My Favorite Modern Black Side Tables

Modern black side tables are versatile pieces that can work with modern or traditional decor. They can add a more modern twist to a more traditional design (like the below design from DecorMatters), or they can add contrast and drama to a minimalist room just as easily.

I recently used a modern black side table in a dark and moody study design in DecorMatters. The problem with spending time playing interior design games is that you create beautiful designs but don’t realize the items you’re choosing are luxury items. Then… you fall in love with the pieces you choose. Like this gorgeous side table by Arteriors. Dilemma. Do you fork out $1480 for a side table? Or find a cheaper alternative?

My DecorMatters design using the Scout Side Table by Arteriors

After falling in love with the Scout Side Table by Arteriors I decide to try and find a cheaper alternative. Here’s my pick of the best modern black side tables.

Scout Modern Black Side Table by Arteriors

Modern black side table by Arteriors

Let’s start at the beginning, where this all started. The Scout Side Table by Arteriors is voluptuous and beautiful. It’s made from sand blasted wood to give it a charred look. Then finished with a wax coat to give it a shine. Priced at $1480 it’s the most expensive on the list.

Kellaman Drum End Table by Upper Square

Modern black side table by Upper Square

Another textured end table, this time made from stone. The Kellaman Drum End Table is a sturdy piece that won’t fall over easily. It can also be used outdoors which is a bonus. Priced at $241 and is available from Wayfair.

Fernando Accent Table by Crate & Barrel

Modern black side table by Crate & Barrel

The Fernando Accent Table from Crate & Barrel is a beautiful piece. I love the texture of this table from the handcrafted hammered iron finish. This is the piece I’ll be buying for my living room from this list. I love the organic shape of it and of course the texture. Priced at $249 it’s great value.

Macbeth Hemlock Modern Black Side Table by CB2

Black wood side table by CB2

Another beautiful table, the Macbeth Hemlock Side Table has great texture from the wire-brushed matte black wood. Made of solid Canadian hemlock wood and priced at $349, it’s a little more expensive than the Crate & Barrel option, but is still a great value piece.

Aurea Modern Black Side Table by Kathy Kuo Home

Textured side table by Kathy Kuo Home

A stunning side table by Kathy Kuo Home. The Aurea Side Table is made from oak and oak veneer, and has a ribbed texture on the plinth to give an interesting profile. Priced at $688, it’s the second most expensive on the list, but is certainly worth the splurge.

Black Iron Contemporary Accent Table by Studio 350

Contemporary side table by Studio 350

The base of the Black Iron Contemporary Accent Table is made from iron and the top from real marble. Although it doesn’t have texture like the others, at a price of $172 it’s a bargain considering the luxe materials. Available from Overstock, this is a great cheaper alternative.

I hope you liked the list of modern black side tables. It shows that if you do fall in love with an expensive piece, it’s definitely worth shopping around to find a more affordable alternative.

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The Ultimate Airbnb Set-Up List

Following on from my previous post on Vacation Rental Business – 6 Tips For Success I had a new host ask me what my ultimate Airbnb set-up list was, and how they could access it. I only had a combination of private Amazon wish list, spreadsheet and notes list at the time, so I committed to making a true public list that I could share with other newby hosts.

This list contains 150+ items of everything you’ll need and more, to easily add to your Amazon shopping cart. It will literally save you HOURS of searching for products, and then forgetting things. (Like I did!)

This list covers everything from kitchen essentials to bathroom products, cleaning closet essentials, linens, toys, games, things for dogs and kids. And it’s all available from Amazon so it’s incredibly easy to add to your cart and wait for the delivery.

Airbnb host with laptop taking notes in kitchen Photo by EKATERINA  BOLOVTSOVA on

After setting up our first vacation rental on Airbnb and VRBO last year, we learned a lot about what we needed to buy, what we didn’t and how to streamline the process. One thing I learned was that buying everything from one store (ideally) makes life so much easier. Amazon is a great choice, as it’s easy to see what you ordered, the invoicing is great for accounting, and everything ships free (with Prime) in just a few days.

