Sometimes you have to touch and knock a piece of furniture to check if it is real wood and not just some factory-made composite. Well, not with these pieces. You can tell they're wood because you can see the grain and the natural shape of the wood--sometimes even the bark. What do you think of these tables, which look like cross-sections of a tree trunk or a slice of tree? Do you love their organic, natural untamed look or do you think they reek of faux rustic ski lodge?
There are some that just look sort of silly, like something out of a fairy kingdom with crystals and elves. In each of these rooms, however, the richly colored and natural curves nicely contrast or complement the rest of the more polished and stylized decor. The tables work precisely because the rooms are far from faux rustic overkill.
• 1 A room decorated by Kelly Behun via Desire to Inspire. This is the room that inspired my post. What a fantastic space! In a room full of geometric patterns and sleek modern furniture, the wood coffee table is an inspired and daring choice that works wonderfully! It gives a bit of fun and a bit of chaos to a room that is otherwise so perfectly crafted and symmetric.
• 2 Ted Tuttle's living room in Elle Decor. This room is so polished and fresh that the wood stools don't look too rustic or cutesy.
• 3 Creamy Life. Love this functional but softly hued coffee table.
• 4 Four Walls and a Roof. Here is an example of how a raw wood table can really work without looking too hippie dippie or 70s cheesy. The huge house plant and the subtle green sofa blend so naturally with the golden wood throughout the room. The colors are all natural and organic without looking too studied or precious.
• 5 Here is a cool console table made from an orchard-salvaged slab of claro walnut from northern California. A lovely touch from the home of designers Jason Roskey and Maggie Goudsmit in their home featured in Desire to Inspire.
Sources: As credited above.