4 coffee table styling tips

April 10, 2016

While working at an Architects in London, I received various large samples which would arrive on palettes. (there’s a point to this, I’ll get there)
A rather daunting office move a couple of years ago meant there was a great deal of sorting to be done. Whilst rummaging through 15 years of archives I came across an architectural model from the 00’s which had been originally hand made for a healthcare building project, with a solid perspex box to encase it. Lightbulb moment – this could make a very interesting coffee table! The architects kindly let me take it, and the palette became the base for my creation.



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The model was looking a little worse for wear having been shoved at the back of the archive room for over a decade. I removed the hospital buildings, just leaving the “trees” and landscape, slapped on a layer white paint and gave the perspex a good clean.


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The only expense on this project were a set of industrial wheels – 4 of them from Amazon for £12 – barg!. I screwed them onto the bottom of the palette, rested the model on top and there you have it – one solid coffee table. Or a center for ants!….


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What I love most about my coffee table is the story it has behind it; the original craftsmanship, the reason for it’s making and the little travels it’s had.

It might not be antique or made of anything valuable but I made it over time, which makes it special. The way I can decide to show or obscure parts of the model makes it almost playful – there’s always something going on beneath the items atop.


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The brilliant thing about having a coffee table is that it’s the perfect way to show of your favourite items, and it soon becomes the focal point of a room. You can change items around as you please, giving the whole room an instant refresh and update.


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Below are my top 4 tips on how to style your own coffee table, have a little play around and enjoy it!

  1. Books and/or magazines
    Have the latest books you’re reading and any magazines, so they are to hand for when you’re relaxing. It also encourages you to watch less TV.
  2. Plants and/or fresh flowers
    Succulents are the best types for coffee tables as they’re fairly short and won’t obscure too much. If you’re lucky enough to have fresh flowers around the house, make up a mini bouquet from the main bunch and place on your coffee table.
  3. Candles
    Perfect for creating a relaxing and romantic atmosphere, and even better if they’re scented. Having just candlelight in the evenings gives the living room a whole new atmosphere and will encourage you to unwind.
  4. Precious things
    Arrange ornaments and little bits and bobs that mean something to you. One thing I like to do is keep a box nearby with my precious things and then change the arrangement every couple of months, or whenever takes my fancy.

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Try out a few different combinations and placings, it will improve your day to see a beautiful arrangement curated by you.
Once you’ve had a go, I’d love to see your pics – tweet me @ElizabethDanon