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Love Your Space Challenge #3: Style Your Coffee Table


PicMonkey CollageHello, hello! It has been a long, rainy afternoon today but the kids were back in school and I enjoyed some fantastic sushi with my husband.  Finally. (We have been on a search since we’ve moved here.)  The weekend is just around the corner so let’s start it off with a bang!  We are on day 3 of Love Your Space Challenge and our living spaces are slowly transforming.  Are you ready to get started?  No moving heavy furniture or putting holes in the walls this time, I promise.  😉

Week 1 Living Spaces

Challenge #1: Move a Piece of Furniture

Challenge #2: Hang Something New on Your Wall

Challenge #3: Style Your Coffee Table

Challenge #4: Add Fresh Air

Challenge #5: Style Your Bookcase

Week 2 Sleeping Spaces

Challenge #6: Change Your Textiles (bedding)

Challenge #7: Change Your Drawer Knobs

Challenge #8: Have Your Clothes Ready to Wear

Challenge #9: Dress Your Dresser

Challenge #10: Be Ready for Guests

Week 3 Eating Spaces

Challenge #11: Set Up a Tea/Coffee Station

Challenge #12: Spruce Up Your Seating

Challenge #13: Organize Your Pantry. Fast.

Challenge #14: Style Your Buffet/Sideboard

Challenge #15: Treat Your Kitchen Window

Week 4 Bathroom, Laundry room, and Office

Challenge #16: Make Your Bathroom Pretty

Challenge #17: Organize your Laundry Room

Challenge #18: Repurpose Something!

Challenge #19: Conquer Paper Clutter

Challenge #20:  Organize a Junk Drawer

Love Your Space Challenge #3

Style your coffee table!

Doesn’t that sound exciting?  I just love a well styled table.  Let me give you a couple of ideas and tips to help you get started.

Option 1:  Keep it simple.  A tray with a few items of various heights and a stack of books. Easy peasy.  (If you don’t have a tray, consider using a plate charger or serving dish.)

Option 2:  For larger tables, divide it into 4 or 6 sections with stacked books and/or trays and embellish each section with little trinkets on top.  BOOK_5via House of Harper

Option 3:  If you don’t have a lot of pretty books to display or would like to add more practical items like tissue and remotes, you can use a few magazines and a dish, basket, or tray to corral your other items.  Make sure to add a couple of your favorite things to give the vignette more personality and style.

Coffee table styling 4via Five Kinds of Happy

My outcome:  I already had two identical trays for the top of my coffee table so I added a tall element with candle sticks on one side and a shorter stack of books topped with a lotus tea candle holder and sea shell on the other side.  A couple of pocket poetry books and our bowl from Costa Rica which displays a few collected items from outside balances out the negative space.

 SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSCI hope these have inspired you to style your coffee table! Please post your pictures on Facebook so I can see what you are doing. =)



  1. I love ALL of these ideas! What cozy living rooms with perfect coffee tables! I love options 1 & 3- they are so SUNNY! Great ideas! I can’t wait to see more of the love your space challenge!

    1. Thanks Jenn! I am so glad you liked them. There will be challenges all month, I would love to hear about any that you try!! 😉

      1. Yes it is gorgeous! 🙂 Oh! I posted the chosen ingredients for my Chopped inspired cooking challenge 🙂

  2. Great ideas! We opted not to have a coffee table in our family room since my kiddos and I love to just sprawl out on the floor, but these are great tips for the table in our entry way. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Awesome, I am so glad you were able to use the tips for your entry way! I would love it if you posted a pic on Up to Date’s FB page so I can see it. 😉

  3. This is something that needed to be done soon. Our living room is in dire need of an update. Thanks for the challenge to get me just a tad more motivated.

    P.S. I love your gallery wall.

    1. Thank you Aubrey, I think I needed that challenge to motivate me too! Now, I have tons of ideas for new projects. lol

  4. I love the white trays and the white frames on the wall. I’m gonna check out my local Goodwill for a view vintage trays. I’m thinking I want to do silver because a lot of my frames have some type of embellishment on them. Gonna play with the ideas a little bit…

  5. I love these ideas! It’s on the list of my ideal living room to have a beautiful coffee table. Unfortunately right now I have a crazy rambunctious 4 year old boy, and a pretty much walking, curious 1 year old girl so I’m lucky to even have a coffee table! lol. We ended up taking it out of our living room and putting it in the toy room as the “art table”…..

    1. When my kids were that age I had baskets of toys under the coffee table and kid books on top. But my youngest is four and she picks up items off of the coffee table now and then but knows it’s off limits and it helps that the kids really only read books in the living room. (We have a den downstairs.) Someday soon….. You can always decorated it with non-breakable items. 😉

  6. I just found your website and I love it!! So sweet and simple and beautiful! So excited to get started even though I’m a little late to the party. I’ve been doing my own “First 100 Days” which is to purge my house of anything I do NOT want – to get everything out that I don’t want in and organize as much along the way as I can . But my second 100 days is then to go back through and organize everything and make each room it’s own update – like the things you suggest – put something on the wall, move a piece of furniture, decorate a table. I work 4 days a week outside of the home so I use my Fridays and weekends when I can to work on my goals. We are empty nesters so these projects have been my saving grace over the last several years! ha. Thank you again for the great ideas!

    1. So nice to meet you Deanna and I’m so glad you found my site. The 100 days challenge sounds fantastic and I love that you are going back to refresh the space next!

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