Monday, March 26, 2012

Side Table Love!

Something always bothered me about the right side of our living room . . . I knew something didn't look 'right' but I wasn't sure what.
I went to Homesense (yes again, don't judge me ;), and I saw a little, square, super rustic, low side table. Here's how the conversation in my head went "That's so cute I wish I had a spot for it" . . . "What?? It's $25??? I'll make a space for it!"
 Driven by pure determination or the fact that it was a clearance priced, none refundable purchase I wracked my brain thinking of a spot to put it! Then I thought of somewhere . . . in the master bedroom beside the chair in the corner! Alas, it was WAY too big, but standing there, staring at the table  I thought "You know what would be perfect??? The two little nesting tables in the living room" . . .
AND BOOM GOES THE DYNAMITE!!!

The small nesting tables that I LOVE so much, found a spot in our bedroom (more on that in another post) and the new rustic table found a perfect home in our living room between our chairs!
I think it works so much better 1) Because it's larger, which suits the large scale of the two chairs, & 2) It's lower, which definitely suits the low, armlessness of the chairs.

Before:

(Sorry for the fuzzy bad picture! Although it does make for a better before and after ;)

After:



I LOVE IT! I'm always amazed how one small change to a room can make such a HUGE difference. I am so happy to score the perfect side table for the new neutral, rustic direction of the living room!

To top it off, I added one of the glass lamps we already owned (you might recognize them from our Townhouse Master Bedroom, and our old living room set up). I've always liked the contrast between really rustic elements like the table, and really polished elements like the Chrome in the lamp, I think it's that kind of 'tension' that really makes a room! I did do one thing to the lamp, a quick shade change was in order, the last shade had a bit of a taper to it:

A drum shade would definitely update it!

One last look:

I hope you liked the glimpse into how my brain works and our living room!! ;) hehe

29 comments:

  1. Love it! You're right, it does look much better there. Love that you can store some magazines or books below as well. Great move Ash.

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  2. I love your blog! I am curious about one thing in the picture. Is that a spider in your table? :)

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  3. Who says keep out of the stores? Then you miss all the goodies. Great find.

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  4. Beautiful table. Love the wood finish on it.

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  5. I always have admired your white nesting tables and thought they looked perfect between the 2 chairs. But I have to agree that the new table looks better there. It does add a touch of color in that area and it looks very inviting.

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  6. My favorite part of this post - "BOOM goes the dynamite!" Haha! I was laughing out loud at that. :)

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  7. That really does make a big difference! Such a cute table and even cuter price tag! ha!

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  8. Love the new table, and you are right...a much better fit. I had to laugh because your conversation with yourself sounds like something I would do! $25, seriously a steal!

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  9. Where did you put the white chairs? The library? did I miss a post?? Looks great in the living room!

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    1. The slipcovered chairs are in our "not sure where to go, might end up being craigslisted" Room!
      Our library has sat empty since Christmas, We realized how much more we used the library during Christmas, and how maybe we should change it up a bit! I was a little sad because I LOVED the library but we never used it . . . ever.
      I'll make sure to do a BIG post on it when I figure out what we're doing. Lee's been talking about needing a desk for a while now so maybe a desk????
      I'll make sure to post about it SOON!

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  10. I love it! I love the white polished look of the chairs paired with the unfinished rustic look of the table. It is just perfect!

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  11. The table looks great! And I think the choc brown pillows add a great little something new to the space as well! Nice work!!!

    Jen
    athomeinthenorthwestblog.com

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  12. Love the table! It looks great. Don't you love it when you find the perfect piece for a spot when you are not looking for it:)

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  13. I love that so many of your ideas involve repurposing stuff from around your house, gets me looking at things already in my home differently! Gorgeous!

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  14. I'm with Becky...where did the white slipcover chairs go? Did you swap them to the library when you brought out the armless chairs? {I love both rooms, by the way!} Oh, and I'm curious about the spider too...does it have some special significance? Is it the dog's chew toy?? :)

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    1. The slipcovered chairs are in our "not sure where to go, might end up being craigslisted" Room!
      Our library has sat empty since Christmas, We realized how much more we used the library during Christmas, and how maybe we should change it up a bit! I was a little sad because I LOVED the library but we never used it . . . ever.
      I'll make sure to do a BIG post on it when I figure out what we're doing. Lee's been talking about needing a desk for a while now so maybe a desk????
      I'll make sure to post about it SOON!

      And the little ANT on the table is just a little bit of whimsey, we had a serious ant problem in our first rental apartment together and when I saw the little ant at the store I couldn't resist!!!
      Lots of love
      Ashli

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  15. Just perfect isn't it? Love the neutral wood colour of it against the chairs. I love when this happens.

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  16. Yep, I like it, it looks good...and how could you walk away from $25. Regards Kathy A, Brisbane, Australia

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  17. Haha my brain works exactly the same!
    Love the new table and have to agree it does work better.
    xx

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  18. Im guilty of buying things because they are on sale not necessarily because I love them, but thats ok I think the price tag makes it look more attractive :)
    I like the new table and the storage rack underneath is perfect for magazines or books

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  19. I just love when that happens, finding unexpected finds are always the best. It's like Christmas all over again.....Looks fabulous!
    ~Mandy

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  20. Looks great!!!

    Didn't you just build a desk in the library?

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    1. Lee's decided he needs a big one too!
      I could also use a larger desk sometimes!!!
      We'll share as soon as we have any progress!
      ~A

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  21. I do love the character the library adds. Will you leave the books if you add a desk/office?

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    1. YES DEFINITELY!!!!
      I love those darn bookcases! haha

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  22. Where did you find the new drum shade? I have been looking for white drum shades forEVER!

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    1. I found it at Homesense on sale for $10!!
      Hope that helps a bit! Drum shades can be so expensive, homsense (homegoods in the states) has really well priced shades!
      Hope that helps a bit!
      Lots of Love
      Ashli

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