Creating 3 Different Looks for a Side Table

by hookedonhouses on February 18, 2009

Have you ever been stumped when it came to decorating a side table or dresser? I have! I tend to be a bit of a minimalist, and I don’t like a lot of stuff sitting around. But then my house can look kind of bare. So when the Nester over at Nesting Place talked about a tablescape tutorial she read in The Home Book, I took notes. According to designer David Jimenez:

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1) Layer and lean framed photographs against the wall.

2) Keep your palette simple–black and white with one hit of color.

3) A tray makes everything richer.

4) Use a vase with a strong silhouette.

Here is how Nester’s tablescape turned out:

Isn’t that lovely? She’s hosting a 10 Minutes to a Room You’ll Love party today, so I decided to participate and give it a shot!

It wasn’t hard to decide which table needed a makeover the most. Here’s my sad, neglected, and practically nekkid work table in my home office. It’s humble Sauder furniture, and I desperately need a new lamp, but taking the Nester and the Home Book’s advice, I set out to see what I could do with it.

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Before:

First, I shopped the house to see what I had that resembled the items in the Home Book photo: silver candlesticks, a black and white photo to prop against the larger artwork, colorful books, and a white plate like Nester’s. (I had a black tray, too, but it was too wide for my narrow table.)

I took the artwork off the wall and propped it on the table as instructed and recreated the general look of the inspiration photos as closely as possible. Here’s how my first attempt turned out:

After #1:

Oh, and I straightened up my cubbies, while I was at it. I got some matching black boxes to put stuff in. That made a big difference!

I played around with it some more. What if I took the beat-up old lamp off the table altogether and added a vase instead? I mixed it up a little to create a second look.

Look #2:

At this point I started getting tired of the black and white and wanted some color. So I brought in all the bright, colorful things I could find, including a candy bowl from the kitchen, just for fun.

Look #3:

I bought these 3 glass bottles at IKEA for $2.99 each but had never figured out what to do with them. When I was at the grocery store today, I grabbed a bunch of their cheapest flowers ($5) and put them in the bottles. They were just what my room needed!

It was fun playing around and trying some new things. Now I’ve got to decide which look to stick with. I have pictures, vases, candlesticks, and books stacked everywhere. So help me out here. Which look was your favorite? Do you think I’m on the right track, at least?

{If you like black and white decorating, check out my family room.  If you like more color, check out my daughter Lily’s bathroom.}

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Courtney February 18, 2009 at 11:23 pm

this is really cute. i have a little table next to my couch that needs help I will have to play around with these.

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Derek February 18, 2009 at 11:39 pm

Do Mantles next. People allways struggle with mantles

Lindsay February 19, 2009 at 12:06 am

How fun! I really love the first one you did. Practically every table and dresser in my house needs to be tablescaped. I just need more “stuff”!

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Jen@Balancing Beauty and Bedlam February 19, 2009 at 12:15 am

Now your table looks like it’s right out of a magazine. Looks wonderful!! Such great tips. :)

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Martha February 19, 2009 at 12:15 am

I love all 3 looks, but #1 is the best!

Karol February 19, 2009 at 12:19 am

Wow. I love it that you shared so many ways of doing the same table scape. Amazing!

Karol :0)

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Chablis February 19, 2009 at 12:22 am

Wow, that looks beautiful, great job with all three! I LOVE all the color in table #3. Thanks for inspiring ;)

melissa February 19, 2009 at 12:27 am

Julia~I love #2 the most, but they are all much better than before. Awesome!

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Jenny February 19, 2009 at 12:30 am

I like them all. The one that is best is the one that makes you happy. I don’t know you, but when I saw the 3rd picture, it seemed perfect for you. Does that make sense? LOL!

Thanks for the post, now I know what I will be doing tomorrow!

