Recently I was contacted by Chairish, an online marketplace to buy and sell vintage furniture and decor, to participate in a Coffee Table Essentials Challenge using one of their coffee tables as the base to share my coffee table essentials.
In our house Mike prefers a clear coffee table, so I compromise by only adding the essentials with minimal decorative items, or sneak them in when he’s not looking and hope he doesn’t notice! So, this challenge, which allowed me to pick items for a pretend coffee table seemed like a lot of fun!
As my base, I chose this Solid Walnut Wood Coffee Table. Almost all the options I was given were wood, and I chose this one because it is solid, on the larger side, and has a drawer – bonus! With the style of the table in mind, I went a little more masculine and kept my colors neutral, which is the style I’m drawn to lately. Here’s how I styled my table, with what I think are some basic essentials:
The Basic Elements:
Most of these are basic, but specific to me - I like closed storage to keep random things like chapstick corralled, and I even use a box to store my remotes in. This table actually has a drawer which would probably fit lots of stuff, but that’s not always the case.
Another item I would suggest using on a coffee table is an interactive item. This could be a puzzle or what I added to our living room a while back was a couple Artifact Uprising books. Upstairs we have our wedding photos, and I also made a few of our summer Europe trip for the basement family room. They're great for people to grab and skim through, and are also conversation starters!
I’m no designer I just like pretty things, so this was fun to think about how I would style a coffee table, keeping in mind the function that is important to Mike, but also having a little more freedom with the accessories that I like!