I’ve been looking for the perfect tray for my living coffee table for a while with no luck. Then last week, I was at West Elm with a friend and I found the perfect tray on sale! If you have a West Elm nearby, shopping in-store is the best way to go because this tray was reduced to $35 although it’s $59 online. It’s just what I was looking for. I love the way the texture contrasts with the smooth and simple lines of my glass coffee table.
I like to style a coffee table tray with interesting objects and conversation pieces, since people are sitting on the sofa right in front it. I love these two vintage geography textbooks. One is from 1877! The worn covers add texture and interest in a way newer books can’t. Then I added height with greenery and the glass and metal box. The lab beaker is from a vintage shop but can also be found on Etsy. The candle and glass box are from TJ Maxx (bought years ago!) and the things inside the box are objects I’ve collected over the years. The turtle shell and brass magnifying glass/paperweight were mentioned in this post.
Here’s a few tips for successful tray styling:
1. An odd number objects are more pleasing to the eye
2. Use interesting conversation pieces
3. Add greenery , like a potted plant, fresh flowers or a snip of something from the yard
4. Very the height objects to keep the vignette from feeling “flat”
5. Place small objects on books so they don’t get “lost”
6. Use some natural, organic pieces to add texture and interest
7. Shop your house! I didn’t buy anything here except the tray
Cheers and Happy Styling 🙂