Saturday, June 25, 2011

Leaving it all on the table ...

My father would always say, "A place for everything, and everything in its place." Sometimes, the best place for everything is on a convenient tabletop.

Excluding dust, I like having our surfaces filled with family memorabilia, art, books and (much to my hubby's dismay) magazines. A problem arises due to the fact that I have no knack for creating intriguing vignettes or tabletop displays.

Oh, how nice it would be to have merchandising skills that tell a story or establish a theme. Kudos to the stylist who drew inspiration from the sea for the shot below.


Image via Style at Home.


I'm not sure which I like more, the gutsy, lavender console table or the collections that reside on and under the tabletop. As I look at the photo above from Design Manifest, I want to meet the home's (no doubt interesting) owner. Vignette love!


Understated beauty is at work in both of the images above. At left, photographer Jeff McNamara has captured my idea of refinement and taste. Sure, I have skirted round tables like this one at home, two of similar size to be exact. Neither of mine exhibit the classical flair attained here. This one was certainly designed to be swoon-worthy. At right, a minimalist restraint is evident in the photo via The Diversion Project. The table decor here has a dramatic charisma.


Oh, give me a refectory table, and I'll pull out all of my baskets and worthy possessions to give it a humble, yet beautiful, personality. And, to think that dust not only makes it better, but it's expected! Photo from The Paris Apartment.

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