Daily Archives: April 27, 2013

admiring: hex tables

I have hexagons on the brain today – but for an entirely different reason than this.  (More on that later.)  I’m also thinking about the dining room now, and as we shift things around in the house we are trying to make some decisions on final furniture placements.  Right now the living room is overstuffed with furniture.  We have a large wardrobe in there that we plan to move around the corner to the dining room – it’s a large and bulky piece – I don’t hate it but I’m not super in love with it either.  However – with no closets on the first floor it is a necessity.
We also have a beautiful walnut console table and coffee table that I love but that are also too big for the space.  The living room furniture sits about four inches away from the coffee table so you have to straddle it to sit down so it’s just not going to work in the space.  Our living room is a tough little noodle since it’s also the entry hall and you have a regularly traveled path diagonally through it.  The furniture has to float in the room – none of it is anchored to the walls.  I love the way that it looks in there, but it really limits the size / amount of furniture that looks good in there.  There’s just not visual (or actual) space for furniture in both the center and along the walls.
Now that we’ve used the space more we’re starting to figure out just what would work for us in there.  We do play games a lot – so it would be nice to have a coffee table to do that.  The current table has such a big diameter that you can’t reach across to the other side, so you have to kind of play in one little area and sit on the floor to do it.
We don’t eat in the room – but it would be nice to have a place to put a cup of coffee or drinks when we have friends over, so a side table would be nice.  
And flexibility would be really great – we find that we shift things around quite a bit in here depending on what we are doing.  (Another reason to limit the amount of furniture.)  When the girls pull out dress up clothes we slide the chairs out of the way and try to move the current coffee table over to give them room to spread out.  Having this kind of flexibility is important because we don’t have a playroom in the house – and their bedrooms are really, really far away from the living spaces.
So maybe it was all these things floating around in my brain that made me take notice when I saw this image in an email from West Elm.   These marble tables look so amazing in that space – 
 
and I love how they can be clustered together to create a coffee table space in the center of the room – but also how they could easily be broken apart into smaller tables for other uses – to pull up to the couch for a coffee cup, 
or to prop some feet on while reading.  (That’s F’s favorite reading position.)  So I’ll be keeping these guys in mind as we start to get our act together on this floor.  Time to move on to those other hexagons I was talking about…