10.12.2009

Decorating Dilemma and a winner~

Hello my dear readers!

I hope you all are enjoying this long weekend! It certainly is nice to have the kiddos home for a day and not have to worry about timelines and busses and fussing! But today, I do have a dilemma. A dilemma of the decorating kind.
This is my living room. Although this photo was taken last year, the room remains basically the same. And it is up for a redo. Yep! I'm sick of the living room. Of course, since I suffer from a severe case of frugal OCD (obsessively consumed with decorating) that shouldn't come as a surpise. The living room redo will probably take a while to complete, but in the meantime, as you can see in the photo... something is missing. Anyone care to guess what it is? Somewhere to set your book, or your glass, or your (gasp!) feet. This room is in dire need of a coffee table.
This is where my dilemma lies. I've been in the market for a coffee table for some time. I've been waffling back and forth about what kind of table to get...



Perhaps an ottoman? Nice and soft for little kiddos. Great extra seating in a pinch. But you really have to have a tray if you want to set food or drink down on it (not that we have food or drink in the living room often, but it does happen.)


Or perhaps a round table. I really like this idea. No corners to bump your shins on. A great shape for a family to play games around. They do take up quite a bit of space, however, and my room isn't THAT big.



A trunk is a good idea. This piece is already in my space. But as you can see it sits against the wall. I worry that it might be a little small though.
Something unique. A little cottagy, but with a touch of urban sophistication. Painted preferably, but an unexpected finish would be good too. I've got a very stylish friend who made a large coffee table with a galvanized top. It's awesome. Hmmmmmmmm....do you see my dilemma? So readers...any great ideas? I'm open to suggestions.

And just so you all know I haven't forgotten, the winner of the lovely necklace from Pampering Beki is Amanda at Tin Roof Junkie! Congratulations Amanda! Drop me an email and we'll get you all set up!!
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Have a great Monday~

28 comments:

Jenni @ nest to keep said...

Hi Wendy,
Your living room is actually really lovely! :) As for a coffee table, I saw your trunk and think it would make an adorable addition to your living room, but if you're worried about it being too small, I think your friend's creation of a table with a galvanized top sounds wonderfully unique! I could totally picture a slightly distressed painted wood coffee table with a galvanized top in your living room! A little modern twist to a cottage table...??? But I am not an interior decorator... :) I can't wait to see what you decide to do! :) I hope you have a great Monday! :)

Jen R. said...

I say leather storage ottoman.. soft, no corners, has toy storage, can use a tray to make it a table to guests, and the best part is.. it's wipeable!

Funky Junk Interiors said...

There certainly is no end to your options for coffee tables! Ultimately it comes down to your personal taste and space limitations.

My dream coffee table is going to be an old oversized wagon, or trunk on wheels, or outdoor bench. See what I mean? LOL!!

Keep visiting those thrifts. They have some amazing stuff that is not only priced right but tends to be unique and better made than new stuff.

Good luck on your hunt, Wendy!

Donna

Cindy Broaddus said...

I'm shopping for a coffee table, too. For the longest time we've been without b/c my hubbie and I didn't want extra corners for little heads to bump. But, now the kids are older, and I've been searching for a larger rectangular or square coffee table, preferably with a solid top and storage of some kind (i.e. baskets, extra shelf, drawers). My kids love to play games and make puzzles, so another surface to do that other than the kitchen table would be good. Craig's List is a good place to look. :) Oops! This comment is really long...sorry!

{ L } said...

I love the idea of an ottoman.

Anna said...

if you don't have much space I think the ottoman would be good, and you can get a big tray so you can still display things or have a place to sit a drink.
I love my coffee table I got from World Market - I wanted a dark wood one though. If you want something a little more unique I think you could find something good from a garage sale or thrift store and refinish the paint or stain to what color you would like.

Astrid said...

You have such a lovely space!

I'm also in the market for a coffee table...not too big but not too small. And preferably not something with sharp corners (youch!). I kind of like the idea of using a larger chest or a storage ottoman.

Can't wait to see what you decide on!

Nicole said...

I think the ottoman would double as a table and as another seating option and be more functional. I took our coffee table out 2 years ago when I re-did our living room. It was a square glass top with drawers. It had a display drawer that was really cool. I just felt like it closed the room off to much and it was so large! I really like that ottoman idea though....maybe that would work for my space! :)

Sheri said...

I love ottomans but I'd have to make sure I had a tray or something so I could set my coffee on it.

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C-re said...

