The Coffee Table with Tristen Glaab

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While walking around at Artisanal LA this past October, we came across a rustic and cozy display (see photo at end of post) of custom furniture. A few seconds into talking with the owners of the company, we could tell they were … Continue reading

The Coffee Table with Quigley

The Coffee Table series is now on HelloGiggles! Wahoo!
Today’s guest rocks a unique style, voice, and…coffee table! Inspired by her great grandfather’s surname, please give an electronic welcome to singer:

Quigley

photo by Claire Cali

photo by Claire Cali

Currently Brewing

 My passion is producing electronic pop music, and for the past six months I have been producing my first record. I plan on releasing the record early next year, but in the mean time, I decided to have some fun! I’ve been in the studio producing my own music mash-ups; I take two songs, one classic and one current, and combine them to make one original tune! For example, my first release featured Color Me Badd’s ‘I Wanna Sex You Up’ and Taylor Swift’s ’22′. Stay tuned for the next one which is Miley Cyrus’ ‘Wrecking Ball’ and Meatloaf’s ‘I Would Do Anything For Love’ on SoundCloud and Oct. 16th on Youtube.

Favorite Drink

Hibiscus Iced Tea from Starbucks.

It’s the Little Things

  • Sunshine (I’m a vitamin D addict)
  • Dancing alone in my undies to pop music (Spice Girls….I’m a nineties bitch! I love it!)
  • The ice that comes in little baby sized pellets. I call it chewy ice. GIMME.

My Coffee Table

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My coffee table is a trunk that I found at a Vintage Automobile swap meet in Long Beach for 20 bucks. Major steal!

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Some of the items on the table: A vintage postcard of Lake of the Isles in Minneapolis, MN. If you look hard enough- you can see my heart sunbathing on the shoreline. No really, I left it there. Hashtag HOME. A sample of my sister’s artwork (I Think About You- card). She makes clever letterpress cards that you can buy at The Paper Source and on her website. Tickets to Purity Ring at the Fonda…a souvenir from a great show… plus we got to celebrate Corin’s birthday with him backstage! Life is good! I love to read and am currently going through an English historical fiction stage, so books about the Lancasters, Yorks, and Tudors are all up my alley. This is probably what inspired my mash-up of Lorde’s Royals… images of Anne Boleyn and Queen Elizabeth are swimming around in my head!

Words of Wisdom

Things don’t happen for a reason-but we make reason out of everything that happens -QUIGLEY

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Stay in touch with Quigley on TwitterFacebookInstagram, and SoundCloud.

Read more Coffee Table interviews here!

(posted with love by Kathryn)

The Coffee Table with Jocelin Donahue

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  Originally posted on HelloGiggles! You know when you see someone and you can instantly tell you’d be friends? It’s rare but exciting to feel an instant friendship connection! That’s exactly what happened when I shot a commercial with poised and … Continue reading

The Coffee Table with Sophie Jaffe

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This week’s coffee table guest might sound familiar as I’ve raved about her superfood powders in a previous HelloGiggles item of the day post. A wife, mother, and business owner, this lady is balancing it all. Please give a healthy hello to Los … Continue reading

The Coffee Table with Jessica Murnane

Today’s Coffee Table guest is based (and plant-based) in Chicago and understands the importance of the little things in life: handwritten notes, unique gifts, and the moments and activities that make up one’s day. Give a big welcome to:
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Currently Brewing

  I just wrapped up a certification in plant-based nutrition and launched a new website/food initiative called One Part Plant.The website is a healthy foodie/ lifestyle site with recipes, tips, and practical advice. The site also features partnering hotels and restaurants that offer plant-based dishes on their menus (some for the very first time). There’s even a popular steakhouse on board! After avoiding a major surgery by changing my diet to a plant-based one, I am a huge advocate of using food as medicine. I am so passionate about this project and helping others get healthy, I get giggly just thinking about it.

Favorite Drink

I have always wished I liked coffee. Seriously. I even attempted to fake-like-it in college. But I just don’t. I make a green juice every morning – which is my version of coffee. And if I am not at home to make my own, I just discovered Suja. Their juices are so damn good.

 It’s the Little Things

My Coffee Table
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I found my coffee table at a thrift store in Chicago. I love the scalloped edges and detail. After I bought it, I took off the top (the top is a separate piece – like a tray) and flipped it over to clean. There is a very fancy and pretty piece of metal (the size of the paper in a fortune cookie) that says “Made in Italy”. I would love to know the story of how it made its way to Chicago.
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Some of these items I really have no idea where they came from. The spoon, I know I got at a flea market in Paris. The book was a gift to my husband I picked up at a museum in Madrid. But I was looking at the bird nest, crab necklace, and black apple and thought “where the hell did those come from?”. No idea. They are just little oddities I have picked up through the years that always move with me.

Words of Wisdom

My Dad’s classic answer to everything, “Live in the now”.