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Megan February 19, 2009 at 1:03 am

I was majorly impressed with each transformation of that little ol’ table. Looks fantastico! I am taking note…

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Tam February 19, 2009 at 1:21 am

I love that you didnt just re-arrange once and give up! I kind of am leaning towards the last one because it is bright and cheery-spring ready! And the beauty of it all is that you can change it again and everytime you get a hankering for a new look! Thanks for sharing-it was fun!
Hope you are having a wonderful week~Tam:D

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laura @ the shore house February 19, 2009 at 1:22 am

Ooooohhh….love David Jimenez. And LOVE your new look. I think I have to vote for #2…not that you asked :-)…’cause I’m on a bit of a black and white kick right now. I think I smell a Hooked On post coming up…:-)

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AnNicole@OurSuburbanCottage February 19, 2009 at 1:30 am

Wow – I seriously can’t believe how different the table looks in “look 1″. It’s basically the same stuff with just a few changes, and yet it looks so much fuller and pulled together. Amazing.

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Amanda February 19, 2009 at 1:46 am

How fun! I think I like the first one the best, but they are all great in their own ways. Good job!

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Amber Filkins @ {ae filkins} February 19, 2009 at 2:15 am

Ooooooh, I don’t know! I love them all! But definitely #1 & #3 are my favorites! #1 seems good for every day–it’s classy. #3 seems good for spring.

Love it!

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desiree February 19, 2009 at 3:00 am

I like them all. It’s amazing what results a few changes can make. I feel inspired….where to start?

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JanMarie February 19, 2009 at 4:57 am

You did a great job :)I think #1 is really beautiful and warm. I have a thing for lamps tho. #3 is also very inspiring, especially with spring and summer around the corner!

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Blushing Hostess February 19, 2009 at 5:43 am

I love the inclusion of the color towards the bottom, very “Absolutely Beautiful” in feeling.

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Suzann February 19, 2009 at 6:58 am

I have got to give this idea a whirl. Maybe tomorrow when I’m off work?

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Astrid February 19, 2009 at 7:02 am

WOW! They’re great! I love them all…but that last one…well, I’ve been dreaming of Spring lately and that just fits the bill! :)

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june February 19, 2009 at 7:04 am

I love how you have three different looks for your tablescape. They all look fantastic!

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Kathi February 19, 2009 at 7:14 am

Great ideas! I love that black and white vase and the art!
Isn’t it fun to go “house shopping” at home? :)

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Kimm at Reinvented February 19, 2009 at 7:53 am

Great job! I like # 2 and #3 the best, how’s that for being decisive? Maybe you could change them out for the seasons? Or just with your mood? But then you might not get anything else done! ;)

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bungalow_bliss February 19, 2009 at 7:58 am

I have such a hard time with tables, so this post is really helpful! I can’t decide which look I like best…#2 is so classy, whereas #3 is spunky and fun. Nice job, Julia!

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The Nester February 19, 2009 at 8:06 am

Hate me but that was Totally Fun! Oh, now I want to go try to do my table 3 ways! Great idea! I think #2 is my fav but love the springy one and #1.

Great job Julia!

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Emily@remodelingthislife February 19, 2009 at 8:26 am

I love look 3! Probably because it’s rainy and gray here and I love the splashes of color! Nice job, Julia!

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Kristen February 19, 2009 at 8:33 am

cute! very clever…love the tip about adding books…i did the same to one of my tabletops yesterday!

christy February 19, 2009 at 8:48 am

Oooh I loved this post. I love the look of After #1 – it looks very polished and put together – like it could fit easily into a magazine spread. But I would prefer to have After #2 in my own home. I love color, fresh flowers and I love that those look books that would actually be read. The only think I might do differently is get a different piece of art for the wall that has more color – and try hanging it vs. propping on the table. You’ve inspired me – I have been meaning to do something with my two bedside tables for ages. Must work on them this weekend!

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teresa February 19, 2009 at 8:53 am

Fun to see all the different ways- you’ve inspired me to get working on some table I have. I just spent sometime refreshing my fireplace-and now I have some ideas for a couple of tables.
Thanks
Have a great day-

bj February 19, 2009 at 8:59 am

Oh my gosh girl…this is absolutely LOVELY…you did a fantastic job…I tend to get too much STUFF and now i am going to work on a problem chest that I have…you have given me some great ideas….
bj

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Heather February 19, 2009 at 9:03 am

I’m a big fan of black and white decorating! I personally loved the black and white theme, and I thought the first picture in your linkback to your family room was your family room! It took my breath away. Yours is equally lovely, by the way. But now I’m lusting after those houndstooth chairs.

