(The Washington Post )

A coffee table can make a stylish and functional focal point for any living room. As Beth Woodson and Kristy Woodson Harvey of Design Chic like to say, it’s “the place you set your feet, your coffee or your cocktail.”

And although important furniture often equals expensive furniture, this is one piece that allows you to splurge or save, the North Carolina mother-daughter duo said via email, and ideally “make a statement that guests won’t be able to help but comment on.”

Here are some of their top picks.


(Design Within Reach; LexMod)

SPLURGE: Saarinen low oval coffee table in laminate with a white base (dwr.com), left. SAVE: Lippa oval-shaped wood-top coffee table (lexmod.com )


(Candelabra; Wayfair)

SPLURGE: Worlds Away Rollo gold-leafed coffee table (shopcandelabra.com), left. SAVE: Alsager coffee table by House of Hampton (wayfair.com).


(Jonathan Adler; Euro Style Lighting)

SPLURGE: Jacques cocktail table in brass (jonathanadler.com), left. SAVE: Erica rectangle clear acrylic coffee table with gold corners (eurostylelighting.com).


(Bliss Home & Design; All Modern)

SPLURGE: Gwen Silver coffee table (blisshomeanddesign.com), left. SAVE: Cliburn barrel coffee table by House of Hampton (allmodern.com).


(Kathy Kuo Home; Wisteria)

SPLURGE: Gertie modern rose-quartz gold-leafed coffee table (kathykuohome.com), left. SAVE: Mid-century modern marble coffee table (wisteria.com).


Kristy Woodson Harvey and Beth Woodson of Design Chic.