“Rejoice in other people’s successes because there is plenty for everyone”. – Louise Hay

I have been practicing this for the past 6 months. I used to get so competitive with other people’s accomplishments. But this new thought process has been a real game changer for me. Frees up so much space in the my brain to do more.
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Jessica’s Pinterest. Suitor Life BlogTwitter and Facebook. So How Was Your Day Twitter.
One Part Plant Facebook and Twitter.
(posted with love by Kathryn)

The Coffee Table with Jill McKeever

When I came across the blog, For Strange Women, I knew I had to find out more about the woman behind the strangeness. This strange (and I mean that in the most complimentary way) woman runs a business of 100% natural artisan perfumes including a perfume infused with coffee…what?! Who are you? Where do you live? What’s on your coffee table?! And from Kansas City, MO, here is:

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Currently Brewing

I have been inspired to do more photo shoots recently, including one yesterday with my dear friend Leonor Jurado, shooting on medium format.  In the last couple months I have finally begun making limited edition perfumes and gift sets again, including a coffee perfume made with Broadway Cafe coffee brewed into the oil. This week I am finishing up a limited batch of Year of the Snake perfume to be launched for the Chinese New Year.  Also I have been traveling to film festivals with the documentary film I worked on with my boyfriend, Kevin McKinney, called Corporate.FM.

Favorite Drink
I quit drinking coffee 2 months ago, after a 5 year daily addiction! I do miss it but I don’t miss being dehydrated. I still drink tea all day long. My morning go-to is lapsang souchong, which I usually blend with chai or fir needles or cacao.

It’s the Little Things
  • every single thing my cat does
  • silence
  • beeswax

My Coffee Table

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On my coffee table: a notebook for fabulous idea storage, a beeswax tealight I made in a quartz holder from the gem and mineral show, some lapsang souchong deliciousness mixed with douglas fir tip tea from Juniper Ridge, My laptop, my phone and a mini plant. I found this table (as well as all the rest of my furniture) for $35 on craigslist. It’s small but easy to move out of the way for living room dance parties.

Words of Wisdom
What looks like resistance is often a lack of clarity.
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find out more about Jill in her Etsy interview and “career change” feature on Oprah.com

For Strange WomenFacebook, Instagram, Etsy

(posted with love by Kathryn)

The Coffee Table with Mary Costa

You guys…this girl. I’m actually taking forever just to write this intro because I’m clicking on every photo and side bar page of this adventurous photographer and believe this is one of those times when a photo (her photos) will speak more than words. Say hello to lover of dunkin donuts, dogs, vintage style, travel, bright colors, cupcakes, balloons and more:

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Currently Brewing

 After recently going freelance, I’m making big plans to grow my wedding and portrait business in 2013! With weddings booked on both coasts, I’m going to be doing a lot of traveling. I also became a guest contributor for the cooking blog Garlic My Soul. My article, Sweet & Caffeinated, features a different coffee/dessert establishment every month. On top of everything, I’m constantly dreaming up new photo shoot ideas.  It’s always such a treat to collaborate with other creative minds on styled wedding and fashion shoots!

Favorite Drink

I would be betraying my New England roots if I said anything besides a hot cup of Dunkin Donuts coffee. I brew it at home since LA is void of Dunkin Donuts, but it’s just not the same! If we’re talking locally, however, Coffee Commissary on Fairfax has one of the best vanilla lattes I’ve ever tried.

It’s the Little Things

  • Listening to albums on vinyl
  • California sunset hikes with friends
  • My dad’s breakfast sandwiches – best ever, I tell you!

My Coffee Table

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CoffeeTable6My boyfriend carefully removed labels from wine bottles so I could decoupage this IKEA coffee table. I’m instantly reminded of memories with loved ones when I look at this collage – bottles shared on pizza nights with friends, special getaways to Paso Robles…my coffee table is a scrapbook all its own!

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There’s quite a bit of stuff on this small table! I always drink my morning coffee in a diner mug – I have an ever-growing collection from my travels.

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CoffeeTable7The notebooks are essential for brainstorming, and I try to eat an apple a day. I discovered the joy of stroopwaffles after studying abroad in the Netherlands…these tasty snacks are a must-have in my apartment at all times! Also seen here – a book by one of my favorite authors, Fuji Instax prints, and antique binoculars.

Words of Wisdom

“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” – Charles Schulz

more Mary please: Facebook, Twitter, PinterestBlog

(posted with love by Kathryn)

The Coffee Table with Rhoda and Anna

This Coffee Table interview comes from two sister-in-laws living and running a business in Austin, Texas. Loot Vintage Rentals is full of authentic antiques, unique gems, and vintage style for your special event…and these business partners are:

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Currently Brewing

We have a lot up our sleeves that we will soon make public. But for now we are in the process of getting our warehouse in order to be more showroom-y and to make space for more loot!

Favorite Drink

We’re both avid iced tea drinkers.

It’s the Little Things

  •  original chippy furniture
  • learning a vintage item’s backstory
  • karaoke

Our Coffee Table

screen-shot-2012-12-12-at-11-10-41-pm  On the table: fabrics that we look at daily to cover our furniture, the rolodex full of contacts and clients, my BookBook cover for my macbook pro, a glass of water, and tons of string, stamps and crafts are always around at the loot offices. Fun to do, and fun to look at.

coffee tableIMG_1124We love PLUTO. It is the perfect height, perfect chippy metal, great colors, and reminds us of a planet. We have many coffee tables that we like to give our attention, so ask us next week and it will probably be something different. Pluto was purchased from a private seller who loved it as much as we did but couldn’t get it to work in her home.

Words of Wisdom 

Do what you love. Love what you do.

Find out more on Loot Vintage Rentals’ Blog, Facebook page, and Twitter

(posted with love by Kathryn)