Subtitle: The Decorating Snowball Effect
A few weeks ago I was browsing Pinterest and I came across this stunning pin that I had found a long time ago and have always loved. Actually, I love anything by designer Lilly Bunn – emerald green, leopard, brass, lucite, marble – if you did a cross-section of my soul, these are just a few of the layers you would come across!
Anyway, I felt compelled to turn my laptop around and pine to Bryan: “This is my dream coffee table. This exact one right here. I wish I could find it on Craigslist one day, but of course I won’t!”
I mean, my burl laminate coffee table is fun, indestructible, and a great size. But I’ve been getting a little tired of my never-finished living room with all the same major elements from our previous apartment two years ago (chesterfield, dragon couch, burl coffee table, leopard rug) and feeling a little in a rut due to monetary restrictions. For a while I’ve been dreaming of something modern and bold in brass and glass. Unfortunately, every brass and glass coffee table I fell in love with on Craigslist was in the multiple-hundreds of dollars.
Until last Sunday when I was browsing Craigslist and came across a listing for a $20 coffee table. The photo was on the small side, not well-lit, and the table base was propped on its side up against a fence with the glass top taking up most of the foreground of the shot, but I thought I recognized the shape…
Look familiar? It’s almost exactly the same brass stacked coffee table I was swooning over just a short while before!
I did a little digging around online and I think I’ve IDed this piece as Paul Mayén for Habitat, circa the 1960’s/70’s (example 1; example 2; P.S. Paul Mayén was a really cool dude who worked with Frank Lloyd Wright!) I think my table even has the original glass top (completely chip-free!). This may be one of my favorite Craigslist finds ever!
Of course, once I got my prized treasure home, the “decorating snowball effect” began… It’s a little smaller than the burl coffee table, and once I had it in the room, I didn’t like the way I had the couches set up in an L-shape, as seen here:
With the new coffee table, I didn’t like the arrangement. So naturally, I had to move everything around multiple times until I settled on another arrangement I’m trying out for the time being…
With the way our living room is laid out, there’s only one place we can put the tv – on the long wall to your right as you enter the door. So I can arrange the couches at right angles, or facing each other. I like to sit on the couch up against an armrest with my feet propped up, so this layout is working for me right now. Who knows when I’ll get a mad hair to rearrange it though…
Ask my mom – growing up, I dragged all the furniture around in my room at least once every two months, always searching for that elusive “perfect” placement. Bryan says people like me invented feng shui 😉
Is this it? Only time will tell.
Do you spy my photography buddy? Abby religiously naps on the Chesterfield every morning.
So my living room has a shiny new addition, and now I’m faced with the incontrovertible photographic evidence that my living room needs work. One step at a time. One thrifty find at a time. Gathering: slow, frustrating, rewarding. Just the way I like it.