Yes, anyone can do it! You just need to have a guideline… and focus! So today I will teach you how to create a picture perfect coffee display EVERY TIME. Just follow my six easy steps! It is fool proof. (Please don’t prove me wrong!)

It doesn’t matter what style of coffee table you have, it is about knowing which items want to be together on the table.

STEP ONE:   ALWAYS START WITH A TRAY

It is your foundation for the display! You need a place to chuck in all those loose bits e.g. TV remotes, knick-knacks or your coffee mug. Choose the style you want: Rustic, Metal, Glass, Wicket etc. Paint it, Spray it, Borrow it, Steal it. But get it!

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STEP TWO:  PILE UP YOUR FANCY BOOKS

Why is it called coffee table books? For a reason! To show off on your coffee table. Use your most pretty ones, with interesting colours, different sizes and for sure designer names or titles that your guests will find interesting to page through while you make the coffee. So focus on books with beautiful images… and not ones on how to improve your self-esteem or raise teenagers. Your guests want to relax! If you have many books, they should always be stacked on different heights.

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STEP THREE:  TOP THE BOOKS WITH SOMETHING AWESOME

This is the place where you can display a pretty scented candle, or your expensive tiny little ornament you found on some overseas trip. Not only does it ground the stack of books, but it is a conversation piece. You can replace this regularly as your mood changes. (Which of course can be hourly, daily or weekly. So if you are a woman, have a few nearby…)

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STEP FOUR:  ADD A PLANT (NO, NOT FLOWERS)

Although flowers are beautiful and normally first choice, it is a time-consuming and expensive hobby. Except if you are just married and your husband still brings you flowers… You do need something ALIVE on your table. (And I don’t mean your kids playing.) I prefer a pot plant or any succulent. They don’t need a lot of attention and always look pretty. They also don’t mess up your table when their flowers start to fall off.

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STEP FIVE:  ADD SOME INTERACTION

This is especially nice to fall back on when you run out of things to say when your guests come over! Place your chess board, playing cards or any board game on your table.  Grab a good bottle of wine and you are all set for a playful afternoon with board games and friends around your coffee table.

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STEP SIX:  STILL CONFUSED OR TOO TIRED TO BOTHER?

Well, then just place one item on your coffee table! Just make sure it is HUGE and contains some elements of the above. It should cover at least one eighth  of your table. Height is also important. It should make a statement.

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Good luck, and let me know if these six steps have worked for you!

eriana bredenhann

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