I’ve Partnered with Pottery Barn!
I’m super excited to announce that I’ve partnered with Pottery Barn! Woot Woot! Today I’m showing you 3 different ways to decorate your coffee table using Pottery Barn pieces. I’m also providing you with 6 simple valuable styling tips. Below each table styling I’ve provided a shop bar in which you can click on each individual accessory to learn more about the product. In addition, I found these pieces at my local Pottery Barn store, which means, chances are they’re at yours as well!
Coffee Tables & Ottomans
Coffee tables (and ottomans) are a bit of a secret obsession for me. It’s a space that floats right in the middle of a major conversation area, Sadly, the coffee table is also the most undressed piece in the house. When styled with both beauty and functionality in mind, the coffee table can bring finishing touches to a room, helping to make the space feel complete and well-decorated. Follow the simple stylings tips below to learn the basic principles to decorating your own coffee table.
When styling large surfaces it’s best to think of your space in groupings.
Many times you will see groupings take place on a tray or stack of books. This helps to delineate space and keep things feeling organized. It also creates aesthetic interest and can help add height and balance.
Table #1 is broken down into three groupings. The lanterns and candles to the left is the first grouping. The books and terrarium is the second grouping, and the third grouping is the glass vase and picture frame.
For my first grouping I placed a large and small Eclectic Smith bronze lantern. I grouped the lanterns with these fabulous premium flicker flameless candles. They are beautiful during the day and absolutely stunning at night. The faux flame flickers like a real flame! Ohhhh la la!
Books & trays define space and add height, color and texture.
I used two very thick books to bulk up the right side of the table, keeping it in scale with the lanterns on the left side of the table. Additionally, the books have beautiful covers and spines made with a gorgeous blend of great woven texture and rich color. If your hardback book has an ugly glossy jacket take it off. Many times the hardback is prettier than the cover.
I needed to add height to the second grouping of books in order for it to be in scale to the first grouping of lanterns. Anything too bulky would make the space feel heavy. This awesome glass terrarium perfectly defines the space I needed to provide that balance of scale I was looking for.
Add floral when you can.
I believe incorporating real plant life to an area in which people ‘hang out’ adds positive energy. If you absolutely have to go faux at least try to find a faux plant or floral stems that look real. DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT add dried flowers to this space. Dried flowers are dead flowers and anything dead is, well…dead!
To brighten things up for the third, and last, grouping I added a pretty sea glass vase and a few faux stems in the center of the table. Although fresh flowers are preferred, we can’t always have fresh flowers on hand. Having a couple of pretty stems for desperate moments is okay.
Add your own personal touch for conversation and interest.
For a little glam and personal touch I added a mother of pearl picture frame. I love how the picture frame is delicate and sweet and allows me to show off my furry babies. The white pearl iridescent tones adds a new layer of brilliance to the table.
Shop Table #1- Click on any of the Pottery Barn images below for more information!
Table #2 is divided into two groupings. The first grouping is a set of books and round votive holder to the left. The second grouping is the tray and its vessels on the right.
I love using trays to style coffee tables and ottomans. A tray not only helps break up and define space, it introduces extra style, texture and interest to your setting.
Mix your elements to create a fine balance of interest.
This antique silver butler tray is absolutely beautiful. Its antique nickel finish and scalloped edges integrates an element of elegance. The Lilian vase is a rustic vessel that compliments the elegant and delicate tray. (See how we mixed our elements by paring an antique silver butlers tray with a rustic ceramic vase!). The vessel’s floral print adds interest. The tall iridescent Warbled Luster glass hurricane is the perfect height. I’d also like to point out that the shiny iridescent vessel is opposite in style to the rustic vase, but the mix of the two makes things interesting. I used fresh pink hydrangeas to style the table. Hydrangeas AND pink! OMG…heaven for me!
It’s okay to mix your metals!
If all your metals matched things would be super boring. The Lilly Pulitzer pineapple snack bowl is a great statement piece! Its polished gold top adds a touch of sparkle next to the the aged nickel tray! Notice how the gold top and antique nickel tray plays well with the round bronze votive holder. When you mix your metals you add a rich blend of interest and creativity.
You might have noticed that I replaced the round bronze votive holder with the glass terrarium. I did this to see what kind of changes it brought to the table. The terrarium added a little more height and allowed me to include this small textured shimmery sphere, which brings visual interest. Check out the picture below:
To tie the two groupings together I added a little candle with an antique gold cage. The cage is flattering next to the pineapple top. Furthermore, the white candle compliments at least one piece from each grouping (the book and the ceramic vase).
Note* The Lilly Pulitzer pineapple snack bowl, Warbled Luster glass hurricane and gold cage candle pot are unfortunately unavailable online. However, I found these at my local Pottery Barn store. They may be in limited supply at your local store, too. If you like these pieces check with your local store today for availability.
Shop Table #2- Click on any of the Pottery Barn images below for more information!
If you’re looking for something simple try one long grouping of Premium flicker Flameless Candles in varied heights and thicknesses. These candles are seriously one of my favorite decorating tools. They are worry-free…and really, what’s better than that! The flame looks amazingly real, little kids can’t burn themselves, and they turn on by themselves when set to a timer. This Long Gold Metal Tray is stunning in person. Its narrow frame has clean lines and its dark antique gold finish is very pretty. For interest and aded texture I paired the candles and tray with the Lilly Pulitzer pineapple snack bowl. It’s the perfect height and makes a great statement piece. *See notes in table #2 for more on the pineapple snack bowl.
The candles and tray would have been too low to sit alone on this coffee tables. I built in height using the sea glass vase and faux stems. The gorgeous (and I mean gorgeous) Brenna taper candle holders are sold out online (insert a really sad face here). However, I found them at my local Pottery Barn store. If you love these pieces as much as I do then go out now and grab them! LOL. The large taper is only $24.50. The small taper is $16.50.
I have to mention that the ceramic Marlowe vase on my fireplace hearth in the background of this picture is still available in a really pretty light blue. They might have it available in white at your local store. Check it out.
Shop Table #3-Click on any of the Pottery Barn images below for more information!
In short: the secret to decorating your coffee table or ottoman is all in the way you group your pieces. Each grouping has to play nicely with the other. There needs to be a balance between height, weight and color. When you layer with texture you increase interest. Add at least one statement piece, whether it’s a personal statement piece or a visually stunning piece, and waaaa-laaaaa, you have a beautifully styled space.
Now it’s your turn! Take this post to your local pottery Barn store where they can help you locate your desired table accessories. It’s time to turn your space into something beautiful!