Why I’m Adding This Mirrored Coffee Table to My Vision Board Immediately

published Apr 20, 2024
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I’ve lived in a tiny New York City apartment for four years, and if I had to guess I’d say it’s no bigger than 400 square feet. Sure, small-space living comes with its own unique set of challenges, but as a home editor who’s constantly inspired by clever homeowners and renters, I’ve come to appreciate the design hurdles. 

For example, I have a gorgeous, spacious IKEA chest that now houses my flatware, purses, and jewelry box all in one space. The windowsills in my living room double as at-home libraries, but my book display encourages me to read more. 

These design challenges allow me to try new things and think outside the box; the results usually end up better than ever expected. It also instilled in me an everlasting hunt to find products (or furniture) that make homes feel bigger (bonus points if they’re multi-functional!). 

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So it’s no surprise that my small-space sensors rang when I spotted the West Elm mirrored coffee table in Katie Rogers’ bohemian apartment in Harlem. Although her apartment is only 50 square feet bigger than mine, it seems much larger because of her use of clever furniture. 

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Mirrors make spaces feel bigger (regardless of their form!) because of their reflective nature. And speaking of being reflective, they also make rooms feel brighter when sunlight bounces off them. In Katie’s living room, her coffee table almost looks invisible, making the room feel larger. Katie’s version has other benefits too. 

“I love my mirrored coffee table, which has a hidden drawer and acts as my bar cart,” Katie said at the time of the tour. 

Even though Katie’s exact coffee table is sold out, it’s still inspired me to hunt for my own. I haven’t found the right size to fit my space, but it’s good to know that several are out there for small-space dwellers. 

The mirrored coffee table isn’t the only cool element in Katie’s Harlem apartment. If you want to see more, visit the full home tour