End Table Styling

Decorating End Tables, Simply

Decorating the flat surfaces in the home seems to be one of the common stumbling blocks when decorating. How do I decorate my – end table, coffee table, bookshelf-  is a frequent question from my clients. There is any number of pictures on Pinterest where you can find inspiration for decorating your end table. Here is a free guide to get you started.

Simple end table styling with just a lamp and a couple of decorative objects, like a vase with greenery and an owl figurine.

Less is More.

My philosophy when decorating tabletops, or pretty much anything, is less is more. I like things to look simple, elegant, and uncluttered. Most end tables are not large. You may have 24 square inches for the top more likely less, so having a lot of decorative pieces plus a lamp make for a cluttered look. And if you want to set a drink down, forget it. Stick to 3 to 5 objects, depending on the size of objects and table, including the lamp. You can use books to elevate and add more provenance to a smaller object.

End table inspiration

Vary heights.

The lamp will probably be the tallest object on your end table, which is as it should be. The other objects should create a visual stair step from tallest to shortest.  For example, the lamp tallest, a houseplant on a stack of books next tallest, and the smallest an elegant table clock.

End table decor

K.I.S.S.

Remember, keep it simple, sweetheart. A lamp, a houseplant, and a decorative object are all you need to decorate an end table. Keep it to 3 to 5 things on the table, including the lamp and decorating will be less of a headache. It doesn’t have to have a lot of things on it to look finished and decorated.

Designingly Yours,
Angela

Don’t forget to get the free styling guide. It has a few simple end table decorating styles along with the links to items used. Easy, breezy decorating done for you.

New design package, an outdoor room, patio, or other seasonal use space. The design includes the Styleboard, renderings, and floor plan like my other packages, but will focus on the outdoor spaces. Check it out here.

 

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Monday Moodboard: Home Office

Natural colored home office

A home office can be a place of chaos and stress. A thoughtfully designed office with stroage for papers and other items that seem to accumulate on the desk and shelves can help make this room not only organizd, but beautiful. Add some art and other decorative items that inject your personality into the space.

Natural calming home office with teal accents

Need help with designing and organize your home office contact me to see how I can help you.

New design package ,  an outdoor room, patio, or other seasonal use space. The design includes the Styleboard, renderings, and floor plan like my other packages, but will focus on the outdoor spaces. Check it out here.

Designingly Yours,
Angela

Monday Moodboard: Children’s Room

Boy’s Dino Bedroom

It is fun to design and decorate children’s rooms. You can go a little more themey than in the adult rooms. Dinosaurs, princesses, fairies, or pirates. Go wild when decorating your child’s room. That being said, while the ship or pumpkin carriage beds looks fantastic, the child will not always be 4, so pick furniture that can grow from toddler to teen. Accessories, decor and paint are where you can incorporate the theme of the room. The decorative items are more practical to change when the child outgrows the Spiderman phase.

Boy's bedroom decorated in a dinosaur theme.

In this young boy’s room a dinosaur theme was used. The color navy was used as the main color in the room, which can grow with the child as it not too childish or trendy.  The bedding is in the navy and grey so it can be used long after the dinosuar phase is gone. Using furniture and bedding that is not themed is also a money saver. Spend the room budget on the furniture and other pieces that make up the bones of the room. Just use themed items on pictures, lamps, pillows, and other decorative accents.

New design package ,  an outdoor room, patio, or other seasonal use space. The design includes the Styleboard, renderings, and floor plan like my other packages, but will focus on the outdoor spaces. Check it out here.

Designingly Yours,
Angela

Moodboard Monday: Think Spring

Spring Inspired Bedroom

After the first real spring weekend, so far, it has got my mind filled with flowers, birds, and sunshine. Florals and animal print seem to be those pattern that you either love or hate. I think they can be used pretty much anywhere as long as you remember to use with some restraint. You don’t want your room to look like Mother nature took over your room, but florals are great way to brighten up a room for spring. What says Spring more than flowers.

Floral bedding and art give a fresh bedroom look for spring

A floral and hummingbird duvet adds a spring-like feel to the room, which is much needed after the grey and cold winter. A few bright floral abstracts and the rooms has a fresh new look. If florals are too much, add a light blue or green duvet with  a few floral shams or pillows instead. Still have a floral, but in a more subtle way.

