Friday, February 20, 2015

coffee table reveal and styling tips

I was thrilled when Cindy @ Rough Luxe and Mary Ann @ classic.casual.home
 invited me to participate in their Project Design Series - Styling a Coffee Table.
I also knew there was no way of avoiding it - I would have to out myself!
Here it goes, my coffee table confession: I'm a serious collector/hoarder of Craigslist
coffee tables. The only thing I love more is coffee itself! If you know of a support group
let me know!

In the meantime, say hello to my venti White Mocha with whip...

The key to keeping neutrals interesting is lots of varied textures!
Wood, concrete, glass, greenery, flowers, pottery, shiny, matte, smooth, rough.

Pretty doesn't have to be pricey! Everything on this table came from Goodwill,
the books $1 each on half off day, the wood bowl, the vases I bought a few years ago
 and spray painted.

Wheat grass is quick, easy and inexpensive to grow, the great texture and freshness
 can't be beat. Here are my instructions, if you've never tried it you'll be hooked!
I brought my DIY concrete spheres and old glass float in from the garden for some
rustic texture.

Next came my grande Cinnamon Dolce Latte...

Black and white stripes and leopard patterns easily mix with a multitude of colors
 and combinations. I'm sure you've seen that leopard tray over and over in my vignettes,
 it was a simple Ikea DIY a few years ago. A pretty box to hide the remotes is a must!    

I love my foo dog I found thrifting not long ago, he gives the table the perfect
bit of quirk.  The greenery in the clear square vase is the fern filler that came with
the roses (I used the same on the first coffee table, too).  

And lastly, get a shot of my tall Espresso no foam...

My favorite greenery is anything from our yard, but this time of year I'm out
 of luck and used this is faux greenery and floral stem from Hobby Lobby.
Situate the interesting bloom in a smaller vase in front of the larger one to show
it off nicely.

Three Simple Steps to a Stylish Coffee Table

Create 3 Sections on your table

Section #1
A tray or larger books placed beneath two vases of flowers or greenery
(one tall vase and one smaller - mix up your greenery)
add one other object to create a grouping of three items    

Section #2
A couple low books
(a great place to inject pattern)
a magnifying glass always looks great on a pile of books

Section #3
An interesting object
(a box to hold remotes, something quirky or whimsical, 
something sentimental, a pretty bowl, an antique, anything you love)

I can't wait to see what these talented friends have to share,
guaranteed inspiration galore!

And a huge thank you to Cindy and Mary Ann for such a great idea!



marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Great tips and all three are stunning.

My Notting Hill said...

Love all three and the creative coffee references. The vase with rose filler is genius!

therelishedroost said...

All colorful and so much fun!

The enchanted home said...

Gorgeous and love the idea of creating sections, kind of takes the stress out when you think of doing it in small stages/steps, each one is so pretty!

Dana Frieling said...

I'll take a venti White Mocha with whip, please! Creative post, friend.

Emily A. Clark said...

Looks so good--especially that cozy throw in the background :)

René said...

Pretty styling! Your thrift store finds always look like a million dollars!

Kris @ Driven by Décor said...

You crack me up with all of your coffee tables! I have the same issue with chairs - total hoarder. Anyway, each one is more beautifully styled than the next. Unbelievable how you are such a fabulous thrifter!

Lisa @ Shine Your Light said...

I love your tips Pam - the height and texture combinations you put together are so good! And such pretty coffee tables!

Julia Konya said...

Awesome tips, you are so good at this. Looks fab

Barbara said...

Just gorgeous, Pam! I love the way you can put it all together!! And your use of color - fantastic! Just one question though....where do you put your feet?!?

pam {simple details} said...

Thank you, Barbara!! It's funny, we don't put our feet on the coffee table in our family room, we sprawl all over our sectional. :)

Kathy Olson said...

So pretty! I always love the touches of black in your room.
I wish you could work your magic in my living room. It's pretty, but needs something!
Have a great weekend!

Julie Taylor and Danni Greenwalt said...

You are so funny! Where do you keep all these coffee tables? Any who...they all look great!

