Ah, my OCD is rearing it’s ugly head again.
A few months ago I received this email from my father:
From: Brooks Boyd <email@example.com> Date: October 2, 2014 at 6:34:22 PM EDT To: Anna Boyd <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: Couch
I read your post about couch, nice. Didn't want to send comment for everyone to see, but the coffee table has too many books/magazines. Looks like the return book cart at the library. Can't wait to stretch out on the new couch!!!!! Love ya!
No shortage of opinions at the Boyd household. Dad how did that work out about everyone not seeing your comments?
But it did get me to thinking — that coffee table is a little full. So I asked Wilson. Our conversation went a little something like this:
Me: Dad said our coffee table has too many books on it.
Wilson: THANK GOD someone finally said that. There are so many f&*king books on that damn table.
Me: So you agree?
Wilson: I can’t even put a beer down on that thing without bumping something over. It’s a coffee table not a book table.
Me: I thought it looked stylish.
Wilson: You know how I feel about stylish stuff.
Here’s what it looked like below:
That is totally stylish. Sorry I’m not sorry.
And from above…
But the men in my life had spoken. So the books had to go. Wah.
But here’s the problem: I can’t decide how to style the table now. I bought this big shell dish thing that is very pretty but just looks kind of odd on the table. Wilson told me the shell looked “very me” — ? — but I think he was just glad to finally have a flat surface upon which to place his beer. Little victories.
So I need your help. Please tell me which option you like best.
Option 1: Shell thingy by itself
Pardon the lingering Christmas décor. These photos were taken two weeks ago. Yes, I’ve been waffling that long.
Pretty, right? But doesn’t it look a little lonely? Or am I just used to having 100 things on this table and that’s why I think that? Yes, this is how many questions I ask myself over a decision. I was told a few months ago I over-analyze things. Eureka!
Option 2: Shell Thing Plus a FEW Books
Shell looks a little less lonesome, but the books just don’t quite fit.
These were my props for styling.
Option 3: Shell with Books and Antler
I chose a different stack of books to see what that looked like. I love the book at the top of the stack — titled The Joy of Life, it’s a beautiful abstract art book I found in a teeny bookstore in New Orleans.
Option 3 is good, but it just doesn’t scream winner winner chicken dinner to me.
Option 4: Wilson’s Choice
And because he thinks he can do everything, Wilson decided to take a go at styling our coffee table.
“It’s so simple,” he said. I’m not sure if he meant his choice of décor or styling a table, but I didn’t agree with either of them.
Option 5: The Current Sitch
Blue willow plate + pink tulips + candle + shell = success?
I think I like this option the best.
So what do y’all think? Which option is your favorite? Leave me a comment and help s’il vous plait as I am rife with indecision.