Styling a Coffee Table: 3 Ways

Styling A Coffee Table (3 Ways) via A Beautiful MessHey, friends! Today I'm partnering with High Fashion Home using this gorgeous table to share three different takes on styling a coffee table. I'm not gonna lie—I geek out on this kind of stuff. I love changing up my space with books and candles, flowers and collections. So welcome to my world…let's geek out together, OK? 

1. The "Everyday" Look

Styling A Coffee Table (3 Ways) via A Beautiful Mess For everyday life I don't want my coffee table to be super crowded. I want to keep it pretty simple to leave room for, you know—coffee! But that doesn't mean it has to be boring.

My favorite things to display are a couple of interesting books for guests to thumb through, my all-time favorite candle and my instant camera for random snapshots. 

Styling A Coffee Table (3 Ways) via A Beautiful Mess  6Styling A Coffee Table (3 Ways) via A Beautiful Mess  Styling A Coffee Table (3 Ways) via A Beautiful Mess  I don't keep fresh flowers in my home at all times, so a little succulent does the job! This is a good, easygoing style for everyday life. It's put together, but not too fussy. 

2. The "Friend Coming Over" Look

Styling A Coffee Table (3 Ways) via A Beautiful Mess      One time I went over to my friend's home for a quick meeting and she had prepared a French press and a little snack for us. It was such a simple little thing, but it left an impression on me. I remember thinking I wanted my house to feel exactly that inviting. 

Well here's a cozy styling idea for just that occasion. When you have friend coming over to chat, create a little snack and some coffee or tea to share. 

Styling A Coffee Table (3 Ways) via A Beautiful Mess       Styling A Coffee Table (3 Ways) via A Beautiful Mess       Styling A Coffee Table (3 Ways) via A Beautiful Mess       Styling A Coffee Table (3 Ways) via A Beautiful Mess       Fresh flowers are a fun option for weekends when we have guests, which is pretty often around our home. I like roses because they last for a week or more. And, side note—isn't that tea kettle adorable? 

3. The "Party Time" Look 

Styling A Coffee Table (3 Ways) via A Beautiful Mess             I don't normally decorate too much for parties because most of our parties happen at night. So I typically focus my time and money on the food and drinks rather than decorations. With that said, a little giant confetti, some fun color-coordinated candy and some fresh flowers are a nice way to put some effort in, creating a party vibe in less than five minutes! 

Styling A Coffee Table (3 Ways) via A Beautiful Mess              Styling A Coffee Table (3 Ways) via A Beautiful Mess              Styling A Coffee Table (3 Ways) via A Beautiful Mess              Styling A Coffee Table (3 Ways) via A Beautiful Mess              I hope you've enjoyed my easy coffee table styling ideas! I know it's nothing groundbreaking, but these little details are the things that make a home feel cozy, inviting and thoughtful. 

Products featured: Brielle Cocktail Table, Ivory Solid Hide Rug, Hourglass Pillar Candle Holders, Harmon Iron and Brass Sculpture, Jax Vase, Lotus Glass Tea PotJerusalem: A Cookbook, Home Made, Places To Go People To See, Domino, Capri Volcano Candle

Thanks so much for reading! xx. Elsie 

Credits// Author and Styling: Elsie Larson. Photography: Janae Hardy. Images edited with A Beautiful Mess Actions

  • Really inventive ideas, going to have to use a few of these for sure!

  • Always beautiful décor ad photography! I adore the tea set!

    Colour Me In Blog

  • I love this! I need help adding little details like this to my home. Thanks for the tips!

    Laura
    http://laurahager.blogspot.com/

  • What a cute little teapot! My husband & I have a very cute coffee table that spins, I’ve been looking for different ideas to make the table more inviting and homey! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  • i love mixing things up and this is a great little intro on how to freshen up your space with just a couple elements.
    love!

    GYPSI☾

  • I love this! Adding special touches and changing furniture up when you’re having different people over is so much fun. These ideas are great!

  • What a fun variety of stylings! I love having a snack available for friends when they come over for a chat. 🙂

  • I love the first one! Although a styled coffee table would never last in our house with two small children… one day!

    Paige
    http://thehappyflammily.com

  • These colors just pop straight off the screen. Beautiful xx

  • Fantastic styling ideas and love the idea of having a camera to take photos!

  • Love the idea of keeping an instax on the table! Need to do that with mine!

  • I tried to pick a favorite, but I love them all, especially with those hourglass pillar candle holders – I love the white and gold mix.

    Monica / Mocha and Moccasins

  • I love how you decorated your Coffee Table ❤ what about adding a Coffee Table Memeoirs book to your items? https://goo.gl/pBELBO

  • Hey! I love the white candles I think that it just gives a really simple and clean atmosphere!

    Betty | Inspiremeand

  • Love it! It looks so comfortable and modern, chic at the same time. And the golden details are gorgeous. 🙂

    xx from Vienna/AUT

    http://julesn.blogspot.co.at/

  • Wow! I love the confetti table 🙂 So ready for parties!

  • My favorite style for the coffee table is option 2. I definitely enjoy my daily cup of tea with a small pastry.

    Happy Sunday
    http://www.lovecompassionatelee.com/thinkoutloud/2015/6/16/6162015

  • That’s my all-time favorite candle too. Sometimes I just take the cover off in the morning and leave it unlit, and when I get home from work the room already smells delightful and relaxing.

  • My favorite is the “party time” look! I need to do better with my coffee table styling.
    Grace, Faith, & Glitter

  • My favorite is the “party time” look! I need to do better with my coffee table styling.
    Grace, Faith, & Glitter

  • I love the giant confetti and the colorful books! Pops of color are perfect for any occasion.

    Abby || Joyfully Abby

  • Love using books as decorations! My blogging space is literally filled with them.

    Tiffany Tales – A British Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

  • Gorgeous photos! Love your style 🙂 I think the stacked books looks really cool, i need to do this in my room haha!

    www.ajourneywithjo.com

  • The coffee table is the one thing I have ALWAYS had difficulty putting together. It always just looks like a catch-all table, and when it doesn’t, it’s just bare + a few remotes 🙂 Thanks for the tips!

    Susannah // http://www.agreatergorgeous.om

  • I love all of these — especially the party look. The giant confetti is such a fun idea!

    Kristi | Be Loverly

  • Confetti makes anything party-ready 🙂 -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

  • Brilliant ideas! I have to know though, where is that gorgeous brown sofa from?

  • I just want to move in to this place! The little things around the room are adorable!

    http://thatsmagsforyou.com

  • The volcano candle is my all time favorite too. Personally, I think that scent alone makes any place feel like home. I am in love with the white and gold geometric candleholders too.

  • Oh wow! These are such great pieces and an incentive to start saving! Links to similar items that are more cost-conscious would have been a great addition to the post though 🙂

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