Coffee Talk

Ok, apartment update time. So far I have lived there for about two months and I’ve purchased a new couch, dresser, and rug for my living room. So with the new rug in place and the couch and dresser arriving next weekend (I am sooo looking forward to having seating and storage), I think it’s time to move onto the next phase of the design: coffee and accent tables.

I currently have a set of a coffee table and two accent tables that I acquired a few apartments ago when a friend of a friend was upgrading their furniture. The were free and nice enough to look decent and get the job done. At this point, however, they take up too much square footage in my living room. I think the room would definitely benefit from some more compact tables. My current tables have black metal frames and a glass top, and I think a better look for my new living room would be more in the natural wood and metal direction. Here are some I have considered so far(if you click on the image it should take you to the product site):

Angeled Base West ElmC Table West Elm Industrial Coffee Table West Elm Cast Base West Elmdixon-coffee-table

Ok, which one should I get?

Time to Design

I feel like I’m at a little bit of a turning point right now. I just moved into a new apartment in a new town and I need to figure out what I’m going to do with the space. When I moved, I ditched a few of my main pieces of furniture, so I have some room to design the new space. Since I have a new job, I’ve decided that I’m at a point where I want to start acquiring pieces out of want rather than need. I mean, instead of borrowing my parents’ and friends’ hand-me-downs, I want to start putting together a cohesive design by buying my own stuff.

Here’s my plan of action. I’m not in a position to just go on a shopping spree right away and buy everything I need. Nor would I want to, because I want to live in my apartment for a little bit to understand how I will use the space and what pieces I really need. So I’m going to come up with a loose color scheme and style for each space, start with the main necessities, and gradually add things as I see fit (and can afford them). So this is a list of the pieces I’m shopping for in a prioritized order:

1. small sofa (something that can fit two people easily and three in a pinch)

2. bureau for the bedroom (right now I have a big closet and lots of storage containers but no bedroom furniture besides my mattress)

3. curtains for the bedroom and living room

4. area rug(s) (my apartment is carpeted, but adding some color with a rug would be nice)

5. coffee table and side tables (I have some basic ones that I got for free several years ago but I would love to get new ones)

6. accent chair for the living room (if I have room for it, I already have a recliner)

7. small accent pieces like art and lamps

8. small kitchen upgrades like new silverware

My space is definitely limited and I live on the fourteenth floor of my building, so I have some parameters. I need things to fit in the space and through my door, and if it’s a piece of furniture, I need it to be able to be delivered directly to my building.

Here are some things I have my eye on right now:

Sofa from West ElmWEsofa

Or this one from Crate and Barrel (I’m feeling a dark grey for the sofa)CBsofa

A pretty basic dresser from Pottery BarnPBdresser

Rug from Pottery BarnPBrugOttoman from West Elm that could double as a coffee table


Does anyone have some shopping/design advice or thoughts?

I have a pretty blank slate right now, so I’m trying to find some solid vision that I can work with.