coffee table books

Wonderful, marvelous wallpaper and other good stuff!


I have two wallpaper installs I just had to share.


The first one I wrote about here.
It's for a teen girl's room we are redesigning.
The paper is so very chic and should grow with this young and stylish gal over the years...
 



The second is
another one of my all-time favorite wallpapers
"Vases" from Clarence house.
 
 

This iconic wallpaper will be beautifying a hallway in a charming english-style stone home. Couldn't be a better fit!

You can read more on how to pick the perfect wallpaper here.

 
In other news...
For all you fashionistas DVF launched a fabric and trim line for Kravet. Check it.
 
 
Thoughts?

I'm getting ready to spend the day at a client's house styling her bookshelves and coffee table --- you know the fun part of the job! 
 
A room is never truly finished until its styled:) Which reminds me of a post I wrote a while back on how to style a coffee table. You can read it here.
 
And I was thrilled to find this little cheat sheet on Erin Gates Elements of Style blog to add to my ever-growing list of favorite coffee table books. 
 
Books are essential to styling any room!
 To see Erin's picks up close and personal you can go here.
 
 
 
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How to Style a Coffee Table With Four Simple and Meaningful Elements


stylemepretty.com

I'm going to make this super easy and give you a quick formula for a stylish table all of your friends will envy.

You'll need four elements of varying height, shape and texture such as:
 
1) "Meaningful to you" Coffee Table Books
2)  Fun Tray
3)  Fresh Flowers/Greens
4)  Sculptural elements, knick-knacks, etc.
 
I have styled many a coffee table in my day but I'll be honest all I have on my table right now is a tray and a topiary.

Why?

Funny you should ask. Remember this guy?


And, yes, he is about to eat a sand-covered crab
Code Name: Pig-Pen, Master of Disaster, Bam-bam
His mission: To have as much fun during waking hours as possible -- Good for him. We should all live life like this!!
Result:  Life's one big partay!
Until something breaks.
Which it does
Often.
 
So if you're like me and still have little ones a tray and something unbreakable may be the best style solution for you and your coffee table right now.
 
But a girl can dream can't she? ... so here's my no fail formula for stylin' and profilin' your table. I'll admit I'm jelly of all you gals out there with beautifully styled tables!

Here's what you'll need ...
 
#1
Coffee Table Books

 
I try to use books that have special meaning to me in addition to pretty books that go with my décor. I know we've discussed how your home is a reflection of you and your family. Try to be as authentic as you can when you decorate!
 
I wrote about some of my coffee table faves here. I buy books at my local bookstore but if I'm trying to keep costs down or if I'm in a jam I shop at Amazon. Or I scope out my local Barnes and Noble for bargain coffee table books.
 
Here's a few I found recently that "speak" to me:
 
Because I Love Roses
 
 We love to visit this city
 



This is where my great-grandparents were born


This would be great for my brother-in-law
 
I am speechless when it comes to Adele's attitude, beauty and talent

ADELE
 
For Mad Men lovers

 
You feel me? Are you pickin' up what I'm puttin' down? Don't just use pretty books include books that are meaningful and fun in the mix.

If you want a real conversation starter how 'bout this one?
 
Jonathan Adler
People, you can't make this stuff up ...
 
Moving on. 
Some other pretties: 
 
 
here



here
Once I have my books I stack them in three's placing the largest one on the bottom. Some tables are so large that you can have several stacks on top and bottom. 
 
indulgy.com
 
source
 
You can coordinate book
colors with your decor or mix them up. Also to save $$ take the covers off some of the hardback books you already own. I'll bet they can work too!
#2
Trays
Next to my books I typically place a tray. I wrote about a few of my favorite trays here. You can make your tray more personal by having it monogrammed.
 
 


source?

Additional tray sources:

iomoi see below for source
 

 





 on the tray I place more books and/or ...
 
 #3
Your Favorite Flowers/Greens/Branches
 
Real or fresh work best. If that's not happening I like to have preserved boxwoods or faux flowers that look so real you'd never know. This is a great place to add height to the vignette your putting together -- see below.
 French-gray.com
 


AND then...

#4
Sculptural elements or knick-knacks
 
 
These items can sit on the stack of books or on your tray. If you haven't added any height to you table scape now is the time. I wrote about these elements here.
 
jonathan adler
 
Oh my god - I have been looking everywhere for a brass banana.




brass urchin at high street market
High Street Market

House Beautiful, obviously:)

design manifest 
So there you have it. Hope it was helpful;:)
 
I also hope to see you at the West Elm grand opening in KOP on Wednesday night May 15th at 6:30 pm. I wrote about that here!
 



 


Happy Mother's Day!

Looking for a last minute yet thoughtful Mother's Day gift? I'm here to help because I'm the queen of "last minute" gifting!

Here's a few ideas for you ... warning not included:  pretty pictures of handbags, pumps or flower arrangements but I hope you still like my ideas anyway:)

Know Me Journals 


here

I wrote about them here. These journals include pre-printed questions like ... 
what was your favorite interests/hobbies growing up?
were they nurtured?
how would you describe your childhood bedroom? 
where were you during important moments in history? 

Would be a fun project for you and your kids to share with your mom!
 

Coffee Table Books


Does your mom have a favorite vacation spot?
Amazon

Does she have a passion for cooking?

Amazon

Has she ever wanted to visit where her great-grandmother was born?

Amazon

Dont' just give her the book include a hand-written letter on the first page either describing your favorite memory growing up or how she has influenced you as both a person and a parent.

 

Technology Help


Does she have an iPhone or other smart phone device where she takes pictures and doesn't know how/where to print them?



You could buy her this app and show her how to use it. It's super easy to use ... you just select the pictures you want printed from your phone and they show up on your doorstep a few days later!

Charm Bracelet

 
 
 
I'm sure your local jewelry store has a beautiful selection of bracelets and charms. Start her off with a charm most meaningful to her and to you. I received this as a gift from good friends one year and I cherish it and will pass it on to my daughter some day!
 

OR

 
Sign up for a class, spa day or movie night together!  You could also include your sisters and aunts in on this one!!

Coming soon... a post on how to style your coffee table ... stay tuned!

See you next time and enjoy mother's day!