Brass coffee table, yay or nay?


Dear Jacqui,

I was both excited and relieved when I read your post featuring copper revival. I found a matching set of a coffee and side table on eBay this morning which I am intrigued by, but am not sure if we could make it work in the new apartment.


Is it too daggy? I think the glass will be ideal to make the space seem less cramped – it’s not going to be huge!

The space is painted with 1/4 dulux hog bristle walls and close to white ceiling. Carpet in a darker but similar tone to the walls.

In terms of other decisions to be made, I’m liking the idea of light and airy with wide birch venetians in the bedroom, a matching birch bed base. I think curtains in the lounge room don’t need to be super darkening, could get away with flowy white ones?

I realise there are a lot of things in this email and a lot of it is up in the air, the main question is about the viability of the tables though – they will go soon I bet! The place is basically a blank canvas, so any input you’d like to have is most welcome! I think that would excite you 😉

Many thanks,
Your loyal subscriber,


Jez this coffee table is not daggy at all, WHAT A FIND! Looking for similar coffee tables will cost your a fortune new. But, whether it will work in your new apartment will rely on a few styling factors. You are right, the glass top opens up the room where as a heavy wooden coffee table would feel clunky. I would suggest going bold with your couch, get a retro flavoured couch. I know freedom has some at the moment, or if you can try Matt Blatt. This will move your apartment style into a modernised 60’s look, which can be very fun! Think madmen, bright pops of colour, minimal clutter, strong lines and lots of curves. Add some plants, a nice rug, a floor lamp and one arm chair and your room will look fab.

Another way you could make this work, and maybe the safer option regarding the hog bristle colour, is to go down the ‘luxe look’ path. This look is high end. When picking your decorative accents, go for neutrals and pastels. Think, large plush couch, with soft cushions and throws adorning. A neatly stacked pile of books on the coffee table and a gold sculptural piece on top for some interest, with a vase of peonies next to them. A light beige to white cowhide on the floor would warm up the room. This definitely is the cosier option! This way it would tie in with the birch in the bedroom which is oh-so-hot-right-now! And definitely get soft white flowing curtains, not only will they look lush but will soften the harsh sunlight, but not completely block it out.

The way I see it, this coffee table is an absolute steal. I say buy it, work around it as a statement piece and when you get over it, a) give it to me and b) it’s not a big loss as it was only $150. Happy shopping!