[Guest Post] Nook & The Sea // Coffee Table Styling

Please welcome Kristina from Nook & The Sea!

I am so excited about today’s guest and this lovely post she put together! Kristina at Nook & Sea has one of the best designed blogs I’ve seen. She picks the prettiest images, and more often, creates her own projects and takes her own beautiful photos. Plus she’s a So Cal gal — you will love her clean, natural aesthetic!

Hello Small Shop readers! My name is Kristina from the Southern California decor and lifestyle blog, Nook & Sea. I am so honored to be guest posting today for the immensely talented Erika, and thought it would be fun to soak in some imagery of one of my favorite pieces – coffee tables – and specifically, how to create the most perfect and welcoming arrangement!

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Oddly enough, one of the biggest things I struggle with in design is how to create appealing vignettes with my own accessories. I’m a huge fan of “use what you’ve got” when it comes to decorating, but sometimes you have to get a few key pieces here-and-there to make your styling come off just right. So to inspire some fabulousness and gather inspiring ideas of your own, here are some photos of stage-ready coffee table arrangements:

florals and a neutral accents

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Similar-hued, smaller items collected on a tray

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Items of different height and different textures

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Coffee table books, candles, and layered accessories

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While there is no “right” way to adorn your coffee table, these arrangements are perfect examples to get you started. For more ideas, you can also take a peek at my Arrangements + Styling Pinterest board, and get started in creating your own!

A huge thanks to Erika for allowing me to share! Have a great week ๐Ÿ™‚ xo

Erika Brechtel

Erika Brechtel

Creative Director

Desiring an online space to explore well-rounded, inspired content in all topics she loves most, Erika created 'The E List' (formerly the Small Shop blog) in 2010. When not enjoying an โ€œoccasional" glass of wine and wanderlusting for even warmer climates, Erika can be found sharing laughs with friends and family, and trying her very best to keep up with her 6-year old daughter (yet failing miserably).

15 Comments
  1. You are right, these are such pretty photos! I especially like the idea of grouping the items on a single tray or plate to keep the rest of the top sparse. The all white table with white accessories keeps it clean too. That Moroccan lantern is really pretty. And all the flowers!

  2. This is definitely where I struggle when it comes to decorating! I always find myself questioning an arrangement, and I keep re-doing it until my husband has to tell me to stop ๐Ÿ˜‰ I usually gravitate towards books, vases, and small accessories. I love the photos you chose- so simple, and I love the use of fresh flowers!

    1. Thank you, Courtney! I’m glad we could relate! And I laughed at what you said about re-arranging contstantly…I probably do that to our bookshelves once every few weeks. It drives my hubby crazy! Another thanks for checking it out ๐Ÿ™‚

      Kristina
      Nook & Sea

    1. Don’t let it get to you – I was just griping about the same thing! My own coffee table is pretty lame at the moment. An acacia wood bowl to gather the TV remotes, and a few books – I tend to keep it free of clutter since my hubby loves to put his feet on the table (…boys). But I’d love to see it upgraded ๐Ÿ™‚ We’re in the same boat! Thanks for reading!

      Kristina
      Nook & Sea

  3. A HUGE thank you, Erika, for having me guest post here today. It’s really been a pleasure coordinating this for you and your amazing readers! So honored!

    Kristina
    Nook & Sea

  4. I’m in the process of finally styling and shooting my place and these tips are definitely welcome. Also thank you Erika for the introduction to Kristina! I can’t wait to see more of her blog.

  5. This post is much appreciated, as I am struggling with styling my coffee table right now. I’m also a believer in use what you’ve got, but for some reason, my items never look as great grouped together as the inspiration pictures. Can’t wait to check out the pinterest board and Kristina’s blog!