Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Serena and Lily Blake Coffee Table Review

Serena and Lily Blake Coffee Table Review

Serena and Lily Blake Coffee Table Review

Serena and Lily Blake Coffee Table Review

raffia coffee table
This post  has been a long time coming as so many of you over the past year have asked about my Serena and Lily Blake Square coffee table in natural raffia! I got it almost a year ago so I feel like I've owned it long enough to be able to create a thorough review. 

I had been looking for a raffia/grasscloth coffee table for over a year when I had finally decided to order the Blake Square Coffee Table. In decorating our home, the two hardest things for me in terms of finding furniture had been a coffee table and I'm still looking for a dining table 2 years later.  I really loved the look of a raffia or grasscloth coffee table and like many of you, I was skeptical on if it would be good quality. 

I asked you all on Instagram stories if you have any questions so let's get to those! 

Does it scratch easily?
It looks as good as the day we got it delivered. I have not had any issues with wear and tear. It's held up nicely. I have not noticed a scratch or rip in the raffia/ grasscoth and it looks good as new. 

What happens if you spill red wine on it?
I have not spilled red wine on it, so I don't know for certain. However, I have spilled a martini and water on it and it just beads up and doesn't soak in. I have been able to wipe it dry with a paper towel. It has never left a mark or stain. It has five coats of lacquer on it so I would imagine this would be the case for most liquids. In the care instructions, it just says to wipe up spills quickly with a dry cloth. It's raffia but the coating really makes it durable. 

Does it hold dust?
No!! THANK HEAVENS!!!! This was my biggest gripe with my last coffee table that I had. It was like a magnet to pet hair and dust. This coffee table is like night and day compared to my last. I dust it with a microfiber cloth like I do with the rest of my furniture but it never shows any dust or pet hair at all. This is probably the attribute that pleases me the most with this coffee table- it's very low maintenance. I would seriously have to dust my old coffee table daily, and this one I dust it once a week and even then, it doesn't really even need that. 
Serena and Lily Blake Coffee Table Review
Are you planning on getting a glass made for the top?
I have had it on my to-do list for a while now. For those that don't know why this person is asking abotu glass, the glass would protect the top of the table and it is common to have glass cut to protect the tops of furniture's surfaces. However, I honestly dont' know if it is necessary. I'd rather not have the glass because I really like the way it looks without it. So while I was considering it, I probably won't now just because it has held up so nicely. 

Is it sturdy?
This person was specifically asking because she said her kids climb all over the furniture. I don't know if I would necessarily let children crawl all over a raffia coffee table, but I have sat on it and there are no issues. It's made of hardwood. It is SOLID.

I see it is textured, can I put drinks down on it?
Yes, it's defintiely textured because of the raffia but not enough to affect putting anything on its surface. I always use coasters on every single furniture surface regardless of what it is made out of, though. My mom was a stickler about coaster usage growing up so it is engrained in me. I even used coasters on my dorm room furniture in college. However, if you don't use a coaster, it will be just fine sitting flat like on any other surface. I would use one if the drink is sweating or if you have something like hot coffee or tea, just to make sure you are protecting the surface- but same goes with any piece of furniture. 

Why did you choose the natural color?
The Serena and Lily Blake coffee table comes in 3 raffia colors: natural, indigo, and fog. I love the natural color as it is such a great neutral. I have wood floors, a colorful rug, wood furniture and a brown leather couch, so I wanted something neutral and light to brighten up the space a bit and something a little less traditional. The fog would not have worked in my living room and I loved the indigo (navy blue) and it would have worked nicely, but again, I wanted something to brighten things up!
Is the coffee table big?
It's big but I measured to make sure it was the right dimensions for my space. Always measure! The coffee table is 47"W x 47"D x 15.5"H. They also have a rectangular version that is 48”W x 24”D x 15.5”H. So it has a bit of a smaller footprint. They have an entire 'Blake' collection of pieces that are all wrapped in the raffia and finished with lacquer like a dresser, console, nightstand, side table, and mirror

For us, the size is not only perfect for the space, but it's great for when we host guests. It can fit charcuterie boards, candles, people's drinks and even space to play games if we want to! 

Have you noticed the color changing due to sun expsoure?
As you can see in one of the photos above, we have big windows and get a ton of light inside of our house each day. It's one of the things I love most about our home. I have not noticed the raffia on the coffee table changing in color at all. Again, it looks as good as the day it arrived! 
Serena and Lily Blake Coffee Table Review
Is it worth it?
Whenever I review anything, I always get asked is it worth it and I always remind everyone that 'worth' is so subjective. To me, it is 100% worth it. I have been so pleased with how it has held up, the quality, and the look. It was the perfect piece for my living room! 

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Thank you to Serena and Lily for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own. 

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