Coffee Table Magic


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I tend to stick to a formula (that I have just made up now for the purpose of this post!) when I style up a coffee table, in a home that I am taking to market.

T + F + B + 2P = CTM

Tray + Foliage + Books + a minimum of 2 Pretties = Coffee Table Magic!

TFBP – ‘Timeless Features Breed Perfection’!

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1. A Tray

I always try to start with a tray, to group things together so that the table doesn’t look too messy. A tray provides the opportunity to bring together dissimilar items, to make them look more cohesive and collected. I use all shapes and textures in my trays …. rattan, wicker, battered metal or mirrored trays. I am always looking for trays that have pretty edges too, to mix things up a bit.

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2. Foliage

I like to add in something from nature – a leafy green plant or a vase of flowers …. providing varied texture and the opportunity to introduce some height into the coffee table vignette. Real foliage does tend to be a bit high maintenance for me as it does die between open homes! I tend to sneak in a good quality artificial piece when I can, if fresh foliage is not possible at the time. There is a time and a place to ’embrace faux’.  If you don’t use a plant to add height to your vignette, you could add some height with a hurricane lamp or a beautiful pair of candlesticks or ginger jars.

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Faux!

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3. Books

Books, or a pile of glossy magazines, can also provide an opportunity to add some height to your coffee table vignette and provide a platform on which you can display a smaller decorative piece that means something special to you.

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4. Pretties

A few decorative pretties add in a bit of your personality … a piece of coral, a small bowl, candles, a teacup. I try to add at least 2 pretties to each of my coffee table vignettes to add more variety and some interesting shapes.

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If the coffee table is largish, you can also add a bigger piece to balance it all out … a low dish/bowl or an urn filled with baubles or a collection of some sort.

Overall, I try to use uniform colours and a variety of textures and heights to make it interesting, often mixing shiny pieces with textured pieces … like mirrored trays with rattan and coral.

What do you think of my formula?

TFBP – ‘Timeless Features Breed Perfection’

Results in a high probability of ….

Coffee Table Magic!

Statistically significant results …. when it comes down to the outcome … a house sale!

Happy Monday!

A-M xx

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A-M

This is where I muse about home design, interiors, life with my boys and other stuff that stops my heart. I own my own Real Estate agency, 'Cape Cod Residential', through which I stage, style and sell beautiful homes all over Brisbane, Australia.

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3 Comments

  • Susan S
    September 7, 2015 at 9:19 am

    Thanks for sharing your formula as I stink when it comes to styling! I can put the right furniture pieces together, but styling leaves me scratching my head (in thought)! I always have to chuckle when I read Australian idioms on your blog as I sometimes have a hard time figuring them out even within the context of the sentence, so I’m assuming you might have the same problem with American idioms or words.

    • A-M
      A-M
      September 23, 2015 at 10:56 am

      Ha,ha. I think we are more familiar with American idioms due to our exposure to all your wonderful TV shows! xx

  • Shirley Shannon
    December 3, 2015 at 4:29 am

    Would like to receive your posts. Love your ideas.

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About ‘A-M’

This is where I muse about home design, real estate, interiors and life with my boys. I am starting my next house build, 'The Next House That A-M Built', and hope to have some action on site in March, 2017. While I am building I will continue to run my Real Estate agency, 'Cape Cod Residential', through which I stage, style and sell beautiful homes all over Brisbane, Australia. I have an unrivalled staging inventory which enables me to present all manner of homes in their absolute best light for sale. It brings me such joy to be able to do Real Estate so differently and achieve great results for my clients. I am so grateful to be living such a creative and exciting life ... that I have created ... through blood, sweat, tears and physio appointments! A-M xx

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