Styling A Coffee Table: Fall Decor Tips & Tricks
Welcome to our Fall Coffee Table Tour!! If you just came from Summer She Leaves a Little Sparkle a special welcome to you. If not, be sure to keep going on the tour because you do not want to miss the styling expertise of our darling friend Summer!! She makes it look so easy. Well, we think styling a coffee table shouldn’t be a chore! Jodie and I hope we can make it fun AND easy with these tips & tricks! We are ready to share our decorating ideas so you can create your own masterful coffee table vignettes. Hopefully you’ll take away some general techniques for styling and tips for how we achieve our end results, as well as specific ideas to use for your own table-top vignettes. Finally, we provide sources so you can find similar pieces we’ve used on our tables and in our decor. First Jodie’s, then Julies…welcome to the tour!
What’s on my coffee table? Actually, I’m excited just to HAVE a coffee table. When we decided to join in this monthly Coffee Table Blog Tour my initial response was excitement. My second thought was sheer panic when I realized I had been masquerading my ottoman as a coffee table all this time! After I had calmed down and gone through my brainstorm of options I was left with one truly brilliant idea. (I don’t know why I hadn’t thought of it AGES ago!) You guessed it, it was time for a SWAP! I traded my ottoman in my family room for my more formal table from the formal living room (which isn’t actually formal at all, but what else are we going to call it….ok, the 2nd Living room) Voila! New coffee table! I’m so excited to reveal it to you for this occasion!
Here is how the coffee table looks in the room. I love it from a purely aesthetic perspective. It really balances the white couch and the brightness of the room, grounding the room. The detail of the carved door (which unfortunately you can’t see from these pics) and the reflection of the glass add more elegance and drama to my casual setting. AND, from a functional perspective, I love how big it is! With the ottoman I never had enough places for decor and a place to put my water glass. It feels like I upgraded to the Cadillac of all coffee tables. Now I have plenty of room for my decor, my flowers AND maybe the occasional dinner in front of the TV scenario! (Like that ever actually happens…um.)
Begin with Color
What’s on my coffee table? I wanted to lead with a fun, rich flower color to go with the purple velvet pumpkins I found. Violet mums, a mercury glass pumpkin and my all-time favorite go-to tray….this Moroccan style white wood and mirrored tray from World Market.
So, what’s ON my coffee table?
White pumpkins…for the season, are a must!! I have pumpkins of all shapes and sizes, real and faux, of all different colors. The wire basket adds more texture as do the natural wood beads. Another coffee table essential….Agape candles from Burlap Bow Decor. Lit or unlit their fragrance is so intoxicating! This one is Black Fig (my personal fav) but I love all 4 of her fall scents…and don’t even get me started on her year-round collection. These candles are affordable luxury you can not pass up! Plus, look how cute the graphic is. Beautiful inside and out, these candles are just like their maker, our dear friend Rachel!
Coffee table books because no self-respecting coffee table would be caught without them!! My white ceramic pitcher and 2-week old hydrangeas!! Yes, really!! After killing every bunch of grocery store hydrangeas I ever bought I swore off them. For over a year I didn’t buy them! When I couldn’t stand it anymore I decided I was going to try again. I researched how to handle them without allowing them to wilt and ever since they last 2-3 weeks for me every time I buy them. If there is interest I will write an easy blog post about it….let me know in the comments!
Beyond the Table
Beyond my coffee table is my 12-year-old pottery barn off-white couch. It my have seen better days (surviving two dogs and two boys)…but it is the perfect backdrop for my true obsessions….pillows! I love neutrals and I love texture so this is where I really love to indulge! “Background” pillows I often find at target and HomeGoods, but my “Starlet” pillows are handmade treasures from Bianca with lavender and grace This link is for your shopping convenience! Enjoy a 10% discount using the coupon code THEDESIGNTWINS with our complements!
And my chandy. Can we have a moment of silence for my chandy? You know what I love best about it? It was a gift from my sister!!!
Beyond the Couch
Beyond the couch are my re-purposed frames that I stole from my boys’ rooms (they didn’t mind that I took down baby pictures of them!) and made this wall collage of botanical prints (that I downloaded for free)! I swapped out my boxwood wreath for this old book page wreath that I crafted last year. It’s the same color as wheat and goes perfectly with my neutral/texture obsession (remember!?) Yeah!
Begin with a Theme
How do I style my coffee table? I like to chose a theme for cohesion. This month it is Fall. Fall means so many different things. For me, I choose to express fall through natural decor. I love using elements from nature, and Fall is the perfect time to draw inspiration from the great outdoors. Here are the elements I chose: a faux evergreen plant in a rustic-looking basket, pumpkins, a bird, seeds, antlers, a wreath. These all represent the theme…nature. In addition, I have a tray that is rustic and very natural-looking, and the books are a neutral building block.
Choosing A Color Palette
I know it looks like everything is floating…that’s my glass coffee table! Keeping the colors soft and neutral, I wanted more than just a “sea of white”. So, along with the natural colors provided by the antlers and wood I decided to bring in soft greens. I added this Pottery Barn green pumpkin CANDLE, yes, it’s a candle. I’ve had it for years (and obviously I never light it.) The other pumpkin has a bit of green in it as well. And the grass wreath carries the soft green again. The evergreen plant supplies a darker green hue which compliments the color scheme.
Next, I love to add interest by using a variety of textures. Lots of texture is added by the wheat bunch on the tray (Safeway) and the grass/wheat wreath (HomeGoods). The rustic reclaimed wood tray is all about texture…so real and raw. It is a new addition to my table, and it is made by my friend Allie @rusticpassion It is amazing…I call it my “traveling tray” because it looks good everywhere! This tray goes great with my natural theme and is a perfect stage for my rustic antler candle holder. I love repeating the theme of the antlers on the pillow…just seems to tie things together, don’t you think?
Handmade Pillows: A Special Offer
And last, but certainly not least, are the new LOVE OF MY LIFE: my handmade pillows from the uber talented Bianca @withlavenderandgrace. The coolest part is Bianca is offering all our followers 10% off using coupon code: THEDESIGNTWINS for a limited time. Click HERE to shop her huge selection, including customized pillows and more. Her pillows are perfect for every room, every season, and every decor (Jodie and I are practical girls at heart!) Happy shopping and happy decorating!
Next up on our tour is our amazing friend Susana, Too Chic For Words, who we know you are going to LOVE. Enjoy!
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