Wednesday, July 11, 2012

What's on your coffee table?

When I look at pictures of beautiful living rooms, one thing that always draws my attention is the vignettes on top of different coffee tables. Here are some of my favorites...

Rustic mix of objects - via Wisteria

Modern table mixed with some traditional objects - via Martha Stewart

Great example of how to use an ottoman as a coffee table - via HGTV

Making your coffee table work for you - as a place to display your books - via House Beautiful

Great example of modern cottage - via The Nate Show

Uncluttered yet organic vignette - via

Flowers and books on the coffee table, always a sure bet - via

What to put on top of a large coffee table - via Wisteria

Another example of what to put on a large table - via

After all these gorgeous inspiration, here is my simple vignette on our own coffee table...

Simple and uncluttered

I had to NOT place tall objects on the table since TV viewing is still one of the main things to do in our living room. And with kids in tow, keeping it simple and uncluttered was key.

I placed a golden tray (Pier 1 imports $10 bought years ago), along with some coffee table books. I love books on the  coffee table because it is easy to change it out depending on my mood. I have a bunch of designer coffee table books that I have been collecting, and from time to time, I switch among this collection of mine. I also placed a bone-covered wall decor, used as a stand to display some favorite objects - a cute gold and bone apple box (TJ Maxx $5), Jonathan Adler Candle and a small vase with flower (Target $7).

Usable space underneath
Underneath the table, I have ample storage for my kids game boards and books ( and some toys). And believe me, these 2 baskets hold none of MY STUFF, it's all THE KIDS STUFF. :-) I think this is a good example of how you can decorate and "live" with kids in your living room space.

I bought the baskets at TJMaxx for $12 a piece - a real steal! The extra pillows are really cute - they are covered in wooden beads  from The Sak and I bought those years ago at Homegoods.

There you have it. I'm just curious though, what's in yours?

Have a Wonderful day!!!


  1. We use 2 ottomans (ottomen, LOL) from Crate and Barrel as our coffee table -- It doubles as storage, so all of my baby's toys and kalat are inside. The top part can be turned over and be used as tabletop. We try to keep it clear of things, but we have an Ikea365 bamboo tray to put random stuff, like keys, on.

    1. I know that! it is so practical for you so that your baby won't get any bumps on the head with the ottoman!!! I use one too in our basement living room. Put a pic on your blog - would love to see it! :-)

    2. Cool! I have pictures of the ottomans in our old apartment while we were still living in the US. I really should do a post on that, huh? :P Soon, Vel.

  2. I love the table and everything in it. That bone decor looks like capiz and i am obsessed with Capiz decors...

    Love it! :)

    1. Thank you!! I am obsessed with capiz too and other "native" or natural stuff. :-) Thanks for visiting!


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