Coffee Tables, dining tables, side tables and nightstands are all great opportunities to display the personal items that we collect. I personally love extra large coffee tables for displays. Typically these are in an area of entertainment and gathering. The right staging and it can become the focal point for the room.
Budgets here can be as large or a small as you like, the key is to find pieces that speak to you, your travels, your hobbies, items that have a personal meaning.
When working on decorating projects I like to start by restaging table displays with personal items found around the house, many times it's simply a matter of reorganizing and placing items in a new way. I'll ask clients about their favorite decorative pieces. Favorite books are such a great item to decorate with, usually, these are tucked away on a library shelf.
Bowls and trays are great to have on a table. It’s all about layering when staging a coffee table. The items the bowls and trays contain tell stories of where you’ve been and the textures, patterns and colors you like. A mix of colors and materials make for a nice display.
Some of my favorite places to look for interesting items are flea markets especially while I’m traveling. I also look for small home decor stores and local artists. I look for items I can’t find back home that will bring me joy in true Marie Kondo style lol. Have you checked out our travel section, we’ve collected lots of great places to visit during our travels for collecting art and design so take a look for recommendations.
Of course we can’t always jet away to Palm Springs or Paris for some vintage finds, luckily there are some amazing vendors online with unique finds and occasionally free shipping! Here are some online sites we really like for tabletop items:
Small plants like miniature orchids or succulents are great additions to any staged tabletop. Plants add life to any room and it is proven plants improve our wellbeing. Check out The Sill for recommendations on small plants for all types of lighting. The Sill delivers plants already potted for you.
Experiences are enhanced by all the senses including scents. Candles and candle holders make for great sculptural items visually but also find scents that are relaxing and set a mood. This will add to who you are and the personal space you are creating.
Have fun with mixing and matching your items, change up your display often and discover new items that bring you joy.
Need a little more inspiration to spruce up your living areas? Check out our new year’s resolutions for some quick tips on creating a personalized and collected home.