Designer Kelly Lankford shares her latest obsession

Designer Kelly Lankford
Designer Kelly Lankford

Drink tables emerged on the High Point Market scene in 2016, and by last fall, they filled showroom floors. These petite furnishings are available in any style, crafted out of brass, polished nickel, geode or petrified wood, stone, concrete and glass. A simple yet trendy concept, drink tables—whether formal or informal—bring defined lines to upholstered chairs and comfy sofas.

“They remind me of the 1950s ashtray stands,” says designer Kelly Lankford, owner of KHL Design Studio. “I think these drink tables are adorable next to a lounge chair, instead of a big end table, or at one end of the sofa, perfect for your morning coffee or after-work cocktail.”

But don’t get rid of your side table just yet. Arranged accordingly, drink tables can complement larger tables, providing a countertop for every seated guest. Small in stature, they not only reserve real estate for more guests or furniture but also are easy to move, regroup and sprinkle about when needed.

“I see them as little jewels in the room,” Lankford says. “They are small accent pieces that provide a hospitable detail, adding to the overall atmosphere of an entertainment space.”

Convinced you need one—or some? Find them locally at West Elm or through KHL Design Studio to tastefully stage your party scene with fashionable, functional decor.

1. Faceted brass drink table from West Elm. 2. Drink table with a diamond-shaped base topped with an antique black mirror by Gabby. 3. Table with a tiled alabaster base and acrylic top by Gabby. 4. Drink table with white marble base and a round metal top in an antique brass finish by Interlude Home. 5. A John-Richard table in bronze and antique brass.