Seating Vignette

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Designing a space is all about change and transformation, meaning it may never be finished, which is something I both love and hate about design. Unless designing in the commercial world or you have boocoos of money, it is pretty impossible to have everything finished in one fell swoop. However, sometimes the best results happen when you least expect them. It is all about the process, and though I am incredibly impatient sometimes waiting creates the best results! The leather chair above I found at the Burlington Flea this spring, and fell in love with it for our master bedroom. Originally the chair was in velvet, but I had it reupholstered in a dark "worn" leather. In case you missed it, check out the chair transformation here. When I got the finished product at home and in the room, I knew a little side table would complete the vignette. I couldn't find anything right away, so I stole the white and gold one from our back porch for some photos. In the mean time, I have been keeping my eyes open for some options - then of course I found two! I couldn't pass up either, so I bought both and brought them home to share. One is square and shiny, the second round with an antique brass finish. Check them out below, and let me know what you think!?!

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Typically, I would remove the price tag or photoshop the image, but wanted to share a bit of my shopping/selecting process... I am all for buying multiple pieces and trying them out. I am pretty sure retailers have a love/hate relationship with me and my spending habits. Within the commercial world, it is all about measuring and planning the space, however in my own home I do more trial and error, which means a lot of shopping and return trips! 

Typically, I would remove the price tag or photoshop the image, but wanted to share a bit of my shopping/selecting process... I am all for buying multiple pieces and trying them out. I am pretty sure retailers have a love/hate relationship with me and my spending habits. Within the commercial world, it is all about measuring and planning the space, however in my own home I do more trial and error, which means a lot of shopping and return trips! 

Square vs. Round

Square

  • Shiny/metallic finish, almost a high gloss. Great for an outdoor space, but reflects a bit too much when you have brown "shag" carpet that isn't going anywhere.  

  • Fits nicely in the space, but really only has one direction it can go. Diamond shape just doesn't work. 

  • Heavy and solid for sure, and doesn't move without some effort. 

  • Only $40 from Home Goods, stopped by the other day and this piece is now only $25! 

Round

  •  Finish is a bit more antique brass, and not so shiny. Works better with our full-length mirror and drapery hardware. 

  • In this room, there are a lot of sharp angles, so the softness of the round side table doesn't feel so harsh. It is also a better shape for nestling into a space. 

  • Light weight and feels a bit cheap, but once in place you would never know. Not a great piece for outdoors. 

  • A bit pricier than Home Goods, but still a pretty good deal at $70 from Target. You can find it here

As you can see, both worked well in the space, but at the end of the day I preferred the round one. Although a bit pricier than the square one, the round one was still a good deal in comparison and creates more of an impact in the room than anticipated. I can't say the accent table is super useful as I have styled it out, but I can honestly say that I am happy with the overall vignette. It seems to pull together that little corner of the room and of course is the perfect place to pile a few clothes! 

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What do you think? Do you think round was the right decision or would you have gone a bit more reflective and sharp? These little accent tables are such great filler pieces, I highly recommend making the purchase if you find a good deal. I promise they will come in useful whether it is for a plant stand, a few books or simply a useful side table. Do you have a favorite piece?

-Cheers!

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