Tabletop Tips: The Coffee Table Conundrum

scuptural = floral=books

The constant quandary; how to decorate one’s tabletop.  Are you constantly rearranging and shuffling your coffee table decor to find the right balance?  For such a small surface area, this space is always the most perplexing.   In this post, the Jigsaw Designers are addressing the coffee table dilemma with some simple tips to help you find the right balance.

balance square table


Tip #1 Books, books and more books! This is an easy one. ‘Coffee table’ books are easy to come by, make great gifts and you’re bound to have a couple laying around somewhere. Use books to make a statement, express your personality, or simply be an accent color like for example the bold, Hot Pink book about Yves Saint Laurent.  Serves two purposes: 1. color, 2. shares a bit of nostalgia with those who love the fashion.

pink book

pink yves


Stack books with a candle or small item on top, or several stacks around the table. If you have a two tier table, stack them top and bottom.   Stack them on a tray in the center or off to one side.

Above and below Books

Above and Below Scupltural +floral+ books

Tip #2 Add something natural like an orchid or flower arrangement. Succulents are hugely popular and there are even some faux plants that look rather real. We usually opt of the real thing, but sometimes a bouquet of silk peonies will do the trick.

Books on Tray

Books on Tray plus flowers

Bountiful Orchid

Tip #3 Add an element of surprise; an interesting sculpture, a classic obelisk or even a purple foot from Jonathan Adler. Whatever the case, make it quirky, and make it fun.

lucite table top


accent colors
Tip #4 Don’t even think about letting that remote control be seen. Even if its a college bachelor pad, No Remotes visible please.

Books and kitch on tiny midcentury table

height and color = books


Keep it neat and tidy, sometimes less is more for your vignette and sometimes it just feels right to pile it one. For more information about tabletop decorating please leave a comment below or reach a Jigsaw Designer by visiting our contact page. Be sure to subscribe to the blog and like us on Facebook, and follow us on Google+

Simple and Traditional

Luxury Candle Cheeky books

Sleeping Beauty-Best Beds Summer 2016

19th C French 4 Poster RH

Due to an oversaturated market, a continual decorating conundrum is finding that perfect bed to rest your pretty head.  Since the average person spends one third of the day in the aforementioned bed, and it likely getting more use than any other furniture purchase you may make… it should be perfect.  Perfect in home style, personal style, size, and ,of course, comfort.  Herein lies the quandary…so which bed is for me?

Am I a poster bed gal/guy like the Restoration Hardware’s 19th Century French Four-Poster bed above?  In this post we’ll explore just which bed category trends are most befitting of ourselves.

For those lovers of reclaimed wood, a couple options on the market come to mind because they are clean with a hint of Mid-Century style to play down the rustic feel of the wood.  One being from West Elm (Alexa-as seen in the first photo) and the other, Living Spaces (Kai-2nd photo).  Both of these styles are reasonably priced and pair well with a variety of linen choices.

Alexa Reclaimed wood WElm

Living Spaces Kai bed

Another trend that continues to grow is the upholstered bed.  If one desires to be wrapped in fabric from head to foot and tufted flawlessly, the Churchill bed in Belgian Linen from Restoration Hardware is the answer.

Churchill tufted nailhead RH

Or, add a bit of flair with a nailhead dotted headboard.  This look is very flexible ranging from traditional, beachy, and even industrial.   The Luna Nail Trim Headboard from is not only beautiful, it’s also a steal of a price!

Luna Nail Trim Uphol All Modern

For a modern, no fuss-no muss, upholstered linen bed, one can’t beat the Nixon Platform bed, also from  It’s pure, with clean simple lines a true minimalist will love.

Nixon Upolshtered All Modern

Think outside of the box with Serena and Lily’s Carson Bed.  At about – $2500 this bed brings on the texture in a fresh way.  Beautifully crafted strips of abaca (some dyed black, some bleached), create interesting lines in mellow tones to add texture, while still showing off your linens.

Carson S & r abacoCarson close up


Uber cool day-beds are a hot trend that we love at Jigsaw.  Outside on the veranda, poolside, or in your cozy library there may not be a lot of sleeping on these beauties, but there is a lot of style…well, maybe sleep for that overnight guest after that stellar party .  Featured here is Jonathan Adler’s Maxime day bed, and Serena and Lily’s Avalon Daybed in rattan, beach chic at its best.

Maxime daybed JA

Avalon day bed S & Lily rattanLet us know the  dreamy bed you’ve been dreaming of and we may just add it to the post.  Be sure to send your comments and any questions on styles or images featured in this blogs.  Don’t forget to subscribe to the blog, like us on Facebook, and follow us on google+!