I never like doing “How-to” posts when it comes to decorating.
They make me a tiny bit uncomfortable.
Partly because I’m no expert, and partly because I feel like putting a home together is a uniquely personal journey – what may feel right to me, may not feel right to you. But from time to time, we all get stuck or overwhelmed with the process and it can help to see something broken down, step by step.
So if you were to ask me for an idea for what to do with your coffee table this fall season, I would probably suggest grabbing a tray to start. Trays are the perfect base and make it easy to clear that table off for movie or game night. The tray can be round, square, rectangle…wood, metal, wicker…any shape or material will do.
And then I would probably say to add a wood slice…or a book or two…or even a decorative box – something to help provide a little height for the display to come.
Then I might suggest grabbing a few candles. I like ivory pillars for their simple elegance – you might even want to plop one or two into a metal or glass vase. The more texture the merrier, right?
And then I would probably say we needed a little bit of the warmth and interest from some weathered wood and fall colors. I love how the deep warm colors of fall play off anything weathered, worn, and/or rusty.
Like a strand of wooden beads
And a wood bowl filled with pretty autumn leaves, pinecones, and shabby books tied with twine (for texture, texture, texture!).
Next, I might tell you we may want a little bit of a metallic touch to add a little brilliance and brightness to all our weathered and worn accents. Gold painted acorns in silver dish (to talk to that zinc vase) should do the trick.
And then I’d probably mention that simple glass votives are never out of style and always welcome in any vignette. Sprinkle a few in the empty spots.
And just like that, you’ve put together a simple and beautiful coffee table to enjoy all season long. There’s even room left for a small pumpkin or two down the road…if you’re so inclined. 😉
And it’s so pretty when all the candles are lit.
For an additional helpful tip – I try to keep these three main rules in mind when creating any vignette or display: Texture (In this case, it’s the rusty metal tray, the wood bowl and beads, the book pages and twine, the natural elements), Height (the wood slice, the bowl, the varied candle sizes), and Repetition (the metal, the wood, the natural elements).
Easy as 1 – 2 – 3, right?
Happy Fall, friends! 🙂