Today I’m starting something a little bit different. I’m going to record myself then write it all down and see if I can bring some of my personality across. Because so far with this blog; I feel like it’s a little dull and so I’m hoping with recording how I normally would talk and then put it in writing, it will bring some interest and some personality, so it’s not so boring. And hopefully I’m not normally a boring and dull person to talk to.
Today I’ll be talking about coffee tables and coffee table decor and the steps I use to decorate coffee tables. I looked around and found that a lot of people are searching for the best coffee table books and I wanted to find out for myself what the best ones are.
Step 1: Coffee Table
You’ll need one of these before we go any further. There are some great websites or stores that you can find coffee tables, you can find affordable ones or expensive ones. It just depends on your preference, taste, and budget. A few options you can find them at is Home Goods, or ZGallerie. ZGallerie have some really awesome ones, but they’re on the higher end when it comes to price. If you’re looking for something more affordable and you don’t have a Home Goods close by, try looking at TJ Maxx or Ross. Those two place have some really great stuff and they are usually pretty affordable. They sell trendy, classic pieces, and home decor items that aren’t going to go out of style anytime soon. So, those are some great options for you. I also really love Target. Target has some really great home decor, not just furniture, they have awesome accessories and anything you could want for your home and it’s all pretty reasonably priced and it’s trendy, fun, colorful, and up to date. If you’re thinking about going there or buying things on their website, you can probably find everything you need on their website. Target is kind of a one stop shopping place for all your home decor needs. Amazon is also a great place to find anything and everything, they literally have anything you’d need or want for your home. Another store I really like is, World Market, because they have interesting home decor that not every other store is going to have, which is kind of awesome. Here are some great coffee tables to choose from (click photo to purchase).
Step 2: Coffee Table Decor
First, I like to use a tray on my coffee table (I don’t actually have a coffee table because my living room is too tiny). When I do a design, I like to start out with a tray because I feel like it helps anchor all the pieces on the table so you don’t have anything floating or something that’s all by itself. You can use a colorful tray, a clear one, one that’s glass, or a wood one (really any tray you like). I’d suggest if you’re doing a wood coffee table, don’t do a wood tray. If you’re doing a glass table, don’t do a clear tray. You’re going to want to have these different to create some interest or else the tray will just blend into the table and then there’s no need for it. (Click Photo to Purchase)
Step 3: Coffee Table Books
I like to find some fun or colorful magazines and/or books to put on the coffee table. There are a lot of different coffee table books that you can find and use. Down at the bottom of this post I’ll have a list (with links) of the best coffee table books you can have on your coffee table. If you’re not sure what coffee table book that’s for you, you can always find some colorful books, anything that’s going to go with your decor color in the room. It’ll add some pops of color to your room until you decide what coffee table books you’d like to purchase. (Links to books below)
Step 4: Fresh Flowers or Potted Greenery
I like to use some fresh flowers or some greenery (small potted plants) that will go really well on the table. Make sure it’s not something that’s going to be too big. You don’t want it overpowering, you just want to add some color and interest with the flowers or greenery. If you don’t have the money to continually be buying fresh flowers, there are a few great websites that sell fake flowers and some come with a vase and some don’t, it just depends. I use a lot of fake flowers for my clients since I work mainly with eDesign clients. When I am finding flowers for my clients design, I like to find colorful flowers. Right now I’m in love with peonies. I know everyone has them and uses them, and I hate being the same as everyone, but I just love the way they look and I love the color. The color can freshen up any room. (Click photos to purchase)
Step 5: Accessories
I like to find some great accessories, only a couple (about 1-3 depending on their size). Don’t go too over the top because you don’t want just a pile of junk on you coffee table. You can find some interesting accessories that can be a conversation starter. My husband LOVES skateboarding and I found a cool little statue made out of nuts and bolts and wire and its just a little guy that is skateboarding and it’s kind of fun and interesting. You may already have accessories that you can use, maybe from a trip you took recently or just something that just looks awesome. I found this really cool circular spiky (no idea the name of it) accessory at Ross a few weeks ago and I have seen them all over and they run for like $40-$50 and I found this one for $10 and I just couldn’t pass it up.
When you are putting the tray, best coffee table books, magazines, plants/flowers, and accessories; you’ll want to remember scale and height. You don’t want everything super tiny because it’s going to look weird on your table and you don’t want everything huge either (you don’t want a tall huge vase with flower is it with other tall pieces around it). I like to use a smaller vase with some flowers and then just random heights to my accessories to make it a little more interesting to the eye. The height differences will make it stand out against the coffee table more , just remember that tip.
