Styling a Coffee Table: Fall Inspiration

Hi Everyone! If you are joining me from Kathleen at Lindsay Hill Interiors, welcome! And if you're a regular reader, we've got something special for you this week! I'm joining with a group of amazing bloggers to bring you a monthly series on styling your coffee table. We wanted to do something consistent on a monthly basis that related to home decor, and we all agreed that one of the questions we get most from readers, as well as from friends is, "How should I style my coffee table?" Most people want to do something stylish and fun, but they don't know how to go about it. So we decided to have a series on coffee table styling! This is something almost every one has, and something that a lot of people like to change up seasonally, as well. So, every month our group of 15 bloggers will bring you a coffee table styling post on the 15th of the month. You can read each of our posts on our blogs by linking from here, as well as see some of our photos on each of our Instagram accounts. Welcome to the Styling a Coffee Table Blog Hop, hosted by Janine of Happy Happy Nester!

One of the reasons the coffee table is a favorite to decorate is it's a fairly large, flat surface with lots of room for styling and secondly, (at least for me) it's one of the first things people see when they come into my home as my front door opens to a view of the living room. Here are a few of the items I like to incorporate:

Books: (not only because I love them, and they're beautiful, but also to elevate other items on the table).

Something natural: this could be a plant, a topiary, a vase of flowers, or even fruit. Something green or natural really adds texture and keeps it from looking too sterile.

Something unique or interesting: (preferably vintage, but it can be anything that is special to you, or even something with an interesting shape. The idea is for it to be something that not everyone has.)

Other options: trinkets from travels, candles, cute boxes or containers, trays (great for corraling other items), or bowls.

Of course, not all of these absolutely have to be on every table. I don't believe in hard and fast rules, especially with holiday decorating, but it is a general guideline to get you started. Also, try to choose some things that vary in height so that there is an interesting mix. Today I did a pretty simple fall inspired coffee table. It has a touch of fall, but it's not over the top. Just a subtle nod to the season....

I used a mixed bouquet I picked up at the grocery store that had some fall color in it, and then added some of the hydrangeas from my garden that were turning a beautiful mix of deep pinks and greens.

I added one of my favorite fall candles, Pumpkin by Linnea's Lights. You can read about my Five Favorite Pumpkin candles in this post!

Though I usually polish my silver regularly, here I didn't polish my antique silver bowl so that it would have more patina than usual. I felt like shiny silver didn't seem as "fallish" as the patinaed version did. I actually think a brass bowl would be gorgeous here and am thinking I need to find one!

I also have an acorn that I purchased this year from Home Goods, and a pair vintage pheasants that add a unique and seasonal touch.

I love to add coffee table books (no pun intended!) as a way of elevating some items. And if they have pretty covers, even better! One way I've gotten books inexpensively is to go to the local library or used bookstore and just buy covers or colors that I like. 

And of course, I had to add some of my favorite tiny white pumpkins!

Flowers and pumpkins for natural/green items, books, vintage pheasants for interest and uniqueness, as well as a couple of seasonal items, the acorn and the pumpkins again, and in the "other" category, the candle. And any of these items can be changed out as frequently as you want. I will definitely change it up for Thanksgiving at the beginning of next month!

Here are a few items I found if you are looking to do a similar table. Some of my items are available, but some are vintage or discontinued so in that case, I've included similar items.
(*Please note I've included some affiliate links for your convenience.)

Pair of silver pheasants
(These are so cute, look vintage, and this is an amazing price! Love these!)

Pier One (on sale!)


Off 5th
(Love that this looks vintage - good price too!)


One King's Lane
(Love this! On sale too!)


Kate Spade

(Love this one!)

Pottery Barn

Pottery Barn

Sur la Table

One King's Lane

Linnea's Lights Pumpkin candle
(this is beyond yummy!)

Illume Pumpkin Peppercorn candle

Now for more fall coffee table styling tips, pop over to Laila at Designs by Laila, and then on to the next blogger. These are truly 15 of the most talented bloggers around - I think you will enjoy all of their tips and tricks! And a special thank you to my friend Janine of Happy Happy Nester for hosting and getting together such an amazing group!


Styling a Coffee Table October Blog Hop

Amy at Crazy Chic Design

Kim and Lacey at Styled with Lace

Joan at 2 Ladies & a Chair

Janine at Happy Happy Nester

Kathleen at Lindsay Hill Interiors

Sheila at Maison de Cinq (that's me!)

Laila at Designs by Laila

Oscar at Oscar Bravo Home

Summer at She Leaves a Little Sparkle

Julie and Jodie at The Design Twins

Susana at Too Chic for Words

Reesa at Mod Max Glam

Amie at Meme Hill

Happy Fall!


Sharing at the following blogs this week:

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