Next on the agenda is to switch the Ikea coffee table I've had forever for something better suited for our space. A little background on the table—I bought it for my first apartment in Brooklyn right after I graduated from college. It came with me when I moved to Orlando and has lived in both our first apartment and our house. It's definitely served us well over the years, but it's too long (it sticks out too far past the sectional) and low (you can't really put your feet up on it comfortably) for our current set up. It's also really dark and, set in front of a dark couch, it just brings the whole area down.
|There's the table, being all long and low.|
So the search is on for something to stick in front of the sectional. We were thinking an ottoman at first (maybe something comfy with storage that we could put our feet up on). We started looking around for ottomans but just didn't hit on anything we liked. Some things that seemed promising ended up being too expensive or just didn't have the right dimensions for our space. I'm not closed off to the ottoman idea, but I'm opening up the search to coffee tables as well. I like the idea of a coffee table because:
1. I think a hard surface will last longer, wear better, and require less maintenance than an upholstered surface (re: ottoman), especially if it's something we're constantly using.
2. I'd really like to commit myself to buying more well-made, vintage pieces rather than new furniture (not that vintage ottomans don't exist but I think vintage tables are easier to find).
Here are some coffee table styles that I'm digging:
|Bel Air Oval Coffee Table, Crate and Barrel|
I'm off to the Renninger's Antique Extravaganza this weekend to do some hunting, so maybe I'll find something special to bring home.