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Hi Andrea,
I will be purchasing end and coffee tables along with a sofa and loveseat for a small livingroom. The room is cut off from any other and has wall to wall light beige carpeting. The walls are a very light beige. THere is a bay window with natural wood around it - a wall with a fireplace that has stone (greyish and beige) from the width of the fireplace up to the ceiling. THe walls next to the fireplace have about a foot of wall space, with a four shelf orangish pine bookcase on either side indented into the walls.
My husband and I both kind of fell in love with a set of white end tables and coffee table as well as tv stand. This was paired with a navy blue leather sofa and loveseat - along with Navy and brass lamps.
Can you tell me whether the tables will just blend into the walls and carpet, making for a very boring look, or should I try for tables made out of a wood with some coloring so that there will be some contrast.
Thank you so very much.
Sincerely,
Bobbie

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Maybe it is just in my house Bobbie but I never seem to see the top of a coffee table.

All I can ever see is:

On a bad day - dirty cups, homework, TV remotes, pens, hair slides and yesterday's newspaper.

On a good day - a lovely dish of fruit or sweets, a stylish coffee table book or a beautifully arranged vase of flowers.

My advice is, if you have seen tables you both love - get them.

If you really feel they look too plain then buy a beautiful dish or set of dishes to place on the top which will be shown off to great effect because of the plainness of the table.

http://www1.macys.com/catalog/product/index.ognc?ID=152340&PseudoCat=se-xx-xx-xx

A selection of glass dishes, each one filled with something different - oranges, shiny green apples, sweets in lovely wrappers etc. - lovely.

Kind regards

Andrea

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Andrea Elliston

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I am happy to answer questions regarding decorating, use of colour, soft furnishings ideas etc. I love quick and easy ideas that help people like me - short of time, money and sewing skills! I own and run the website Decorating Vacation Property for Profit

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I have been involved in the decoration and preparation of a number of vacation rental properties where making a property look a million dollars whilst only spending a few pounds is very important.

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I have had a number of articles printed and have been prolific on various vacation home owner forums. A lot of my ideas are featured on my website Decorating Vacation Property for Profit

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My whole career has been in the travel industry working everywhere from UK travel agencies and London Heathrow Airport to a 5 star European resort - La Manga Club. I have extensive experience with vacation rental property and own and run the website Decorating Vacation Property for Profit

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