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Melissa February 19, 2009 at 9:08 am

How did you know I needed this exact type of help? Thanks for the great post!! Have a great day!

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maya | springtree road February 19, 2009 at 9:12 am

i like look #3, but i would like the picture back on the top of the shelf and maybe the lamp on the right? i’m not crazy about pears *and* flowers together, but i love the bright-colored books.

how about black and white with just a shot of color from either the books or the flowers? i’d like to see that.

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Dagny February 19, 2009 at 9:19 am

I think I would have loved a combination of look no 1 and 3! Great post! :)

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Lazy Mom Leslie February 19, 2009 at 9:26 am

Thanks for sharing! I like 1 better than 2, a lamp is always good. But I also love all the color in 3. That’s what’s so great about shopping your house. You can do 3 during the spring to brighten things up and then when you need a chage, no problem!

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Nouveau Stitch February 19, 2009 at 9:46 am

Number 2 is my pick. A fun and easy exercise everyone should do. I think a mantelpiece could be tackled in the same fashion. Thanks for passing on the tips!

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Judy B February 19, 2009 at 9:52 am

Love your second look the most!!! But they are all stunning – Great job!!!

Christine February 19, 2009 at 9:55 am

Love all three but my favorite is #2. I like how the print and colors on the vase pulls out the design on the picture frame…..Christine

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Misti @ Studio M Designs February 19, 2009 at 10:01 am

Hey Julia we must have been on the same wave length this morning! I promise I didn’t look at any posts before I created mine. We even used the same words I tell ya!

Don’t pick just one look, Do like me…change it when you dust!
~Misti

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amylouwho February 19, 2009 at 10:02 am

I love the clean-ness of the black and white – but i’m ALWAYS drawn to color. Maybe mix the two up a bit. Anyway you do it it will turn out great. All 3 are fantastic. I just put my dresser in the closet and that was probably the only thing in my house that I could do a tablescape on. I’ll have to wait on doing this one!

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coco February 19, 2009 at 10:09 am

They are all amazing transformations but I think #2 is my favorite!

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hookedonhouses February 19, 2009 at 10:18 am

Maya–I wouldn’t actually use pears in my study, probably–just needed that color when I was playing around.

Christy–I agree that if I go with the colorful version, I’d probably need different artwork. I’d definitely have some shopping to do!

Thanks for all of your kind comments. Nice to see so many new faces here this morning! -Julia :-)

beth February 19, 2009 at 10:24 am

My favorite is number one, but they all look nice in there own way. You can always change it up depending on your mood.

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Robin February 19, 2009 at 10:26 am

I love look #1, it is very warm. Isn’t amazing how making a smiple change to one corner can brighted the whole room?

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theArthurClan February 19, 2009 at 10:31 am

You are so stinkin’ creative! I love the way ALL of your attempts turned out. Beautiful!

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Derek February 19, 2009 at 10:42 am

All of them look great. I like how you used just thing you have. Pulling thing that fit the stlye and the color pallet.

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queenbee February 19, 2009 at 10:52 am

I really like them all, you did a great job using what you had on hand. My favorite would be #3 because I adore the white candle sticks and bright flowers. Great Job!!!

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Amy February 19, 2009 at 11:13 am

I love #3! The others are nice too but I think #3 is un-stuffy and fun. I actually love the pears and flowers together. And so much color- love it.

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Pat February 19, 2009 at 11:19 am

I was just over at Susan’s and saw your link, Julia. Love this makeover/tablescape! Beautiful, with lots of inspiration!

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Jen R Sanctuary Arts February 19, 2009 at 11:19 am

I love how that looks Julia and all of the options! It looks great!

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Rachel February 19, 2009 at 11:22 am

Great work!

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darlene February 19, 2009 at 11:53 am

Great hints on creating a beautiful table display! Thank you!

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Linda@Lime in the Coconut February 19, 2009 at 11:58 am

Presto Chango…I am truly impressed, girl!!! looks great!

