If price wasn't an option, and my family room was fancy, and I didn't have three little kids with thirty dirty fingerprints, I'd go with one of these:
|(L to R): Horchow Brass Coffee Table, Nate Berkus Bamboo-Style Coffee Table, CB2 Smart Glass Top Coffee Table|
Also, I think this lucite table is perfect. Blends right into the room:
|Pure Style Home|
But after much deliberation, I think an upholstered coffee table is the way to go. No glass to break, no sharp corner to bump your head on. I spotted this one on Apartment Therapy, and recognized the Kelly Wearstler fabric immediately. I recently bought a sample of it, thinking it might look nice as curtains.
Here's my (dark) photo trying it out as curtains:
Now, let me back up a little and tell you this fabric. It is not cheap. Not cheap at all. My plan was to make a stencil out of the sample piece, and use fabric paint to stencil the design right on the curtain. I'm still considering it, but I'm actually thinking the pattern might be a bit much on the curtains. We have 4 panels in the room....that's a lot of Imperial Trellis.
But now that I see that upholstered coffee table, I'm dreaming up a new scheme. Think an upholstered, stenciled coffee table would be a difficult DIY project? Stay tuned.
Also, keep an eye out for my first-ever blog giveaway early next week! It's a good one!