New design package ,  an outdoor room, patio, or other seasonal use space. The design includes the Styleboard, renderings, and floor plan like my other packages, but will focus on the outdoor spaces. Check it out here.

Designingly Yours,
Angela

Monday Moodboard: Desert Oasis

A warm decorating style

Looking through my magazines, catalogs, and online retailers a desert vibe is definitely going on. Anything from a Moroccan to Southwestern  feel. The Moroccan/global type style has been popping up in things for quite a while, but the southwestern look was last seen in the nineties for those that do not live in the American Southwest.

Forget the native prints on absolutely everything in the room, the art featuring Native Americans, turquoise, and fringe. The look now has taken the sunset colors and patterns used sparingly to give this style a much needed update.

A single color palette can work for both style, Moroccan and Southwestern. Keep the furniture in a creamy neutral color and liven it up with bold dashes of dusty terracotta and turquoise. The following two styleboards I created uses the exact same furniture, lamps, rug, and color story.  Just changing out art and accessories can give the room a whole new look. No need to redo your whole room or color palette.

A neutral living room with the dusty colors of the southwest.

A few tribal print pillows and succulent art and plants give this living room a subtle southwestern style. You can add a bit more southwest style with cactus prints on the pillows and art and few live cacti on the tabletops or floor.

Desert oasis_Sahara

To add a Moroccan style to the room switch out the tribal print pillows, art, and table decor. Add some fret work lanterns, mosaic wall decor, a few pillows with fret work and camels, and a palm in place of the succulent arrangement.

Just a few touches of the any given style is all you need. Both rooms could add a few more touches without being in danger of going overboard, but remember when working with themed styles less is more. Too much of either style will make it feel like a staged set or store window not an actual living space.

I have a new design package on my list of services This will be an outdoor room, patio, or other seasonal use space. It will include the Styleboard, renderings, and floor plan like my other packages, but will focus on the outdoor spaces. Check it out here.

Designingly Yours,
Angela

Monday Moodboard: Outdoor Rooms

Outdoor Living Spaces

According to the calendar it is Spring, yet here in the Midwest it looks like Winter. Saturday Mother Nature decided to gift us a few inches of snow, so instead of Spring tulips we have a Winter wonderland in white. I’m sure it won’t last with the temperatures warming up. Getting my outdoor spaces ready for the warmer weather is on my mind, despite what it looks like outside.

You can have an outdoor living space even with just a small balcony. A small bistro set, some decor, and of course some live plants create a place to relax and rewind during the spring and summer months.

A Moroccan inspired small outdoor balcony in shades of blue, teal, and turquoise.

I am including a new design package to my list of services on April 1st. This will be an outdoor room, patio, or other seasonal use space. It will include the Styleboard, renderings, and floor plan like my other packages, but will focus on the outdoor spaces.

If you need some decorating ideas for any season or holiday I have a design package for that. Decorating any room with holiday or seasonal décor that mixes with your existing color scheme and furniture. Check it out here.

Designingly Yours,
Angela

For decorating, questions or dilemmas post a comment or email me at Angela@asdesignedinteriors.com

 

Monday Moodboard: Easter Mantel and Tablescape

Blue and White Easter Décor

I love bunnies they are just so cute and I’ve had pet dwarf bunnies for many years. Right now my personal Easter bunny is Dusty Bunny Tails, he looks like a dust bunny, fuzzy and hairy. Easter is fast approaching and it’s time to add some holiday décor around the house. Using bunnies and other Easter associated animals can come across as precious and too childlike when decorating for this holiday.

Easter blue and white decor

I like my living room and dining room to look more sophisticated and adult. To do this have the bunnies figures in a solid color with no painted details and in a metal or carved texture. Have a color palette that is less pastel, like the above moodboard with a color palette if blues and ivory. If your homes color palette is neutral adding a single color will make it pop and add a festive color for the holiday. Just add a few bunnies or other Easter themed décor, less is more in this case, to get that holiday feel.

If you need some decorating ideas for any season or holiday I have a design package for that. Decorating any room with holiday or seasonal décor that mixes with your existing color scheme and furniture. Check it out here.

Designingly Yours,
Angela

For decorating, questions or dilemmas post a comment or email me at Angela@asdesignedinteriors.com