Design decisions can be so overwhelming, sometimes you wish someone would just tell you which choice is the best one. This new series on Around the Houses does exactly that.
Each post will feature a different design dilemma. I will tirelessly research the options available. I’ll weigh up pros and cons of front runners, before arriving at a decision on very best of what’s available: The One.
While obviously this choice will be personal to me and my home, perhaps one of the options I feature will be the one for you too. If not, I hope at least to give you some ideas about how to approach your own design dilemmas. Or even simply a mildly interesting insight into the ramblings of an indecisive interiors addict’s mind.
This week I’m focusing on marble coffee tables. I’ve been hankering after one of these for the longest time. Although marble is trending currently, it truly is a timeless look. We have an original Victorian Carrera (the white with grey veins one) fireplace in our bedroom. So marble feels like an authentic choice for our home.
Currently I have a vintage 1960s wood veneer table in my living room. It’s another piece that’s been in the family since my parents were gifted it for their first home. As much as I love it, it just isn’t working for me. With the dark brown walls (Farrow and Ball London Clay) and the dark wood Victorian piano an imposing present in the relatively small space, I think the scheme would benefit from a lighter accent. (There’s no question that I will be getting rid of it incidentally. Mum, any space left in your attic please?!)
A serious trawl of the interwebs confirms that stylish marble offerings abound. This might be pretty but it won’t be easy. After some ruthless whittling down, here are the runners and riders.
Dwell, £399 (above)
Effortlessly cool with simple clean lines, this comes close to perfect. But its chrome frame has an industrial vibe that is inconsistent with the rest of my living room scheme. I’m all for eclectic, but this would jar.
Swoon Editions, £319 (above)
Now this is more like it. Same selling points as the Dwell one but its gold frame ups the luxe factor and would pick up on the warm metallics already in my scheme. I’m not sold yet though. Now I’ve seen so many of this box shaped frame that I’m thinking it’s a bit trend led. Trend led = likely to date quickly. This coffee table purchase is an investment piece for me. I need something less identifiably 2016.
Atkin and Thyme, £349 (above)
Now this I love. This beauty would be at home in any style of interior, suiting my living room perfectly with its mish mash of contemporary and more classic design elements. And its much more unique design ups the odds of longer term appeal. It’s perfect. Yet I’m still not clicking “add to basket”. Why not? Because now that I’ve found the rectangular coffee table, I’ve realised I want a round or oval one instead. Bear with me. The best decisions are a process.
Oliver Bonas, £375 (above)
This is coooool. The bamboo design would add funkiness to a room with a tropical vibe, without losing the sophistication points of the marble. But will I still think bamboo is cool in 5 years? I’m doubting it.
Furnish, £735 (above)
Perfect. No hang on. That price tag rules it out. Darn.
Graham and Green, £275 (Above) (Note: I’ve seen this cheaper else where but not currently in stock)
Ok, here we go. Round? Check. Stunning gold frame? Check. Unusual design which won’t quickly date? Check. Could it be….? Yes. Readers, this is The One! Phew.
Do you find it difficult to narrow down design choices to The One too? What are your current design dilemmas? Please let me know and perhaps I can feature them in a future post.
PS I haven’t actually bought the table yet. Don’t rush me!
(Small print: I reserve the right to change my mind. Repeatedly.)
PPS I’m off on holiday tomorrow with Mark and the boys for two lovely weeks in the Alps. So I won’t be posting for a wee while. See you when I’m back. Fiona x