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Rattan and cane

Au naturel with retro rattan and classic cane

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Au naturel with retro rattan and classic cane

Not just reserved for outdoor furniture anymore, rattan and cane are having a big moment inside the home too. How fitting after spending so much time indoors this spring in our collective effort to flatten the curve. With the summer season upon us, why not blur the lines between indoor and outdoor living even more? The truth is, this “au naturel” trend had already taken shape pre-pandemic. Generally, we are gravitating towards natural materials that bring in the soul and elements from nature into our abodes. Cane and rattan are natural materials, which both derive from the rattan palm, a vine from Southeast Asia. When the rattan palm is processed, it splits into two parts: cane is the thin core reed, used in webbed patterns seen in furniture applications, such as the back of a chair; the larger rattan reed material is used to weave wicker furniture and basketry.

The rising use of cane and rattan in decor is also due to the ever-growing popularity of grand-millennial style adopted by some millennials, AKA the new traditionalists. Think chintz upholstery, tassels, needlepoint and in this case, furniture made from materials once reserved for your grandmother’s screened porch.

Trending or not, cane and rattan pieces make a statement without adding visual weight in a space. You can bring in the vintage weaves with a light fixture, storage unit, chair or decor item. The major appeal for us is the cool coastal beach vibe rattan and cane evoke, and who doesn’t want to add some sweet summertime favourites inside our homes all year long?

1 Geo PENDANT, $59.99; homesense.ca

2 Kash Woven PENDANT, $611; ethanallen.ca

3 Desert Sun MIRROR – Natural Cane, $299; westelm.ca

4 Nadia Cane CHAIR, $549; cb2.ca

5 Anthropologie Home Oval Rattan TRAY, $138; thebay.com

6 AERIN Cane BACKGAMMON SET, $3,472; elte.com

7 Boho Natural DAYBED with Pearl White Mattress Cover, $1,899; cb2.ca

8 West Natural Cane BAR CABINET from Leanne Ford collection, $3,099, crateandbarrel.ca

9 Spade Outdoor CHAIR, $199; MUST at Home Société

10 AERIN Ada Raffia COASTERS, set of 6, $132; elte.com

11 Poly Rattan BASKET from Glucksteinhome, $39.99; thebay.com

12 Natural Cane BASKET, starts at $116; eltemkt.com

13 Blake Carbon 2-Door CABINET, $2,099; crateandbarrel.ca


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Big Style, Small Spaces

Transform an empty space into something fabulous

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Transform an empty space into something fabulous

When I was tasked with designing the Kingsway Village Square suites, a stunning new eight-storey luxury rental building in Etobicoke by Dunpar Homes, I knew I wanted to optimize the square footage as much as I could.

Although the specific suites I was asked to design are some of the smaller ones in the building, that doesn’t mean I had to scrimp on style or functionality. In fact, with the right eye and employing smart strategies, I was able to transform each unit into something spectacular and spacious.

Whether you’re downsizing from a home into a suite, or you’re looking for inventive ways to transform an existing room or small space, these tips are some of my best-laid plans.

Paint your walls white

The effect of colour in a home can be huge, and it plays a big part in how you dress a small space. Just like fashion, it’s a rather simple rule of thumb: Lighter colours will make you or the room look more prominent, whereas darker colours will make you or the room appear smaller.

With the Kingsway Village Square units, I kept the main living areas a beautiful neutral white – my constant, go-to colour – to give the feeling of freshness, airiness, and space. If I were to paint those walls dark, say a navy blue or anything more saturated, you’d feel a bit crowded in, and that’s not going to help make the space feel roomy. Plus, that leaves very little room to switch things up in my decor: A white palette on the walls gives me the freedom and flexibility to change my furnishings around if I so desire. The same can’t be said if I have to work with a different colour.

If you are a fan of colour, don’t feel like you have to reject it entirely, either. Use it elsewhere in your home, such as a powder room or a bedroom. Both could work really well, especially as a feature wall, or use it in your artwork or soft finishes, such as pillows, throws, and blankets.

Don’t fight with your furniture

When I walk into a room, I want my eye to wander around the entire space and not get stuck on the particular furniture I have in the area. So I used legs on the furniture. Elte Markets, a more affordable sister brand of Elte, has some fantastic pieces this season, most of which I used to furnish the model suites at Kingsway Village Square. I wanted people to walk into the suite where your eye is tricked into seeing through and under everything, because every piece is propped by some legs. No furniture is flush and heavy on the floor, each is “lifted” to create good flow and harmony in each room. There’s no heavy, massive couch that dominates the living room and goes down to the floor with a skirt. No, thank you! Each of my bedside tables in the bedroom have legs, the chairs have legs, everything has legs. It’s a small trick, but one that I promise will yield the most significant impact. Your room will instantly feel larger because of it.

