MAKE AN ENTRANCE: what can a console table do?

Console tables can make a statement in a hall, living or dining space


There are some spaces which just cry out for a neat console table. Here, the narrow and smaller CHISWICK provides a focal point in an otherwise empty corridor space. A great blank canvas for a display of plants, candles or books, and with a useful space beneath. Drawers in this console are an added bonus for keys and other hallway clutter.

Weathered Oak Classic Console table Sideboard

Then there is the ‘grand entrance’. This Classic Oak Console, at 2m long, isn’t for the faint-hearted,but is the signature piece of Blue Isle’s collection. This really makes a statement in a classic large entrance hall. If you don’t have a wide entrance hall, there are plenty of dining rooms, living spaces and kitchens with a wall large enough to need a console of this stature. Great for china displays, two lamps, and other decorative pieces. Its elongated proportions can give shape to a wall, where a short chest just wouldn’t do.

MELBURY weathered oak console with shelf

Then there are those very neat tables which can go just about anywhere. The Melbury weathered oak smaller console table is extremely versatile. It’s been used by our customers as a bedside table , a small hallway console, a TV stand, and even as a basin bathroom stand!


And for a more contemporary look in a narrow hallway, a plain, oak console with square detailing looks the part. This CHELSEA console has a shadow-gap detail around the perimeter to make it much more than ordinary!



Let’s get organised! Spruce up your home with super storage

“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” – William Morris


Just like William Morris we believe that everything you own should be useful, aesthetically pleasing or ideally both.

At this time of year we stop hibernating; we crawl out from under our thick duvets or warm blankets on our cosy sofas and we look at our homes afresh. We see the clutter, the haphazard corners and the cracking walls that are in need of a lick of paint.

As part of this process we assess our furniture. Why do we still have several old cast offs that we only took in as they were useful at the time (which may well now be over a decade ago)? Other people (not us) have the opposite problem. They obsess over having the most minimalist interiors possible and constantly have the ‘everything must go’ approach. But life gets too hard constantly striving to achieve that blank canvas look. Even minimalists have to compromise, and the compromise is storage. Whether you are a maximalist, minimalist, hoarder or intense clutter-clearer life is easier if you have good storage. We believe the more the better. No-one has ever said “the problem is , my home has just far too much storage space”.

We like to use a mixture of built-in storage . We can’t help you with that, but we can suggest some key aesthetically pleasing pieces.

For that awkward space near your front door


For a small space we suggest the Melbury Small; three good sized drawers, excellent for pocket umbrellas, hats, scarves, sunglasses and keys.


For a slightly larger space supersize your Melbury with the Melbury Wide (store the same small sundries but just more of them) or the Melbury Console if your issue is finding display storage, the shelf will be perfect for your needs.

If you have a classic hall space choose a console


Choose between Chelsea Contemporary shown here , Chiswick Oak and our grand version, the Weathered Oak Classic. This storage type provides plenty of display space on top and that handy shelf. Go for open shelf storage stacking or get a couple of baskets depending on how tidy you are…!

Living room storage


If you are tight on storage space turn every piece of furniture into a storage opportunity. Make sure all side tables have drawers. Our Soleil Drawer table still retains the elegance and openness of a ‘no-drawer’ side table but you still get some storage.

General storage


Get yourself one or more of these storage ninjas- the Claude Weathered Oak and the Melbury Grand are your classic storage solutions. They look equally amazing in a bedroom or a living space and have impressively deep drawers.