As an introvert and a serious work-at-home homebody, when I go to other people’s homes, I usually hang out in the doorway longer than necessary until the host or hostess takes me by the arm and ushers me in. Then I worry about my shoes. Am I tracking in dirt? Should I take them off? Is that weird? When we finally arrive to the “Ah, come sit down” phase of the visit, I know the obligatory “Can I get you a drink?” is coming. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve left homes with wet spots on my pants because I didn’t grow up with coasters and, until recently, I didn’t trust them. I was afraid I’d damage the surface in someone’s home so I kept my glass in hand for the entire visit.
I came around to coasters when my daughter, bless her innocent heart, left two ugly black rings on a recent thrifted find in our living room — two blond wood vintage tables I knew would come into my life someday, light and small enough to move around as needed should I have a rare guest. After that incident, I went on a coaster bender. We won’t get into that, but let’s just say it involved way too much research on my part.
Today I’m sharing 8 coasters that are as easy on the eyes as they are practical, including some from indie shops and Etsy. And if you’re the crafty type, there are also3 DIY coaster projects that might provide you with a fun project for the weekend. –Caitlin