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:


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!


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


Stay in touch with Quigley on TwitterFacebookInstagram, and SoundCloud.

Read more Coffee Table interviews here!

(posted with love by Kathryn)

The Coffee Table with Sophie Jaffe

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 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




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.

find out more about Jill in her Etsy interview and “career change” feature on

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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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

The Coffee Table with Samantha Meis

Today’s guest on The Coffee Table comes from Phoenix, Arizona: a coffee gal who not only had hopes for starting her own business, but worked hard and followed through to see her dream to reality. With a degree in entrepreneurship … Continue reading

The Coffee Table with Natalie Nicoles

We’re ringing in the new year with the lovely and super talented songbird from Upland, CA…

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Currently Brewing

I recently graduated college, so after 4 1/2 years of that I’m ready to stop channeling so much energy into schoolwork and get to be creative again. I’m very thankful for my education, but I love creating too much! The plan as of now is continue on with my band Branches and tour a few weeks here and there, and continue to perform all over with them! I am also going to start work on my solo project quite soon as well! I’ve got so many record ideas that I can’t hold in any longer! I’d love to do my solo stuff, then a collaboration CD with each song being a different person I’ve worked with over the years, and hopefully an album eventually where I re-arrange old hymns. I really dig old hymns, and recently Sufjan went way back to the 16th century and re-imagined some beautiful hymns for his new christmas album, and they are incredibly beautiful and haunting, and it made me want to do it even more. Other than that I’ve worked recently with a few close friends on some little projects such as Cigarette Barbiesworking with Shawn Morones, and I also am involved on and off in performing with Robert DelongSo rad that I get to work with my good friends!

Favorite Drink

I’m completely enamored with Intellegentsia Iced Latte’s. I know people give them a hard time because of the trendy factor, but honestly, the coffee is just the best coffee I’ve ever had, and i’ve had the privilige to go to a lot of coffee shops all over the country! I really dig the iced chai tea latte from starbucks though as well!

It’s the Little Things

  • Good food (generally accompanied by good conversation, company, and a tasty beer)
  • Beach bonfires
  • Great coffee shops

My Coffee Table


I’m not exactly sure where this coffee table came from. It’s a pretty neat chest and I actually didn’t care for it too much at first, but I’ve really grown to dig it! It was my mom’s and she is letting me use it for now I suppose!

I generally have these things out somewhere most of the time. Some of the time my coffee table, and sometimes at my desk or wherever I feel creative. Most of the time, I’m tinkling around with acoustic guitar or banjo, but it has been the banjo as of late. Trying to nail the proper technique of it down!

The paint brushes are sort of representative of the fact that I love crafts! I like to dabble in art and make little installations (if you could call them that, haha) in my little house. I am by no means a professional artist, but i really do have a special place in my heart for painting and drawing.

I LOVE candles. Probably too much. I just love warm ambience, especially because I travel so much, it’s nice to have a quiet warm place to come back to. I saw these wine bottle candles at my friend Andrew’s house in San Luis Obispo when we were on tour, and I loved it! So I made a few of my own.

I always have my mac computer with me. I wasn’t too fond of apple products before I actually got an apple product. I don’t know what I’d do without it now! I write (music and poetry mostly) on it, record on it, and love staying up to date with things via the interweb.

Words of Wisdom

Well, this is so tough to narrow it down! I really love these three so much, and seem to always come back to these.

“There are people who go after your humanity, sister. They tell you that the light in your heart is a weakness. Don’t believe it. It’s an old tactic of cruel people to kill kindness in the name of virtue. There’s nothing wrong with love.”-Doubt

“In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me?”-Psalm 56: 4

And finally, I firmly believe in the equality of men and women. I don’t hate men at all! And I don’t like to be associated with that type of feminism, but unfortunately I still see bits and pieces of inequality in the world between the sexes and it really hits me hard. Especially being a woman in the music industry!

“Woman’s God – given sphere is as wide as the earth’s circumference, as high as the firmament and as deep as the sea. Every foot of this globe has been deeded to her as much as to man.-Lee Anne Starr

stayed tuned in with Natalie’s twitter, music, and facebook page!

(posted with love by Amanda)