Tips & Tricks for Designing the Perfect Coffee Table!

I’m SO CLOSE TO BEING DONE with our living room redo. Y’all, this pregnancy tiredness is kicking my booty! (But that’s what’s supposed to happen in pregnancy, so I will take it!)

One of the things we’ve done is get new furniture – out with the microfiber and in with the leather, and none too soon! (I imagine cleaning up spit-up and other bodily fluids is much easier when it comes to leather!) And one of the pieces of new furniture is a new coffee table/ottoman.

I struggled with this for a while. I wanted something unique, yet functional, yet not too big, yet flexible. I finally settled on something (and you’ll have to wait until I reveal the room to see it) but what I really should have done was just gone to


Have YOU been to Chairish? Chairish makes it fun and easy for design lovers to buy and sell vintage furniture and decor to one another! Their shop exclusively features curator-approved treasures in a full-service and trustworthy environment. Just in coffee tables alone they have some awesome finds! Check these out…

Vintage Octagon Cocktail Table

Paul McCobb Planner Group Cocktail Table

Sarreid 2-Drawer Brass Trunk

I liked this last one quite a bit! Can you guess why?! Because of the extra storage, of course! And while I love the piece itself, you can’t just drop a coffee table into a living room and call it a day. Especially since it tends to be a centerpiece of the room, it needs a few styling touches. Here’s what I mean…

Chairish Collage

First of all, I’ve always loved the combination of brass and green, so I had to throw some green in as accents. Don’t you LOVE those candlesticks? And I wouldn’t even use them for candles – I like the idea of adding those mosaic mother of pearl decorative balls to the top of each!

The pretty little white dishes are perfect for succulents, or other accent pieces, like the moss balls or the sea urchins. They can also function well for things like remotes and even the occasional snack!

You can see a few things I love right across the bottom of the style board: from left to right, gold-edged marble coasters, studded trays and vintage books. I always have coasters around, and I loved that these were a little rough around the edges, but still elegant! Corralling items with trays is one of my favorite organizational acts, and I really like that these were studded to match the coffee table itself! And vintage books…well…how can you go wrong?!

So what do you think? How have you styled YOUR coffee table? Would a coffee table from Chairish work in your home?

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11 thoughts on “Tips & Tricks for Designing the Perfect Coffee Table!

  1. I cannot wait for the day that we can drag our microfiber couch to the curb! We have an old wooden coffee table that lifts up to you like a tray. The kids use it when they eat. I would love to update it but I think it would have to be the tray kind again. I like the uniqueness of the octagon one above.

  2. Yes, I love keeping my coffee table styled (I actually have a post scheduled for this in a couple of days). I have not used Chairish but the pieces look beautiful. Good call on switching out the couches and getting as much done as you can before the kiddos come:)

  3. Chairish sounds like a great place to look if you are re doing your living room-ir any room for that matter. I have also placed several objects both on and under my coffee table.

  4. I’d love to do this, and quite honestly I’d love succulents in a cute display there. I’m looking forward to doing that kind of decorating when my destructive kitten turns into a cat. lol

  5. We’re slowly (and I mean sloooooooooooowly) working on our living room. I’ve never heard of Chairish before, but man, am I glad you wrote about it! We’re going for mid-century modern decor and finding actual vintage pieces is so much better than trying to find replicas! Can’t wait to see your living room!

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