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Curating The Coffee Table

We've had quite a few compliments on our flat since we moved to Kew. In particular the way we have styled each room. So I thought I'd start sharing with you some of my favourite bits and a few tips on how to get the look yourself.

I'm going to start with something incredibly simple but effective... the coffee table.

Most of you probably have a coffee table in your sitting room, it's so easy for them to become cluttered and just a bit messy. I know mine has been in the past! No matter how much I tidied the room, it just didn't look 'put together'. So I tried to bring a little bit of organisation in to the equation. Below are 5 pointers I try to stick by:

1. The Tray

Having the tray in the centre of the coffee table, if nothing else it helps contain chaos. It's a great base for whatever you want to display. The tray can be any size or shape you wish. I found some great options online.

2. Something with a bit of height

I like to play with the heights of the objects on the tray, so it's doesn't look flat. This is quite easy to achieve with a lovely vase, which obviously gives you further ability to add colour with beautiful flowers. We have on old vase which my mother had got from a local antique shop back in Suffolk. There are so many different styles you could go for. Some of my favourites are below.

3. A Candle

Candles are a great way to create a cosy feeling and if you like, scent the room. It seems to be very in keeping with the hygge way of life that has grown in popularity over the last year or so. We tend to rotate between the Symons St. Candle from The White Company and the This Works Deep Sleep Heavenly Candle. I'm also tempted to try the below.

4. Coffee Table Books

These are the kind of books that you can pick up and have a flick through without having to commit too much time or effort. We have chosen books that say something about us and our interests, history, architecture, country pursuits and photography. I find myself sitting on the sofa with a coffee on Sunday mornings and picking up a book.

5. Coasters

Last but not least, coasters. This is more for practicality. Once you've arranged your objects on to your tray you're going to have freed up a lot of space on your coffee table to sit your cup of tea or coffee down. Let's not get any nasty marks on your lovely table. We had some fantastic square marble coasters made for us. Whilst we aren't using them they sit nicely on the tray, the white colour of the marble compliments our tray. Also loving the below

I stick to the above 5 points and i'm really pleased that the coffee table now always looks nice and tidy. It just gives the impression that a little thought has gone in to it.

I'd love to know if you have any other tips for curating a coffee table



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