Minimal Magnificence: Mott Coffee Table from A.R.E. Naturals

Mott Coffee Table from A.R.E. Naturals

When I see a beautiful piece of furniture, my emotions take over and I can’t help myself — I wind up lusting after it. Thankfully, I’ve learned to wait a few minutes until I calm down, or I’d be up to my eyeballs in debt from furniture and home decor purchases. After a little while, my green side kicks in and reminds me that buying things I don’t need only contributes to the overconsumerism that threatens to turn this nation — and in fact the world — into a giant landfill. Doesn’t stop me from looking, though 🙂

If I ever decided to get a coffee table, this would be high on my list of contenders. The gorgeous Mott Coffee Table from A.R.E. Naturals is so simple it’s almost boring. Almost. The shape may be simple, but the design impact is tremendous. It is basically a huge block of wood, but the color and minimalism charm make it a winner. Sitting on top of the shag rug above, it looks like it would be right at home in my living room. That is, until my daughter came running and tripped over it. Why is it that having kids winds up dictating so many home decor choices? Oh, the life of a parent 🙂

Why It’s Green:

  • Made of wood from sustainably managed Malaysian forests

Price: $700

How often do your kids and/or pets influence your decorating decisions? Have you ever thrown caution to the wind and bought a piece of furniture or other decor in spite of them? Leave a comment and let me know!

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I am a graphic designer by trade who has a strong passion for interior design and doing what we can to protect the environment. This blog and my other site, Green & Gorgeous, are my ways of giving back to the Earth.


  • Lorrie
    November 19, 2008 at 3:24 pm

    I have a dog and kids visit often so it’s always a consideration. Safety and the threat of an expensive item ruined can loom large. I am always aware of safety but throw caution the wind when it comes to stains or scratches. Life is meant to be lived!

    Lorries last blog post..Foyer Fix Up in 6 Easy Steps

  • MyBrownBaby
    November 20, 2008 at 1:16 pm

    I try not to let it bother me–the off-white couch in my living room says as much. Within a week of its purchase, my daughter dripped red popsicle all over it. She turned the cushions over. Smart girl.

    But I do worry about dangerous pieces… i.e., this table would definitely end with one of my kids sprawled across it. It’s still super cute, though. When they move out in, oh, 15 years, it’s on!

  • Deborah
    November 20, 2008 at 8:46 pm

    Gorgeous! However… isn’t it kind of low for with the sofas in the photo? I’d get back strain from reaching for my coffee mug. Now, put it in a Japanese-style room with lots of floor cushions instead… perfection.

  • Juanita
    November 21, 2008 at 10:39 pm

    I love the table. it is a very nice piece of furniture. I like the dark color and the fact that it is different.

    My children always influence the way I shop.

    Juanitas last blog post..Shopping for a (Good) Winter Coat


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