Instead of a big coffee table in his Miami living room, designer Robert Passal used four cylinders, estate sale finds, which can be easily moved around.
He added colorful accents like flowers and books to stand out with the white tables.
In the living room of this West Hollywood House, designer Mark D. Sikes displayed his passions: boxes, books, and art from China and Paris flea markets. ” When I see an empty tabel I shudder a bit,” he says. ” There are times when minimalism can be the right thing. A table with one vase of flowers and one little accessory is thoughtful, while a gorgeous table with copies of Us and People magazines just looks neglectful.”
In the master suite siting area in this Kenyan home, designer Suzanne Kasler arranched armchairs in a vintage floral around the fireplace and an ottoman draped with an indian throw, which gave the space “an English feeling.”
In a Lattingtown, New York, house designer Meg Braff added a tray to a coffee table in the den. Large coffee tables “dont feel so massive when you layer on a tray. It breaks up the surface, ” she says.
The living in Nantucket cottage designed by T. Keller Donovan has a fresh, contemporary look. An oversize lantern – a favorite design accessory – stays accesssible on the wicker coffee table.
Designer Robert Stilin likes objects that are elemental and natural like these antique wooden bowls and the horn magnifying glass on a family room coffee table. ” They add history to a room but can also be functional, ” he says.
Elegant flowers are easy to pull off such as this arrangements in San Francisco house by designer Orlando Diaz- Azcuy. The homeowner recommends choosing a monochromatic arrangement and displaying it a plain glass cylinder.
“I like old furniture to look old and new furniture to look new. And since there is no such thing as an antique coffee table, I tend to like coffee tables that are modern, ” said designer Barbara Westbrook.
“Compositions always matter”, consider designer Barbara Barry. “Artfully arranged , anything can become a thing of beauty.”