Thursday, May 24, 2012

a $20 coffee table

Coffee tables. The anchor of the living room, right? A coffee table has to be attractive, versatile, and durable. Good for housing drinks, books, and at times my husband's feet... Sigh. I recently was bitten by a creative bug and was inspired to sell our beloved and ever-popular Cost Plus Sourav coffee table via Craigslist. I really didn't know what I wanted in it's place, but I felt strongly that it was time for something new. I had been admiring coffee tables with Asian-inspired lines, such as...




Yes! White! And Asian! Love. Especially the first one with the overlapping square lattice motif. So, the game was on. I was on a coffee table acquisition mission like none this household has ever experienced before. In the interim, we were using a severely beat up TV console table that we had purchased at Pier 1 like, forever ago. Groan! 

Weeks passed. I perused Craigslist in my free time seeking the perfect combo of potential and price.  Every time I walked by the Franken-console in the living room I felt renewed motivation to find my perfect coffee table match. Just when I was starting to feel desperation set in one evening, a miracle happened... I found it. The table. For, wait for it... $20. 




Squeal! It was (almost) beautiful! And the details had me in a tizzy. I felt like I had totally hit the jackpot! The gentlemen selling this table was convinced it was junk, and simply wanted to get rid of it. I love people like that! They truly make the world a better place for deal seeking home decorators like myself. God bless them. 

Obviously, this diamond in the rough was, well, a little rough. But all it took was a little sand paper, some elbow grease, 1 can of primer, and 3 cans of glossy white spray paint, and presto! My white, Asian-inspired coffee table dream is now a reality. 


And here it is in our living room:


(In real life furniture gets used, didn't you know? It's a personal pet peeve of mine to see all the perfectly staged rooms on blogs, bereft of people or the real 'stuff' of everyday life. It sets the bar really high for those of that actually live in our homes, don't you think? I digress...)

Thus far, this $20 coffee table has stood up to all toddler-imposed tests of durablility. And Cason Jett really likes that he can go underneath and see the bottoms of his car collection.


I am still reveling in my coffee table victory. 

Next on my list: our brown couch. Vile brown couch, you mock me with your brown-ness. Your days are numbered.... ;)

xo


Tuesday, May 1, 2012

room replica 4

I am plagued by the desire to redecorate my living room. It comes in waves... typically after coming across an image of a beautiful living room in a magazine or in a blog. It happened again yesterday. I was cruising through my inbox when up popped the latest post from one of my faves: House of Turquoise. It's one of the highlights of my email experience. And yesterday was no exception. It featured an image from Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles...


This vignette is definitely a bit more subdued than most that send me into a redecorating tizzy, but I love the irreverent pops of blue mixed in with the more traditional lines and neutral tones. It speaks to me! So, I decided to see how I might replicate this beauty on the cheap. What fun! I started with the sofa...



I think that this gorgeous vintage sofa makes a fabulous fill-in for the houndstooth version in our picture. Finding a blue flocked wing back chair on CL wasn't super likely, so this brings in the floral in place of it. At $300, it's perfect! Now for the coffee table...


The coffee table in our pic is very unique - modern, clean lines with a subtle Asian influence. Hard to replicate on my terms. However, I think one could give this $20 table a bath in Mexicali Turquoise and it would make a great stand-in. Done! On to the end tables...


I think this little pair is so chic! And with the same paint treatment mentioned above - perfection! At $50, I'm tempted. Now, to find some interesting seating...


Here is a lovely option! At first I thought the damask could be too much with our floral sofa, but I think the neutral color might give it a pass? I'd add a bright throw pillow, and call it good. $225 seems reasonable for such a timeless piece. On to the next one...





I couldn't find a suitable slipper chair candidate on Craigslist, so I headed over to Etsy to have a look. There I found this sultry little vintage number for $250. Cute as a button! Next I need some table lamps...


Again, Etsy has the winners with this pair of vintage brown ceramic table lamps for $100. Done, and done. We still need a large, fairly neutral area rug to ground our whole vignette. 


For this I hopped onto RugsUSA.com which has this lovely 7'6" x 9'6" hand tufted rug featuring our desired shades and similar motif to the dream picture for $1,198.00.... ouch. BUT WAIT! With their current promotion you can get this beauty for a mere $299 by entering the code CL75OFF to get 75% off! Nice! The finishing touches include throw pillows - something near and dear to my heart - and since I am now a member of the sewing community, I decided to go to fabric.com and see what the options are. They have this great Design Wall tool where you can collect swatches of the fabrics you like to see how they work together. Here are the winning options according to me:


All that's left are some flowers and a few pretty coffee table books and you've got your own Atlanta living room!

xo