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Tablescape Tuesday: Coastal Console Table Design Plan

I’m back with another Tablescape Tuesday series today.  Last time a simple refresh of my coffee table had me encouraging you to rearrange yours as well.  Today I’m talking about another table in my house.  Specifically the console table at the top of my stairs in the landing area.  You can see the console table in my living room here.  Although it looks a little different these days.

I knew from when we first viewed this house the exact table I wanted to use in the landing at the top of the stairs.  However, since the movers put the table in place, I haven’t done much with it at all.  Our whole upstairs hallway area is pretty bare actually.  Now that most of our bedrooms are completed, it’s time to pay some attention to this area upstairs.

I’ve put together an inspiration design plan with a ton of resources if you are looking for something similar.  But before we get to that let’s start with the bare bones before photos.

Console table design plan, coastal themed console table with resourcesThis table is at the top of our stairs and right outside our master bedroom.  Other than adding a few books, photos, and a plant I really haven’t done much with the space or table.

console table decor, console table mood board, decorating a console table, console table artconsole table decor, console table mood board, decorating a console table, console table artI think I’m looking to make this area a little more cohesive and less hodge podge-y.  Carrying the coastal theme that’s throughout the rest of our house to this common area is important for cohesiveness.  I also like having some family photographs here because I don’t have a ton throughout other places in my house. However, I want to streamline the frames and get all matching photo frames.

There also used to be a great mercury glass lamp on this table, but after breaking the matching one in the living room I moved the one from here to my living room console table.

Here’s the design plan and links to the resources.

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I want to use a large piece of art above the table to utilize the wall space.  The one in the design plan is great because of it’s abstract, coastal look and colors.  I also found a ton of other options on Minted.  Like this one, this one, this one, or this one.

I love the Minted Art section.  It’s great if you’re looking for a specific piece of art and they do a great job of showing how the art is going to look with other frames.  After picking your art, there are options for matting, frames, glass, and sizes.  It comes shipped right to you just as you chose.  I also love that you get a lot of information on the artist and can see all of their other work.

I’d love to bring back a mercury glass lamp to the table and found one similar to what we had before on Wayfair.  I plan to keep a plant on the table for some greenery and life.  I found this ZZ plant at Ikea and highly recommend them since they are really hard to kill.

Like I said before streamlining the photo frames is on my list to do and these simple silver matted frames from Target are perfect.

I plan to keep some books here as well, but want to bring in some more of the blues and greens that are in the art print so these geode bookends are perfect to corral the books and bring in those colors.

So that’s the plan, now to get the funding to make it all happen.  Thankfully this area has sat untouched for so long, I’m not really in a rush to get it finished.  Now that I have sourced out what I want I can wait for sales and coupons to get the things to complete this tablescape.  Once it’s done you know I’ll do a follow up post showing you how it all turned out.

Thanks for stopping by today!  Be on the lookout for more real life parties and some back to school posts over the next few weeks!

 

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Tablescape Tuesday: Coffee Table Refresh

Wow!  How long has it been since we’ve had a Tablescape Tuesday?  A long time!  Today’s is super simple too, but it’s funny how getting one new thing can make you look at things totally differently.  That happened when I got a new tray for my coffee table.  I’m loving how the new tray made me do a little coffee table styling refresh. But I especially love the outcome!

I’ve seen tons of pins like these on Pinterest with inspiration and how to’s for styling coffee tables.  They are a great resource that are pretty detailed but simple with how to style a coffee table.

Coffee Table Styling How To

The basic concept for coffee table styling is to use the following items:

  • A tray to corral things
  • A candle
  • Something living (plant, flowers, etc.)
  • Varying heights which can be done through books or objects
  • Something odd shaped

That’s it, sounds simple enough right? I think if you can utilize at least three of these things you’re doing pretty good.  I mean you have to have some place to actually put your coffee on your coffee table right?

So here is my interpretation of how to style a coffee table.  I was doing most of these things before, but this whicker tray really amped up the texture of my coffee table.

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coffee table styling, coffee table mood board, how to decorate a coffee tableI just love the chunky woven whicker of the tray.  A couple decorating books are typically on my coffee table or in my living room.  I recently picked up a new candle from Target and it smells amazing.  I would link to it, but I pulled the label off pretty quickly after I got home.  At this point, I can’t even tell you what scent it is.

