“And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus”
If my antique coffee table could talk, could you imagine the stories it would tell?! How many living rooms has it sat in? What might have been placed on top? Did its owners put their feet on it? What books have called it home? What family traditions has it been a part of? We have enjoyed our coffee table for many years, and occasionally I put my slippered feet on top. I have always used its beautiful inlaid wood to place things that I have collected, and most importantly, tell a story. The story might be of a wonderful place that we have visited…or a friend or relative that we love, or books that have enriched our lives. Our table is changed seasonally or for different holidays, but even in those changes, it is representative of who we are. It makes me think of the way our lives each tell a story-bits and pieces from different places all woven together to make us who we are! And the beauty of it all is that no two are the same. Let’s sit down for coffee table talk, shall we?
A decorating book that I have enjoyed for several years was the inspiration to restyle my coffee table.
Flowers are always appropriate-the creamy white roses are a perfect winter touch!
The floral blue and white ginger jar (gift from Patti) is marked James Kent, England
A zebra leather tray holds the vase of flowers, books, and a travel treasure!
The sterling silver “Ark of the Covenant” was handcrafted in Israel. While visiting Old Jerusalem, I spotted this amazing work of art and we debated over the purchase. We have never regretted it, and it has a permanent home on our coffee table.
The round antique coffee table has a beautiful inlaid gold design! And the rug-you know a girl loves her leopard!
I love using antlers, as they add texture. Butch has been a hunter since he was a teenager (only a few years ago!), so that makes for a large collection!
The Russian hand-painted lacquer box of St. Basil’s Cathedral, Moscow is another purchase from our travels. The tiny intricate details are painted on papier-mâché and lacquered. These boxes are highly sought after and are only crafted in four art centers of Russia!
The small leopard box holds playing cards. This image also shows a close-up view of the inlaid detail of the table!
I love coffee and it is such a treat to drink from a pretty cup! The antique cup and saucer are Victoria Austria.
I have a small collection of magnifying glasses, and this one has a mother of pearl handle.
A heavy crystal votive was a Tuesday Morning find. A scented candle, fresh flowers, Italian roast coffee, and fascinating books make for an afternoon of bliss!
I love to “shop my house” and assemble a few interesting items together that tell a story!
Three miniature leather books of the works of William Shakespeare: Othello, Julius Caesar, and King Henry V were published in the early 1900’s.
I always place books so they can be enjoyed by guests or myself!
The Winter House by Charlotte Moss, one of my favorite designers, was the inspiration for the table.
A view of a tablescape in Charlotte’s winter house in Aspen!
The bronze statue of a mother and child always sits on our coffee table.
Grocery store flowers are one of my guilty pleasures. My motto is “let’s celebrate with flowers while we are living!”
Now, I would love to know what’s on your coffee table. Please share in the comments!
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