Keep your overall colour palette neutral, nix all those acccessories

Whether in the kitchen, dining room or bedroom, I always steer clear of too much clutter as well as too bold colour choices, unless I’m playing around with the soft furnishings. Again, the lighter you go, and the less stuff you have, the more open your room will feel. I’m not a minimalist by any means, but I do think there is something to be said for having a few, choice accessories in a room as opposed to bombarding it with every one of your favourite knick-knacks. My general rule of thumb is always, for every one thing you put out, put something away.

Keep calm and carry on

I wanted to keep the kitchen as neutral as possible so it could blend seamlessly into the overall design and feel of the space, so I removed all the hardware and handles from all the cabinets. I wanted lovely, clean lines and with handles. You don’t get that, all you get is busyness. To me, it doesn’t give the impression of an inviting space. Now, I’m no modernist, but there’s something about this look that inspires the exact feeling I want: Calmness.

The same sentiment applies for the bedroom: I opted for mesh roller blinds (you could go either white or black) because the fabrication is very effervescent. They frame and balance the room well, so it isn’t too busy, and your eye isn’t drawn to fussy curtains. The black-bronze curtain rods and silver grommets help to keep the look elegant, while also not weighing down the space.

Pump up your colour with soft finishes and furnishings

For bigger pieces, whether it is a couch, bed frame or dining table, I work with lighter fabrics and lighter shades. However, one area I do play with colour is in my soft finishes and furnishings, such as artwork, duvet covers, pillows, throw blankets, accessories, and even big coffee table books. This is where you can have some fun, and it also doesn’t cost a lot. If the mood strikes where I want to switch up my space, I can do it with my soft furnishings quite easily. Williams Sonoma, IKEA, and Pottery Barn all have beautiful selections.

Lisa Rogers is the exclusive interior designer for Dunpar Homes.

Lisa has shared her style and design expertise on popular television programs, such as Canadian Living TV, House & Home TV and The Shopping Channel.

Lisa is one of the most familiar faces on CityTV’s Cityline as a regular guest expert for fashion and image, health and wellness and interior design.


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Big Style, Small Spaces: Book Worm

Big Style, Small Spaces: Book Worm

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Big Style, Small Spaces: Book Worm

by Lisa Rogers

Books aren’t only a treasure to read, but also to hold and display

Whoever said anything about books being obsolete hasn’t met an interior designer! Because, to us, books aren’t only a treasure to read, but also to hold and display – on your shelves and coffee table. They add weight and layers to a room, and the sense that the space has been lived in and curated by someone who cares.

I love going to the bookstore and browsing through the coffee table books – about gardening, interior design, cooking, fashion and photography. There’s nothing quite like a gorgeous coffee table book for inspiration. Browsing interiors or gardens online doesn’t compare – you can’t sit on the sofa in front of the fire, a cup of tea at hand and with the computer in your lap in quite the same way as a big fat book.

Online images are all over the place, whereas a book has a set focus and the settings and photos are related to that focus. You can be transported to exotic places you otherwise wouldn’t get to see. Vogue Living: Homes, Gardens, People, for example, is full of lavish interiors culled from the past several years of celebrity homes.

Art books are wonderful coffee table books. My new favourite is the one I got from David Hockney’s latest exhibit at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art last fall. Fashion is another passion of mine – I love anything shot by Richard Avedon, arguably the greatest fashion photographer of the 20th century, and the 2015 book pulling together his collection of Dior photographs is another favourite.

The books are timeless; Tom Ford’s book of fashion — simply named Tom Ford — was published in 2008, the Chanel Collections came out in 2007, and Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty was available in 2011, all of them still bestsellers. I never get tired of going through my coffee table books. If I’m starting a project, I’ll spend an hour or so flipping through and will inevitably see something I want to incorporate.

Gardening books take you to places you’d never get in to see, like secret parterre gardens in England or France, courtyards in Venice, vast expanses of flowers in The Netherlands.

Whatever your passion happens to be – horses, dogs, needlework, fashion jewellery, 11th- century Japanese porcelain — invest in some large books with beautiful photos and captivating text and put them out for the world to see.

Books aren’t just about beautiful pictures; they also help you understand something, whether that is the balance and symmetry of a garden or an interior design, or how the various flavours co-exist in a wonderful recipe. When I want to do gardening, I will pick up a gardening book because I want to know how to create a garden, what temperature the plants thrive in, the kind of soil, and so on.