Thanks to hosting a party, I had some leftover flowers that I rearranged into a smaller vase for the coffee table.  The finial was picked up from Marshall’s years ago.  Places like Homegoods, Marshall’s or Hobby Lobby are great places to get something a little quirky or oddly shaped.

We also have about a million tile coasters, but I especially like the ones we picked up on our trip to Maui when we lived in Hawaii.  They are from this little wine tasting room that had the cutest grounds.

Coffee Table Styling Resources

If you want to give your coffee table a bit of a refresh I’ve rounded up some great options for you.  I highly recommend starting with a tray.  It’s the base of everything else.  Here are three that I think would be great!

Hello gold handles!

If you want that whicker look, this tray is perfect.  Especially if you have a wooden or darker coffee table.  The washed out whicker would offer some great contrast and texture.

Love these trays because they are reclaimed.  So they won’t be exact or like anything else.

Coffee table books are great to have.  You can’t go wrong with decorating books.  Here are a few I recommend:

If you have a passion for something definitely get coffee table books in that genre.  It’s more entertaining to look through books of things you have an interest in.

I hope these few tips have been helpful and the resources give you a place to start on your own coffee table refresh.  Just remember to add a few of the items from the styling how to and you’ll be enjoying your coffee table just as much as me.

 

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Tablescape Tuesday er Thursday: Greenery and Blue Easter Tablescape

Well, this kind of post is normally reserved for Tuesdays, but things happen.  So it’s Thursday and we’re talking about tablescapes.  Specifically Easter tablescapes.  The Tablescape Tuesday series is all about ways to dress up your tables.  Dining tables, coffee tables, buffet tables, dessert tables, and so much more.  Adding a little extra something to your table makes entertaining guests more special.

Greenery and blue Easter tablescape with bird centerpiece and whicker placemats

I went a little bit more natural with this year’s Easter Tablescape.  Usually, it’s full of florals, pastels, eggs, and bunnies, but I kept it a little more simple and versatile for the whole Spring season this year.

Greenery and blue Easter tablescape with bird centerpiece and whicker placematsGreenery and blue Easter tablescape with bird centerpiece and whicker placematsGreenery and blue Easter tablescape with bird centerpiece and whicker placematsCan we just talk about each of these place settings for a second?  I’m in love with the combination of whicker, green wreath, plate, napkin, place card.  I remember seeing an episode of Fixer Upper where Joanna Gaines used a placemat then put a little wreath on top before stacking a plate on top of it.  I’ll say that my version is identical to hers, but it’s definitely inspired and turned out great.

Greenery and blue Easter tablescape with bird centerpiece and whicker placematsI bought the place mat from Hobby Lobby when they were 40% off, score!  Two long bundles of greenery were used for the wreaths.  I just cut a branch off of each bundle, then wrapped them into a wreath form using floral wire.  Once they were done, I placed them on top of the place mat and used the plate to hold them in place.  I saved so much money making them myself instead of buying six individual wreaths.

I also scored the napkins at the Target dollar spot, $3 for a pack of two.  The coasters are being used as place cards and were a gift.  This whole place setting cost me so little, and I love it so much.

Greenery and blue Easter tablescape with bird centerpiece and whicker placemats.Greenery and blue Easter tablescape with bird centerpiece and whicker placematsFor the centerpiece I used the leftover greenery branches and added in some fake milk glass vases and little birdies.  To fake a milk glass look, just find glass vases and spray with white spray paint.  You can find inexpensive vases at places like Goodwill or the Salvation Army.  The little birdies were also a sale find at Hobby Lobby.

Greenery and blue Easter tablescape with bird centerpiece and whicker placematsI’m excited to have some friends over for Easter brunch and put this tablescape to use!  Do you have a special table in line for your Easter meal?  Tag me on Instagram so I can see it!

 

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Spring Home Tour

Welcome back to more spring inspiration this week.  Today, I’ll be taking you through the front door and on a spring tour of my home.  I’ll let most of the pictures do the talking, but I do want to show you how I created my spring home for not very much money at all.

I tried to incorporate some lighter colors, light blues, neutral tones, and fresh flowers.  Now that I’m ready for spring, it’s supposed to snow in a few days, geez!  Let’s get started anyway!

