A Table for Coffee {round 2}

January 24, 2012

industrial coffee table (again) | west elm
Dimensions: 48" x 24" Good: Pretty much what I'm looking for Bad: the price, 16" height- our current coffee table has ~20" height.  I would ideally like somewhere in between.

What this boils down to is 1) spending $$ and 2) purchasing something that looks relatively easy to make.  Now, a table top, I cannot build, but I think my (second) favorite store, Ikea, may be able to help if I go this route:

Lagan countertop | Ikea
Dimensions: 49 5/8" x 25 5/8" x 1 1/8"  Good:  Beech, solid wood; dimensions; price Bad: not currently available, unknown when they will be available, $$$$ to ship.

Numerar countertop | Ikea
Dimensions: 49 5/8" x 25 5/8" x 1 1/2"  Good:  (See above)  Bad: (See above)

As for table legs, I ordered some of these for my ikea expedit cabinet (which was an ultimate fail.... particle board does not play nice with drills and screws).  I would love them on a coffee table too:

Hairpin Legs
In total, I would spend less money going this route (if I wait until the table tops are in stock again).  But part of me is saying, just purchase something... NOT EVERYTHING HAS TO BE DIY-ED.  First world problems, I know.

A Table for Coffee

January 17, 2012

For a while now, we have been wanting to upgrade the coffee/end tables in our living room to better fit our updated sofa.  This is what our living room (kind of) looks like now:

I fell in love with this coffee table, and I went to look at it West Elm.  (I may have even purchased it because it was on sale and on back order.)

industrial coffee table | west elm
And now I'm having second thoughts (to cancel or not to cancel my order...).  X thinks we need end tables that match the coffee table, which I'm not so sure about, but it has led me to continue the seemingly endless search for a table.  I'm looking for something structurally light (in appearance, if that makes sense).  I think anything too bulky will make our room look tiny again, which I'm really trying to avoid.  I'm also obsessed with mixing wood and metal elements.  OBSESSED.

Here are some other options that I came up with:

pia coffee table | crate and barrel
I love that this table looks almost invisible in this room.  However, X nixed this one because of the glass. Sad face that my anti-glass views have rubbed off on him.

hammary "intrepid" cocktail table | wayfair
I like the color combination of this table, but I'm not sure how I feel about the marble top. Yes it looks like wood, but will it look cheesy?  Is it just as durable?

tfg "wabash" cocktail table | wayfair

tfg martini coffee table | wayfair

I think this might be my favorite.  Not sure how I feel about the shape though- I think a rectangular/square table may fit the space better.

rand natural steel cocktail table | room & board

riverside "logan" cocktail table | wayfair
There is a fine line here between rustic and modern.  This one leans more on rustic I think, but I like the dark wood + dark metal combo.  And actually, the more I look at it, the more I don't like it.  Blah.

So that's it.  Some of these are out of my price range, and I really would like real wood, not veneer.  I also prefer bronze/dark steel.  I have looked on almost every furniture site under the sun, but can't seem to find something *just* right.  Any further insight or suggestions are appreciated!


One photo, Everyday

January 10, 2012

I'm participating in a photo challenge that involves taking a picture everyday in 2012.  So far, all of mine are from my crappy iphone.  Hopefully, I'll be a little more motivated to take pictures with my nice camera and upload them (it's so much easier just to take a quick picture with my phone, but the quality is lacking).  I'm also wondering how many of my pictures over the year will be of 1) coffee 2) food (omg I love food) and 3) the dogs.  I know some of you are also participating in this too... but if you haven't yet, go here to check it out :)

Oh, and a very belated Happy New Year!!!