Thursday, October 23, 2014

3 Ways to Style a Coffee Table

Since launching decorating services, I've noticed a lot of what people ask me is about finishing touches. Things like accessorizing, filling a wall, styling shelves, etc. can be a challenge for all of us. It takes time, vision and creativity. So today I thought I would show you three ways to style a coffee table, and some tips and tricks along the way.

Look 1: Everyday Elegance

This is how our living room coffee table looks on a daily basis. It has some of my very favorite accessories on it - a gray wicker tray, a few large finials, a great faux topiary, and a large orb, to name a few. The look is cohesive, casual enough for everyday, but still feels pulled together.

Tips from this look:

- Use trays to corral items, create "sections" or elevate an object -
The large tray groups all my objects so they feel cohesive and collected. A smaller silver platter elevates a stack of photos to a place of prominence. Each defines a section of the coffee table.

- Give your guests something interesting to look at -
In this case, I had a set of my favorite Instagram snaps printed by Origrami. Everyone loves to look through these at parties and showers!

- Don't forget the basics -
Coasters and coffee table books are staples for a reason. Give your guests an obvious (and pretty) place to set their drinks, plus an interesting book to flip through.

- Display what you love -
These are a few of my favorite things, so it makes me happy looking at them each evening when we relax on the couch

- Add an interesting shape -
The metal orb adds curve and an industrial edge to the hard lines of the table, books and trays

Look 2: Organic

This look was a fun one to style because it came together a tiny bit more modern than I usually go. None of the elements in and of themselves is terribly modern, but the overall look feels updated and fresh.

Tips from this look:

- Use varying shapes and heights to add interest - 
A long rectangle, octagon, sphere and lattice pattern are all shapes seen here. They play off one another to give the look depth. The varying heights of the objects also give dimension instead of leaving the decor feeling flat. Use books as risers to boost height if you need to.

- Bring nature in -  
Here I simply trimmed branches from a tree in our yard for a pop of green and touch of nature. It gives the whole thing a more organic shape with the natural curve of the branches.

- Add varying textures -
In the world of textures, opposites usually work well together. Here the shiny sphere plays well against the wicker to create interest.

- Use organic materials -
Here a marble cutting board gives an natural and elegant touch. Marble, stone and wood all bring more organic elements into a look

Look 3: Farmhouse Fresh

This look took me the longest to pull together but ended up being my favorite. I had to pull lots of items from other rooms and vignettes, so it just shows it pays to think outside the box and shop your house!

Tips from this look:

- Use what you have -
I felt the wood dough bowl needed some additional weight, so I grabbed a hand towel from the guest bath. It's an unexpected addition but adds visual weight, pattern and softens all the wood.

 - Create groupings -
The power of three in a vignette can't be beat. Here a pitcher, zinc cake stand and pumpkin combine together for the perfect fall farmhouse look.


- Choose a look -
For some reason, I had the word "farmhouse" in my head for a third style. While my overall decor doesn't scream "farmhouse" I knew I could pull a few specific items that fit that category. If you want to create a certain look like industrial, French, cottage, etc., choose only items that evoke that look on their own. When pulled together, they'll create quite a statement.

- Get creative -
Use architectural salvage in unique ways, such as corbels as bookends or an old shutter as a tray. 

- Keep it simple - 
In this look, there really aren't that many objects used. Stick with unique objects that tell a story and you won't need much.

It was so much fun to get creative with what I had and style our living room in new ways! Hopefully it sparked an idea and gave new inspiration for you too!


Friday, October 17, 2014

The One I Couldn't Part With

People often ask me if it's difficult to sell the things I find. Most of the time, it's really not. I always buy things with a purpose in mind - either to keep or sell. Occasionally, there is a really special piece I just can't let go of, even if it was meant to put a price tag on. This was the case with an arched leaded glass window I found while in Kansas City a few weeks ago.

I brought it in the house and "just wanted to see" what it might look like on the mantel with my other architectural salvage pieces...of course it was perfect.

So for now, I'll be keeping it : ) I love the varied height it adds with my other large arched window. I also found a pair of the corbels you see here, and one of my favorite finds yet - the 12th Street sign! Since I changed my blog/business name I knew I wanted to find this sign - I just didn't know I'd find it so quickly! I was thrilled to have this special piece!

I also recently found the perfect finishing touch to this wall in our little breakfast area.

I got the large B plaque for Christmas last year, but always knew I needed more to finish off the wall. I found these hanging lanterns online and knew they would be such a fun addition. I think they are really unique pieces and love that they fit right into this corner!

This room was always a bit of a "second thought" after our living/dining area, but I'm feeling like it's finally coming together!


Monday, October 13, 2014

A New Place to Shop 12th & White

I'm so excited to share that you can now shop 12th and White at ReLove All Things Shabby in Wichita (Central and Woodlawn)! I've teamed up with the talented Lisa of Milk + Honey Candles to share her space, which is already filled with the most delicious candles and darling furniture, at this fun local boutique. 

It's a small booth, which is good for me. I pulled out of The Cottage a few months ago because keeping up with a retail space in the midst of working was just a lot. But this is much smaller scale and I think will be way easier to manage, so I'm trying it out.

I got to take my things in this weekend and do a little fluffing in the space. Lisa already had it looking darling with her own finds, some gorgeous furniture pieces and the most tempting candles, and I just added to it with some vintage goods. 

I love this arched window paired with the antique tin ceiling tile. The other accessories are Lisa's - doesn't she have great taste?

I loved this darling street sign...Lisa snatched it right up before it could make it to the booth! I don't blame her - the perks of being in business together! : )

I have a great piece of French stripe fabric, a large brass trophy, several pieces of ironstone, a couple scales (actually this gray one already sold), a silver sugar jar which to me looks like a trophy, and quite a few other great pieces!

This cool bread box (not old but looks like it!) is also available for $49.

Be sure to come by and check it out! ReLove is open Monday - Saturday 10-5, and until 7 on Thursdays.  


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Antiquing in Kansas City's West Bottoms

Morning! I'm back from a quick Saturday trip antiquing in the West Bottoms. As I've shared several times before, this is some of my very favorite shopping, happening the first weekend of each month. I haven't had a chance to go up there for quite a while, so I was thrilled to be able to go with my friend Leah and her baby Lauren.

Isn't Lauren about the cutest thing you've ever seen? A beauty just like her mama!

I fell in love with these very large antique wire wall baskets and knew they would be perfect for either side of our dining room door. But sadly, at $50 each it was a bit too steep for me.

Ironstone galore!

This photo doesn't do this trophy at Prize Antiques justice - it was huge! Probably four feet tall at least.

More amazing Prize displays

I loved this rustic farmhouse island...ready with electrical outlets!

This display was amazing - lots of ironstone in an old beadboard cupboard. And of course I purchased that arched window on top. It will be for sale soon in a new venue - more on that later!

I have quite a thing for church pews, and this one outside the new Top Hat Mercantile (the newest venture by the amazing Debbie Dusenberry) was beautiful.

Lauren did great on her first antiquing road trip! 13 hours and hardly a bad moment!

I'll be back tomorrow with a few of my finds! 

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