In one of the past issues of Better Homes and Gardens, Danielle Colding, who was the winner of season 7 of HGTV Design Star, gave a great decorating tip. She said, "Ground a space in classic, timeless pieces and then go wild with fun accents that reflect who you are."
With that said, I found this little bench at TJ Maxx and I knew without a doubt, that it was coming home with me.
Right away, I knew I wanted to use it as a coffee table in my living room. It was affordable at $59.99 and the small size was perfect since I have such a limited amount of space.
Originally, my plan was to do without a coffee table because it was too much of a challenge to try to squeeze one in such a tight space. When I measured from the couch to the island, it was only 44 inches. That's not even four feet. An average sized coffee table would have just over-powered the area... oh and forget about room to walk around. It simply wouldn't have worked.
... But what do you know, it's almost like this little bench was made for this spot... and look, there's even room to walk around it. Also an extra bonus is that when we have company, the coffee table can do double duty and be used for additional seating. I'm really pleased with this purchase and I feel like I made a very wise choice.
I also like that the black and white colors in the cushion of the bench go well with the black and white colors in the throw pillows. Everything is in sync.
... And I just love the elegance of the table. The sophisticated way the table legs curve along with the iron beaded detail. I just love it!
Now for purchase number two. Okay, I'm always hunting through decorating magazines and watching HGTV and I'm constantly seeing designers using trays on tables. I love that look and I think it oozes elegance. So, I went to Pier One to see if I could find something chic. They had so many to choose from. Of course I wasn't entirely sure what I was looking for, but I felt like I would know it when I saw it.
Okay, so in keeping with the green accents that I've been using, I found a tray that I simply had to have it. Can you see it? It's the rectangular one, on the second shelf from the top.
I liked the round trays, too, but I'm more of a streamlined kind of gal. Not to mention, those handles had me at 'hello.' They make the tray even more sophisticated.
Sorry the price tag is blurry, but just so you'll know, it was $24.99. I could have easily gone to a different store and found a tray for less, but there's a certain look that I was going for and I figured that I couldn't go wrong at Pier One. Next to Home Goods, Pier One is my second favorite store.
Soon, I'll post how my two purchases work together. Will they harmonize or be totally off key? I can't wait to see. Until then...