Our New Sectional Sofa & Coffee Table Decisions…

new sofa sectional, barclay butera pillows

Our new sectional sofa finally arrived over the weekend {YAY!} and we are so excited to finally have a new and comfortable couch after living with one lacking that most important element, for the last 8 years. However, the squared angle of it has given me new challenges to work with in this very long room. And while I would have LOVED the ivory/white version of this sofa we sat on in the showroom at Pampa in Sherman Oaks back in November, the dread that would have come over my being every time a human or animal got near it would have sent me over the edge in the sanity department, so we opted for a very dark charcoal color {called Onyx} which is reading a little blue and we are loving it. He for lounging reasons and me for visual reasons {well, and lounging too}.

I’d already decided that beyond the very neutral tones I was going with in this room, blue would be my color pop {see my inspiration board & color palette for this space here} and since I was a bit too chicken to actually buy a blue couch, the fact that this very gray couch reads blue, makes me very happy. I’ve used my two Barclay Butera pillows from our old master bedroom, along with many of the other blue and white porcelain vases and decor in the kitchen, but since the new sofa is so deep {and EXTREMELY COMFORTABLE} it needs a few more pillows for those moments when you don’t want to cozy up and fall asleep on it. But in the mean time, I now am in need of a coffee table, and so happy to be able to use one in a living space since we really haven’t been able to -ever.

I originally saw a great table at Pampa {where we bought the sofa} which had a mix of dark and light wood that I though would tie in our walnut kitchen and very dark dining room table. But it was also very modern and I wasn’t quite sure if I was ready to commit to a modern look when I had so many other option available to me. I was also quite set on a square table thinking it was the only shape that would fit the area right, but I’m open to any now, even a long narrower shape that I can add a few small floor cushions or ottomans around.

Our old sectional was too small for the space and with the chaise on the kitchen-side, closed off the area. I’m very happy the new sectional faces the open kitchen and dining room because it really lends itself to a nice communal area.

before and after design

room design

* Photos never really capture the space, unfortunately. I’m going to have to work on that.

Here’s what still needs to be done…

rustic modern traditional dark sectional sofa

While the husband is looking for a cushy-top coffee table to get his ultimate lounge on, I’d like to be able to style said table with books and knick knacks, and also be able to set beverages on it. I’ve found a few with both options available for the perfect compromise, though I’m not as fond of the overall design of them. My favorites are in the “rustic” category actually, and the last in that group keeps calling my name, though it is wildly expensive and not in the warm woodsy tones I thought would really tie in the other brown woods in the room. I also am planning on changing out the rug. I have a great multicolored/brown tone cow hide my stepdad so generously gave me {or maybe I’m just borrowing it until he wants it back} but either way, I love it and it would look gorgeous under that area. It’s in my office right now and I’m not sure I want to part with it for the living space. I’m also thinking that if anything spills on it, I won’t be a happy camper and the odds of spills are far more likely in the living room, under the coffee table rather than in the sitting area of my office. Decisions, decisions. However, if I go with a lighter/grayer toned table/ottoman, I will need to somehow bring some browns in the rug and pillow and/or floor cushion department. Blah, blah, bla…

So here are the tables that are in the running… {with links to buy below, if you’re looking}

Rustic Coffee Tables…

rustic coffee tables
1. Uttermost Cashlin Coffee Table $763.40
2. Emma Ottoman $298.95 {here’s a Joss and Main invite if you need it}
3. angelo:HOME Bowery Coffee Table $209.98
4. William Sheppee Saal Coffee Table $372
5. Brownstone Furniture Lorraine Coffee Table $1805.50 {I really love this one}

NOT SHOWN, but love: Restoration Hardware Mercer Metal round coffee table $695

Conversational & Interestingly Shaped Coffee Tables…

conversational and interestingly shaped coffee tables
1. Oggetti Showtime Coffee Table $2904
2. maple slab coffee table $3800
3. Horchow Ambella Chivington Coffee Table $2,329.00
4. maple flare coffee table $6500 {photo via Apartment Therapy
5. Warren Platner coffee table $1421 {new} {There’s a Vintage Warren Platner Coffee Table Mid Century available now on ebay for $1575, fyi}

*NOT SHOWN, but great: currey & co montauk square coffee table $1461

Modern/Square/Functional Coffee Tables…

modern/square coffee tables
1. Corbett Linen Coffee Table Storage Ottoman $299.98
2. My photo of the table I originally wanted at Pampa in Sherman Oaks
3. Sonax CT-3328 Woodland Coffee Table in Ebony Pecan $199.99
4. Riverside Furniture Castlewood Coffee Table $450
5. Interlude Home Yuko Coffee Table $748

