PRACTICAL BUT WITH STYLE
STYLE YOUR COFFEE TABLE LIKE AN INTERIOR DESIGNER
Acoffee table needs to be useful, functional and decorative. The coffee table I have in my living room doubles up as the dining table if we’re eating while watching TV, as well as being the place I like to put my feet up on. It should look beautiful, but also function as a working piece of furniture.
Some people use a soft-top table or a bench seat for their coffee table. If you do have one of those beautiful leather or fabric ottomans, you can still style them exactly as you need to by adding a hard surface to rest your items on. A large tray on top of the furniture will make it more practical to style.
Coffee tables should be generous to be functional, small ones don’t really work. Even if you’re in a small space, don’t skimp on the coffee table. You want something you feel comfortable putting your feet up on, with enough room for a wine glass, TV remote and your decorative items. Think of it as a working piece of furniture. Some people have coffee tables that are purely works of art.
WHAT TO INCLUDE
I put beautiful books on there, so if we have guests coming around I’ll usually put my favourite or most recently-acquired coffee table books, but not too many. It’ll also inevitably have a couple of scented candles. The wine glasses and ice bucket will probably go there, too. Possibly the most useful new year’s resolution regarding our homes starts with being grateful. Watch the news any evening for 10 minutes and you’re sure to see how lucky you are compared to most people on the planet. You and I have a home – starting with a structure that is standing.
Another thing to take note of also comes under the heading of a first world problem. The chances are, within that home of yours, you have too much stuff. It’s by no coincidence I write about de-cluttering more than almost any other topic.
I suggest that if you look around your home and make a mental note of the things that you really love and use, there will be a lot more things that don’t actually qualify as useful or loved.
If there was ever a time to pass on the unloved and unused items, the new year is the perfect time. The easiest way to begin this task is by walking through your home with a notepad one room at a time. Once you’re finished, look over your list as objectively as you can.
If you’re in need of cash, then sell unwanted and unnecessary items online. Or even better, band together with some like-minded friends, swap or sell your unwanted items and whatever is left over, donate.
The last and final step is the most rewarding. Once you have cleared some room at home and given that space a thorough cleaning, if there is anything you would love or need for the home, then hit the shops, or get it online.