Although I love my West Elm coffee table, styling a round table can be tricky. I’ve re-structured and re-styled mine dozens of times. I’ve never quite settled on one coffee tablescape, but I have settled on my coffee table essentials.
1. Trays: Who doesn’t love a good tray? They keep things contained, are transportable and (now that they are so in) there’s lots of fun shapes and colors to choose from.
2. Candles & Flowers: Whether your want to set the mood or are trying to coverup the smell of the dinner you cooked last night, flowers and candles are a necessity.
3. Activities: Your coffee table should always provide your guests with something to do.
Books with lots of beautiful photos make for the ideal coffee table read. My favs include Design*Sponge’s at Home and an addicting photo book titled Puppyhood (see above photo). A deck of cards or in my case, Catchphrase, is always great to have on hand if there’s a lull in conversation.
4. Something for you: Whether its nail polish or in my case, a nail file, it’s always nice to have something you use frequently nearby. When I’m an hour deep into my favorite shows the last thing I want to do is get up and go search for my nail file. Just be sure to move it when your guests arrive!