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One Coffee Table, Styled Three Ways

I recently worked with Make it Better to create three different looks around one coffee table. The main elements stayed the same (obviously the table itself, but also the rug, the sofa, and even the main photo angle), while the items on the table changed, along with the pillows on the couch in the background.

The piece was written by Rachel Brown Kulp and all of the photographs were taken by Kelly Allison. We shot in my home using many of my own pieces, mixed with additional props brought in by both Rachel and myself.

Masculine Glamour

One Coffee Table, Styled Three Ways

The idea for this one came together around a palette of black and brass, and I knew I wanted to style around that articulated horse (an artist’s model, borrowed from CarefulPeach for the shoot).

Masculine Glamour Coffee Table Styling

It’s pretty fantastic, right? Definitely the star of this group.

Articulated Horse Artist's Model

Gaff’s unicorn, under the bell jar, references the larger articulated horse. It’s also a good way to work in the nerd objects your husband may collect (*ahem*).

Gaff's Origami Unicorn from Blade Runner

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Feminine and Fun

One Coffee Table, Styled Three Ways

Unofficially, we referred to this one as “our Kate Spade table.” Some black and white stripes or gold polka dots (or pink flamingos!) would have really driven that theme home, but we were just pulling inspiration — not going for a blatant copy.


“Hello!” This was definitely a fun look. And isn’t that red clock great? I found it on clearance for under $20. Sometimes props are borrowed, or items are bought and returned for shoots, but the clock is a keeper.

Feminine and Fun Coffee Table

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Rustic Elegance

One Coffee Table, Styled Three Ways

We wanted to work in more natural elements for this look. Rachel brought in the rocks and the wooden bowl, and I liked playing them off of the shine of my brass pieces and the lovely blue glaze of the vase.

Brass Apothecary Bottles

Blue Glazed Vase with Hydrangeas

Styling is funny. Always match your books to your decor when setting up your vignettes, kids.

Wood and Brass

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You can visit Make it Better for my “three steps to a stylish coffee table,” and for more tips and information about each look. And I’d love to know: do you have a favorite?

One Coffee Table, Styled Three Ways

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  • Stephanie
    June 1, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    That’s really cute. I think the last way is my favorite, though.

    It might be the blue vase. I love blue things.

  • Ilse
    June 1, 2015 at 3:29 pm

    It looks very pretty but for the most part I just want to be able to put my cup of coffee on my coffee table so it’s not for me.

    • Making it Lovely
      June 1, 2015 at 3:32 pm

      It’s not everyday life for me, either. My coffee table is usually covered in toys!

  • Kristen
    June 1, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    Tough choice between #2 and #3, but I have to go for the feminine look! I love all the pink and that clock is perfect :)

  • Kristi Craig
    June 1, 2015 at 3:41 pm

    My choice would be #2. I love how the tulips and pink books really brighten up the space!

  • Amanda O.
    June 1, 2015 at 8:13 pm

    I’m weighing in for #1, but only if the rest of the house is relatively equestrian-free; otherwise, it would make for too many horses, and that’s not very chic.

  • Tracy
    June 1, 2015 at 11:20 pm

    I like them all. Do you have a source for the pom pom pillows? Thanks!

  • Ursula Ellis
    June 2, 2015 at 9:48 am

    My favorite by far is number 1. I love the horse, the colors, and the striped pillow on the couch. They’re all lovely, though.

  • Julianna
    June 2, 2015 at 11:33 am

    Love the pink and red clock! Where did you get your chesterfield? That blue colour is so lovely.

  • Cindy
    June 2, 2015 at 4:23 pm

    Would love to know where to get both the origami unicorn and articulated horse. Both lovely and definitely my favourite setting :)
    Thank you.

  • Laura
    June 2, 2015 at 5:07 pm

    I love the articulated horse; so dramatic! But my overall favorite is #3, perhaps because of the lovely and complimentary blues. i like you writing about your choices most of all. It brings meaning to the display.

  • Hannah
    June 2, 2015 at 7:22 pm

    Oooh, I love the rustic coffee table. Right now, my coffee table is just covered with magazines that I’ll probably never get around to leaving. I would love to set up a little vignette like these ones! Maybe this is a good excuse to go buy a magazine rack!!

  • Mel
    June 2, 2015 at 9:40 pm

    Where’s the table from? Really love it!

  • Sam
    June 3, 2015 at 12:55 pm

    I think Rustic Elegance is my favorite, which is funny because my house is totally the Kate Spade one.

    However, I am absolutely in love with that gold honeycomb looking tray. Where is it from?

  • Seng
    June 3, 2015 at 7:10 pm

    Love how you styled the tables!!!! Loving the hydrangeas!!!


  • Gilly @ Colour Saturated Life
    June 4, 2015 at 5:27 am

    Rustic Elegance is my fav but I think it is because of the choice of colours. The horse is amazing!

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  • Sarah W
    June 5, 2015 at 11:45 pm

    Number one, Masculine Glamour, is definitely my favorite. I love the colors, the simplicity, the gold tray, the pillows, the fact that the horse is so dramatic, and the origami unicorn. So fun!