I see your living room with some shabby painted trunk! Maybe with one of your drawings on it. :o)

I'm looking for the perfect trunk for our living room too. We have nothing either.

Congrats to the winner!

Kasey said...

NO to the leather ottoman...
so 90's !!
sorry jen r. but it is even with kids.
Wendy..how about some cute vintage suitcases piled on each other..2-3 should suffice...and you can still store stuff in them and...
who cares if they get banged up!
xo

REbekah said...

Well, My first choice would be the chest you already have! But the leather ottoman is really nice....Guess I am not much help! I am in the process of doing my living room, too. I have an old dinamite chest as a coffee table. Its cool and my kids get a kick out of it!

pk said...

How about a big trunk (which seems to fit your style) made INTO an ottoman? :-) I know. I shouldn't be making work for you, but I like the idea because it gives you a table with a of character but still the function of the ottoman...
pk @ Room Remix

Lisa-Marie said...

I think the ottoman is is lovely, and if you buy one new, it will get better looking with age. Also, I love your red blinds!

me said...

your trunk is amazing! if it is not too small (as you mentioned it may be), then i would use it as is. then you wouldn't have to worry about anymore love or distress it receives. but, i will say that we have had a fabric covered storage ottoman for several years and i love it! it is a great soft alternative to a table when you have small children, plus it hides lots of stuff you don't out in the open.

Sherri S said...

My choice would be the trunk. Use what you have OR stalk the thrift stores for something else to re-purpose. I JUST missed out on a great table at Goodwill this week that would have made a perfect end table (but that wasn't it's original use). Can't wait to see what you decide to do!

3egirls said...

I love the idea of a coffee table with a galvanized top and painted legs with some distressing!

Meredith said...

I gave up on the coffee table I had for years (since I was married 12years ago, a Target special) and about 2 years ago bought from overstock.com an ottoman extremely similar to the PB one you pictured. It was $200 and practically free shipping. You CAN set a glass on it in a pinch, it is comfy for feet, you can use it for extra seating (we did last night). It is very versatile and of a very high quality for the price. Here is a big bonus: My kids had taken to using the old coffee table for coloring and projects - this happens way less now since it is hard to color with the ottoman not being as firm as a table. But, it IS firm enough for a glass in a pinch!

Domestic Diva said...

I use a bench that I found at an antique store. It's so incredibly practical... it also serves as extra seating if I need it and I can also use it at my kitchen table if I have my son's friends over. It cost me $35!

Carolyn @ My Backyard Eden said...

I've had a square leather ottoman for a couple of years now. It is nice for extra seating and it's comfortable for your feet, but if I had it to do over again, I'd probably go with a table. I don't feel that it's stable enough to safely hold a cup of coffee, let alone a glass of wine. Because it's upholstered, it just visually seems to take up more space than a table would. I like the trunk idea best! Good luck!

Tammy @ tinselshop.com said...

I love the swedish table because I think it would compliment the trunks and because it is so cute! But I have little ones too and the ottoman would be the most practical. A round painted table might be a nice choice if you want a cottagy look. GOOD LUCK!

Best wishes,
Tammy

kibbygirl said...

I really like the ottoman idea, if it is big enough. I also have an award for you over at my blog..
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Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Nuts...you were just a bit too late for my Decorating Dilemmas party! I'm having another one next month though. ;)

I am all about pieces that offer families more STORAGE!! :) So I like the trunk idea, although I think the round table is too cute. :)

Sandy Toes said...

Hello there my bloggy friend!

What a wonderful post...with such pretty pictures!
sandy toe

Katy said...

I love the trunk idea, but afraid the one shown may be a little small as you said. Could you use this as a side table? Put legs on it possible to make it taller? I would say...in the meantime be on the lookout for a larger coffee table at a gar. sale or thrift store. Do you have any ottomans you could use in the meantime?

Amy said...

I'm a big fan of storage ottomans (ottomen?) in place of coffee tables, so that would be my vote. Drinks and snacks can always land on end tables if a tray seems like a hassle.

Karen said...

We recently purchased a wonderful storage ottoman from Cost Plus World Market. The top of the ottoman flips over and the other side is a tray. http://www.worldmarket.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3680544

And it's on SALE!

Karen M

paige said...

in a home with kiddos i love the ottoman, especially if you can find one with storage to throw games, blankets or whatever. i dont' have coffee tables in either of our rooms. i know, probably a decorating dont but i felt for my spaces it just made them look smaller & was another place for potential clutter

geez

i need to go back & read your post-did you ask for opinions?
i feel so bossy
:)