2.20.2015

Project Design: How To Style Your Coffee Table


So happy you could join us for the latest Project Design:  
 How to Style Your Coffee Table!



These are my Five Basic Elements, 
something:
  • TALL
  • SMALL
  • FRESH
  • INTERESTING
  • CANDLE FOR AMBIENCE 
And here are two ways to carry this out…
Version One:

 We have these aqua blues and greens in a painting and
outside our windows...

Candle
Something interesting: Books 
Something small: Geode (bought at Homegoods)

Something tall:  ceramic urn and flowers
Something fresh:  Apples in a vintage French farm basket


I color coordinated the books below, too.

Version Two:

Tall: hurricane and a candle combined

I love how this Large Silver Tray from West Elm lightens the table and organizes it.
Small:  Crystal ball (also from Homegoods)
Fresh: Tulips with some leaves from my fern
Interesting:  Bone inlay box

Which do you like better?
"Green and Turquoise Rustic"
or
"Pink and Silver Glam"
Both sort of express me.


41 comments:

  1. Hi Mary Ann...your table looks so pretty...fun series!

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  2. What a fabulous series. Love your table, great tips.

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  3. Mary Ann I really love both of these looks and would probably just switch them out whenever I wanted a change! The accessories you chose are perfection. Like you, for me books, candles, and a tray and artful objects are always a must!

    xoxo
    Karena
    The Arts by Karena
    The Centre Cannot Hold

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  4. I love the addition of the sagey green! It looks so fresh and inviting! Of course you are the master of using trays. I need to find an old grungy one for my coffee table! Great tutorial also...I would expect nothing less!!

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  5. Thank you for coordinating this fun series, Mary Ann. I love all of the great new ideas! And, I now need a geode in my life. ;) Have a great weekend!

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  6. Both are lovely tables. The great thing is that you change it up to fit your mood. You have such pretty things to choose from, you can't go wrong.

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  7. Beautiful! Love your 5 easy tips - I have to remember to make the tall accent taller. Love both versions.

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  8. You always make everything look so easy.
    I love them both but my I'd have to go with the first one as I love how it plays off the painting!
    Thank you for including me in this fun Design Project!

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  9. Both arrangements are so pretty! The second one really takes my breath away. I'll have to keep in mind your five basic elements. :)

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  10. I like both. Great tips. Switch them back and forth as suggested above.
    xo
    Patty

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  11. You're so good at your coffee table styling - there's no way i could pick a favorite. Love all of your awesome HomeGoods finds, especially that geode!

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  12. Love these ideas, and thank you for including me..such a fun topic!! I love both of yours but loving that pink maybe because its 0 degrees here and I am desperately craving spring! Great fun, have a wonderful weekend.

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  13. This is great Mary Ann! I am constantly changing things up .. getting things just right is easier said than done. I am enjoying little touches of spring ~ green, pink, etc..

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  14. It would be too hard to choose. Your tablescapes are the prettiest ever-the fresh colors, the glitz, your design tips. Thanks

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  15. Just gorgeous, Mary Ann! You have motivated me to finish painting a box I have that needs to find its home on my desk!
    I love that you have done here, as I always do.
    Happy Friday.
    Teresa
    xoxo

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  16. It would be hard to choose, but those pink tulips and maiden's hair fern are calling my name. Thanks so much for inviting me to play along. Happy weekend to you Mary Ann!

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  17. Oooh hard to pick, I love both for different reasons, but if it were in my own personal home it would be the second one, I love to corral elements in a tray. Love the sparkle as well, I have a thing for glass orbs. I have a few of those and I use them all the time. Fun post, Love this!

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  18. All very lovely...my husband's question....where do I put my feet? How would you do it so there is room for his size 11s while we are watching TV?

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    1. Ha! My husband and son seem to have no problem putting their big feet on the table. There is usually about 8" all around for heels.

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  19. Oooh, that pink has me swooning! So pretty, Mary Ann, and I love the crystal ball, I need to look for one, it would work anywhere! Wonderful job, and thank you, this was such fun!

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  20. Like so many others who've commented, I love them both and really can't pick a favorite! Your "Five Basic Elements" tip is so smart and make so much sense. Your collection of beautiful accessories is my favorite and the way you are always mixing things up, moving things around and creating great new little spaces is genius!

    I checked out the others in the challenge and they all did a great job, but yours is my #1!

    Happy Weekend! xo Gail

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  21. I Love both! And I LOVE your formula for a wonderful coffee table!

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  22. Great styling and tips and I see we both used an old box. Thanks for having me!

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  23. Beautiful Mary Ann!!! I am partial to the first one with the gorgeous aqua in it:) Good tips to make it easier for anyone!

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  24. It's funny how people see things differently. In your first version, I see square, square, square, round. A theme of square with one round to vary it. And then you have the two smaller round items (candle and geode) to perfectly balance the vase. This wouldn't be as successful if you used a square vase or if the two things on the try weren't there.

    And then in the second one, you've got predominantly organic shapes with a few squares but I also see a repeat in pattern. The lattice on the book cover, the wooden box and waterford vase are all united by a similar pattern.

    So, while you've developed a theory about what works, I think you've added other design element that are completely intuitive. That's interesting.

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    1. You have the analytical eye, Ron! Sometimes it just boils down to what feels right for me...and then stopping.

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  25. I didn't see your email address. Just wanted you to know that you were featured on my Six On Saturday post today. Here is the URL: http://www.cozylittlehouse.com/2015/02/six-on-saturday-share-link-love_21.html
    Brenda

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  26. I think the GREEN and TURQ really draws the painting out!

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  27. Your coffee table vignettes look divine, Mary Ann!! The second vignette is so pretty. And I like that you can remove the tray easily for dusting, propping feet up, etc.

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    1. At the moment, I'm back to the large silver tray but with some turquoise...and pink spray roses that my husband gave me. That's the only area of my house (well, perhaps the mantel, too) that gets "changing up."

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  28. Great tips and I love the pink tulips. With all the snow we are having in NJ, it's nice to see something springy!
    Shelley

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  29. Your coffee table vignettes look so pretty! I liked reading your tips on how to style one. You shared some great ideas.

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  30. They are both lovely but if I had to choose just one, I'd go with the Pink and Silver Glam.

    Thanks so much for the tips. Restyling my coffee table today!

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  31. Mary Ann this is my kind of post with those five easy tips. Although it was fascinating to read Ron's interpretation of your vignettes. You've got such a great eye for mixing objects.

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  32. Hard to choose, both are so lovely. I think the first suits a more casual look and the second would be great for cocktails or a sophisticated dinner party. Great ideas and inspiration! x Sharon

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  33. Love it....and although all of the other blogs had very nice settings on their tables...your two were my very favorite. Simple, classic and yet sophisticated....all in one. Thanks for sharing!

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  34. Okay I love them both! What a fun way to change your "mood" at any moment! And by the way ... your view just slays me every time! Lovely Mary Ann!

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