Books also work well as an integral part of your interior decor – heavy ones on their side on the bookshelf, or coffee table, or on the console. I switch them up every week or so, depending on the season and my mood and love how the covers are so eye catching.

I even display cookbooks on the kitchen island, the kitchen table, sometimes with a vase of fresh flowers on top. I like to have them accessible and within reach for the recipe I might need. But they’re also handy for keeping friends occupied while you’re preparing food.

The only thing with cookbooks is they’re a genre of their own and don’t translate as well into lusciousphotography in the same way as design or gardening. But they have a unique collectible quality as social and historical documentation. I have a few cookbooks that were my great grandmother’s, passed down to my grandmother, my mother and now me. I still make the shortbread recipe at Christmas that my great-granny made.

My all-time favourite cookbooks are my mom’s Joy Of Cooking, the Silver Spoon series, all of Julia Child’s books, and the Gourmet cookbook, a classic collection that required sifting through 50,000 recipes by editor Ruth Reichel and her staff. My latest favourite is the one I picked up last summer while taking the Tuscookany gourmet cooking school in Tuscany.

It’s a wonderful thing to hand these down generationally – your kids might not want your china, crystal or furniture, but they love the cookbooks that yielded their food, because food and memories are all intertwined. I love to make something that I remember my mother making, which I now know my grandmother made and her mother before her. Every time I pick up the book I think of those women, a constant reminder and a thread through the family.

These books make great gifts, especially for thard-to-buy for friends and family. As long as they have a passion, there’s a book to satisfy it, which they can read, look at and display on the coffee table.

Where to find them? I’m reluctant to provide a list of must-have design books because I love so many of them and it’s such a personal choice. Since it’s always best to flip through them before buying, head to the biggest Chapters or Indigo you know because they’ll have the most extensive collection. Also, Elte Market has some beautiful coffee table books for sale. Check out publishers’ websites, especially the high-end houses like Rizzoli, Taschen or Vendome Press, because their books are excellent quality, even if a little pricey.

See what books your friends have. I visited my sister in New York recently and she had some gorgeous new books out so when I returned to Toronto I ordered them directly through Vendome Press – The Haute Bohemians; Out East: Houses and Gardens in the Hamptons; Life at the Top, a look at the rooftops of New York City, The Art of Celebrating by David Monn (about dinner parties in places like the White House) and A House in the Country.

I’ll be in reading material for quite a while.

Lisa Rogers is the exclusive interior designer for Dunpar Homes (DunparHomes.com).

Lisa has shared her style and design expertise on popular television programs, such as Canadian Living TV, House & Home TV and The Shopping Channel.

Lisa is one of the most familiar faces on CityTV’s Cityline as a regular guest expert for fashion and image, health and wellness and interior design.


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Home Finds: Make Room for Style

HOME FINDS: TREND WATCH: Make Room for Style

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HOME FINDS: TREND WATCH: Make Room for Style

by Silvana Longo

The style tips of small-space decorating aren’t all about practicing restraint. The trick is to know when to go big and inject major style in tight quarters …

photography courtesy of HomeSense
photography courtesy of HomeSense

“Small-space living calls for multi-functional furniture,” says Tamara Robbins Griffith, HomeSense Design Expert. “A chic sofa-bed is a smart solution when it comes to overnight guests. A desk and occasional chair in the living room do double duty as extra seating and surface area for entertaining.”

Mid-Century Style SOFA BED, $399.99
Lacquered Tripod COFFEE TABLES, $79.99 and $129.99
Modern DINING CHAIR, $99.99

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All Tucked In

When you live in a small space, you need to be clever. That’s probably why you’re looking at this bed frame with 4 spacious drawers. The BRIMNES series has several heroes that help you save space.

BRIMNES HEADBOARD in Black, $479

ikea.ca

Mastering Multi-Functional

This modern coffee table is pure functionality wrapped in great design. Hide your remotes, your magazines, your chargers and cables in the heart of the Chiva coffee table, with its integrated storage. Or raise the slim tabletop to create the perfect height for afternoon tea.

Chiva COFFEE TABLE, available in white lacquer, oak, walnut and espresso finishes, starts at $1,589, two sizes available

boconcept.com

It’s Lit

— Sil’s Pick —

Swing-arm lighting is a must-have in a small space.

Taking cues from the industrial age of the turn-of-century, this light fixture boasts simple details and ample looks to boot. With its useful extendable arm and elegant pared-down shade, this task lamp is perfectly suited for a bedroom or living room setting.

GARDEN CITY from Hudson Valley Lighting; for pricing contact Royal Lighting

Sleek and minimalist on the outside, Fairport conceals a few splendid surprises, like a full-range dimmer switch, plus a gentle swing-arm makes it an ideal bedside reading lamp.

