Today coffee table styling is on my mind. I’m one of those people who once I start thinking about something (design-wise, anyway… or clothing-wise :)) I become a little obsessed. I was literally up until after midnight the last few nights looking online and at pins on Pinterest for interesting ways to style a coffee table. I recently purchase a new one and it’s twice the size of the old one so I’m feeling like I want to add a little bit. I don’t like them too full (and the hubby usually doesn’t like too many things “in his way”) but I don’t like a big empty table either. My new table is a full 48″ x 48″ so that’s a pretty big space if there is nothing on it. There are a few things I noticed that were consistent in the tables I liked:
Stripes… I love them. In all shapes, sizes, colors. I can’t get enough. I have always loved them, but I have to say, Pinterest has renewed my interest of late. There is no shortage of amazing outfits on Pinterest in which stripes play a part. They can be very “Parisian” looking, thin stripes of black and white with adorable, skinny capri pants or they can be patriotic if they are red and white (or navy and white) and are worn with the opposite color, or they look especially great when paired with a pop of color in the shoe and a blazer or denim jacket. They are basic. They are classic. And they never go out of style! For the love of stripes here are some inspiration pins (I think you will see what I am talking about)…..
Something I was recently turned onto is preserved boxwood topiaries. These are not the plastic, fake topiaries that don’t look real, oh no, these are hand made from real boxwood plants and are specially treated to retain their deep green color. They even have a faint hay-like smell that makes them seem more natural than just a plastic topiary. I have only had two fake (plastic) topiaries in my life and I had recently thrown them out, vowing to go only “real” from now on.
Vintage jewelry is so beautiful and something I have always loved. And though I have a fair amount of vintage chains, some lockets and old watch fobs, only recently did I discover the beauty of vintage Chanel jewelry, in particular. After seeing some in an antique jewelry store in Santa Barbara a couple of years ago, I have been oohing and aahing over photos of Chanel jewelry on Pinterest ever since! Though I love both the necklaces and the bracelets, it is the bracelets that have really captured my heart!
I have to admit that I have a bit of an obsession when it comes to candles! I buy a lot of them, and not always successfully. Often I like the smell, but when I get it home, it doesn’t seem to really permeate or I can barely tell it’s burning. Or even worse, it’s overpowering enough to cause a headache! And since some of them are quite pricey, it can be frustrating (I’ve thrown quite a few in the trash, I can tell you that!)