A side table is an integral piece in the success of a well-decorated space. It's an accent piece that improves the functionality of any room by adding extra surface space for holding drinks, displaying vignettes of favorite things, such as current reading books, candles, flower arrangements. Of course the extra storage space it provides is an added hidden bonus. While I could have gone shopping and brought home a side table for my sofa, I opted to re-purpose one of my old vintage suitcases for an instant side table simply by adding a chrome butler's stand to elevate it off the floor for a uniquely stylish end table. I just love the charming imagery the old vintage suitcase evokes - that of well-traveled adventures of yesteryear.
So, take a look around your house for ways to re-purpose what you already have.