FAIRPORT from Hudson Valley Lighting; for pricing contact Universal Lamp

Add visual interest with a cool geometric wall sconce. Clear, frosted glass in a hexagon shape with brass finished hardware.

Hex Geometric WALL SCONCE, $199

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A little LUXURY goes a long way

Victoria + Albert adds a compact bathtub, which features a simple, sleek design, perfect for modern and contemporary bathrooms. The tub is deep and double-ended and comfortably holds one or two people. It measures 21-5/8″ in length, making it a perfect option for both urban condos or family bathrooms.

Vetralla BATHTUB, for pricing and Toronto locations

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Curves Ahead

Soften those hard edges by adding seating with contemporary curves mixed with tufting, giving this mid-century-inspired sofa a casual, yet sophisticated look. Composed of solid hardwood, synthetic webbing, and high resiliency foam for form and function that lasts.

Marnie SOFA, $1,395

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Window Dressing

Alendel DRAPES, Echo collection shown in Feather, for pricing contact Alendel Fabrics.

Small Space Tip: Hang them high and keep them light to maximize the light

Artistic Reflections

With pared-down, linear forms and signaturecrossed corners, this brass-clad mirror evokes the esthetic of the Arts and Crafts movement, circa 1900. The frame is tightly wrapped in brass with handwork that creates a striated effect and gives each piece distinct textural and tonal richness.

Ribbed Cross-Corner MIRROR, from $596

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All About the Base

A ground-floor opportunity to making a big impact in a small space—choose a large-sized area rug in a vibrant colour or a bold pattern (or both!) to make the room feel larger and to add some cosy comfort underfoot.

From Left to Right: Cibreo Light Blue/Silver AREA RUG: Starts at $1,165; eltemkt. com, Silk Orchid P55 Yellow AREA RUG: starts at $8,585, elte.com, Han Solo Grey/Grey AREA RUG, $9,995, elte.com.

Bar is Open

This cool storage cabinet can double as a bar with this beautiful tile-top surface. Shelves inside can be moved depending on where you need them to be.

Porto MINIBAR & STORAGE CABINET: $1,699

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— Em’s Pick —

Emilie Simpson
Emilie Simpson

Tactile Texture

Pure Australian merino wool lends chunky texture and indulgent softness to this exquisitely woven pillow cover. Artisans hand-weave thick yarns into an array of subtle patterns, highlighting the character-rich variations that make each pillow cover unique. Rustic yet contemporary, the collection is a distinctive alchemy of modern form and enduring comfort.

Textured Merino Wool PILLOW COVER, grey, from $149

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Stow in Style

Organize, stow and conceal with this handwoven, graphic printed basket made in Senegal.

Oversized Graphic Woven BASKET, $224

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Off The Wall

When it comes to wallcoverings in a small space, we talked to the experts, and the resounding consensus is to GO BIG.

Local wallpaper connoisseur, Maria Raco, founder of luxury designer wallpaper showroom in Toronto, NewWall House says: It seems to be a common belief that large patterns in tiny spaces tend to overwhelm a room and make it appear even smaller, when in fact, applying a wallcovering with a big, bold pattern actually energizes a tiny space.

The latest collections from NewWall House

We crossed the pond and spoke with U.K. Murals Wallpaper head of design, Catherine Jacob, and she recommends these eye-catching murals for small spaces:

muralswallpaper.co.uk

BLUE AND WHITE GRUNGE WATERCOLOUR The punches of blue and white tones in the mural, mixed with the different textures, give any wall more impact, regardless of scale. The design also acts as an optical illusion, in that it hides the corners of the room, and conceals where the wall starts and end.
JACOBSEN The large geometric shapes of the Jacobsen design work well in smaller rooms. Due to the oversize patterns, in particular the halved-circle shapes, the design outscales the wall, making it feel loftier. The mural is best styled with minimalist furniture, which allows the pattern to take centre stage.
Raco provides some helpful hints on How to pull off these large-scale patterms in a tiny abode:

  • Apply the pattern on all four walls as opposed to just a feature wall. This consistency will give the illusion of the space expanding in size.
  • If you prefer the room to have a more calming effect, choose soft colours instead.
  • Opt for texture if committing to a (big) pattern is too challenging.

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HOME FINDS: True Blue

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HOME FINDS: True Blue

by Silvana Longo

Decor has some serious blues lately…from the depths of navy to soothing sky blue, and every shade in between, every hue evokes a different mood. Take a dip into this ocean of blue, and we dare you to pick just one…we couldn’t either!


