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How to Decorate a Coffee Table in Any Season

by | Sep 7, 2018 | Decorating Inspiration, Fall Nesting 2018, Style Tips

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How to Decorate a Coffee Table in Any Season

If you want a simple, fool-proof way to decorate your coffee table this fall, here’s an easy formula I shared in my book The Inspired Room!

Tray + Books + Plant + Decorative Object

You can use it to personalize your coffee table in any season. Gather a variety of seasonal elements, textures and colors you love. Mix and match, swap out different items and just have fun with it.

Here’s a short video that may also inspire you!

What’s on your coffee table right now?

How to Decorate a Coffee Table in Any Season

Find more simple ideas in my book, The Inspired Room!

How to Decorate a Coffee Table in Any Season
How to Decorate a Coffee Table in Any Season


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Day One: An Autumn Mindset

Day Two: 20 Little Things

Day Three: Cozying Up the House with Shutters

Day Four: How to Decorate Your Coffee Table in Any Season

Day Five: Fall House Tour

Day Six: Embrace Your Style (and adapt as needed)

Day Seven: Your Fall Morning Routine

Day Eight: Fall Puttering

Day Nine: Simple Ways to Create a Welcoming Fall Porch

Day Ten: Make Your Bedroom a Cozy Retreat

Day Eleven: Fall Home Refresh – 5 Ways to Bring Your Home to Life

Day Twelve: 14 Simple Fall Decorating Ideas

Day Thirteen: 3 Cozy Fall Activities for the Homebody

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  1. Lori

    Where does one find all the pretty blue colored books or even black ones they use just for displays or props?
    I keep your book handy Melissa but one of my dogs loves to chew book corners so I dare not put it on my table where she can reach it! I do like showing my friends so I keep it close by. I just run out of books that have good color to use for this. The round tray is a great change vs a plain rectangle. The video makes it look so simple.

  2. Earllyn Drake

    Thanks for the tips. My questions is: what do you do with all those remotes on the coffee table? I have 4.

    • Jenny B.

      Earllyn, Maybe a decorative box to hide the remotes?

  3. Bonnie Stoltzfoos

    We keep our coffee table pretty empty right now. Our daughters are 4 and 2 and the coffee table gets used for a lot of playing, play-doh, and drawing. :) It’s pretty fun! Usually, there is just a basket with our remotes. I am going to try decorating it like this every once in a while to see how it goes. ;) I love how much you use books in your decor! That combination of pretty and practical always speaks to me!

  4. Jenny B.

    Or one of those fake books that’s actually a box? :)

  5. Lorrie

    I love using trays on coffee tables. They are easy to move when we want to put our dinner trays there if we watch a movie during the weekend. Pretty + practical = perfect!

  6. Jo Jo

    We have a very large ottoman that also serves as a coffee table. I have a large round wooden tray that holds a pretty carved box that holds our tv remotes, a set of marble coasters, a 3 wick Jar candle ( with a beautiful hammered copper lid) and a small potted plant. I usually just change up the scent of the candle seasonally. When we have guests, I can easily serve appetizers on the tray! Loving the Fall Nesting Series! So ready for Fall!

  7. Rupa Chatterjee

    wonderrful! You have made a difference even now. Waiting for the rest of your brilliant work.

  8. Christine

    we have a mission style coffee table and I have a distressed red tray on it that holds a couple of my favorite coffee table books (Post Secret, Not So Big Remodeling). a fall scented candle, a small, fake succulent plant (because cats eat the real stuff), a couple coasters, and all the lil odds and ends, pens, post it notes, a cute tape measure, just a mix of a little bit of pretty and everyday living.

  9. Joanne

    What great ideas. Looks excellent with a few extra little goodies there! Just got myself a new coffee table and I’m a big indoor plant fan so might have to buy a few extras on top of that.

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