flowers + reading
Feb 8, 2016
What a fun surprise! The kind people at Chairish, an online vintage furniture marketplace, recently invited me to style vintage coffee table from the Chairish website. I had a hard time choosing just one! And you can bet that each one I chose had to include flowers.
Valentine’s Day is obviously on my mind this week, so my first table was inspired by thoughts of a romantic evening spent at home with my sweetheart of 34 years. The Barbara Barry black tray cocktail table seemed the perfect backdrop for a dramatic yet romantically feminine display of black and pink goodies: a Honeysuckle French Candle from World Market, a Vintage French white and pink porcelain match striker/keeper, a box of porcelain dominoes, a Jane Packer hatbox of roses, a milk glass candy dish, and some sterling and crystal drink coasters. Grab a drink and a piece of chocolate, put your feet up on the black and white mud cloth floor pillow, enjoy the candlelight and roses…and have a Happy Valentine’s Day!
I was immediately drawn to the richness of the antique wooden coffee table in our second style board. Timeworn pieces, each one with a story of its own, seemed the perfect pairing for this table: a vintage wood 9-candle holder on a 1914 Columbia School of Mines Dore Bronze Tray, an Antique French Suc Simon porcelain match striker/keeper, honed marble coasters with silver-dipped edges and a stone bouquet that will never wilt!
The Ralph Lauren black glass top coffee table calls for styling of equal parts sexy and sophisticated. I love a mostly monochromatic palette for the tabletop treasures: an Eddie Zaratsian cloche filled with succulents & orchids, a couple of Mid-century ceramic flower dishes, the One Hundred Flowers coffee table book and a Pool House scented soy candle with black matte finish. The felt flower ottoman is a fun addition for putting your feet up at the end of a long day.
My love of the beach and memories of our beach cottage vacations were the inspiration for the white wash + beach glass style board planned around a coffee table ottoman slipcovered in Belgian linen. A large chrome and white tray holds a pair of turquoise apothecary bottles, a trio of succulents from Tulip Floral + Goods and a beach shell with mottled colors of aqua, brown, tan and ivory. Love the versatility of this set up. Simply remove the tray of beach treasures, grab some popcorn and put your feet up for movie night.
And finally, I couldn’t resist the Mid-century elliptical iron coffee table styled with one of my favorite colors…grey-green. For this table, I chose some favorite botanical pieces: a Jayson Home succulent arrangement, a 1930’s Dazey Manufacturing Co. metal flower frog and a Living Wreaths coffee table book. The retro coaster set and black milkglass flower bowl are dramatic, yet fun additions. I think I’d need to use the flower bowl as a candy dish (seeing a pattern?). And the chunky-knit dark gray pouf could be tucked under the table and pulled out when needed as a floor seat/pillow or ottoman.
Check out the Chairish website for more vintage furniture, art , lighting, rugs and decor. But watch the clock…time passes very quickly while you’re on their website! An entire afternoon can disappear before you know it. Thanks, Chairish, for the invitation to participate in the coffee table styling exercise!
Note: The vintage coffee tables on Chairish sell quickly which means some of the links in this post will not work once the tables are sold. Hurry over to see them while they’re still available!