Major disclaimer: Solving this dilemma will not solve any of the real dilemmas facing Australia today like homelessness, our failure to encourage renewable energy investment, the division between rich and poor or our obsession with footballers and swimmers.
But to me, it is still a dilemma.
Everyone has something they will never have in their home. Mostly, that thing will be in the nature of finishes: marble is a common dislike, as are certain kinds of tiles or other flooring like cork or parquetry. Or maybe mahogany furniture is not permitted to cross the threshold.
For me, it is coffee tables. Or should I say, for my husband it is coffee tables. He loathes them. He won't have any in the house. Ever. Under any circumstances. He says that they are Always Ugly. in fact, there is no coffee table I can show him which he will like.
This is kind of an issue for me. I would really like a coffee table in one of our sitting rooms. After all, they really draw a space together. On the other hand, they have lethal corners just ready to cut a little running and falling head.
In building my case for a coffee table I collected images of ones I like, and I find that they (and in fact the rooms they are in) all have similarities:
They are either glassy and wrought iron:
Or acrylic or lucite:
Or a low interesting wood texture:
And look at this divine oval thingy:
So, this is my idea.
Who amongst us hasn't said, in response to a question from spouse\partner\accomplice 'Is that new?' about a [insert new item of absurdly unnecessary clothing]: "What? This old thing? I have had it for years.'
What about a coffee table which is barely noticeable? Something see through. If I secrete it away, by the time it is noticed I will be able to honestly say I have had it forever and it will be too late to trash.
I am sure that lucite is as yesterday as Tuesday, but I still rather like them.
So, my question is - is this a good plan or a bad one? Do I live with the no coffee table ban for ever? Or find a dasterdly way to get around it?
(Images: (1) Gunkelman Flesher (2) (10) Angie Hranowsky (3) Nina Vintage Files @ wordpress (4) Decorpad (5) (6) (7) DecorPad (8) Elle Decor (9) Apartment Therapy (11) Vogue Living Australia)