One of my favorite things to do is to shop around my home and create vignettes (or little groups of “moments”). I am home a majority of the time, so I am constantly switching everything up to keep my eyes from getting bored with fresh content. Even when you have had something for a long time and you think it is a bit “stale”, you can pair it with something else or give it a new home, and it becomes completely revived. My favorite places to play the “revolving-vignette” game is on my coffee tables, any trays, my kitchen island, and my breakfast buffet top.
Unfortunately, as of today, the orchid I have been babying (ok, feeding three ice cubes a week), finally started dropping its blooms. It was the main staple on my coffee table for the last three months — if you have seen my Instagram, I am sure you are very aware as I have been most proud of its longevity. So, taking the orchid out of the equation calls for new coffee table styling to freshen things up a bit. I am going to take you through my process of shopping through my home to create new spaces by building my coffee table tray from scratch. If you ever had a question of what “shopping your home” is, hopefully the following will provide resolution.
First, I cleared everything off the tray to start with a clean palette. This allows my mind to create a fresh vision without getting too attached to anything that was already “living” on it. This is a LARGE tray (both the table and tray are from ZGallerie), so it took a little practice after I first got it to make it look filled without throwing a bunch of small items on it. I think rectangular flat surfaces and smaller trays are easier to style, but I just had to have this oversized square tray since my coffee table too is oversized, square, and has a mirrored top.
I like to start with flowers/large items first and build around that as a focal point. Since I just got these flowers (and have already moved them around the house over the past 24 hours), I knew I wanted to pull these into the living room. I love the blue and white in here, and I had already created a mini-tray (kind of cheating, I know) that I can sit right in the large tray. I will absolutely take another arrangement of these blooms from the formal living room to replenish the empty island.
I keep a cabinet full of magazines that I haven’t gotten to, am holding on to, or am passing along to my mom. I like to keep a few on the tray for easy access, and because it just “makes sense”. No matter how carried away I get, I try to at least make everything LOOK like it makes sense.
To keep it from looking too busy, I also like to put a book on top. I don’t have any gorgeous, big coffee table books (on my wish list), but I love the look of this one I keep on the bookshelf, given to me by a hotel event planner when I was touring sites for work.
…I stack and position them both in the second quarter.
I always have to add some “interest” on top of my books/flat spaces so I look around for something to position on top. I spy this magnifying glass (no pun intended), and lay it on top of the reading material.
I wanted to add more height, especially since the table is in the center of the room. My previous teal candle holders would clash with the soft blue, so I hit up the formal living room to borrow the pillars I spotted when grabbing the magnifying glass.
Instead of just sitting them next to each other, I go searching for a box or something that can serve as elevation to lift up the candy dish. I find one in the front entry and take my haul back to the living room.
I rearrange the quadrant positions until I like the flow, keeping the smaller items that should be more accessible up front. It’s “getting there” but still looks a little sparse for my taste.To break up the black and add a little more texture, I once again go around in search of something that can go on top of the small book. I find this half-sea urchin on a shelf.
I’m starting to like the look a little more, but there seems to be too much of a silver/gold separation. I have a lot of gold accessories so I scan the area until I find a wishbone in the breakfast room.
I add it to the silver and am pleased with the color flow, height, and scale of everything. I think that means I’m finished!
I could have easily jetted out to one of my favorite stores, but not only does shopping around your home save a lot of money, it helps you achieve more of a “collected” look. As for those areas that are left bare after your “shopping” is over, you can either spread the remaining items out to create a little more distance, replace them with other items from around the house, or, resort back to scouring through your boxes/storage to see if any trinkets may be able to be revived in their new potential space! When all else fails… you know what to do!