Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Toppings for your Coffee

via Pinterest

What things have you 
got topping your
table currently?

Perhaps it is
something old ...

something new ...

something collected ...

something blue?

Something fresh and organic ...

something cherished ...

something found while traveling ...

Credit: Julie, Taylor and Danni Greenawalt

... something passed down from 
a loved one.

Here is a brief listing of elements 
that can be used
in arranging your coffee table vignette:
- old or new books
- boxes
- trays
- figurine/sculpture
- fresh plants or flowers
- antiques or vintage items
- candles/candlesticks/lanterns

When arranging your vignette
think of combining
styles, textures, new and old pieces,
and when possible -- 
add varying heights to the setting.
You can incorporate the colors of your room
into the grouping, and you can 
accent a theme you may have 
in your home.

All these things combined 
will make a perfect setting. 

What toppings are
 on your coffee table?


Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Great post, I love your coffee table vignette and all of the inspiration ones too. Well done. Hugs, Marty

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

What great vignettes, Alison! I have an oversized coffee table that holds a lot. I currently have a tray holding hydrangeas, mercury glass votive holders, a crown, and a candle. It also has an urn, a clock, and books.

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Your toppings look fabulous Alison!!

At Rivercrest Cottage said...

all the settings are beautiful. I'm re-doing our coffee table, so there's nothing on it now.

Alison @ The Polohouse said...

Your kitchen is just gorgeous! I think the hutch would be so pretty in the same room but I would paint it a deeper neutral shade... a warmer darker grey or a soft gray/green. Not sure what your accent colors are in your home but if you had blues in your home, you could go with a soft gray/blue but then finish whatever you do off with waxes... preferably Annie Sloan waxes -- so soft an easy to apply!

That's what I would do!

Babs said...

Alison, My coffee table has been uninspired lately. Thanks a bunch for the great inspirational photos. LOVE the ones with the orchids and boxes!

therelishedroost said...

Love your picks for great toppers! My coffee table has books and and old pair of foo dogs that I found at a flea market. I love seeing what people place on their tables!

Sarah said...

Alison, I'm back to study your tabletops again. Couldn't leave a comment my first visit. These are each full of inspiration. Makes me want to begin anew with the tabletops around our home. You've inspired me! Love the collection of tortoise shell pieces. What a gorgeous collection!

Pinky at Designs by Pinky said...

YEAH! It is all there now and I can leave a comment! Don't have any idea what happened yesterday. XO

Unknown said...

Great ideas for coffee table or buffet tables actually. I currently only have ottomans because we are 'loungers' and always like to put our feet up and the dog lays there too so... anyhow, I might take some of your ideas and incorporate them onto my buffet table that definitely needs a RE-DO! Thanks so much.
Michelle / newengland-style.comm

Elizabeth@ Pine Cones and Acorns said...

My coffee table is groaning with books, magazines and cherished keepsakes!

Thanks for sharing all of these inspirational photos!

Julie Taylor and Danni Greenwalt said...

Thank you for showing my work...its the image with the candle sticks and the coral...I would love it if you would give me credit for it...Thanks,