The Ultimate Kid-Friendly Coffee Table

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Designing kid-friendly rooms can be so tricky, particularly rooms that serve as a focal point in the home. In an out-of-the-way playroom, there’s more leeway, but in a family room, the pieces you choose not only have to stand up to the beating fists of a band of monkeys, they also have to be sophisticated enough for casual get-togethers with grownups.

When we moved into our new home two months ago, I found myself a bit twisted when it came to outfitting our newly constructed family room, which opens right into the kitchen. It’s a space you see almost immediately after walking in the front door and since we live in our kitchen, it’s a space I see about 700 times a day. Yes, it needed to be kid-friendly, but dammit, it also needed to be pretty! I came across the campy term “Glamily Room” in some magazine I was perusing and that pretty much summed up the end goal.

After setting up the room with my picks – a grasscloth media console from Bungalow 5, a massive 10-foot by 10-foot sectional in a durable indigo – I quickly discovered that my vintage walnut cocktail table had to go. Within an hour of its arrival, my one-year-old had added a distinct Paw Patrol patina by hammering Marshall into its top. Super. So the coffee table was relocated to the formal living room where it can rest unmolested.

For the next two weeks, we went without a coffee table – no great tragedy of course – but it’s nice to have a place to prop your feet when  you’re watching Bravo marathons after the kids go to bed. I hemmed and hawed until I stumbled across this Hammered Brass cocktail table from Global Views.

Izmir Cocktail Table from Global ViewsHammered. Metal.


Now when my boys beat the ever-loving stuffing out of this thing – with Marshall or a mallet – I sit back and smile. Because they’re only adding to the hand-crafted workmanship. Joke’s on you guys!

*BHD Remy + Mariel SwatchesI highly, HIGHLY recommend one of these beauties if you’re looking for a way to polish a space that will fall prey to a posse of preschoolers. Here are a few of my personal faves in a variety of sizes and price points:

Pottery Barn ravati-paisley-printed-rug-blue-oPottery Barn Vince Metal Cocktail Table, $799

Kathy Kuoo Bates product_4899Kathy Kuo Home Bates Burnt Brass Coffee Table, $1,633

Anthropologie Trumma Cocktail Table A36047744_070_bAnthropologie Trumma Cocktail Table, $898West Elm metal-drum-coffee-table-oWest Elm Metal Drum Coffee Table, $399

Screen Shot 2016-03-16 at 12.05.28 PMWoodland Imports Shiny Hammered Coffee Table, $553

World Market Cala 20648_XXX_v1World Market Cala Hammered Drum Cocktail Table, $299

About the author


A lifestyle magazine writer by trade, Mariel swapped her laptop for a hardhat after spending four years (and counting) renovating turn-of-the-century homes in Westchester, NY.

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