The list contains items that are aimed at a mid-market target audience, so contains good quality modern designs and products that will appeal to this market. I’ll be keeping the list evergreen as I find new items to add, and products i’ve tested and liked. So check back regularly and add what you like to your Amazon lists. Click the link below to find the ultimate Airbnb set-up list!


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IKEA Hack: Luxe For Less Bathroom Makeover

The final room to renovate in our 1969 Prairie style renovation was the family bathroom. It was ugly, dated and very green. For our master bathroom we took an IKEA Godmorgon vanity and did an IKEA hack on it using oak live edge. It kept the cost down, made something unique and we loved it. So it was natural to do another IKEA hack on a Godmorgon vanity in our family bathroom. This one was a little different though…

Bathroom before

The bathroom before was very green, and very dated. It was original to the house, except for the new grey door that we hung. The toilet area had a small pony wall, which had to go. And the bath was so shallow you could never have a decent soak in a bubble bath, which we both love to do. And even though it’s a decent sized bathroom, it felt small and cramped with the oversized vanity.

The new bathroom is lighter more modern and fresh. I wanted to use very natural colors and textures and keep everything light and airy with white tile and off-white paint.

IKEA hack with Godmorgon vanity

The vanity reflects the light with white high gloss from IKEA Godmorgon. To upgrade it to something unique and more luxe we added a waterfall countertop in quartz for this IKEA hack. This may sound expensive, but we chose remnants from a local store. TIP: Given that a bathroom vanity is relatively small compared to a full kitchen, it’s easy to find quartz remnants that fit. The extra waterfall sides just add that extra wow factor, and turn something everyday into something special and unique.

Kraus sink
IKEA hack with quartz

We chose a textured sink from Kraus to add more interest to the bathroom. It has a subtle wave pattern which ties in with the wave tiles we used in the bath niches. TIP: If you’re using all white, it’s good to add texture to add some interest, otherwise an all white room can look a little flat and boring.

The mirror adds the obligatory element of glam. If you’ve seen my other room makeovers, like the kitchen or master bathroom, you’ll know I love to add a bit of glam. I love this mirror from Lamps Plus with all the angles, it looks so glamorous yet still modern. My husband actually surprised me with it. I really wanted to buy it, but I was trying to stick to a tight budget of under $6000 for the entire bathroom renovation. I was going to buy a simple round mirror from IKEA instead, which would’ve looked good too, but definitely not as wow. The Griffin mirror at $330 is expensive, but I’m so glad we got it as it really does make a statement. (Thanks hubbie!)


We kept cost down by opting for a simple white subway tile from Lowes, and adding interest by opting for the coordinating wave tile inside the niches. We also got the floor tiles from Lowes on clearance. They were about 50c per sqft and I love the color of them. I wanted something that resembled concrete for a modern look, and these were perfect and a bargain!

The bath was from Home Depot and I love how simple it is. Most alcove bathtubs I found had some sort of shape to their panel, which I think looks old fashioned. I wanted a really simple clean modern look so opted for the Grayley bathtub by Wyndham Collection.

Modern white bathroom

Another thing that’s really important to add warmth to an all-white room is to use wood tones. We added a feature wall behind the vanity in the same flooring that we used on our vacation rental. It’s 100% waterproof and can be installed vertically, so was a great option from LL Flooring.

White and wood bathroom

I’m in love with the teak towel rack from Signature Hardware. This was probably the biggest splurge in the bathroom (after the mirror) as far as cost. At $168 it was definitely one of the more expensive towel racks we could’ve chosen, but the teak wood just ties everything in so nicely and adds oodles of warmth to the room and gives it a true spa-like feel. A chrome towel rack just wouldn’t have had the same effect.

I hope you enjoyed seeing the final renovation of our 1960’s Prairie style home renovation. I challenged myself to renovate this last bathroom entirely on my own (except for the plumbing) and I did it! It was so rewarding to learn how to hang, tape and skim dry wall, and how to prepare and waterproof the shower area. This renovation literally came down to the studs, which is why $6000 sounds like a lot, but that was to rebuild the entire room from scratch using professional plumbers. If you want to see how to do this yourself, stay tuned for more blog posts on that. You can subscribe to my email list so you don’t miss them.

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Jo @britflipper

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