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Charcoal Lacquered Tables + Sofa Pairings

Last week I found this amazing pair of mid century side tables that were just right for a client of mine.  She's looking to change some of the key pieces in her living space, and this was a perfect jumping off point.  She requested a charcoal gray, so I lacquered these in Amy Howard's Lagrange.

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I completely forgot to photograph them, so just before she picked them up I did a very impromptu shoot [hence the mismatched background, eh..] with lots of red objects, partly because I love the combination of red and gray, but mostly because I happened to have quite a few red things in close proximity!

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[I love my old copy of Catcher in the Rye!]

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midcentury-charcoal-sidetables

I know she's also planning on changing out her sofa, and now that her side tables are so stylish and modern [and her current sofa is much more traditional], my brain can't stop thinking of different sofa possibilities that would work well. Here are several options from West Elm.  They're my favorite mainstream furniture store because they have many items that are reasonably priced, and their sofas and chairs seem to be of good quality [I have two chairs I bought at a floor sample sale over a year ago and they're still in great shape!].  I also find they're well suited for smaller spaces, and since regardless of the space I hate using huge clunker sofas, these are all perfect options!

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Some of the photographs don't do the colors and textures of these sofas justice, so I highly recommend going to check out the fabrics and sofas in person. You could easily create endless combinations with the different sofa styles and fabric options, but I think all of these would be a perfect complement to these nightstands.  I love using anything that has either a pattern or texture, because it helps hide all manner of sin, while still looking modern and styled. I usually recommend purchasing a sofa in a neutral color, but if you're working with existing art or furniture [in her situation both are the case] and a bolder color just brings the room to life, go for it! Which of these is your favorite? 

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