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Tricia Anne February 19, 2009 at 12:10 pm

I really like all the looks that you presented. :o) Your hydrangeas are gorgeous!
Sincerely ~ Tricia Anne

Sherri S February 19, 2009 at 12:22 pm

I like ALL the different looks! I love that you shared the differences that you tried out. I like 2 for a more ‘upscale’ feel and 3 for springy and fun!

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Aubrey February 19, 2009 at 12:28 pm

Yo uhave such cool stuff around your hosue to work with–I love all the arrangements. The flowers make it look so summery. Sheesh if I had to shop around my house, all I’d have to work with is a stack of diapers and an arrangement of cottage cheese-making sippy cups.

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Fifi Flowers February 19, 2009 at 12:48 pm

I like all the looks you provided! FUN collection of books to read!

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please sir February 19, 2009 at 2:00 pm

Great advice – I esp. agree with the book idea!

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ellen February 19, 2009 at 2:06 pm

I really love the third tablescape!

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Susan February 19, 2009 at 2:25 pm

Okay, #3 has my vote. The other two were lovely, but that one is perfect

angie February 19, 2009 at 2:49 pm

Oh I love those bottles from IKEA.

I think I prefer the Black & White #2. But it would really depend on what is going on in the rest of the room.

Now to finish my day and get home to decorate.

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do it yourselfer February 19, 2009 at 2:51 pm

looks fantastic! i love all three ways…the second might be my favorite. But the third looks like how I’m feeling…all whimsical with spring fever!

Luphia February 19, 2009 at 2:55 pm

wow, this is truely the art of display at work! :)

Becca @ the Stanley Clan February 19, 2009 at 3:03 pm

Wow! these look great – thanks for the inspiration!

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Sarah @ Thriftydecorchick February 19, 2009 at 3:06 pm

Wow I love them all! You done good!!! Sigh…I love thos vases. I want an Ikea SO BAD. I am no help helping you decide, everything is lovely.

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Shelia February 19, 2009 at 3:19 pm

I love all three. What an excellent job! Now, I must copy these for my “I wanna do this, too!” file.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

jayne February 19, 2009 at 3:22 pm

I choose number 2… But they all look great…

Bugs & Sunshine February 19, 2009 at 3:35 pm

ok, my jaw hit the floor when i saw your new table options! i mean, that is crazy what a difference it made! GREAT OPTIONS, all of them!

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suzanne February 19, 2009 at 3:35 pm

I like all three, and such a great idea for a post. But if I must choose, I think I’d choose the middle one, but geez I like them ALL!!

Suzanne

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new every morning February 19, 2009 at 3:49 pm

What a great post! I love all three, but #1 is my favorite.
Fabulous!!!

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PrettyOrganizer February 19, 2009 at 4:00 pm

Exquisite! Love the effort you went to! It’s so nice to see possibilities. I’m loving all of the great ideas… I think I’m going to host a toile party in the future. Would you come if I did? Crazy… I’m a little nervous about it and don’t want to look like a total dork in a party dress with 3 links… Ahhh… bloggy nerves! I’ll be back soon! Love this blog!

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Jeannie February 19, 2009 at 4:00 pm

Hi!!!! I’m here thanks to Leigh at Thrifty Thursday!!!!

I love what you have done with the color on your table!!!! =) Love it!!!!

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leigh of Tales from Bloggeritaville February 19, 2009 at 4:02 pm

Those all look great! Isnt it amazing what the comosition can do to a space. You dont even realize until it is done properly and then you seem to even breathe easier. I love all of those looks.
Thanks for playing along in Thrifty Thursday’s in Bloggeritaville! I appreciate your support!

Leigh

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Christine February 19, 2009 at 4:05 pm

You did such a great job! Bravo!
What a great little project to liven up a space, tonight I’m going to walk around the house and see if I can do something similiar.

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Susan Lang February 19, 2009 at 4:17 pm

Great ideas for three different looks! Just remember if leaning any frames or other objects against the wall that you use something to prevent wall marks or scratches. It is very easy to mark or scratch the wall each time you move the oject to dust. I like using the peel and stick pads that you put on the bottom of furniture. They come in many sizes and thickness.

