I think it’d be so great to have a post/series on how to fill/style awkward spaces — like “you have a weird bit of trapped narrow space between two walls” or “you have an empty corner where you can’t hang anything on the wall”… I don’t know exactly… but just the idea of grouping little decorative props by size/shape/heavinessvs.lightness, as in little “style props for specific design problems/spaces.” For me, specifically, I’m trying to find an oval tray and some short stuff to fill it with as a centrepiece for our dining room table (something that can stay there and not interfere with conversation), and keep getting stymied. And, we also have a really long hall wall, but with a bulk head running the entire length (so it’s unusually short), plus it goes from being a hall to the wall of a room… and I also keep getting stymied about how to break it up.
A tri-level coffee table sets the stage for drama in this Chicago living room. The custom sofa, in a JAB Anstoetz fabric, is by Dune, the 1950s chair (left) is in a Dedar fabric, and the custom armchair is covered in Arabel fabrics; the 1930s orange lacquer–and-shagreen sideboard is French, the 1950s Murano glass table lamp is by Seguso, the 1955 chandelier is by FontanaArte, the custom rug is by Beauvais, and the Venetian plaster walls are in Benjamin Moore’s Stonington Gray.

Anchor your seating ensemble in mid-century modern style with this this oval coffee table. Crafted of steel in a satin gold finish, the table’s base features four flared, round tapered legs, while a cross-shaped stretcher lends added stability and support. Its easy-to-clean clear glass tabletop provides a perfect platform for everything from remotes and coasters to trays of appetizers and drinks. Measures 23.5" H x 50.5" W x 18" D overall.
Now, think through how you use your room and existing furniture. Are your friends always awkwardly holding drinks when they stop by because there isn’t a place to put them in your living room? Would your hallway stand to use a place to toss your keys, so you stop losing them? Does your living room get dark in one corner and could it use a lamp at sofa-height?
The 1947 Herman Miller catalog described the Noguchi coffee table as "sculpture-for-use" and "design for production".[1] The base was carved from solid walnut, and consisted of two identical parts; when one part "is reversed and connected to the other by a pivot rod, a base appears which has a smoothly flowing form and an interest rarely found in furniture of any period".[1] The shape of the two wooden supports produces a self-supporting and stable base, allowing the heavy plate glass top to be placed without the use of connectors.[1]
Set an abstract foundation for your stylish space with this blue and white area rug, showcasing a marbled, paint-spill motif. Machine made in Turkey, this area rug is power loomed of stain- and fade-resistant polypropylene in a medium 0.5" pile – perfect for rolling out in fashionable living rooms and dining spaces prone to the occasional spills and stains alike. Easily vacuumed or spot cleaned for effortless upkeep, this rug performs best when paired with a rug pad to prevent shifting and... https://www.pier1.com
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