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I shared my spring living room with you last month, and I promised that this post was coming shortly after – it took me a little longer than I thought it would – this spring been crazy busy, it seems like I’m never stopping! If you’re busy like me, take a minute to yourself, grab a coffee, sit back and read – today is all about my spring coffee table decorating.

I wanted to share this post for a couple of reasons: 1) I don’t always show closeups of how I’ve arranged my ottoman each season, and 2) I wanted to share a few no-fail tips that I fall often back on, that always give me a beautifully styled vignette, no matter what time of year it is.

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I’ve shared coffee table decorating and styling tips in the past as well, in one of my most popular posts, 3 Ways To Style Your Coffee Table or Ottoman, with some more specific looks that you can create.

Today, I’m sharing more general styling tips, that will help you create a coffee table decorating display that you love. I always use pieces and objects that I love and have meaning to me when I’m styling my ottoman.

Scroll down and let’s go over them!Try these coffee table decorating ideas + styling tips to always create a beautiul display on your table or ottoman, any time of year!


Our ottoman is 40 inches square and takes up a lot of floor space in our living room. Having such a large surface area to work with, you’ll always find this large gold tray on here. I use it as a base to coral my favorite pieces. It is in need of some TLC! It was a DIY gold leaf project from a few years ago, and I think it’s gotten just a little wear and tear since then ;)

Hands-down, using a tray is a perfect way to create a beautifully styled vignette, because it keeps your items contained and grounds them. That’s not to say you cannot use one! Just be mindful to use larger items, like stacks of larger books, to anchor your display. Try these coffee table decorating ideas + styling tips to always create a beautiul display on your table or ottoman, any time of year!


This spring, my color palette is loaded with blue, white and brass, and my faux blue hydrangeas have taken center stage throughout our home lately. You’ve seen them in all off my spring posts, and I absolutely love the vibrant pop of color they bring to this room.

Using a floral arrangement for your coffee table decorating is perfect for adding an organic element to your display (even if it’s faux!) and some beautiful color and texture. 


I love different types of natural curiosities, and this spring I’ve sprinkled my coral sculptures all around our home. If you saw my spring entryway post last week, you may have noticed that my console table was full of them. They add so much texture and visual interest, and for spring and summer, they’re the ideal piece to pull out. 

Like a floral arrangement, they add an organic element to your display. My turquoise coral was a gift from a dear friend and I cherish it so much! It’s beautiful, has meaning, and works perfectly with my spring color palette and decorating theme.


I love this brass horse as much as my coral – he was a HomeSense purchase that I had to have. I love horses and I love brass, so it was a no-brainer for me. When I’m purchasing accessories, I always remind myself to buy items that have some meaning to me, or that I truly love.

It’s very easy to find yourself with a cart full of pieces you really don’t need – always ask yourself if you can picture it as a forever item – will it last and can it be used anywhere you use it?

One of my favorite bowls is another perfect addition to my spring display. It adds touch of blue and white, it balances out the color combination on this tray, and it also helps to pick up the pattern in our rug.


Books (on any topic you love!) are another fabulous way to build your displays. I talk about using them often in my posts, because they’re another staple throughout our home. I collect design books because I read them and love them. Stack some books and prop any decorative object on top.

It’s the perfect way to ground any accessory and it always gives it more importance as well. I used a new favorite decorative box and my magnifying glass here. Both add interest with their shape and pattern.

Try these coffee table decorating ideas + styling tips to always create a beautiul display on your table or ottoman, any time of year!


I always love to look back at my previous seasonal decor posts and home tours to get ideas and inspiration for what I’m doing next. Taking stock of what I’ve created in the past is a great way to create something new for now. Here’s a look back at some of my favorites!

You’ll notice my gold tray of course, but have close look at how I’ve used different favorite pieces to create something new each time – decorative boxes, design books, beautiful and unique dishes, natural curiosities, florals, lanterns… the possibilities are endless. Click the titles of each one to visit the tour!


SPRING HOME TOUR 2017 SUMMER HOME TOUR 2017 FALL HOME TOUR 2017 SPRING HOME TOUR 2018 I hope you found something interesting and informative today! I always love to find ways to inspire and educate with something new. Decorating and styling can sometimes be overwhelming, but if you use items you truly love, move them around and try different things, you will always end up with a space styled the way that brings you happiness.

Keep a few things in mind when it comes to coffee table decorating; use a large tray to ground your display, use books to create ‘risers’ and top them with beautiful accessories that you love to give them importance, a floral arrangement (real or faux) is always a winner, use decorative pieces and objects that you feel are timeless in your home, ones you love, or have true meaning to you. It’s that simple! Thank you for reading with me today, I hope you enjoyed these tips for coffee table decorating! xo

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  1. tamaraanka says:

    Hi! Thank you! These are from Michael’s a few years ago! I do have a few other similar ones linked in my post. I hope that helps! xox

  2. Kensington says:

    Love this styling! Please, where did you find these beautiful faux hydrangeas? I tried to search your posts, just couldn’t find. Thank you!

  3. tamaraanka says:

    Thank you so much! It’s about 22″ square. It was a lacquered tray (wood I think) that I used gold leaf on!

  4. I absolutely love your coffee table decor. Would be grateful for the dimensions of the tray. Would also like to know the material of the tray. Sincerely, Allie

  5. tamaraanka says:

    Thank you so much Heather! I’m happy you like everything and even happier that my advice helps you! It’s very true – so easy to buy implies items that are trends and you end up using them for only a short time. It’s my pleasure to share with all of you, thank you so much for reading with me! xo

  6. I love how you styled your Spring ottoman, so beautiful. Thank you for the tip, only buy items you love and have meaning. I will definitely implement this when shopping. Thanks for sharing your space and knowledge with us.

  7. tamaraanka says:

    Hi Edie, Thank you so much, I’m so happy you like it! Unfortunately I don’t have an excel link! This tray is years old and I’ve since had trouble finding an exact one to link – I am so sorry!! When I do find one, I will be sure to link it! Thank you so much for reading!

  8. Edie Walker says:

    You spring coffee table is so lovely, as are all of your home arrangements. Can you post a link to a large gold square tray? The link you posted is to smaller, rectangular trays on Wayfair. Thank you!

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