Kasey February 19, 2009 at 4:33 pm

They all look great! Thanks for sharing.

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Holly February 19, 2009 at 4:34 pm

Hey, great job! I think I like #1 best. If your lamp has seen better days, you could spray-paint it black and that would tie it in and give it a little more visual weight. Maybe you could put the flowers with that arrangement for a punch of color.

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Deidra February 19, 2009 at 4:52 pm

Love that artwork! Especially leaned up against the wall!

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Kim @ Forever Wherever February 19, 2009 at 5:59 pm

I like them all, but the colors of the last one caught my attention. I’m a color person for sure. I even have a colorful basket like yours. Well, really I have 5 or 6 of them in a row in my laundry room holding craft stuff. Love the flowers. Pretty tablescapes…all of them. Great post Julia!
-Kim

LeAnn February 19, 2009 at 6:00 pm

All three look great, I prefer #3 for spring and summer and maybe #1 for fall and winter, just my two cents worth.

LeAnn

Courtney @ Nesting Instincts February 19, 2009 at 7:16 pm

I love this, Julia! I can waste…I mean spend…many hours doing stuff like this at home. I love the black and white look – very classic, sophisticated, and grown-up. I’ve been craving color recently, myself – I think it’s that longing for spring, knowing that it’s just around the corner…so I have to say I’m a big fan of the colorful tablescape too. For me personally, I’d probably go with the colorful one for now (in anticipation of spring!) and switch to the black and white come fall (maybe with a tiny bit of orange thrown in, like in the original inspiration photo had). Btw, THANK YOU for not using silk flowers in your Ikea vases. :-)

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Melissa Lewis - Off The Wall February 19, 2009 at 7:48 pm

Look #3 is just perfect. Love the colors, and you can’t go wrong with gerber daises! Great job:)

Trudi Alwine February 19, 2009 at 8:48 pm

I love tables two and three. Nice job. I’m learning so many things about tablescapes that I never really thought about. Blogging rocks.

Polly Maly February 19, 2009 at 9:25 pm

I stumbled onto the Nesting Place’s blog party, and have had an absolute blast looking at, and being inspired by, everyone’s 10-minute-makeovers. I’m having a really hard time deciding which of your tablescapes I like better. but I have to say, I was blown away by the first one. The other two were just as fabulous. Must run to change a tablescape right now!

angela | the painted house February 19, 2009 at 9:39 pm

Well, you sure had some fun in your office! All three look fab, Julia. I’m drawn to number three since I’m desperately craving Spring right now.

Ah, trays. I love ‘em. I’m starting to feel paranoid, now, however that people will call me the “tray lady” since every room has one perched on a table. They are just so great for detail, color, and anchoring all the pretties on a table.

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KayVonne February 19, 2009 at 9:46 pm

I am now inspired to do something with my nightstands. This is a GREAT post!!

Aliceson February 19, 2009 at 9:50 pm

Oh, #1 for sure. The light of the lamp really makes the other pieces come alive.

Susan February 19, 2009 at 9:59 pm

Running late this week visiting blogs….

Hope you had a great Tablescape Thursday

Susan

Helen February 19, 2009 at 11:48 pm

It’s hard to decide which look is best they’re all great, always go with what you like & you can’t go wrong
Helen

Wendy February 19, 2009 at 11:50 pm

I’d go with #3 until fall and then switch to #2 for the colder months. They all looks amazing!! Wow, little differences sure change the bigger picture.

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Heathahlee February 20, 2009 at 12:21 am

Love all of them!

Btw, I rented a movie the other day from the library…An Affair To Remember! I LOVED it! I didn’t cry as much as Meg Ryan and Rosie O’Donnell did, and I actually laughed my head off when Debra Karr said the line “Winter must be so cold for those who have no warm memories…” because that’s the line Meg and Rosie are sobbing over in Sleepless in Seattle. Thanks for posting about it the other day!

jenjen February 20, 2009 at 12:34 am

Wow – what different ways to liven up a table! I love them all. Thanks so much for the inspiration!

