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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Mary Costa

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


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!


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.



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)

The Coffee Table with Jessi Williams

I need an extra boost of inspiration and some quick reading time on how people live their creative lives. That’s why I’m thinking of getting an extra shot of The Coffee Table in my weekly mug of a blog. Enough thinking…let’s get doing!
Originally from Batesville, IN and currently living in Los Angeles, CA, this lady has a lot on her plate including music and motherhood…all while keeping a great sense of humor:
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Currently Brewing 

Projects with my band, The Lonely Wild. Making music with these dudes makes me happier than anything in the world. We have an album coming out this spring along with a music video and tour. That keeps me pretty busy. There are always new songs and I play several instruments in the band, so I have to keep polished on all of them. Recently I’ve been pretty determined to add banjo to that list. We’ll be playing The Echo February 8th – ahem #plug. We’d love for any and many to join us for the show!

Favorite Drink

I can totally get down with a plain ole cup a’joe. I’m talking driving-down-Hwy 50-middle-of-nowhere-diner-coffee, with tons of cream and sugar of course.

It’s the Little Things

  • When something I say makes someone laugh, particularly my daughter or my mom. Just laughter in general. What could be better?
  • I love cat noses and how they do that thing where they just keep bumping their nose up against you.
  • Anytime I put ‘Decade’ on the turntable I am feelin’ fine.

My Coffee Table

First I have to admit: This is a clean version of my coffee table. I thought I’d spare you the usual “last night’s dinner” plates, whatever project my daughter, Lily, has strewn about (usually something sticky), or receipts, purchase orders and other remnants of whatever job I’m finishing up (I moonlight as a music video/commercial Production Manager).

The coffee table itself is special to me. When I was born, both of my parents worked at Rom-Weber Furniture in Indiana. My dad built this table the year I was born and it lived in his garage for a long time. When I moved to Nashville we refinished it together. I believe I was 23, which is the same age he was when he built it. What you see here are the things that live on the table on a more permanent basis:

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My computer, my guitar capo (I have separation anxiety if it’s not in my sight at all times), some guitar picks (can also be found in my purse, car, couch, pocket of every pair of pants I own, and various laundromat dryers around town), my songbook, my favorite brand of pen (Staples Revu), coasters (I respect wood) and a glass of water in a ball jar (all my glasses are mason ball jars.) Oh, there are also some pieces of pine needles and a pine cone courtesy of Lily. She’s always collecting rocks and sticks and leaving them around the house. She may have been a squirrel in a past life.

Words of Wisdom

There are so many Tom Robbins quotes that I love. It’s hard to pick just one. Just go read his books! Anytime I start taking myself too seriously and I need a slap in the face, I know I can depend on one of his classics.

“There are two kinds of people in this world: Those who believe there are two kinds of people in this world and those who are smart enough to know better.”

At one point I was really terrified of airplanes. Then I realized that if I was going to let fear keep me from experiencing things in life, then I might as well go down with that plane. There really aren’t enough hours in the day to accomplish all the things I want to do. I try my hardest to use my time to the fullest and not let fear hold me back. Or as Tom would say: “To live fully, one must be free, but to be free one must give up security. Therefore, to live one must be ready to die. How’s that for a paradox?”

The Lonely Wild

find The Lonely Wild on facebook, twitter, and get some free songs!

(posted with love by Kathryn)

The Coffee Table with Tara Blanchard

I recently received an email from a friend saying, “I loved your write up on Samantha this morning; I always enjoy hearing about all these artistic entrepreneurs!” That email was sent to me by someone equally inspiring and cool. So … Continue reading