Sunday, May 12, 2013

How to Style a Coffee Table With Four Simple and Meaningful Elements


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I'm going to make this super easy and give you a quick formula for a stylish table all of your friends will envy.

You'll need four elements of varying height, shape and texture such as:
 
1) "Meaningful to you" Coffee Table Books
2)  Fun Tray
3)  Fresh Flowers/Greens
4)  Sculptural elements, knick-knacks, etc.
 
I have styled many a coffee table in my day but I'll be honest all I have on my table right now is a tray and a topiary.

Why?

Funny you should ask. Remember this guy?


And, yes, he is about to eat a sand-covered crab
Code Name: Pig-Pen, Master of Disaster, Bam-bam
His mission: To have as much fun during waking hours as possible -- Good for him. We should all live life like this!!
Result:  Life's one big partay!
Until something breaks.
Which it does
Often.
 
So if you're like me and still have little ones a tray and something unbreakable may be the best style solution for you and your coffee table right now.
 
But a girl can dream can't she? ... so here's my no fail formula for stylin' and profilin' your table. I'll admit I'm jelly of all you gals out there with beautifully styled tables!

Here's what you'll need ...
 
#1
Coffee Table Books

 
I try to use books that have special meaning to me in addition to pretty books that go with my décor. I know we've discussed how your home is a reflection of you and your family. Try to be as authentic as you can when you decorate!
 
I wrote about some of my coffee table faves here. I buy books at my local bookstore but if I'm trying to keep costs down or if I'm in a jam I shop at Amazon. Or I scope out my local Barnes and Noble for bargain coffee table books.
 
Here's a few I found recently that "speak" to me:
 
Because I Love Roses
 
 We love to visit this city
 



This is where my great-grandparents were born


This would be great for my brother-in-law
 
I am speechless when it comes to Adele's attitude, beauty and talent

ADELE
 
For Mad Men lovers

 
You feel me? Are you pickin' up what I'm puttin' down? Don't just use pretty books include books that are meaningful and fun in the mix.

If you want a real conversation starter how 'bout this one?
 
Jonathan Adler
People, you can't make this stuff up ...
 
Moving on. 
Some other pretties: 
 
 
here



here
Once I have my books I stack them in three's placing the largest one on the bottom. Some tables are so large that you can have several stacks on top and bottom. 
 
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source
 
You can coordinate book
colors with your decor or mix them up. Also to save $$ take the covers off some of the hardback books you already own. I'll bet they can work too!
#2
Trays
Next to my books I typically place a tray. I wrote about a few of my favorite trays here. You can make your tray more personal by having it monogrammed.
 
 


source?

Additional tray sources:

iomoi see below for source
 

 





 on the tray I place more books and/or ...
 
 #3
Your Favorite Flowers/Greens/Branches
 
Real or fresh work best. If that's not happening I like to have preserved boxwoods or faux flowers that look so real you'd never know. This is a great place to add height to the vignette your putting together -- see below.
 French-gray.com
 


AND then...

#4
Sculptural elements or knick-knacks
 
 
These items can sit on the stack of books or on your tray. If you haven't added any height to you table scape now is the time. I wrote about these elements here.
 
jonathan adler
 
Oh my god - I have been looking everywhere for a brass banana.




brass urchin at high street market
High Street Market

House Beautiful, obviously:)

design manifest 
So there you have it. Hope it was helpful;:)
 
I also hope to see you at the West Elm grand opening in KOP on Wednesday night May 15th at 6:30 pm. I wrote about that here!
 



 


8 comments :

  1. Great tips! I love the big booty book:) These are the staples of great styling! You summed it up well.

    Laura

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    1. Thanks for stopping in! And yes booty book is hilarious...

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  2. Great break down on how to do a great job of styling!
    Kathysue

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  3. Thanks Kathysue for dropping in and reading my post! Love to style tables one of my favorite things to do!

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  4. Great job, Stephanie! Excellent tips!

    Susan

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  5. Thanks Susan for reading my latest post!

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  6. Coffee table books are a styling go-to for me, Stephanie. So much so that they're displayed in stacks not just on my living room coffee table, but also on the bedside tables in every bedroom of the house. I have a bunch on art and I love that, even though I can't have my favorite pieces of art on the walls, I can still look at them in those books.

    -Imogene

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and reading:)
      Such a great way to enjoy your favorite piece of art thru books!

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