I have to admit I am a bit nervous about his post. I can style a client's table with my eyes closed but with mine I sometimes overthink it! I find there are certain rules I have laid down for myself when styling a table. I first take into consideration whether it's an ottoman used as a table or simply a classic cocktail table. Since I have both in my home I have decided to style them accordingly.
I LOVE books! I always add books and bigger the better. The more interesting and artful even better!
For the ottoman, I also love a tray so that one may place a cup of tea or "cocktail" down with now fear of spilling. Plant life or flowers are always a great touch especially at this time of year because we are longing to see greenery. I like fun items that have personality or sentimental meaning. For me, it's this small platter with a great quote from Oscar Wilde. I also get a chuckle every time I see my little monkey candle holder. Any piece that can add personality or can be a conversation piece is always a great idea to have somewhere on a cocktail table.
Where ottomans are concerned I always leave enough space around the edge for one to put their feet up as well.
My next table is a Moroccan tray table from the 1970's on a ebony bamboo legged stand. Is 38 inch round and it has personality already on its own. Since I like the table to speak a bit for itself I have made the setting more subdued. I find if you have a collection of pottery or interesting glass this is the time to pull it out. I always follow the odd rule when adding pieces so I like a collection of up to 7 pieces max, again leaving space for drinks or snacks around the table. Again I have added books and I have taken into consideration the color scheme in the room so watery blue and rust is fitting.
A style like this can be simple with no flowers or greenery but since I need all the flower power I can get I have shown it both ways.
P.S. This room is under a facelift too, can't wait to share it in March when the Oushak rug comes and the room is altogether!
I hope you got a sense of my "simple style" now I am heading over to see what great table style can be found on Project Design!