I’m turning our attention to some perfect circles: coffee tables that boast elegant lines, innovative materials, versatility—and flawless curves. Whether made from sustainable wood, solid marble, or crystal-clear glass, a round coffee table makes a welcoming contemporary statement, softening the straight edges of a modern room. For occasional tables, see Top 10 Modern Side Tables. I may receive a small fee if any items are purchased.
Sustainable mango wood, hand-applied Indian craftsmanship, and refined Scandinavian sensibilities merge in the Mater Bowl Table, which boasts upturned edges and a deep form that keeps sundries nicely contained.
The aptly-name Array Table Series from Gus* serves up curves in two shapes—oval and round—and a taller side table that complements both. Metal base & laminate tops present a clean profile that blends nicely into any interior.
This modernist icon by Warren Platner remains ever glamorous, 50 years after its arrival. A base of slender metal rods and a round glass top create an unforgettable profile that never fails to command center stage.
Something of a contemporary classic already, Muuto's Around Table series defines circular logic—a suite of round tables in 3 sizes and heights that can be grouped or used solo. Great Danes, anyone?
Pure minimalism is illustrated in Plateau, a table series by Blu Dot in which a disc of polished Carrara marble sits on a powder coated steel column. Low-key, but rich with texture, Plateau is a flat-out winner.
A statement piece without being fussy, the Jacob Coffee Table has a striking solid form. It's drum-like shape features vertical wood slats and a generous surface area, and the dark finish adds an artful primitive touch to a modern space.
A composition of essential forms, the Affordances Table is an all-marble geometry lesson which, amazingly, has been designed to ship flat-packed. Interlocking pieces form a base that supports the rock-solid round marble top.
Who could resist a table that multi-tasks? A powder coated steel grid and a pair of walnut-finished plywood discs create a distinctive circular coffee table that stores books, magazines, and miscellaneous items in its airy framework.
Primitivism lives in the Turn Table suite by Blu Dot, fashioned from solid Acacia wood, and presenting a surface for food, drinks, laptop and books. Not too precious, this round table series only gets better with age and markings.
Designed to complement the distinctive Cherner Chair profile, this clean round table has classic Mid-Century appeal, its generous ply surface and exposed edges segueing into formal or informal settings without missing a beat.<script src="https://www.dwin2.com/pub.527981.min.js"></script>
The fabric portion of a lamp shade is actually made up of two separate pieces – the fabric itself and a plastic liner. The first step in this DIY project is to use your X-Acto knife to separate the fabric shade from the confines of the shade’s metal hoops. Take your X-Acto knife and lift up the fabric along the seam of the shade. Cut along the seam until it separates!
Now you’ll flip the shade and cut along the metal hoops. Cut all the way around until you’ve completely separated the fabric and the lining from the hoops. Depending on your lamp shade you might notice that some of the original fabric is still attached to the metal hoops. That’s OK! You’ll be covering up the old fabric in the next steps.
Next you’ll want to gently but firmly pull the fabric off of the plastic lining. Now throw that old fabric away! Doesn’t that feel good?
Lay your new fab fabric out on a smooth surface. Place the plastic lining on top of the fabric. Use your scissors to cut the appropriate length of the fabric. Make sure to give yourself about an inch of extra fabric to work with on the top and bottom of the lining. You’ll be folding the fabric over the lining, which means you’ll need some extra fabric to spare!
Use your handy dandy can of spray on adhesive to transform the plastic lining into a big ol’ piece of tape! Spray an even layer across the surface of the plastic lining. You won’t need too much adhesive – this stuff is seriously sticky.
Slowly spread the fabric along the sticky surface of the plastic lining. It’s best to work slowly so that you can avoid wrinkles, bubbles, and misalignment. If you work too fast you won’t be able to make any necessary minor adjustments along the way. Spread the fabric until it completely covers the plastic lining.
Remember how you originally cut the fabric shade off of the metal hoops in the first step? Now it’s time to do the exact opposite! Fold the extra fabric over the metal hoops. Use your hot glue gun to stick the fabric to the interior of the metal hoops. Work slowly and try not to touch the hot glue with your fingers! I’ve done it before and it’s not very fun. At all.
Let there be light! Your new lampshade is ready! Place it back on your lamp base and enjoy your new, one-of-a-kind lamp.
All the world’s a stage, said the Bard.
That includes your house. Which is for sale. And thus needs to look bee-yoo-tee-ful.
Staging entails hiring experts with a flair for interior design. They reimagine your living space and give your house a makeover (with temporary decor and furnishings) so that it gets “oohs” and “aahs” from the buying masses.
Great staging isn’t an insurance policy — there’s no guarantee it will bring in more money when you sell your home — but it’s an important marketing tool. It presents your house in a flattering light and helps you compete at a favorable price. (In that sense, staging is like dressing your house for the price you want, and not the price you have.)
Staging also leads to eye-catching listing photos, which are especially valuable given that most homebuyers begin their search by scrolling through listings online.
So, are you thinking about hiring stagers for your home? Here’s what to consider.
But you don’t have to take our word for it. A recent survey from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® revealed that:
Many listings agents offer staging services to clients as part of their services. If you want to use someone you find yourself, you typically will have to pay out of pocket.
Staging costs vary depending on where you live and how many rooms you’re staging. On average, home sellers pay between $302 and $1,358 for staging, according to HomeAdvisor.com. If your house is empty because you’ve already moved, you might also have additional expenses for renting furniture and other homey decorations to make it look lived-in.
Many stagers offer consultations for as low as $150, Fixr.com reports. Using the advice you learn during the consultation to try DIY staging may be your best option if you’re on a tight budget. Listen for tips on how to use the furniture and decor you already have to show off your home’s best assets.
Spoiler alert: No buyer wants to walk into a messy house.
So, take time to clean and declutter your home. Organize everyday household items into crates and keep them out of sight. Stow away seasonal decorations (that means no Christmas in July). Make time for — or invest in — a whole-house cleaning, including carpet shampooing. Change lightbulbs, finally make those minor repairs, and add a fresh coat of paint to any room that needs it. Clean out closet spaces — because buyers will want to check out the closets.
Also worth considering? Removing personal items from view, such as copious family photos, artwork, or religious keepsakes. The concern is not that home buyers will be offended by you or your lifestyle. The goal is to neutralize the space and help home buyers imagine themselves living there. (But don’t go overboard. You don’t want rooms to feel sterile, either.)
Yes, we did just tell you to clean out your closets. So where are you supposed to put all this stuff? If you don’t have a discrete place to tuck things away, consider renting a storage unit.
If your agent doesn’t offer staging services, he or she can likely recommend local stagers for you to work with. Before you hire a stager, it’s best to interview at least three candidates in person. You’ll want to get a sense of how much they charge — and whether they have good taste.
To do your due diligence, here are 10 questions to ask prospective stagers:
You don’t have to stage your whole house to make buyers swoon.
Staging the rooms where people tend to spend the most time usually makes the biggest impression on buyers. Start with the living room, followed by the master bedroom and the kitchen.
Keep in mind that you’re not going for an HGTV-worthy overhaul: Even small touches, like putting fluffy towels in the bathroom or replacing shabby throw pillows in the family room, can make your home that much more attractive.