We love watching Joanna Gaines design custom furniture pieces with her local craftsman, but the Fixer Uppers star isn’t the only one who can do that–you can find a custom furniture maker, too! One of the best ways to do this is to start with family and friends. A simple Facebook post can often help you find a friend of a friend who specializes in creating exactly what you’re looking for.
Putting a contemporary twist on mid-century modern styles, this coffee table’s mixed media look is sure to grab glances! Founded atop splayed legs, it pairs a manufactured wood body with glass accents and a clean-lined silhouette. An open shelf below makes space to stage your favorite decorative pieces, while drop-down panels create a hidden storage compartment, allowing you to tuck away any living room essentials you want out of sight but close at hand.
Fan out a stack of glossy magazines or just keep a tray of cocktails out for your guests with this sleek coffee table. Taking on a clean-lined silhouette that works well in both classic and contemporary settings, its frame is crafted from steel while the top is tempered glass. Though understated in its design, this piece lends a pop of polish to any living room look or den ensemble with its metallic finishes.
More (adult, nested) lifestyle, in other words, and less commodity: You don’t need to buy everything at West Elm, the store suggests, but it’ll provide you with the background elements (read: items over $750) against which you can build your own personality. It doesn’t matter that everyone who looks and spends like you is doing the same: You’ll still be able to make the look your own, a point driven home by West Elm’s “Share Your Style” function, which encourages customers to tag Instagram posts with #MyWestElm. Those images not only show up on the webpage for each item, but are used, to great success, in West Elm’s social media ads. (The click-through rate on #MyWestElm-content ads was 2.6 times that of normal content, the company told AdWeek, and those clicks ended in a sale three times more often than other click-throughs.)
Espresso-based coffee has a variety of possible presentations. In its most basic form, an espresso is served alone as a shot or short black, or with hot water added, when it is known as Caffè Americano. A long black is made by pouring a double espresso into an equal portion of water, retaining the crema, unlike Caffè Americano. Milk is added in various forms to an espresso: steamed milk makes a caffè latte, equal parts steamed milk and milk froth make a cappuccino, and a dollop of hot foamed milk on top creates a caffè macchiato. A flat white is prepared by adding steamed hot milk (microfoam) to espresso so that the flavour is brought out and the texture is unusually velvety. It has less milk than a latte but both are varieties of coffee to which the milk can be added in such a way as to create a decorative surface pattern. Such effects are known as latte art.
Coffee tables are crafted from all sorts of beautiful materials—iron, glass, you name it. To pick the one that’s right for you, first consider three things: the overall aesthetic of your room, your color palette, and how it’ll be used. Will it be purely decorative? (Try glass!) Hold books or serve as foot rest? (Think: sturdy wood or soft upholstery). Here, we outline all your options.
Undeniably the most common shape for any kind of table, you can’t go wrong with four sides and four corners! Rectangular tables are often better fits for long, narrow places and in fact, can make themselves smaller than round tables and yet still cover a lot of ground. Whether you’re hosting a holiday meal for a crowd or fitting a work table into an unused closet, rectangles can fit the bill perfectly.
“A lot of what is in our homes seems very temporary — like, this piece will do for now, until I have money/a place to live for more than a year/find something better,” one 27-year-old woman from Chicago said. “I think a lot of us do want heavy, well-made objects with history, but it just doesn't quite line up with budget and life stage. Stuff kind of weighs you down, too, and that's something I think a lot of young people are looking to avoid.”
Of course, when choosing the right coffee table for you or your family, you should consider your lifestyle. Do you need a piece with a lot of storage? Consider a storage piece. Are you one to play board games in the living room constantly? Make sure it's a comfortable piece to gather around. Do you have a tendency to put your feet up on the coffee table when watching TV? Maybe an ottoman is a better option for you. As for coffee tables that are kid-friendly, opt for a piece that has no sharp edges and isn't made of glass.
To begin- I would expect to pay more for just the slab of glass that makes up the top portion of this table. I have been putting together A LOT of furniture as I just moved and THIS piece was a breeze to assemble. Everything was in tact- the instructions were pretty straight forward and the table was constructed in about 15-20 minutes. The box is quite heavy so that is a consideration if you need to carry it far once it makes it to your doorstep.