Coffee Table Styling: a How-To that Actually Works!

For some years now, I’ve had a coffee table with random books and/or magazines, a lacquer tray of some kind, candles either encased in glass or in candle holders, and either sea glass or a shell. I don’t know at what point this formula become ingrained in me or where it came from, and then I came across this FABOO blog entry on how to style a coffee table and what are the elements needed to give it that magazine style chicness. Get this: Everything I had is on it!

Hi Sugarplum! How to Style a Coffee Table

(PLEASE spend some time looking around this site. It’s so great! Lots of tips and tricks and full of great ideas!)

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Map it Out: Using a Map to Style Your Room

I’ve seen multiple “tutorials” on this and it’s just silly. Anyone can do it.
1. Pick a map you like and frame it. (You don’t have to think globally. Maybe there’s a map of the subway in your city that you think is cool. Use whatever you like!)
2. Purchase things to go in the room that compliment or match the colors in the map.
The. End.
That’s it. There is no secret to map style. Further, the same is true for really any artwork that adorns your walls! If you like the picture, and you dig the colors, then go for it! Above our TV hangs a photo of the ground with shadows of leaves that Big D took and then blew up and printed on canvas. I love it. It’s a really beautiful, rich, mustard yellow… Which if you can’t tell I LOVE.
And… If you want to go the map route, look into buying some Mod Podge. Earn yourself some crafty bonus points: You can Mod Podge a map onto a lacquer tray practically for free!  Just buy a map, buy the Mod Podge, and follow the package instructions. Boom! Now you’re super crafty and thrifty too!
Map it Out

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Industrial Meets Modern Living/Dining

 As more and more of our wedding presents pour in, our visions of our DREAM HOME come more and more to life. I’m finding that what Bear and I have landed on is much classier than the previously posted living room. The Moroccan post remains pretty close. Anyway, I find that when we mix our styles, we have a much more industrial/modern/rustic thing happening and I’m very much digging it.
This room, I’ve created, based on our combined tastes and wedding registries. Super fun! I’m loving the chic tufted sofa combined with the gold coffee table… Which reminds me, I did a project a few weeks ago I haven’t shared yet. Stay tuned for that.
Further the blinged out drum light is totally my style and I’m thinking I could MAKE one, so that could be my next project! (People probably think the tools we registered for were for Bear, but they are not! They’re for the MILLIONS of DIY’s I have going on in my head.) Also, I find we’re really digging pale blues and mints with black and white. It’s SO CHIC!
Industrial Meets Modern Living/Dining

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Mo-Rockin’ Living Room

So, here’s my take on the whole Moroccan thing that’s happening right now. (Sidenote: It’s a fad that I fully support. I LOVE exotic rugs and lanterns. I love lattice pattern. I love everything that looks WORLDLY and CULTURAL.)
I would most definitely tone down my taste for brights if I could have a living room that is filled knick-knacks that look like they came from Hemingway’s travels. Actually, That makes me wish I had done more to this room. (It needs a globe, and an old typewriter, and maybe a faux animal head or something.)
Moroccan Living Room

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Bright and Eclectic

My new favorite thing is brightly colored furniture pieces. A friend of mine from high school runs very successful site, and unlike me she DOES actually have interior design schooling to back her up. She posted an emerald green chest of drawers that is to die for. Check it out here.  I can’t wait to try out some of her tutorials.

Now, the leopard rug. I have been obsessed with animal print carpeting/rugs/what have you since a feature on Amy Smart’s home (I think) in In Style magazine YEARS ago. (I stock pile magazines like a hoarder until I tear out the pages I like for home, beauty, fashion, recipes, etc… It’s like a hard copy Pinterest, in the form of 5-10 notebooks, full of glossy pages from magazines,  catalogs, and the like. I’ve literally been doing this since high school, as evidenced by the pages ripped from Seventeen Magazine in my very first notebook.)

Anyway, she had a leopard staircase that I thought was so phenomenal, it just stuck with me. Ooh! And I just found a link to the spread. Here you go! The inspiration for this living room!

I wonder if Bear would want to take a walk on the wild side…. Literally.

Bright and Eclectic

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