In Search Of

in search of….a coffee table

I am in need of a coffee table.  My old couch had a large ottoman which doubled as a coffee table but I went sans ottoman with my new sofa.

I was recently reading an article in House Beautiful on strategies for making the most of any small space.  One of the tips was to consider using two small round tables instead of one big coffee table.  This results in better traffic flow and two small pieces of furniture are easier to move around than one large piece.  This is a perfect solution for my family room as it’s not very large and it would be great to keep the space as flexible as possible.

For the size of my sofa and room, I’m looking for a maximum height of 17″ and a maximum overall length of 43″.  The typical guideline is for the height of the table to be the same height or 1-2″ lower than your seat cushion and the length of the table should then be about two-thirds the length of the sofa (excluding the arms).

Some tables that fit the bill:

Gates Lacquer Side Table from West Elm

Gates Lacquer Side Table from West Elm – love the Thai Blue

Hudson Round Nesting Tables from Crate and Barrel

Hudson Round Nesting Tables from Crate & Barrel

Around Table from DWR

Around Table from Design Within Reach



In Search Of

in search of….a staircase light

I am in need of a new light for my staircase.  I’m slowing working my way through the house, replacing each light as the previous owners clearly got a deal as they are all identical and cast a horrible yellow glow and they are just not my cup of tea.  I would probably be more into them if they were actually original to the house but they are just inexpensive reproductions.

Old fixture

Current light fixture (don’t worry, I did finish cutting in while I was painting)

I’ve finally narrowed it down based on a few inspiration photos and now I just need to find something similar within my budget.  I have noticed that a lot of similarly shaped lights are sold as pendants with one light bulb but I’m looking for at least three as more light is needed for a staircase.

Black lantern

Ranch at Live Oak Malibu photo by Mark Adams via Remodelista


via Style at Home

A few options:


Star Lantern from Circa Lighting


Four Light Black Framed from Signature Lighting


Denison Ceiling Light from Elte

I’m still on the hunt but pleased to know that there are a few options out there.
In Search Of

looking for a coffee table

I moved the coffee table from my living room to my family room a few months ago and have yet to replace it.   I have a bronzed large mirror in that room and need select one with a similar metal tone.  A wood coffee table will be difficult to find as I have a red tone in the hardwood and then the dining room furniture has much darker tones in it.  A few options I’m considering:

Bel Aire Oval Coffee Table – Crate & Barrel 

Clairemont Coffee Table – Crate & Barrel

Foxed Mirror – West Elm

Tanner Coffee Table – Pottery Barn