This coffee table has found a home in stylist + blogger Kimberly Hughes’ recently revamped living room.  We were thrilled when Kimberly shared with us some pictures of her new space as well as three different styling ideas for her new coffee table:

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Here are Kimberly’s top 3 suggestions  for styling a coffee table:

1. A stack of books or a tray (or both) will introduce great structure

2. Bring something natural into the mix to add organic shapes and texture

3. Make it yours by adding something a little quirky to reflect your personality

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While the coffee table typically functions as a remote depository or somewhere to sling your post, there’s no reason that it shouldn’t be as carefully curated as any other display area in your home. The coffee table is normally smack in the middle of your seating area, making it a focal point for your room and treating it as such will bring a little bit of pizazz to an often neglected surface. Adding a few practical items means it doesn’t need to function strictly as a vignette but something both you and your guests can enjoy.

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“When styling any vignette, balance is key and you can do this by varying heights of your display items, keeping to a tight colour scheme and bringing in a bit of texture or shine.” – Kimberly Hughes

Look 2 - The Book Stack

Of course, not everything has to serve a function – something fun, quirky or eye-catching will act as conversation starters.  A stack of coffee table books always looks great and gives guests something to look at while getting to know your interests a little better.  I like to include some sweets or mints as well – they look pretty and work well as palette cleansers when you’re entertaining.

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“Using small boxes and bowls allows you to corral smaller items and provides texture, colour and pattern.  A larger box can be used to hide remote controls or any other items you might not want on display but that you want in easy reach.” – Kimberly Hughes

Look 3 - Stack Tray Combo

My oval marble and brass coffee table from west elm was the perfect choice for my living room. The soft grey veining of the marble works perfectly with the pale grey paint colour and the beautiful brass legs pick up the brass accessories throughout the space. I love colourful, glamorous, eclectic interiors and even though it’s not a huge room, the table doesn’t take up too much space, physically or visually. It’s just perfect – I love it!

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Kimberly Hughes from British blog Swoonworthy is an interiors obsessive with an ‘eclectic boho glam’ style. She firmly believes that everyone has the right to a beautiful home, no matter what your budget, and her blog is filled with ideas to help inspire just that! Follow her on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook.

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March 12, 2014

Simply lovely! I love the mixture of glamorous vintage pieces with new books and greenery. It looks effortless and beautiful.


March 16, 2014

Hi, I love the way you decorated your coffee table, and I especially love the pineapple vase? Where can I find one? Thank you.

Kimberly Hughes

March 18, 2014

Thank you so much! The glass & brass pineapple is from Zara Home 🙂 x


April 27, 2014

I have a round coffee table and I am trying to find an iron tray and items to put on it, should my tray be round or rectangle?


April 29, 2014

Hi Diana — Round OR Rectangle would both work — the important thing is the scale/size. I would look for square shape to contrast the round table!

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