Tabletop Styling

Over the weekend I finally scored the piece I’ve been searching for all year; the elusive black commode.  It is the final element that I needed to complete client W’s first floor.  I’m pumped, they are thrilled and now all there is left to do is add the finishing touches to the tabletop.


Styling is one of my favorite and least favorite parts of decorating.  I love it, because when done right, it makes a home feel complete.  (Seriously, a room without any accessories usually lacks soul.)  But, sometimes I dislike it, because it takes finesse and tweaking.  The importance of scale and proportion are heightened with little vignettes.  It’s a “skill” I continue to work on.  Today, I’m studying some of my favorites, and wanted to share them with you…



Shall I mix figurines in varying heights like Keith Johnson?

A stunning lamp, grass ball and a pile of books?

(via Lonny)


Lots of layers and leafy goodness?

(via Williams-Sonoma Home)

Three statement elements?

(source unknown)

Lamp, blue and white pottery and colorful books or boxes?

(vignette by Elizabeth from the Little Black Door
I’m going to take a little time to plan this out.  And then… let’s get this job photographed!!  Holla!


  1. Loving the inspiration shown here- especially the image from Lonny with the grass ball! Can’t wait to see photos!

  2. I like the last one for sure. I think you just have to have the right elements for styling, which to me, finding the right things is the hardest part. Height, texture, dynamics, it’s more difficult than it seems!

  3. The piece is fantastic. I love the diamond mirror, round gold plate, (not the bird)…maybe with a tall buffet lamp with a less stand out item like a box or books.
    Can’t wait to see what you choose….

  4. Such a great piece! While I love birds.. I’ll take the print over the stuffed. Creepy! I’m sure you’ll style it wonderfully.. looking forward to seeing it!

  5. All of these images look great. When I’m styling for clients I always start with one or two great pieces that they already own (something that’s special to them) and then add new items that compliment them. I hate adding stuff just to have “stuff” sitting there. I want it to be beautiful AND meaningful. Good luck! I’m sure whatever you do will be great!

    Laura
    http://www.HappyroostBlog.com

  6. I love your find…and cant wait to see photos. I agree, styling makes a home and gives it soul…well put.
    If you wouldn’t mind, I would love your feedback on a project I’m working on…I did a post about it yesterday on my blog. You have great ideas, so would love some. Xo

  7. Great piece!
    I love a well styled table. I’m not fond of over styled spaces though, like the 1st image…how would you even use the desk with everything on it?

  8. Erin

    Styling is hard… I am constantly tweaking.

    But really you could put anything on that commode and it would look amazing. I WANT ONE TOO.

  9. I love styling! Three and five are my favorite. Love the layers and natural elements.

  10. Regardless of styling, that commode is *siiiiiiick*! And of course you’re going to knock their socks off with the styling, too (c: The hardware and marble top are just completely gorgeous…FAB score!!!

  11. This piece is serious. I can’t wait to see what direction you decide to take! I’m feel in “3 statement elements” right now, but I’m sure you will go with your gut!

  12. A gorgeous piece! Can’t wait to see how you style it. My approach to styling is “perfectly imperfect”… thought out but not too contrived as to make one feel like they can’t possibly touch it! :)

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