Our Serena and Lily coffee table is the cornerstone to our living room’s design. We waited several years before investing in not one but two for our home: one in our living room and another in the playroom! We’ve had a couple years of daily use now, so I am answering some questions about them.
Serena & Lily Coffee Tables
When my 4 kids were in their toddler stage, we lived with no coffee table at all. The living area looked off; it felt unfinished. But I needed the open space for my little ones to toddle and play!
As soon as we got past that life stage (it does pass!) I was excited to invest in a beautiful, high end coffee table to pull the whole space together at last. A Serena & Lily coffee table was a great match for my aesthetic.
Of course, this was several years ago and my kids (and style) has grown a bit – but my design preference remains the same: refined, yet lived in! I have zero regrets investing in Serena & Lily coffee tables; they are classic pieces that will endure as your style evolves.
Serena and Lily Coffee Table Review and Our Thoughts
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How do you balance needs and practicality? We envisioned a large white coffee table for the living room. This living room is really the main hub of our family life. It sits right off the kitchen and is central to activity and daily messes of 4
busy wreckless kids.
The Serena & Lily Boonville Coffee Table
We wavered back and forth between the Boonville and Truro coffee table; both offer a high end coastal look that is similar. The top of the Truro is gorgeous in person – polished, patterned and shiny, while the Boonville is a matte white and more rustic.
I moved forward on the Boonville despite the top not being as pretty because its’ larger size would fit our open living room better. I also thought the rustic, natural look would fare better with our family life, then something pretty and delicate.
Feet on the table. Toy cars. Juice boxes and a bowl of pretzels, glasses of wine in the evening. This Serena & Lily coffee table might be high end but it’s not delicate: it’s durable, wipeable, and practical.
The Boonville is advertised as part of the Serena & Lily outdoor collection – meaning it could also handle the storm of my kids… know what I mean?
The top of the coffee table is wide, almost 4 ft on the longer end, so it can hold several stacks of coffee table books. We added a gorgeous grasscloth tray this spring which is large, textured, and makes it easy to style the table!
And on the weekends? All those pretties get cleared off to make room for a pile of Barbies, snacks, and crumbs obviously.
The Boonville is fairly heavy and thick, but it’s hollow inside so I can move it alone if I needed to. This table is cast from a real tree root and has a live edge. A little unexpected and always interesting!
How To Care For The Boonville Coffee Table
I wipe down dirty little bare feet marks with a damp rag, and just use gentle soap and water on a spill- no harsh cleaners. Because the table is meant to withstand rain, it can also withstand drinks spilling.
When I vacuum I usually gently put the vacuum hose (or you could use a soft attachment) over the table to suck any dirt that has collected in the divets.
The Boonville top has natural imperfections and small divets, and the sides have the grooves of a tree trunk. If you’re looking for a smooth top, look at the Truro coffee table or some of the other Serena and Lily coffee tables below with smooth tops:
The Booneville can also be used as a side table in a living room. Pull it between two chairs with the longest side parallel to the chairs, and it will become the side table everyone asks about!
Our Second Serena & Lily Coffee Table: The Atelier
I have been delighted with our choice of the Atelier coffee table we picked out over a year ago to anchor our playroom sectional. With all the colors and textures (and mess) going on in that fun space, I wanted the coffee table to be a resting spot for the eyes!
The sleek modern look lends itself to many aesthetics; this table is chic enough to grow with our family as my kids age and our needs change!
Admittedly, it doesn’t see the same heavy action as our living room gets daily- but I’m not usually there supervising the action it does see, so it all balances out!
I don’t keep the Atelier styled with much more than the kids’ books and a tray underneath usually – the minimal design of the table lends itself to minimal decor, and that’s just more practical for a kids’ space.
The only thing my kids don’t do is color or draw on this table – and I wouldn’t recommend allowing this activity – but everything else is fair game. The finish is strong and doesn’t peel or chip, provided you’re not using harsh cleaners.
Nothing much has changed since we added it to our playroom a year ago- it still looks great and is a pristine white! It’s a fabulous minimal piece for the room; it doesn’t compete with all the busyness of the room.
There is a square Atelier option as well!
I am a big believer in investing in high quality but practical furniture that will grow with you through various life stages, and both of these tables hit that mark.
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