Going back to the coffee table books, another idea if you aren’t into the ones I’ve posted on here would be some fine art photography (if you’re like me, I love books with photos).
Best Coffee Table Books:
(To Purchase, Simply Click on the Photo)
I looked around to see if anywhere sold “The Coffee Table Book of Coffee Tables” by Kramer, remember that episode on Seinfeld? It’s too bad I couldn’t find it for sale anywhere, that would be a great conversation starter.
This book is about the internationally acclaimed interior design sensation, Miles Redd, known for his quirky brand of cozy glamour. This lavishly illustrated volume features a diverse selection of his unique interiors, an inspiration to anyone interested in spirited, eclectic design.
She is known for her classically inspired rooms, pretty palettes, and comfortable spaces. She brings Southern charm, European sensibility, and a respect for architectural details to her interiors. This beautiful volume showcases a range of Kasler’s projects, from a luxurious Georgian mansion in Atlanta’s Buckhead to a sophisticated farmhouse in Tennessee and a beach house in Watersound, Florida. Offering a wealth of original design ideas that are refreshing and full of verve, Timeless Style is a welcome addition to any library of interior design books.
Forever Chic: Frenchwomen’s Secrets for Timeless Beauty, Style, and Substance
For any woman who last saw forty on her speedometer comes a sparkling new primer for aging—the French way—with grace and style. Frenchwomen of a certain age (over forty) are captivating and complex. They appear younger than their years and remain stylish throughout their lives. They look at birthdays as a celebration of a life well-lived and perhaps a good reason to go shopping before they dress to perfection for a celebration.
Humans of New York
Ansel Adams: 400 Photographs
The photographs are arranged chronologically into five major periods, from his first photographs made in Yosemite and the High Sierra in 1916 to his work in the National Parks in the 1940s up to his last important photographs from the 1960s. An introduction and brief essays on selected images provide information about Adams’ life, document the evolution of his technique, and give voice to his artistic vision.
The Things That Matter
Nate Berkus shares intimate stories from his life, introduces us to people who influenced him and helped him forge his sense of style, and opens up about the remarkable experiences that have left him forever changed, all of which find expression in how he lives today.
Vanity Fair 100 Years
Vanity Fair 100 Years showcases a century of personality and power, art and commerce, crisis and culture—both highbrow and low. From its inception in 1913, through the Jazz Age and the Depression, to its reincarnation in the boom-boom Reagan years, to the image-saturated Information Age, Vanity Fair has presented the modern era as it has unfolded, using wit, imagination, peerless literary narrative, and bold, groundbreaking imagery from the greatest photographers, artists, and illustrators of the day.
Elements Of Style: Designing a Home and a Life
Elements of Style is a uniquely personal and practical decorating guide that shows how designing a home can be an outlet of personal expression and an exercise in self-discovery. Drawing on her ten years of experience in the interior design industry, Erin combines honest design advice and gorgeous professional photographs and illustrations with personal essays about the lessons she has learned while designing her own home and her own life—the first being: none of our homes or lives is perfect.
Paris in Color
Kate Spade New York: Things We Love
Personal style is applauded and cultural curiosity is encouraged. long before the days of pinboards and social sharing, the brand’s in-house creative team began amassing a collection of things we love on their website: a crayon ring, a cocktail doodle, a particularly dreamy photograph.
The Perfectly Imperfect Home: How to Decorate and Live Well
Ranging from classics such as “A Really Good Sofa” and “Pretty Table Settings” to unusual surprises like “A Bit of Quirk” and “Cozifications,” the essential elements of style are treated in witty and wonderfully useful little essays. You’ll learn what to look for, whether you are at a flea market or a fancy boutique—or just mining what you already own.
Domino: The Book of Decorating
Domino: The Book of Decorating cracks the code to creating a beautiful home, bringing together inspiring rooms, how-to advice and insiders’ secrets from today’s premier tastemakers in an indispensable style manual. The editors take readers room by room, tapping the best ideas from domino magazine and culling insights from their own experiences. With an eye to making design accessible and exciting, this book demystifies the decorating process and provides the tools for making spaces that are personal, functional and fabulous.
If you are still looking for some help on how to accessorize and put it all together check out my Accessorize Your Home Like a Pro post or let me know if you have questions. Everything you see here is all buy able, just click on the link and it will take you directly to the purchase site.