As pointed out above, the table is backed up to my couch, which is upholstered in a pretty distracting pattern, so the neutral quilt draped over the back helps to keep your eye drawn to the table and not to the couch and what’s in the living room.
Finally, to create a little added separation between the table, and the living room behind it, I set a rectangular chalkboard on a picture stand. It gives it a little of that partition feel without having an actual partition.
The chalkboard is made from an old cabinet front I picked up at the ReStore for about $1, then painted and distressed, and painted with homemade chalkboard paint.
Finally, if you are setting a table between two rooms, it’s a bonus if you can pull things in that look good from all sides so that when you move into the next room, you’re not staring at the ugly backside of the table. In my case, the trees looked good all the way around and the back of the chalkboard is just stained wood, so it all looked great from any angle.
Of course once I had it all set just the way I wanted, this little lady was determined to throw a wrench in it. Someone was enjoying that they had full access to the table via the couch, and didn’t want to get out of my pictures, so everyone, meet Winslow the Puggle. Soooo annoying, yet soooo lovable.