Spring home tour inspiration, spring colors, flowers, living room, kitchen and dining room spring inspiration.Living Room

Spring home tour inspiration, spring colors, flowers, living room, kitchen and dining room spring inspiration.Spring home tour inspiration, spring colors, flowers, living room, kitchen and dining room spring inspiration.I love having a fireplace and mantle as a focal point in the living room.  It’s such an easy place to decorate for the seasons, holidays, and parties to make a statement.

Spring home tour inspiration, spring colors, flowers, living room, kitchen and dining room spring inspiration.Spring home tour inspiration, spring colors, flowers, living room, kitchen and dining room spring inspiration.Spring home tour inspiration, spring colors, flowers, living room, kitchen and dining room spring inspiration.I’m totally in love with these flowering branches.  I’m not sure what they are exactly, but they are so pretty.  I got them at Costco for only $9.99, and pretty sure that they are going to last all season long with regular changes of the water.

Spring home tour inspiration, spring colors, flowers, living room, kitchen and dining room spring inspiration.I’m also LOVING these tulips.  Also bought at Costco for $9.99 and was able to get two displays out of them.  Talk about economical.  New couch pillows were long overdue.  With a 50% off sale at Hobby Lobby, I was able to reuse pillow inserts and just change out the covers.  I was able to get five new pillow covers for under $20.  I will take that deal any day!

Spring home tour inspiration, spring colors, flowers, living room, kitchen and dining room spring inspiration.The Kitchen

Decorating the kitchen isn’t usually on my list of things to do.  It’s a space that usually stays the same for functionalities sake, but this year I added a few details that speak to spring.  Plus, I plan to turn those lemons into lemonade!  This recipe is so simple and it’s delicious!  Such a simple idea to celebrate a sunny afternoon!

Spring home tour inspiration, spring colors, flowers, living room, kitchen and dining room spring inspiration.Spring home tour inspiration, spring colors, flowers, living room, kitchen and dining room spring inspiration.Spring home tour inspiration, spring colors, flowers, living room, kitchen and dining room spring inspiration.The Dining Room

Isn’t a dining table one of the easiest places to decorate for a season?  There are so many options.  Centerpieces, tablecloths, place settings, flatware, glasses, and the list goes on.

Spring home tour inspiration, spring colors, flowers, living room, kitchen and dining room spring inspiration.Here’s the other display of tulips for only $9.99.  And the tray, napkins, and table runner all came from Target.  You’ve got to love the dollar spot.  Plus the clearance section is the source of the less than $5 table runner.  Score!

Spring home tour inspiration, spring colors, flowers, living room, kitchen and dining room spring inspiration.Spring home tour inspiration, spring colors, flowers, living room, kitchen and dining room spring inspiration.Spring home tour inspiration, spring colors, flowers, living room, kitchen and dining room spring inspiration.Spring home tour inspiration, spring colors, flowers, living room, kitchen and dining room spring inspiration.

Spring home tour inspiration, spring colors, flowers, living room, kitchen and dining room spring inspiration.Simple botanical prints taped up to the wall fill a really empty space temporarily, which is great for the season.  Eventually I want to get a vintage arched window or mirror, but I love that I can take these down whenever I get tired of them.  The best part is that they are free!  Just download from here and pick your favorites.

So here’s the breakdown of how much sprucing up my house for this spring tour cost me.  It’s surprisingly low!

  • Flowers: $9.99
  • Flowering branches: $9.99
  • Pillow Covers: about $20
  • Table Runner: $5
  • Tray: $3
  • Napkins: $9
  • Lemons: $5
  • Ceramic Birds: $4
  • Whicker Placemats: $16

Total cost: Only $81.98  Not very much at all, and the cost was spread out over the last couple of weeks which helps to keep your budget in check also.

That wraps up my spring home tour.  I hope you were able to get some inspiration from it.  If you want to or do incorporate any of these ideas into your home, let me know in the comments or on my facebook page.  I’d love to see your Spring home!

 

 

 

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Christmas Home Tour 2016 and a Surprise!

Good morning, I hope you had an excellent weekend.  As we’re only 13 days away from Christmas I thought it was a great time to show you my house all decked out for the holiday.  It’s so interesting decorating this new house for holidays and figuring out where to put things.  I’m hoping next year goes a little faster since it won’t be the first time.

There are a ton of pictures in this post, so I’ll let them do most of the talking and keep the reading to a minimum.  I hope you enjoy our home, and I wish you could see it in person!  If you were here in person you could help eat the million and one Christmas cookies that are at my house right now!

