05/03 Our Apartment

Coffee Table Styling

monochrome living room 2

Something occurred to me… I’ve never shown you this much of my living room before!  With trying to replace a lot of what was in this room that were things we had since around when we were in college, it took about two years of mistakes, fixing regretful choices, and figuring out our style to get to this point and yet we’re still not finished, though that’s another thing- it ain’t ever finished.

I’m still working on figuring out our “entryway”, and possibly updating our TV gallery wall, but for now we’ve got a good amount of things to share on how we’re progressing in this room, including some coffee table styling I did in partnership with West Elm!

Monochrome living room

The box frame marble coffee table is made of my dreams, and while I’m crazy for the minimal design, I have stuff that needs storing, so this is what we currently do to take care of that.

coffee table top

In an ideal world, a coffee table with nothing on or around it would be pretty convenient for not having to deal with clutter, but we live here, so we use this lacquer box to tuck away those clutter-prone items like remotes, coasters, and matches.

coffee table basket-2We usually keep the box on top of the table, but when we want the extra table top space we’ll throw it into the basket underneath that holds throw blankets and also the coffee table books if we want to clear those off too.

coffee table basket-3

To make it all more pretty, I always love to keep flowers and candles around, which applies to most situations for me.  They tie everything together into being decor instead of being just stuff!

I get a lot of questions about where the rug is from pretty much whenever it makes any appearance anywhere, so let’s talk about that.  It’s the Tuscan Moroccan Shag Rug from RugsUSA and it’s as soft and comfortable as it looks.  It does shed and needs maintenance with that, but completely worth it for being exactly what I envisioned for our living room.  An important note: a rug pad is a must for gripping the rug to the floor, otherwise it will slip and slide around.

marble coffee table-2

This shot gives some context about where my corner workspace is located, which is also a first that I’m showing you.  Literally just a corner in my living room.  If you didn’t catch that feature, you can see the entire workspace here.

Like I said, it took us so. long. to get this point but it’s turning out better than I had hoped.  It’s both minimal and comfortable, simple and monochrome, everything that I love, and I’d say I really did need all this time to pick the wrong sofa then wait for the right one and other time-consuming mistakes figure that out and make it work for us.

After finishing other smaller projects in here, I’ll finally be tackling the rest of our bedroom which has been the hardest one to do.  More on that later!


SOURCES: coffee table | box | basket | vase | candle holder | side table | chair | pillow | art | rug | planter | book | bookcase | lamp

52 comments on “Coffee Table Styling”

    1. I previously had a box that I had DIY’ed too but it had run its course. Still love that idea! Go for it <3.

  1. Hi Amy . Love this coffee table and your living room is a beautiful space. Thank you for sharing.


  2. Hi Amy, I just discovered your blog, and I’m in love! I’m thinking about picking up this rug, and I’m worried about getting the perfect size. What size did you end up purchasing for your living room? Thanks!

    1. Hi Tracey, and welcome!! I got the rug in 8×10. What helped me visualize the right size was marking out the measurements on the floor with masking tape. Try it out and see if it helps!

  3. Hi Amy! Just discovered your blog via Instagram….Beautiful space! I’ve been searching for a couch that I love for the past year to no avail!:( I love your couch and hoped you could point me in its direction so I can check it out? Thank you!

    1. Hi Stace, and welcome! The couch is from Article Modern (formerly Bryght) and it’s the Nova Sofa in winter gray.

  4. Hi there! I have a white/ivory leather couch. Do you think this rug would coordinate well with the couch? Or blend in too much? I have a walnut media console in front of the couch and stainless steel/glass shelfing behind the couch as well.

    1. I think it would coordinate well! It comes down to the look you’re going for. If blending in too much is a concern, then yea, it will blend in a bit, but I’m personally a fan of that look as opposed to doing something that pops. Your setup sounds like it’ll look great!

      1. Thank you Amy! I am a new follower and love your style. I appreciate the quick reply and am excited to see future blog posts!

    1. Hi Cindy! The black one is from H&M and is no longer available, but the cross sign one is from here and the zig zag one is from here. I also did another post going into thorough details for the sources in this room which you can check out here.

  5. Hi Amy,

    So beautiful house! I am looking two closets as the white ones you bought. Where can I find them? I tried ikea but they are not the same.


    1. Hi Daniela! Are you talking about my TV media unit? It’s two of the IKEA BESTA units sitting next to each other.

  6. Hi Amy!

    Are the dimensions of your coffee table the same as the dimensions of the one on the west elm site? Yours looks a little bigger than the one on the site! Thanks so much! :)

  7. Hi there! love your blog:)

    Question…are there filters on your pictures? I am wondering about the rug…is it more on the white side or the yellow side? are the pictures true to color?


  8. Hello just discovered your blog from pinterest. I love the whole look!! Where did you get your black shelving units from?

    Thank you ♡

  9. Hi! Curious how you keep your white area rug clean – is there a product you use to dIY or do you have someone come in to clean it? I have a white area rug as well and it’s getting a bit dirty.

    1. Hi! Other than not wearing shoes in the house and vacuuming regularly, I don’t use anything else. It inevitably has gotten dirtier and that’s just what comes with a white rug. Because of the wool material I don’t think I have many options for cleaning, but I also haven’t felt the need to look into that further. Sorry I can’t be of more help!

  10. Hi Amy! I love your blog and your living room is beautiful! I have a question about the rug–I’m heavily considering getting it but worried about maintenance since it’s a light color. Does it easily look “dirty” (e.g., hair, dust, fuzz from socks/clothes, etc.)? Thank you!

    1. Hi Carolyn! Because it’s more of an ivory color, the dirt isn’t that noticeable, and every time I vacuum it does look cleaner. The maintenance is a bit high since I both rake and vacuum twice with each cleaning. A lot of the hair comes out and does get on your clothes if you sit directly on the rug, though this has become less of a problem with time.

  11. Hi Amy! I love your living room décor! Quick question, what paint color did you use in your living room?

  12. Hi Amy!

    Absolutely love your style; looking to get the marble top coffee table for our Scandinavian look in the living room. Have been trying to find a rug and have had no luck until seeing this one; where did you purchase this one from? We are looking for an 8×10 to fit our area. Thanks so much!

    Love your whole style here; so fresh and welcoming; keep up the great work!!

  13. I love your style! You are amazing! I have made so many (costly) shopping mistakes trying to decorate my home that it’s nice to hear that other people make mistakes too. Thanks for sharing!

  14. I love that rug and I actually just purchased it myself! In your photos the it looks ivory with black diamonds, but when i got the rug, it is brown. Is your black and ivory or brown and ivory out of curiosity?

  15. Absolutely love your space! I can’t really see the print above the chair in the corner? Is it mountains? Where is it from? I have been considering a couch from Article…is it comfortable/well made. Thanks!!!!

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