Lessons in Coffee Table Styling

My coffee table leaves much to be desired.  Littered with magazines, note pads, post-its, and usually a lap top, it’s generally more of a work space, and often a dinner table, than a conversation-starting focal point of my living room.  Which got me thinking, I’ve been hunting for a new coffee table for quite some time but perhaps, I should simply focus more on the styling.  Taking a cue from a few of these picturesque tablescapes, one thing is clear: personalizing your tabletop with unique keepsakes is the key to creating an enviable vignette, as is incorporating flowers, trays, books and other decorative objects.

Trays and ornamental dishes serve as a great way to display and organize items while books add a pop of color and can serve as a base for layering.

Choose a color scheme and pair decorative objects and books in complimentary hues.

Grouping items like matchbooks in a dish is another way to create an interesting and functional tablescape.

Balancing studio 54 and old hollywood glamour, I wasn’t surprised to hear that this mirrored number resides in Rachel Zoe’s office.

This lucite table demonstrates that organization can be aesthetically pleasing.  The same goes for glass or any other tabletop that allows your bottom shelf to show through.

Don’t forget about what’s under the table.  Here, a zebra rug adds texture for an interesting backdrop to a contemporary glass table.  To mimic these lovely tablescapes, start with your favorite reading material as a base, top with groupings of little curiosities in a dish or tray, and layer objects in varying textures and heights.

Jonathan Adler has some great options:

In shiny gold, this is the perfect little bud vase.

This acrylic tray is great for organizing while also adding a dose of color and pattern.

A gorgeous dish can take center stage on its own or atop a good read.

Add color with this adorable round box from the santorini collection.

These candlesticks are great for adding a little height, they’re the perfect size.

A small tray in a bright color is another great way to group items.

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Rag & Bone Runway Show in Charleston

It arrived in the mail the other day, a crisp envelope securing my entrance to Charleston’s fashion event of the year.  It’s not often that a big name like Rag & Bone makes an appearance in little ole Charleston, but leave it to Hampton Clothing’s Stacey Smallwood to once again bring recognition to Charleston’s emerging fashion scene, organizing a runway show AND personal shopping with Marcus and David at Westbrook Brewery this Friday!

I’m pumped!!  Now I just have to figure out what to wear…

 These bright blazers are pretty great.  So cute with shorts and dresses…

Then again, I’m really loving R&B’s bright skinny jeans.  As shot by Vanessa Jackman during NYFW, Rag & Bone West Coast Account Executive Justine Couvillion showcases some serious Rag & Bone style.  Here, she’s wearing my absolute favorite Newbury Bootie in taupe paired with the skinny jeans in Bluebird.

 Also liking this look shot by Vanessa Jackman before the Rag & Bone show in February.  Here, Justine is wearing the Racine Printed Wide Leg Pant, which is available in solid yellow and bluebird as well.  If you love the geo print, you’ll be pleased to know it comes in a super cute pair of shorts and a darling little shift dress too.

Have you bought your ticket yet?

Fab Finds: Sorbet Denim

If you haven’t already updated your closet with a must-have pair of colored denim, you need to do so now because I’ve found the perfect affordable pair: BDG Cigarette High-Rise Jean by Urban Outfitters.  At $58.00, they’re a steal compared to other similar options.  Plus, they’re super soft with just the right amount of stretch and they come in an array of fabulous colors to boot.  Don’t pass on these babies, trust me.  Note: they run true to size to a tad big due to softness and stretch.

Hotel Spotlight: Soho Beach House

With its hip vintage vibe, the Soho Beach House‘s rustic decor is not what one would normally expect to find in the heart of Miami Beach.  Charming indeed, but not short on style.  The rooms feature Cuban tile floors, freestanding baths, and a fully stocked maxibar complete with crystal stemwear and a silver cocktail shaker.  Don Draper would approve. 

   

Urbane and elegant!  Where do I sign up?

Images via Soho House Group.

Paris Fashion Week: Street Style Faves

Leigh Lezark rocks a punchy yellow suit.

Nautical chic in shades of blue and gold. 

Vibrant fuchsia pairs elegantly with a green painterly print.

Elisa Nalin adds her signature dose of color with some amazing footwear.

A pretty printed maxi is elevated with sky-high yellow pumps.

White denim is winter appropriate with a flashy striped fur.  

A belted jacket and full skirt is elegant and demure. 

A pretty peplum.

Elisa Nalin in green and blue and, as per usual, another pair of amazing footwear.

An open back on Stephanie LaCava.

Images from Harper’s Bazaar via Mr. Newton.

Currently Coveting: Amber Heard’s Hollywood Glam

There’s something insanely fresh about Amber Heard’s retro glam style. The Rum Diary star recently got props for her revival of old Hollywood glamour after stunning red carpet appearances.  

The 25-year-old Texas native’s on screen glamour and elegance feels uniquely authentic, perhaps because her personal style is very much like that of her sultry yet prim Rum Diary character. 

In fact, as revealed in an interview with Stylist, Heard found a deep connection with her character, particularly when it comes to fashion, stating “[t]hey’re actually very similar. I wear a lot of those clothes.” 

As I prepare for a much-needed vacay in Miami, I’m really digging the scene stealer’s sultry 1950’s Riviera meets Palm Springs style.

 

It’s old hollywood glamour with a hint of modern edge.  My ideal vacay packing list for a Rum Diary inspired look: 

retro glam resort

retro glam resort by thecovetable featuring south sea pearl earrings


Miss Selfridge coral dress
$61 – missselfridge.com

Marc by Marc Jacobs silk polka dot blouse
$230 – net-a-porter.com

Ruched bathing suit
$108 – anthropologie.com

Jil Sander highwaisted shorts
$410 – barneys.com

H&M ankle length pants
£13 – hm.com

Jean-Michel Cazabat canvas shoes
$225 – saksfifthavenue.com

Rebecca Minkoff straw shoulder bag
$250 – rebeccaminkoff.com

Kate Spade stackable jewelry
$173 – katespade.com

Chanel cuff jewelry
£485 – farfetch.com

Karen Walker vintage style sunglasses
$180 – bonadrag.com

Eugenia kim hat
£225 – net-a-porter.com

Easy Glamour in the Upper East Side

As featured in Elle Decor’s March issue, stylist and bargain huntress Jackie Astier‘s well curated Upper East Side apartment is elegant, eclectic and glamorous.  With some of the most amazing decor shops right around the corner, you would never guess that the bulk of the furnishings were ebay finds.

Of her decorating, Astier explains, “I wanted the place to have an easy glamour about it, more Paris in the 1970s than the ’40s,” says Astier, “so that it was comfortable to hang out in as a family and chic enough to entertain in.”

I’m in love with this brass Mastercraft cocktail table which, along with the cabinets flanking the velvet chesterfield, was found on ebay.

According to Astier, “buying retail really isn’t that meaningful or interesting.”  I couldn’t agree more.  There’s definitely a certain pride associated with nabbing a fabulous piece of furniture and being able to say you found it on ebay or at a flea market.

This dinning room is so fabulous.  The lacquered walls, gold accents and turquoise really stand out.  The dinning table was crafted from a pair of ’70s brass bases found on ebay.

The Milo Baughman sofa, Paul Evans armchair, Mastercraft cocktail table, and lacquer table lambs were all found on ebay.

I will never tire of an all white kitchen.  The black pendant adds an unexpected edge.

The violet hues, rich textures and metallic accents in this bedroom are simply divine.

As Astier disclaims, “I’d rather die than do anything typical.”  Indeed, staying true to this mantra in her design choices definitely paid off.   Images via Elle Decor.