As we head into fall, introduce new and unexpected colours into your space. Try this slightly smokey, warm palette that combines new colour combinations for the season, such as copper and blue.

Artist’s Palette TENCEL DUVET COVER & SHAMS from $40 to $209

Gramercy COVERLET & SHAMS from $55 to $279

Coziest THROW, $53

Enamel SIDE TABLE, $279

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1) Peking COCKTAIL TABLE $1,750US; jonathanadler.com 2) Thistle Century PAINT, $125 per gallon; benjaminmoore.com 3) Stoneridge Melamine DINNER PLATES, set of 4, $41.56; williams-sonoma.ca 4) Mrs Godfrey SETTEE, $2,295US; jonathanadler.com 5) Jacquard Velvet Destressed PILLOW COVER, regal blue, $62.36; westelm.com 6) Silo OTTOMAN, ink, $185; eltemkt.com 7) Rustic Pure VASES, $62.36; westelm.com 8) Versailles Buffet LAMP with painted shade $450US; jonathanadler.com



BRIGHT ON

1) 5-Speed HAND MIXER, $36.96; williams-sonoma.ca 2) Enameled COLANDER, $34.95; williams-sonoma.ca 3) T-LITE HOLDER blue glass 3″ x 3″ & 3″ x 2″, $3 each; cobistyle.com 4) Thea LOUNGE CHAIR, $1,045; eltemkt.com 5) Anna’s Palette 5-piece PLATE SETTING, $368US; anthropologie.com


 

6) 2nd Life Blue RUG, $3,795; elte.com 7) Mini Latte BOWL SET, $12US; anthropologie.com 8) Blue Flower Mosaic TRAY, $89.95; pier1.com 9) cobistyle Bangle Beaded Glass VASE, $55; thebay.com 10) Ocean LOUNGE CHAIR by Ethimo $587, VAT not included; bloomfurniturestudio.com



BEACHY CHIC

1) Raised Honeycomb Panel Glassware, PITCHER, $35.90; zarahome.com 2) Drops WALLPAPER, $134 per roll + VAT per square metre. To order and for shipping information, info@wallpepper.it 3) Aqua Abstract PAINTING, $60; MelissaMaryJenkins.etsy.com 4) Kate Spade New York Whistling TEA KETTLE, $70; thebay.com 5) Kate Spade NY Cross Pointe Sports CLOCK, $55; thebay.com



 

6) Sculptural Glass LIGHTING, starts $128.61; westelm.com 7) Shell CHAIR, Orlandini Design, price available upon request; theartshoppe.com 8) Cendree Century PAINT, $125 per gallon; benjaminmoore.com 9) Disegno Botanico WALLPAPER, Atelier Collection, $195 per roll (11 yards x 27.5″ w); newwall.com 10) Raised Stoneware BOWL, $25.90; zarahome.com



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Trend Watch: Marble Mix

Trend Watch: Marble Mix

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Trend Watch: Marble Mix

by Silvana Longo

Marble is a luxurious, timeless stone usually seen gracing the surfaces of bathrooms and kitchens…So coveted, in the past few years I have watched this classic material, real or faux, extend its scope from the countertop and floor to smaller decor and accent pieces throughout the home. But it doesn’t travel alone; marble pairs up with gleaming metallics, warming up the traditionally lux, albeit cool material, with this perfect marble mix. From accent tables to wallpaper, this style story of two becoming one lends sophistication and interest to everyday pieces.

Marbled Metallic Wallpaper roll: 27’l, 27″w, $118US

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Marble Wall Clock $50

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Oneda Coffee Table $825

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Marble & Rose Gold Ring Dish $20

wanderandroamstudios.etsy.com

Palazzo Marbleized Planter $18.95 (small) and $44.95 (large)

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Winding Course Table Lamp $248US

anthropologie.com

Selene Square Marble & Brass Knob $12.95

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Palm Container $135

gingers.com

Gold Leaf Marble Accent Table; 15.25″ dia x 24.25″h; $500

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Trend Watch: A Side Order of Side Tables

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Trend Watch: A Side Order of Side Tables

by Silvana Longo

A small (or big) space essential, the side table is a must-have in practically every room of the house. And besides the appeal of their diminutive size, they pack a punch of personality — sometimes the smallest pieces make the biggest statement.

Gold Side Table, $350

CobiStyle.com

Jersey Side Table, $349

BoConcept.com

Bird Basket Side Table, $129

cb2.com

Peggy Side Table, $79

EQ3.com

PS 2017 Side Table/Stool, $79

Ikea.com

Knot Side Table, $199

cb2.com

Zoro Side Table, Small $775, Large $1,175

Elte.com

Median End Table, $595

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Orly Accent Table, $278

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