Back in November, we ordered a coffee table for the living room from ShopCandelabra.com–seriously drool-worthy pieces over there (this affordable planter basket is in my shopping cart)–after seeing it in my dear friend Jane’s home (here). It was on back-order until March, but we loved it so much, we decided it was worth the wait and the money. We ended up getting a different coffee table for upstairs because we needed one in place for a shoot, however, it was truly fated; the Arteriors Jacob coffee table was absolutely meant for the family room.
I am always on the hunt for family-friendly pieces (something aesthetically pleasing for Chris and I, and kid approved for the girls, you can read more about our decorating mindset here) and this coffee table is the epitome of that. It’s solid wood, round and finished in a wash that already feels a little worn, so it’s not too delicate. The price is more than we have spent on coffee tables in the past, but the quality assures it’s a piece we’ll have for a long time and maybe even pass down one day. In the end, the heart wants what the heart wants.
“Styling a coffee table” might seem like a silly thing, I admit. But, it’s also a really fun, satisfying thing if you have a passion for decorating or a love for home like we do. I’ll be the first to make room for popcorn, but day to day a styled coffee table (or nightstand or shelf, etc.) can help me keep an entire room clean and tidy because I’ve already put forth an effort to make it look nice. Does that make sense? Are you the same way?
Styling a family-friendly coffee table 101:
1. Start with a coffee table you love to look at, and one you don’t have to worry about kids hurting, themselves or it.
2. Add something green, leafy, or floral to give it a sense of life. If I didn’t have two little ones running around, I might go for something fresh and living, but at this level, I love using faux plants, like this succulent, because it’s not going to get dirt anywhere or die. We just get to enjoy it.
3. Add in something layered. This can be decorative boxes, trays, or I prefer books. They’re virtually unbreakable (remove the jackets if you’re worried about them getting ripped) and are actually usable decor–like when Chris is watching Road House. Again.
4. Go for height. The quickest way to add interest to any surface is to vary heights. You might notice at fancy parties (or really, any party now thanks to Pinterest) that the main food/dessert table has platters at all different heights. It just looks better. I added a trio of these tall, metal candlesticks (I originally got them for the built-ins, but they were too tall to fit in the shelves!) that, again, aren’t breakable.
5. Lastly, add in something quirky or meaningful. I’ve long loved Jonathan Adler’s ceramic elephant (for luck!), but my rule is if something is breakable at kid-height, than I have to not care if it does end up breaking. I found this fun, little ceramic elephant–a good low to Adler’s $170 option–for $5 at Target. It’s the perfect finishing touch.
Oh, and we like to leave enough room for feet, too. ;)