Modern Coffee Table

Our living room finally got a very much needed update this weekend! Coffee tables make a huge difference in any living room and finding the right one to fit the style you’re going for can be hard. Like, comically-contemplating-for-months hard. I even took a poll on Instagram to ask for help narrowing down the different options.

Our previous coffee table was handed down to us from my grandmother. It’s a low cocktail table designed by Milo Baughman for Thayer Coggin. It’s large, heavy (the wood material looks like Oak but isn’t lightweight), perfect for game nights and it’s served as my coffee table for years, even before Dill and I got married. I’m sad to see it go, but it didn’t match anything in our house and it wasn’t the style we were going for.


I’ve hunted online for coffee tables for a couple years now and considered all kinds of styles. Initially, I thought about going with a dark wood table like this.

But I wanted to move away from wood and try something new. I’ve been wanting to add more modern metal pieces to our main living area. We have a couple metal lanterns near our fireplace, and our gold-rimmed tray. So, I ended up narrowing my coffee table options to the below.

The decision that really narrowed it down for me was the shape. We recently purchased a Kivik sectional from Ikea, which we LOVE but it really squares off our living room. After owning a large, square coffee table for years, I knew I wanted to branch out to a circular shape to open the space up a little.

Something else to consider was the material. Initially, I thought marble was what I wanted. But we already have a smaller marble side table and marble tray that we planned to use on our coffee table. Plus, true marble is much more expensive than faux and there aren’t a lot of great affordable faux options with positive reviews.

The Massa Coffee Table at Wayfair ended up having the best reviews, and also fit what I was going for. It ran more expensive than what we wanted to spend, but thankfully, we bought it on sale for about 50% (it’s still on sale, so check it out!). The white lacquer also had great reviews, which gave me hope that it wouldn’t look like a sheet of plastic.

When it arrived, I was ecstatic to see how nice it looked in person. The lacquer top is thick and heavy – not at all cheap like I worried. The white brightens everything up in a way I didn’t realize we needed. The size really uncluttered the space in our living room.


We’re so happy with how this purchase improved our living room and can’t wait to use it for years to come!


What do you think? What are some purchases you’ve made for your home that made a huge difference? Let me know in the comments!




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