PRAC­TI­CAL BUT WITH STYLE

STYLE YOUR COF­FEE TA­BLE LIKE AN IN­TE­RIOR DE­SIGNER

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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.

SOFT-TOP TA­BLES

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.

SIZE MAT­TERS

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.

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