Thursday, May 10, 2018

Late Spring Coffee Table Styling -An Open Book

So we all know how good a stack of books look on a coffee table, but how about actually opening up a  book to enjoy its illustrations and pictures?



Coffee table books are usually FILLED with beautiful pictures to look at. Each page can be a little work of art. The best part is you can flip the page whenever you feel like revealing a new little art piece for you to enjoy while relaxing on the couch. Combine your favorite book with a couple of decorative pieces and some fresh flowers to  complete the look.





I've put together some of my favorite coffee table books that are on my wish list. These beauties will immediately add interest to your coffee table.



This post is part of a monthly series that I call "What's On My Coffee Table" where I share tips to style that flat surface in the middle of your living room because let's face it, it can sometimes be challenging to arrange things just right, or to even come up with ideas. You can find more coffee table styling ideas from holiday themes to styling some orchids and its all on the blog! You can see all the posts by clicking HERE. Also, feel free to share your styling ideas on Instagram with the hashtag #whatsonmycoffeetable ! I looove seeing all your ideas and I always share my favorites and here is this months pick!

via @coastalhomelove on Instagram

This is such a great example of how much style a beautiful book adds to a coffee table. This simple setup by Jo from Coastal Home Love features 3 books, an interesting bowl, a small jar, a candle, and a potted plant. Nothing elaborate, right? But Jo's arrangement looks intentional and pulled together because she stuck with a color scheme. Nice job, Jo! Thanks for sharing on Instagram!

Thanks to all for reading! 'Till next time!
-Oscar






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A Simple Spring Coffee Table

I'm definitely what someone would call a “seasonal decorator" which means that the decor in my home changes to reflect the current seasons. I usually start making those changes early so that once the season changes, my home is all set. Why do I bother, you ask? First of all I LOVE changing my surroundings and second, it helps me create content for this little blog of ours. (I say ours because the blog isn't for me, it's for US or maybe even more for YOU). 

Anyway, I'm a bit late with my spring decor because I recently started a new full-time job which has been taking a lot of my time, but in a good way; I'm definitely grateful. 

 My place had been feeling pretty stagnant since after Christmas and it was starting to take a toll on my confidence. To me, my surroundings are very important to me (obviously). The state of my surroundings affects my mood, my self-esteem and even my energy level. 

I didn't have the energy nor did I want to spend the money on making a bunch of changes so I decided I was just going to make a small change on the coffee table. I was hoping that adding some fresh flowers and a  plant would make my place feel a bit more “springy” and I think I was right 😊

Since I'm a sucker for torture, I decided to bring home a couple of potted plants knowing that I would eventually murder them after a few weeks but hey, they would at least last longer than picked flowers! Nothing says spring like ferns so I purchased two small maidenhair ferns and stuck them in my favorite planter. What I like about the ferns is that they're big and puffy so you get a lot of "look" for your buck. I also picked up this cute little potted flower called "Orange Star". It's an indoor plant so I assumed it wouldn't die right away.


Wish me luck with these!

The plants definitely freshened up my living room, but the coffee table still needed something decorative... 

I was rummaging through my garage looking for a vase when I ran into my collection of vintage paint brushes that were  gifted to me by Matt De Vaul , shop owner of MMD Antiques in Orange, CA. I've had those paint brushes for a while but haven't had the chance to use them. So glad I did because I think they look cool as heck! I arranged the brushes in a glass measuring cup and added them to the coffee table and I think they look super interesting! I love the way the paint brushes look in conjunction with the gallery wall paintings.





Now you know what to do with any old paintbrushes you have lying around in the house 😉



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Want to show off YOUR coffee table? Share it on Instagram and use the hashtag #whatsonmycoffeetable . I'll be sharing my faves on the blog and on Instagram! This months favorite was shared by @sixtyfifthavenue on Instagram!



My favorite flowers happen to be carnations and I love this casual, airy arrangement with the varied hues of red.

Thanks for reading! Hope you are inspired to add a little spring freshness to your place. For more ideas on decorating your coffee table, click HERE!

'Till next time!

-Oscar