Let’s get started in the office, entry way, and half bathroom.

Click here to see my 2016 Christmas Home Tour and get lots of Christmas decorating ideas!Click here to see my 2016 Christmas Home Tour and get lots of Christmas decorating ideas!Click here to see my 2016 Christmas Home Tour and get lots of Christmas decorating ideas!Click here to see my 2016 Christmas Home Tour and get lots of Christmas decorating ideas!Click here to see my 2016 Christmas Home Tour and get lots of Christmas decorating ideas!I love adding some fresh greenery throughout the house this time of year.  I got this swag at Home Depot and with periodic spritz of water it still smells and looks amazing.

Now onto the living room, with a very big surprise reveal.  Can you spot it?

Click here to see my 2016 Christmas Home Tour and get lots of Christmas decorating ideas!Yep, that gorgeous, rustic mantle is new.  Merry Christmas to me!  I love it!  It’s super chunky and totally finishes off the fireplace area.  Mostly though, I’m just so excited to have a place to hang our stockings.  I didn’t realize how much that meant to me until I finally hung ours up.  I can’t wait to do that every year.

The mantle came from an old barn in Ohio and it took three big guys to get it in place.  Needless to say, it’s not going anywhere.  I do think I’ll use some greenery next year in addition to the stockings.  I’m also looking forward to decorating the mantle throughout the entire year.

Click here to see my 2016 Christmas Home Tour and get lots of Christmas decorating ideas!Click here to see my 2016 Christmas Home Tour and get lots of Christmas decorating ideas!Please don’t judge the placement of our ornaments, a certain two and a half year old had so much fun helping me decorate the tree that I just left them where she put them.

Click here to see my 2016 Christmas Home Tour and get lots of Christmas decorating ideas!Click here to see my 2016 Christmas Home Tour and get lots of Christmas decorating ideas!Click here to see my 2016 Christmas Home Tour and get lots of Christmas decorating ideas!Click here to see my 2016 Christmas Home Tour and get lots of Christmas decorating ideas!Click here to see my 2016 Christmas Home Tour and get lots of Christmas decorating ideas!Click here to see my 2016 Christmas Home Tour and get lots of Christmas decorating ideas!Click here to see my 2016 Christmas Home Tour and get lots of Christmas decorating ideas!The reason for the season folks!  I love that I can teach my daughter about as she says, “baby Jesus'” birthday using this nativity.  That girl loves wishing people a Happy Birthday and it’s no different for Jesus.

Click here to see my 2016 Christmas Home Tour and get lots of Christmas decorating ideas!Now, onto the dining room and kitchen.

Click here to see my 2016 Christmas Home Tour and get lots of Christmas decorating ideas!Click here to see my 2016 Christmas Home Tour and get lots of Christmas decorating ideas!Click here to see my 2016 Christmas Home Tour and get lots of Christmas decorating ideas!Click here to see my 2016 Christmas Home Tour and get lots of Christmas decorating ideas!I found these buffalo check handkerchiefs at Hobby Lobby for basically no money.  I’m excited to turn them into a really cool banner soon.  There were a ton of colors and patterns that would be so easy to use for other crafts, and very cheaply.

Click here to see my 2016 Christmas Home Tour and get lots of Christmas decorating ideas!Click here to see my 2016 Christmas Home Tour and get lots of Christmas decorating ideas!Last years Christmas chalkboard came out of storage with little damage.  I didn’t even take the time to touch up the chalk lettering as it still looks pretty good.

Click here to see my 2016 Christmas Home Tour and get lots of Christmas decorating ideas!Click here to see my 2016 Christmas Home Tour and get lots of Christmas decorating ideas!Click here to see my 2016 Christmas Home Tour and get lots of Christmas decorating ideas!I added a few Christmas touches in the kitchen using cookie tins and a lighted garland above our cabinets.  The glow of the lights up there at night is one of my favorite things.

That’s it folks, I hope you enjoyed the little tour around our house at Christmas.  We actually won’t be celebrating Christmas here this year, as we’ll be with family.  That’s part of the reason I started decorating before Thanksgiving (gasp!).  I have gotten to enjoy it all just as long as if I waited until after Thanksgiving.

What’s your favorite part of decorating?  I think my new favorite part is definitely hanging the stockings!  Merry Christmas!

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