Every chair needs a table where you can put a drink. We all know that right? It’s repeated in design books, shelter magazines and countless interviews with decorators. A beautiful room is nothing if it’s not also comfortable and nobody likes trying to balance their Pinot while they reach for the cheese plate. Am I right? It’s too much to handle.
I counted this morning, and we have no less than ten tables in our (not very big) living room. (If you’re curious that’s two end tables, a coffee table, a console table and six miscellaneous end tables… two are garden stools, one is a metal drum, two are woven stools and the third is an old drum with an agate coaster on top). I move them around when we have guests so that everyone has a place to put their drink. They’re lightweight and small so it’s effortless. It know ten tables sounds like a hoarding problem, but I would wager that most people hardly notice them. The tables are simply there doing their job and therefore we’re blissfully unaware of their presence.
They’re all fairly small so sometimes I even squeeze one in-between the coffee table and the sofa (like Mark Sike’s room below).
Conversely, at our lake house, it seems like the conspicuous lack of tables is almost always a topic of conversation. Somehow I have neglected to address this issue so there is a constant moving of two small tables, wine being put on the floor, spills, near misses and a lot of “We really should get some tables.”
In particular I’m quite fond of the tiny drink tables that are popping up more and more. They’re usually less than a foot in diameter so they don’t take up a lot of space and they’re easy to move around as needed. They also just carry that “je ne sais quoi” that tiny objects seem to embody. Phillip Mitchell used several at his Kips Bay show house this year and they were particularly charming.
Two nice examples of slightly bigger, but still easy to move drinks tables. They’re a great option for rooms with an ottoman instead of a coffee table.
Phillip Mitchell wasn’t the only one showing these tiny tables in Kips Bay 2018, Drake and Anderson also snuck this little guy into their room and if you ask me he stole the show.
One thing to note, these tiny tables are adorable but you might want to be mindful if you have toddlers (hello tipping hazard) or if your rug is really chunky and varies in texture. Our rug at the lake is a little bumpy so I might end up taking some of the garden stools from the city up there, and replacing the city tables with these smaller ones.