderful 3 bedroom, 3.5 bathroom, over 1,500 square feet townhome that is within walking distance to a metro and has a huge extended backyard. Quite a rare find in the Washington, DC-area at an affordable price!  They had a number of furniture pieces that they were bringing over from their apartment to their new home, most of which were transitional.  Their primary challenge was identifying the design scheme that can incorporate their existing furnishings with new purchases and add in colors to blend in their transitional, contemporary-leaning taste.  So I came up with a few moodboards to help them visualize the potential!

Living Room
They had a sage-green sofa and loveseat as well as matching dark-chocolate side tables and coffee table.  But they wanted to bring in color into the space.  So what did I come up with?  GREY!  Yes, grey.  Well, a silver-grey anyway.  It just fit their contemporary leaning style and a great backdrop to an infusion of other colors, like golds and fuschia, in the space as well as a great tie into the other wall colors in the other rooms.
1. West Elm Tiled Capiz Table Lamp.  What better item to juxtapose against a silver-grey wall than a metallic-gold capiz-base lamp?

2. Pier1 Sand Striped Window Panel or Pottery Barn Dupioni Silk Grommet Drape. And of course, to add warmth to the room, muted golden window panels.  Also a great tie-in to the sage-green sofa, loveseat and the chocolate tables.

3.  Handmade Soho Blue Burst New Zealand Wool Rug (5′ x 8′).  Loving this.  The burst of gold, bronze and texture will make your room (and your feet)  happy!

Dining Room
For their dining space, Matt and Mandy already had the dining table and chairs in the above moodboard.  The dining room is horizontally adjacent to the living room, with silver-grey wall against golden capiz lamps and gold window panels… I thought why not a mustard-ish yellow wall?  From gloss to muted yellow.  The dark brown leather chairs and the reddish-brown table legs would fit well.  To tie it all together, I found some tasty goodies below.

  1. West Elm Round Metal Chandelier
  2. West Elm Shelving Brackets
  3. West Elm Sweater Rug

Reading Room
Immediately next to their kitchen is an open space that may have been an informal sitting area, which Matt and Mandy are turning into their reading room/first floor office.  Mandy fell in love with this Santorini blue, which worked perfectly in the flow of my silver-grey and mustard-yellow wall schemes.  Some goodies for their reading room on the moodboard above.

  1. West Elm Round Coco Mirror.  for over fireplace?
  2. Andalusia Rug

Master Bedroom
And for one of the most important rooms in the house, a comfortable, serene space.  They already had most of the furniture, so all I had to do was find the right wall color and options for their lighting scheme and some additional accessories.  For the wall color, I suggested a light, grey-blue…which worked perfectly with their chocolate-colored bedroom set.  Other fun items, I found:

  1. West Elm Flat Stock Lighting Collection: Single Sconce
  2. Pier1 Pearl Silk Window Panel

Hopefully they’ll love these ideas and will be on their way to making an already happy home even happier!