Stacey said...

Love the stunning details! Your styling is on point. Great tips too!!

Karena Albert said...

Pam I adore all of your looks with your various and oh so interesting coffee tables! I am definitely making the stone garden globes this spring!! Have also been on the lookout for an interesting foo dog for the longest time!

The Arts by Karena
The Centre Cannot Hold

Jennifer @ Dimples and Tangles said...

3 beautifully styled tables??? Leave it to you to go above and beyond! I can't choose a favorite, but I love the spheres you brought in for the first one! Nice job, Pam. Thanks for some great new ideas!

Mary Ann Pickett said...

You are so creative!!! Love that they have different names! I feel like I want to reach through the computer screen and touch all the fun objects...and the wheat grass looks so fresh on this foggy day here in SF. Wonderful work and thanks for participating!!!

Lori Appleton said...

Such beautiful styling Pam. I simply can't choose a favorite, so I'll take the White Mocha and an Espresso and use my afternoon treat receipt for the Latte! I love all of your cool and varied accessories.

Carla Aston said...

Beautiful styling and I love that everything is done on a budget. Those spray painted vases are fab! Design books for $1!!! Yay!

Patty Day @Pattys Epiphanies said...

Love your arrangements!! And your advice is right on!

Cindy Hattersley said... are a master at accessorizing! I couldn't possibly pick a favorite. Each and every vignette has it's own personality. Seriously you should teach a class on how to style your coffee table on a budget. They need you on HGTV! i hope they are watching. You need to pin these on our board! If you don't I will!!

Ellen Thompson said...

So fun that you have named your tables! I think you win the prize in this particular show and tell. At least, yours are the most to my liking. All the tables are wonderful!

Stephanie said...

I found you from Emily A. Clark's blog and am so glad I did! Fabulous ideas. The round coffee table is gorgeous. I've been looking for just the right round one for ages. Would you mind sharing your source? Thanks!

Kathysue said...

so many wonderful options and great advice as well. Kind of love the last one the best, but to be honest. I loved them all!

Carrie @ Cosy Carolina Interiors said...

Great tips, Pam! You find the best things on Craig's List! I love all three of your tables and vignettes. :)

Julie Reinwald said...

It's all beautiful, Pam! You definitely have "the touch"!

Laurie Colvin said...

Really glad I found your blog. The posts are really inspiring and full of useful information. You must have a few coffee tables hanging around! Loved your last post too.

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Pam, your tables are always exquisite the total package of a stunning table with the most beautiful accessories that adorn it. I love how you so impeccably mix all the right textures, shapes, and color into your vignettes. Have a great weekend!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

every single one is fabulous! you have such amazing style and skill.

La Dolfina said...

You are my kind of gal!!!
I too have several coffee tables myself but my worst offense has to be way too many lamps!!!
I agree with all the other commenters, you nailed this Design Project.
Look forward to following you around!!!
La Dolfina

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Beautifully styled and you find the best Craig's List finds. I love the round table.


Pam....beautiful...and really you have coffee tables to spare? I would love to see you stash of great finds:)

La Contessa said...

MY first VISIT and I will be BACK!
Love YOU and YOUR PEARLS..................I just bought pearls for my TAXIDERMY ELK!

Calypso In The Country said...

Such great tips - and gorgeous colors! Love them all!

Brenda said...

Love your tables and love your stylings. Can't help but smile when I think that you change out your coffee tables also! It looks like your interesting flower (red) is a blood lily. I grow them in my garden. They are spectacular.

Leslie Harris said...

Love your style and your craigslist addiction. I can so relate, although i haven't developed a coffee table fetish yet hahaha i'd love to know where you keep the extras. Thanks for the tip on wheat grass, i haven't tried growing it before.

Vel Criste said...

love it all and great tips Pam!

Becky {This Is Happiness} said...

All so beautiful! What great styling you have!!

Darlene Gemmell said...

I really like your use of Pink, Navy and a Pom Pom throw blanket!! It was done beautifully to bring in colors without looking childish - well done :)

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