Finding the Perfect Coffee Table – My Favorites So Far

We’ve been chatting a lot this year about how we are trying to comb through our homes and get rid of items that are not “us”. Ya know, the items we bought because they were on sale, or maybe because we wanted to check them off our to-do list, or maybe those items we realized over time that just weren’t really our style. bridget-home-tour-wide-shots-family-room-kitchen-dining-7

Our goal in doing this is to pare down our homes and only fill them with pieces we LOVE and pieces that are “so us”. This exercise is exactly what led me to getting rid of my coffee table.

bridget-home-tour-wide-shots-family-room-kitchen-dining-4I bought this coffee table from world market when we first moved in. I bought it to match our dark kitchen…. and our dining room table… and our dining room chairs. But once I set it all up and lived with it for a little while, I realized

1. Dark brown is not my style
2. Matchy-matchy furniture is also not my style
3. The design of the coffee table was a little too farmhouse for my style


Three strikes and it had to go! It’s not that I don’t like the coffee table because I actually got a lot of compliments on it. I just knew it wasn’t my style. And if it’s not my style and if I don’t LOVE it, I realized that it’s taking up valuable space in my small home and should be replaced with something I do love.


So I sold it to a blog reader (hey Julia!) and have been coffee table-less ever since.

familyroom_no_coffee_tableI’m trying to follow our own advice by not rushing into any decision or buying just to check it off the to-do list. Instead, I’m trying to do careful research and wait to purchase a table that I absolutely LOVE and one this is so me.


And that’s exactly where I am in the process today. I’ve been living without a coffee table for a little over a month now (sorry Matt!) and have been scouring the internet, social media, thrift stores, and even Craigslist to find the perfect coffee table for our space.

I know I want the table to be light (probably white or marble) and I know it has to be somewhat petite since our space is pretty small. I also want it to be light and airy and not as bold and chunky as our old one. Here are some of my favorites so far.


one // two // three // four // five // six

I haven’t decided yet and I’m trying to take my time to be as careful and intentional as possible. I love all of these tables but I think I’m leaning toward a round table to break up all of the straight edges in this space. However some of the round options I love (like #2!) are too large for this space so finding a petite, affordable round table that is “so me” has been more challenging than I thought it would be. I’ll keep you guys updated on my search and definitely let you know when I find one! In the meantime, do you have any favorites? Any other suggestions for me?! HELP!


  • Erin

    i was digging on 2, but i have no idea how it looks in a room! Side note: I’m generally not a fan of marble. and think that would take the look of #2 up a notch if it were marble. Then i looked at 5. and i’m thinking that’s a good fit for your space!

    • Thanks Erin, I appreciate your feedback so much!!

  • Abby

    Keep an eye out on pottery barn. I bought my marble coffee tables there last year in the spring! They are a set of 2 square that you sit next to each other, white carrera on top and dark wood frame base that you can put a basket or stack books on. This coffee table is my favorite piece of furniture I own! Casey has seen them! (I asked for her opinion when I was buying them! haha) They might bring them back in stock again. I’m obsessed with them. I had a navy velvet couch and wood campaign desk, turkish light grey with a blue cast rug, and white book shelves in the room and it seems to bring it all together. But we’ve since gotten rid of the navy velvet couch and are going light grey like you have so I think it will look amazing and so chic!

    • Good to know!! I’m going to look into, thanks so much Abby!

  • Meaghan

    Love your options and think round would be nice! Have you thought about staggering two smaller round tables together for your coffee table set up – one a little taller and one lower or nesting? Just a thought but love your options especially 2 and 5 :]

    • I do love that option but every “set” I love seems like it’s double the price! But yes, the staggered tables have definitely caught my eye lately.

  • Austin Schneider

    I say #5 or #6. We have a large sectional with a chaise, which made our old hand-me-down oval coffee table all wrong. We ended up purchasing a round bone-inlay table from West Elm, and it has made a HUGE difference. The curves break up all of the lines and it’s much easier to maneuver around now!

  • Thanks Linda! Yes, I does look (and feel) A LOT bigger and more inviting. However, my husband insists we need something for him to put his remotes/snacks/computer/etc. on when he’s watching TV & multi-tasking!

  • Liz

    My vote is #5; it’s open and airy which I think works well in a small space. I also like the light wood better than dark/black. Offering my opinion on other people’s places is so much easier than picking out things for my own!

    • Thank you!! Haha and I understand where you’re coming from because sometimes I feel the same way!

  • Meghan Kearney

    I LOVE #5! Something I’d love to have myself, but after my toddler stops face planting everywhere!

    • Haha, yea that would be bad (and dangerous!!). Thanks Meghan, have a great weekend!

  • Kimberlie Pelletier

    I really love #4. The modern/minimal/industrial look would be great to combine with what you have. I think the curves against the straight lines of the sectional would make it inviting and you could accessorize with any color or material.

    • Thanks Kimberlie, I’m loving #4 too! And it’s on sale for $150, which is by far the cheapest too. I may take the plunge… thanks so much for your feedback!

  • That’s very helpful… thanks Jane!!