* You can see the entire Great room living space without furniture here
* Sofa complaints & rants from 2009


LA native & lifestyle blogger Maegan Tintari writes daily at ...love Maegan.com sharing beauty & style secrets, including fashion DIYs, how-to nail art manicures, hair tutorials, recipes & home decorating ideas, as well as a look into her personal life, her journey & battle with infertility & recent relocation to the mountains by a lake in search of a better life with her adorable French Bulldog brothers, Trevor and Randy.


  • Anonymous

    January 8, 2013 |

    Been following your blog for years and I don’t think I’ve ever commented on a post, but I thought you might enjoy this artist’s work as you search for a coffee table: http://www.etsy.com/shop/IndustrialRemains. I have a couple of his pieces and I know he’ll do some custom work and every piece is unique and incredible. Just sharing 🙂 Thanks for sharing your world with us over the years!

  • Heather Carson

    January 8, 2013 |

    def think you should go with the rustic coffee table look!

    – heather
    This Life Is Yours Blog

  • Erika @ ~TiptoeButterfly~

    January 8, 2013 |

    love the sectional – i have an over sized white leather one that i adore – i love ur space – u can do so much with it – i WISH i had that much livingroom space!

  • Trissta {Living on the Chic}

    January 8, 2013 |

    Hmmm… I would say that there are definitely a few options for you to go with. My choice, and what would go great with the architecture already in the house and the location of the house, would be one of the slab coffee tables or one of the more modern rustic-ish ones. I’m also a huge fan of the tufted ones. I think that if done the right way, they would fit perfectly.

  • Kim

    January 8, 2013 |

    Hello sectional of my dreams! I personally think the Brownstone Lorraine coffee table is fantastic. A great mix of soft and rustic!

  • Mawiyah

    January 8, 2013 |

    I have no idea what you should do – but I do know that your house looks quite cozy – congrats 🙂

  • Anh Nguyen

    January 8, 2013 |

    i think the rustic or tree stump coffee table styles would look great in that space. it’s looking good in there!

  • thankfifi

    January 8, 2013 |

    love that new sofa – and the colour is perfect. I think in such a big space the darker colour is better.

    I might be able to help with finding you some more blue and white cushions – check these ones from bluebellgray out and let me know if you like them –
    I work there so drop me an email if I can help you out with some of them.x

    ♥ Thankfifi

  • inspirationlush.com

    January 8, 2013 |

    I have been wanted a new couch for so long now! That one looks so comfy! Thanks for sharing 🙂




  • Rhe Christine

    January 8, 2013 |

    i have to agree, that brownstone one is pretty neat, and it looks like it might satisfy everyone’s desires, but I also am loving that very top one. very cool.

  • Keisha

    January 9, 2013 |

    I agree with Kim. The Brownstone Lorraine coffee table was the first thing that caught my eye to complement the sofa.

  • Sara

    January 9, 2013 |

    I’ve had regular coffee tables and “fluffier” ones, the fluffier ones are much nicer for propping your feet on. You could always get a tray to put on a tufted table, that would give you a flat space for knick knacks, drinks, etc. and it can be easily moved when you need space to kick your feet up.

  • Adiel Cloud

    January 9, 2013 |

    I love where this space is going! I personally like the more modern tables, but all of your picks are pretty fantastic!

  • A.Co

    January 9, 2013 |

    I just loving coming here and ‘catching up with you’ (not as creepy as that sounds, I promise :-\ lol).

    Tough call on the coffee tables, such a personal choice. Love the new sectional! Looks comf annnnd good call on the onyx colour; white-ish would have been a mini heart attack in a box frequently, I’m sure (despite being so sooo nice).

  • Jennifer

    January 10, 2013 |

    Love the first coffee table option!

    xo Jennifer


  • Jessica @ Here(and)Now

    January 11, 2013 |

    Oooh I want to get my lounge on in that couch toooo! So pretty! My ottoman dream for that space… oversized tufted ottoman with 1 or 2 lacquered trays for styling and setting beverages!
    Happy Shopping!

  • Nicole

    March 9, 2014 |

    I love your sectional sofa, and those rustic coffee table are mesmerizing

  • Kati

    June 19, 2014 |

    Where is your new couch from?

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