The clients needed a small dining table for special occasions. They had the brilliant idea to create a pedestal coffee table for everyday use that could be transformed into a dining table with semi-circlular leaves.
This casual seating area is a charming addition to this screened-in porch. Dark contemporary wicker chairs counterbalance the traditional style of the pedestal coffee table, while colorful throw pillows keep the space feeling lively and fresh.
Interior designer Jonathan Savage likes to use coffee tables that can serve multiple functions. This one serves as a small bar, with a tray with an ice bucket and glasses on one side. Then on the other side, a faux bois container on a pedestal adds height. "I don’t think a coffee table necessarily has to be home to coffee table books. You can set it up as a bar; you can set it up as a game table," he says.
This space was designed for the 44th Annual Bucks County Designer House + Gardens and features a stairway with wrought iron railing leading to a wooden pedestal table, which makes for the perfect spot to enjoy a morning cup of coffee.
This contemporary living room features a glass coffee table positioned in front of a round-back black leather chair with a metal pedestal stand. Orange flowers add a pop of color, while a gold overhead light fixture gives the space a finishing touch.
Use a glass vase with colorful, fresh flowers and coffee table books as a cost-effective way to infuse color into a living room. Atlanta designer Michael Habachy styled this table in a high-rise Atlanta condo with a trio of books that serve as a pedestal for the vase.
A round pedestal table holding an Asian tree is used as a living room divider and is flanked by a large beige sofa and a contemporary seating area with modern turquoise blue arm chairs. Arched window shades cover the large windows above three sets of French doors. The contemporary seating area features a zebra print rug and glass coffee table while both sections are accented with red throw pillows.
“The trick to tackling a huge room like this is to divide it up into zones and that's just what this design trio does so well,” says designer Candice Olson. “There is an area to take in the view; a sprawling wall shelf that doubles as both display and seating; (great for those big LA parties); and a main conversation grouping that floats in front of the fireplace. I think the wall art is the strongest element in this space. Large tree-motif panels suit the grand scale of the space, as does the ingenious bubble-wrap wall hanging backed with a very current fretwork graphic — someone’s going to Design Heaven for that move. And can we talk about the pink ducks?! The 3-D element of these wooden sculptures animates the massive fireplace wall but this team doesn’t stop there. A quart of neon-pink paint has these ducks kicking sand in the feathered faces of their pink flamingo cousins. It’s this touch of the unexpected that prevents a serious room like this from looking too somber and that can make a good design a great one. As strong as the wall art is, I feel the decorative elements placed along the wall shelves and mantel are suffering from a case of "Honey, I shrunk the accessories." Big rooms need big accessories — lamps, candlesticks or pedestals, ceramics and mirrors — all large-scaled to suit. I would have opted for a huge, free-form, wood coffee table. Glass tends to visually disappear and is a better choice to help keep the feeling open and uncluttered in small spaces.”