STYLED BY SIDNEY WAGNER: COFFEE TABLE

September 14, 2016

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I had so much fun styling Michele Johnson’s living room coffee table! You know her best as the former Editor of The Scout Guide Charleston but what you don’t know is that her and her family enjoy collecting natural curiosities such as beach stones, seashells, fish fossils and sharks teeth from all over the world. She wanted a unique way to display all these cool finds so that her and her family could look at them daily.

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BEFORE

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AFTER

number one

ADD A TRAY!

Michele had this amazing large coffee table that did a great job of anchoring the furniture grouping. I had a tray custom made in teal to match her new upholstery and pillows that fit the scale of the table. Michele already had several glass ginger jars full of her family’s shell collections so the new tray help organize her collection perfectly.

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ADD COFFEE TABLE BOOKS!

You can never have too many books as far as I am concerned! Books are a great way to add color, height and most importantly to show a client’s personality. I added several stacks to Michele’s coffee table and topped each one with a vessel to hold a piece of her collection.

NUMBER THREE

VARY HEIGHTS OF TABLESCAPE:

It is important to have varying heights and layers to the tablescape to keep it interesting. You can see how I achieved that on Michele’s coffee table in this photo with the tall glass jars being the highest piece to the stacks of books being at the lowest.

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HIDE UGLY (BUT NECESSARY!) THINGS:

I love to use boxes to hide things like remote controls or matches for the fireplace. They also add height and interest to your tablescape! For Michele’s coffee table,  I found this handcarved box that worked well with the Loggerhead Turtle so they almost act as one art piece.

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ADD TEXTURE!

Last but not least, I wanted to add texture so I layered in some carved wood pieces and hand woven baskets to hold some more of their curiosities and of course with this family, we had plenty of natural elements to trickle in!


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