I think that title makes it sound more dramatic than “going shopping”. So in that vein, picture a dark and drizzly day (typical of Seattle in spring). It all started while browsing through a Crate & Barrel catalog. Does anyone love home catalog time as much as I do? Lo and behold, this basket popped out at me, despite it being tucked under the coffee table:
Can you see it under there? Hello shallow, super large basket! Finding no description on the catalog page, I hunted it down on the C&B website. I had no luck at first, because I assumed it was a “basket” when instead it is considered a “tray”. Who knew terminology could almost thwart my search.
The “tray” looked good on the website, but I was having a hard time justifying 69 smackers for something that was just supposed to look good underneath my coffee table – i.e., this is no functional object or focal piece, just a random basket to add some texture and warmth to an otherwise empty spot. While others might use it at a tray, I have plenty of those for outdoor entertaining and plan to park this one in one spot, and one spot only.
So I did a bit of searching and came up with some more cost effective options, including this one from West Elm I really liked:
While the mix of colors on this one was great, I realized a wall basket might not have the structure necessary to sit evenly on the floor and also hold magazines, etc. I got pretty close to pulling the trigger on the C&B basket/tray, when I happened upon a few other options in an impromptu shopping stop:
Again, I liked the coloring in the wall baskets but as expected, they were not very sturdy for sitting on the ground holding magazines, blankets, or whatever else might end up in inside (let’s be clear, this is an adult basket, so no kid toys allowed).
So I narrowed it down to these two choices. Both are floor baskets, sturdy, look good, and they are big – the pic does not do the size of these justice.
After staring at these puppies for about 10 minutes (seriously, I couldn’t believe how much time I just stood there staring – I am surprised a worker didn’t ask me if I was okay), I decided on the bigger one to go under my coffee table. My coffee table is about 34.5″x55″, and when I used the handy HomeGoods measuring stick to check the diameter, thought that the larger basket, which was about 26″ in diameter, would be perfect. Best part is, the price tag for the big one was only $39. Almost half the price of the C&B option, and it is a lot deeper so I can put more stuff in it. The smaller basket option was only $29, which was tempting, but ultimately I thought I needed the bigger size to make it more noticeable. And I really liked the weave on the bigger one better.
And here it is, tucked under my coffee table.
So we’ll see how the use of this basket evolves, but I love it empty or filled with magzines and catalogs.
Anyone else have an oversized-under-coffee-table basket? What do you put in it? I am open to suggestions! How about keeping at least one basket for adult-stuff only, instead of allowing it to be taken over by kid toys?