One Table Four Ways

When you buy a piece of furniture, do you instantly visualize how you are going to style it? Meaning what kind of accessories you are going to put on it to create the feel and look you’re going for? Because, really a night stand without a lamp is seriously blah, a bar cart without bar accessories and a bottle of wine just wouldn’t be right {and will be just downright ridiculous!} and a coffee table not styled? Well, you get the picture. I got to style a simple Ikea Lack table four ways for the premiere issue of Make it Over Magazine from the makers of Cottages & Bungalows and Romantic Homes. Here’s how I did it:

1. Modern Organic :

 What you’ll need: a tree branch, a clear globe or terrarium with succulents and/or air plants, geometric candle holders, hard bound books in muted earthy colors

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2. Romantic Elegance: A departure from the vignette above, this style is a bit glamorous, thoroughly charming and decidedly feminine.

What you’ll need: a girl bust, brass candlesticks, french-style decorative books, vintage glass vase with etching, vintage opera glasses

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 3. Vintage Rustic: The character of vintage mixed with the depth and layers of rustic elements.

What you’ll need: a vintage camera, cobbler shoe forms, weathered books, a vintage hardware, glass cloche and fill with twigs, moss, pebbles and faux wildlife, black and white photos, nest

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 4. Coastal Shabby Chic: Light and bright, breezy and refreshing

What you’ll need: Corals, Vintage bottles {dipped in off-white paint}, doilies

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 All accessories are mine — I must say, I’m a bit of a hoarder, an edited hoarder that is…if there’s such a thing! Photos are by this amazing guy Waytao Shing. The magazine should still be in newsstands or grab one here.

One last thing, designers are amazing at accessorizing and styling. Their great “eye” allows them to look at all the stuff you think are tired and should either be chunked or forgotten and give them new life in your space. They can also tell you when something works and doesn’t work. I may be biased but a well-edited and beautiful space is truly invaluable in your home.

Have a question on how to get everything together — design and interiors styling wise? I do love answering them, contact me here.