Jen

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victoria ~ auction girl vintage February 20, 2009 at 2:40 am

I like #s 2 & 3, depending on the season or occasion. I really like the stack of pink books and the IKEA vases.

Victoria

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Susan February 20, 2009 at 7:33 am

Hi Julia, Welcome to Tablescape Thursday! Wow, amazing how different that area looks with all the different vignettes you’ve chosen. If you need light in that area, I’d probably stick with the lamp look…which I like anyway. :-) The second look is a bit more sophisticated, I think, which the third is more casual and fun. Ummmm, maybe you could go with look 1 or 2 for winter and the fun, more colorful look for spring/summer. Or you could reverse that idea to give you some spring/summer in the dead of winter when we sometime need it the most!
:-) Thanks for sharing all these great ideas! Susan

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Kathy @ A Little Pinch of This and That February 20, 2009 at 9:11 am

They are each lovely, and now you have four different looks to this space that you can change whenever the mood strikes! I enjoy mixing things up every once in a while so my pretties don’t start to look stale. For me, if things never change, they blend in and I almost forget they’re there! Thanks for the inspiration…I’m off to play around in my dining room next!!!

Trudi Alwine February 20, 2009 at 10:01 am

I am so sorry. I made a mistake with number 40 on Mr. Linky. I can’t remove it.
Thanks for having such a great link party.

jodi @ bpr February 20, 2009 at 10:25 am

I like the first one, but I would probably would try painting the lamp black…might be a little more balance! Great job! Loved seeing the 3 different looks!

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Sandy February 20, 2009 at 11:26 am

Fantastic tablescapes!

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Shawn/Lifeatbuttercupfarm February 20, 2009 at 11:43 am

How much fun did you have doing this? Looks like too much fun to me!

I like #3…I like the black vase in the mix! Have a great weekend.

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Debbie February 20, 2009 at 3:41 pm

Wow I love this. great idea to show the different ways. I get tired of the ‘same’ look….I love the different ideas and different placement of everything you used. Julia great post.
blessings,
Debbie

Jean February 20, 2009 at 3:45 pm

I love all three!

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Jean February 20, 2009 at 3:50 pm

I would love ideas for a large square coffee table. What do you put on it that looks good?

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Carrie February 20, 2009 at 5:24 pm

Very clever, I love after #1.

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Rona February 20, 2009 at 7:42 pm

The black boxes do make a difference. I need to re-do our bookcases.

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Rebecca February 21, 2009 at 2:05 pm

Thanks for the cool post. I got some good ideas from it. My favorite was #3. I have some tables that desperately need a makeover but my 18 month old won’t leave my knick knacks alone! Sigh…maybe next year :-)

Cary February 22, 2009 at 11:00 am

Fantastic! I love the milky white candlesticks in the last look and the vase that matched the art in the second look. I’m dying to try the tablescapes, but with two crazy kiddos running around, I have to make it childproof and unbreakable….anyone have any tablescape suggestions using MELAMINE AND IRON????

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Jan February 22, 2009 at 5:04 pm

I love either #1 or #2.

Michelle@Everyday Celebrating February 22, 2009 at 8:42 pm

Love all of them! And what a difference it makes!

Southern Fried Gal February 25, 2009 at 1:50 am

They all look great! My favorite overall look is #2 and I also love the vases with the flowers in #3!

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Nikki February 27, 2009 at 9:37 am

wow, these are so cool because they all have such different looks!! Thanks so much for sharing, I am getting a lot of inspiration around here!! :)

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ida March 2, 2009 at 5:13 am

i like look 2 . you even out the round clock with the round plate. could have used a round picture if you didnt want the plate. look 1 is still a very good look. i didnt care for look 3. though i did love a flowers and vases. i think they would look good perhaps spread apart in the living room or perhaps together on the dining room table. oh, and i LOVE ikea. got hooked on ikea back in stuttgart germany.

Struggler June 7, 2009 at 8:11 pm

Julia, I really enjoyed this posting and you inspired me to give it a try with a little table. Hope you approve of your star-billing in this piece.

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