Daily Covet: Table, tables and more tables

My two older kids have started back to school this week – don’t get me started on how early this is – and I have been inspired to start working on my house.

I love this house so much, but it’s getting awfully crowded in here. We’ve looked for years at other homes in our neighborhood and have yet to find anything we love nearly as much. So, while we are deciding whether to stay and add on or sell at some point, we are trying to maximize the space we do have.

To help make space, I’ve decided that some stuff needs to go or at least be relocated to a better spot. I’d also like to replace some things that aren’t my favorite or repurpose them. I’ve been fortunate enough to inherit a lot of beautiful furniture, but am really getting to the point where I want to thoughtfully decorate and arrange my own spaces with things that I love.

Fast forward to a new rug. I took out a traditional floral rug in black and switched it with a more modern rug. It’s actually mid-century-ish in turquoise, navy, beige and gold tones that match my walls, sofa and darker antique furniture. I thought it would be the perfect addition to the room and force me to update. It was also sooo inexpensive, so I won’t be a freak about having my family actually “live” with it and on it – ok, less of a freak.

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So now, I’m looking to replace some other dark antiques with lighter pieces. This clear glass coffee table is definitely more modern than the dark table I have now. And it’s the perfect piece to show off my new rug while still providing me with a space for flowers, my beautiful coffee table books and for drinks when we have company.

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Next, I’d like some new occasion tables with a modern edge and a little bling. So far, my favorites are these two sets. I love the “bamboo” legs and pale, gold metal of the first ones and they are a great mix of traditional and modern.

I absolutely adore the second set too and feel like they would pop against the rug. And they are also so affordable! The only downside to these tables, fingerprints. I’m going to have to get much more regular about cleaning up fingerprints!

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With exception of the rug, I haven’t pulled the trigger on anything yet. But at least I’m moving in the direction of creating a space that I absolutely love. Next up, lamps, pendants and sconces….

Daily Covet: Interior Makeover

There are days – especially this time of year – when I get sick of looking at the same, old stuff every day.

These cold, gray days just make me want to toss everything in my house and start from scratch. Or maybe it’s the tent full of plastic balls, the BatBot or the stack of school papers…

It’s a good thing I have Polyvore, where money is no object and I can find virtually anything I need and want in my dream room. So here is what I’ve been working on.

Some favorites? Those Louis loveseats covered in Belgian linen and the glass console table with blue “X” stools tucked underneath.

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Like some of these items or want to see other rooms I’ve spent winter days “mocking” up? Check out my Polyvore page here.

Have you seen? Iris & Ink.

How did I miss the The Outnet’s private lable “Iris & Ink?”

Launched in 2012, Iris & Ink combines trendier pieces with wardrobe staples.

Overcoats, body-con dresses and a fab midi-length leather dress are stand outs in this ultra-cool collection that is really versatile style-wise and age-wise too.

I love that it’s designed with sophisticated lines and grown-up details, but still features edgier fabrics and prints for both the young and young-at-heart sets.

Here are some of my absolute faves…but really I’ll take one of each!

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Daily Covet: Safavieh Logan X Side Chair

The Safavieh Logan X Side Chair is a modern-day replica of the most popular cafe chairs of Europe. Small-ish in size, these dining chairs were popularized by Thonet’s 19th Century Brentwood aesthetic. My favorite part of these chairs is where the curved metal “X” meets the seat of the chair.

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I currently have a farmhouse-style kitchen table set on casters that is slightly longer and slightly narrower than most dining tables. I would love to update the upholstered bench and two farmhouse chairs that surround my beloved table. The distressing makes them rustic, and the basket-weaved seats that are slightly more cush than a solid wood seat.

So while I’m replacing furniture, why not a makeover? I’m also loving these Philippe Starck sconces!

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Daily Covet: Proximity Console Table

Well, the holidays have come and gone, and we are still organizing and moving things around now that our decorations have been put away.

I’ve mentioned my living room in other posts – it’s long and narrow and although I want to move things around, I’m just not sure how to accomodate the furniture that we do have (maybe pull some out?)

Either way, we are in desperate need of some book shelves and also an “anchor” of sorts for our sofa. When our straw-colored velvet sofa isn’t up against the wall, it tends to slide – or get pushed – backward. This beautiful Proximity console table, which would allow us to house our favorite books and some regularly played board games, would also provide our couch with something to butt up against.

I recently purchased several lamps with this same brushed-bronze finish to match. Now if I could pull together everything else, I’d be in good shape…

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Daily Covet: Chinese Chippendale Étagère

We need shelves like no other.

This house contains boxes of packed-away books, tables with stacked books, and small bookcases with way too many books too.

I’m always on the hunt for places to store books, trinkets, art and more.  When I saw this amazing Chinese Chippendale Étagère this morning on OneKingsLane.com, I was instantly smitten.

Now if I could just find this beautiful piece on the cheap at a local esate sale instead!

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Daily Covet: Never thought I’d want a sectional

Bon nuit bloggy friends.  Sorry I’ve been MIA today, but have had much paying work to get done.

Hopefully, you missed the daily covet!

I was shopping a furniture sale with a friend this weekend, who is buying a new house.  We hit up a liquidation sale at Mrs. B’s, the sister store (and where really great furniture goes to be discounted or to die) to Nebraska Furniture Mart, one of the country’s largest furniture stores if I’m not mistaken.  For so long, I have rejected the idea of a sectional.  That is, until I moved into my house with a very narrow and long family room in the basement.

It’s the perfect place for a lovely sectional that is comfortable and provides a lot of seating for things like football games and movie nights.  With that said, I found this amazing, designer sofa marked down from $3900 to $1199!  While it lacks an impressive quality in the picture, I can assure you the Danish linen upholstery and nailhead trim is nothing short of beautiful… minus the ugly throw pillows.

It’s so pretty in fact, that I now want it for my living room instead, which is the long, narrow room directly above my family room.  Now if I could just convince my husband we NEED it, when we have a perfectly good sofa already.  Sigh….