Editor’s Update: I’m floored, it’s IKEA, the best quality IKEA I’ve ever seen.
I thought I knew the type of coffee table I wanted for our evolving living room. Something with modern lines. Light hardwood. A large, low circular table with (or customized by me to have) pretty mid-century leggies, hairpin or pretty pegs of some kind. And then, wouldn’t you know, I went thrifting and fell in love with something nearly the opposite:
Nix the hardwood and mid-century, add in some slick white contemporary-ness with a heavy metal base. Even if it’s a lot different than what I might have ordinarily picked out (something like this, light wood is hard to find), our new coffee table perfectly fits the functional demands that we knew we really needed in our life:
This is the first “real” coffee table I’ve owned; even the trunk that I used as a makeshift coffee table in the last house was less than ideal for that purpose, a little bit taller than I would have liked, a lot a bit uneven when it came to using it as a writing surface. And even though the trunk opened up for potential storage, I learned not to keep anything inside it because 1) there were always goods atop and it was annoying to clear off to open and 2) there was a division in the boards on the flat top surface through which all spilled liquids managed to filter. Milk was the worst of the liquids, I won’t tell you how quickly spilled milk begins to smell when it accidentally dribbles into a plastic garbage bag storing sweaters.
I’m pretty sure the subtle drawers are my favorite feature of this new-to-us coffee table. They’re push-operated, so no knobs or pulls to break up the clean lines of the design. At just over 3′ x 3′, the new table brings us 9 sq. ft. of surface area and 9 sq. ft. of storage for things like books, magazines, and a radically growing collection of Disney Infinity characters. It’s brand-spankin’ new to our home so, no, I haven’t even gotten to organizing anything into drawers yet.
The table has no distinct markings that would indicate brand, but I would place it as a piece constructed in the last 10-15 years. It’s particle board, but way heavier than it looks, immeasurably more sturdy than anything I’ve bought at IKEA, and in general, in really good shape, just a few things that helped me justify the $125 price tag.
Its design is considerably more contemporary than other items currently in the room so I hope adding an area rug and softer decor to the room will help to make it feel a little more at home. And if not, I’m preparing myself to change out the base with something lighter wood to fit in (if you haven’t already seen the greatest ever dresser re-design, you should check it out and be wildly inspired).
I found and bought the table at a local co-op (The Shops On West Ridge, locals!) and what concerned me initially was the height of the table; with only a 12″ rise from the floor, it seems really low in person, like, bash your shins low, but our West Elm sectional only has a seat height of 15″, so placed in our living room, the 12″ height works really well, and no, no shin bashing yet.
It’s so low that I’m not sure it would look great alongside a “normal” height sofa, so maybe me buying a coffee table online would have backfired, because I hadn’t really honed in on how a higher coffee table might look a little “off” in this space.
Going from no coffee table to having something this functional has made an immediate impression on our ability to use our living room. Books stored! Coffee stabilized on a real table! And it’s heavy enough that it doesn’t slide around when the dog leans up against it! I love seeing this place begin to come together (we’re goin’ on 9 months here, this is not happening fast).
P.S. For those of you who have inquired about how the Tillary sectional is holding up, see above for some seam puckering in the back supports. I’ll be back with a more thorough review in the next few months, promise.
I don’t immediately think FOOD when I think about DIY Network and its blog Made + Remade, but incidentally, those are actually many of the posts that I get caught up in routinely.
I’m not one to contribute very many foodie projects to the internets (although, wouldn’t you know that my recipe Pinterest board is the one I populate with the most frequency, featuring the “projects” I’m most likely to actually test in my own kitchen).
Because there are loads of wonderful at-home recipes on Made + Remade from other contributors, I thought I’d share a few of my favorites with you today:
Dough-to-the-iscuits: DIY Doughscuits. I’m going to be totally honest here – I don’t know what half of the ingredients in this recipe are, but I’m super intrigued by Ellen’s gluten-free solution to doughnuts-meets-biscuits with a side of Blood Orange Vanilla dipping sauce, OMG. After all, this is coming from the maker of Cronuts/Fauxnuts, so she probably can’t be steering you wrong.
The V-Day holiday has passed, but did you know that it’s “fairly simple” to make your own conversation hearts? Mick’s words, not mine. It’s basically a recipe for at-home Necco wafers (I’m a Necco fiend), so I’m actually looking forward to trying this recipe. Bonus: If you’re into the idea of making your own extracts, he makes that look easy too.
I suppose you would think I was uncultured if I told you I didn’t know what Ghee was until I saw Kelly’s post on making your own Ghee at home. I also probably mispronounced it 5 different ways, so let’s not talk about it if we meet up in person. What did I learn? You can use it on just about anything, as you would butter. It’s more shelf-stable than butter, and it’s popular among the raw/paleo foodies. Who knew?
Make gummies at home? Man, between DIY Neccos and yummy gummies, I might never have to shop for store-bought sweets again. Must try this Pomegranate-Lime-Ginger recipe someday.
North Carolinians make a bigger deal of pork than New Yorkers like myself. Did you even know there was more to making your own bacon than just throwing it on the griddle? Did you know it takes a week to do up some DIY bacon? Because once again, I’m surprised. And impressed. And immediately curious if I can follow the same guide to make some turkey bacon.
Pumpkin cookies with mulled cider cream cheese frosting. Drool. It may not be unusual, but this recipe is one I keep wanting to try. The real question is, are you allowed to make these when it’s not Fall? Where does one find cider in the springtime?
That little gallery wall that I’ve been working on? It’s not the first frame series that I’ve created, and it’s not done, but it’s lightness and friendliness is so appealing to me that it’s easily becoming my fave.
I’ve had the main pieces of artwork picked out for some time (that cool cat and the gray sheep, they’re both by Stacie Bloomfield a.k.a. Gingiber). In fact, I’ve been stalking her on IG and have had her shop bookmarked for a long while, knowing that when the day came to decorate a nursery, I wanted her goods. Almost all of the frames are ones that we already owned, the exception for the DEGERÖN frame with the sheep, that’s one I picked up at IKEA last fall for $10. With its rounded edges and integration of white and natural wood, it’s probably my favorite of all of my simple IKEA frames, peace out RIBBA.
I’m taking obvious precautions with this installation, placing heavier duty 3M Command adhesives (and these, that are like Velcro) behind all corners of the frames so that they aren’t easily knocked or pulled from the wall, and swapping glass for plexiglass. (FYI – lots of my older IKEA frames were glass, but at some point they changed the products to include thin plexi).
My favorite feature of this installation, a detail that’s different than any of my previous gallery walls, is that I made lower hanging magnetic spots for Julia to showcase in her own artwork. She likes drawing us all pictures–even started making ones for the baby before she arrived–and we could always use more real estate for displaying her work because our refrigerator is only so big.
It came together simply with a zinc-plated mending strip from the hardware store (I bought a 4-pack for $2.50) stuck to the wall with one of the 3M Command strips. A CB2 magnet from our own fridge is being used at the moment to pin the rotating artwork to the wall (I’ll have to eventually find some bigger ones that aren’t a choking hazard).
The height of this magnetic feature is at such that Julia can get in there and swap out the artwork herself, and eventually, Hattie too, of course.
Side note: My favorite artwork to date. Such a dreamer, a visionary, and so heavy handed with the glitter.
The frames are, I think, far enough out of reach of toddler fingers, even when the toddler is laying on the changing table, but adjustable enough for us to modify if necessary. For the most part, I think that this orientation will serve us well for the next few years. I hope the little girl grows to like it.