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February 1, 2011

The Center Of Attention

As February begins and many of us have been bombarded with Old Man Winter’s wrath, we’ve spent many an hour inside. Keeping that in mind, if you’re like me, I’ve rearranged my furniture in my head a handful of times in just the past few months.  Interior design ideas are aplenty, but that doesn’t mean I have the financial ability to make all of these ideas a reality.

If your mind as been full of visions for your dream decor, I have a simple project that will immediately be appreciated and noticed in a room that almost everyone will see while visiting your abode. The coffee table.

The center of the living room most likely, the coffee table is a focal point of one of the busiest entertaining rooms in a home, so why not allow your coffee table’s decor to do some work for you.

With one simple, unique object, you can begin an engaging conversation. With a well-planned purchase of an intriguing coffee table book, you can reveal exactly what you want about yourself to your guests, and with a beautiful bouquet of the season’s freshest flowers, you can instantly add class and glamour.  How is that for multi-functional without the steep price?

For today’s Rooms of Inspiration, I’ve listed below a handful of ways you can spruce up your ordinary coffee table without breaking the bank. Taking it from one that functions to one that impresses and converses with each guest you invite. Let’s have a look.


Just as going through someone’s personal library reveals insights into the person who resides in the home, so does the choice in coffee table books chosen to be stacked in the living room. So be discerning when it comes to the books you choose to place in plain view, but at the same time, reveal a glimpse of who you are.  Click here to see a list of the 50 Most Beautiful and Brilliant Books For Your Coffee Table.

Conversation Starters

A unique souvenir that you discovered on a vacation. A family heirloom that could tell a hundred tales. The choice of one special item that piques your guests’ curiosity is a guaranteed way to start a conversation with people who may not have anything else in common.

Less Is More

Take into account the style and decor of the rest of your home.  If you are decorating a cabin or a modern apartment, sometimes less really is perfect.

Fresh Flowers

It has been said many times, but a coffee table can never be inadequately adorned if a beautiful vase of fresh flowers sits atop it.  Choose to combine it with a beautiful bowl, a conversation starter, or just let it be the star all by itself.  Whatever you decided, the flowers will brighten the mood immediately.

Organize With A Tray

One of the best ways to bring a lot of different items together is to place them strategically on a tray. It creates an immediate sense of order and purpose to what is placed on the coffee table, and depending on your decor, there are wooden trays, painted trays and even basket woven trays, to mesh beautifully with the tone you are trying to create.

Bring the Outdoors In

A variation from fresh flowers is to place ornamental grass potted in matching ceramic bowls down the center of your coffee table. Other ideas include a small bamboo plant or an impressive orchid. Each convey a fresh, clean and zen-like feel to the room.

Hurricane Vases

Hurricane vases can be used almost everywhere: indoor or out, coffee table or dining room table, seasonal or year round. Enjoy choosing the perfect design for your table and the contents to match.

Add Some Height

As a way to incorporate a sense of balance into this particularly simple, yet instant room changer, try to include an item that has a bit of height.  This could be branches as you see above, an extremely tall vase, or a pillar for a candle. Whatever you choose, try to maintain a balance between low objects (books and bowls) and ones of height, and you will have a beautiful center piece on your newly decorated coffee table.

Out of curiosity, I would love to hear what items you place on your coffee table. If you don’t mind, feel free to share.

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At February 1, 2011 at 3:48 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

You know, I don't have a coffee table but I would love one.
I plans to do up my study but as you say it's expensive so it will take me a good few months to finish it

At February 1, 2011 at 4:43 AM , Blogger Vanessa@Luxuria said...

The way my lounge is organised in Spain I don't have a coffe table. But your post has now got my mind running on over-drive , and I'm "plotting and planning" how I can make this happen ;-)

At February 1, 2011 at 5:18 AM , Anonymous KBG in DC said...

I'm a big fan of candles and flowers too, but I always like to add a pretty box to the mix. A box is so mysterious, so full of possibility. The anticipation of opening one and finding a treasure inside is one of those exquisite pleasures that linger from your childhood. I put my conversation starter in the box and let my guests discover the wonders of my house by surprise.

At February 1, 2011 at 6:04 AM , Blogger Cara said...

This reminded me that I am in need of a good book to bring with me on vacation...any suggestions?

At February 1, 2011 at 6:41 AM , Blogger hostess of the humble bungalow said...

I need to repurpose a tray...
all these are inspiring me...looking at these bright rooms can't wait for some sunny days...I'll need to action some window cleaning :)

At February 1, 2011 at 7:52 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

All great ideas -- as usual Shannon! I love boxes like KBG (silver, inlaid wood, etc.) and usually have one the coffee table as well. Thank you again again Shannon, for featuring me in your newsletter. I told my readers all about it today -- are you ears burning? xo ebh

At February 1, 2011 at 8:45 AM , Blogger The enchanted home said...

Really liked this post. You hit it right on when you talked about the elements of a great and inviting room and the importance of choosing which books you want to display wisely:) They are indeed revealing as to a person and their interests,etc.....the idea of height, fresh flowers (or really good faux ones) and a tray are all ideas I try to incorporate into every room I put together...great post today!

At February 1, 2011 at 8:58 AM , Blogger Carrie said...

Fabulous post Shannon, thank you for the beautiful pictures as well, they are the perfect inspiration.

At February 1, 2011 at 9:38 AM , Blogger said...

wonderful post.
i'm currently trying to "bring the outdoors in". i had forgotten what an impact live, breathing greenery brings to the house. plus the added health benefit of purifying the air.

At February 1, 2011 at 5:44 PM , Blogger Slim Paley said...

Beautiful post Shannon!

At May 29, 2012 at 3:40 AM , Anonymous Website Designer said...

I love all the images they are superb. I will copy some ideas.. Thanks for the post.


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