Whether you're decorating a small nook or hoping to make a major style statement in your foyer, a beautiful console table creates the perfect foundation for an eye-catching vignette. Use one to display your barware, your books, or your freshly picked blooms — console tables are as versatile as they are functional. From rustic wooden tables to more sleek, modern finds, these 10 design-savvy picks will help you style your space.
I worked hard (well, sort of) to get my foyer in order this past weekend. I moved some hanging plates around and got a new throw pillow for my new purple chair, but I'm kind of stumped on how to decorate my console table. I have a few things that look great — a ginger jar and a candelabra — but the arrangement is just missing something. So I decided to cull a few images from some of my favorite shelter magazines as inspiration. I have a few ideas for myself now, but I thought some of you might be in the same boat, so here are 10 ideas for decorating an entry table.
This year, we wanted a Winter holiday theme with no red or green. I created this table display with some apothecary jars, faux mercury glass votives, and a reindeer on a gold, woven runner that was light and shiny (Target, Home Goods, and Pier 1). I filled the hurricanes with white beans and the jars with acorns and ornaments.
Have you done any Winter decorating lately? Be sure to post your photos in the Lovely Little Vignettes group!
I had set this vignette back in February for Spring.
- I used three canvases as the backdrop. The large centered canvas is covered with a five dollar shower curtain — fell in love with the print! The two smaller canvases on the left and right were painted turquoise using paint from accent wall opposite this space.
- The black and white wedding photos on the Brooklyn Bridge in matted frames were picked up at craft store for five dollars each.
- The red LOVE Robert Indiana sculpture wedding photo was captured in NYC.
- Another photo of same LOVE sculpture in NYC (behind the bowl) was taken when we were engaged.
- The iconic I ♥ New York logo from a gift bag. I used it b/c we were married in NYC and I do love New York!
- The ball lamps from Ross were red — fell in love with their shape! I spray painted them white and added white shades from Ikea.
Now that I've finally revamped my guest room, I can show off my latest lovely little vignette! When it came time to style the bedroom, I ran around my house picking up items that I thought would fit into the spunky space. Items that were misplaced or random seemed to work perfectly in their newfound spot. Come check it out! And don't forget to post photos in the Lovely Little Vignettes group!
Simple book styling entryway vignette: I stripped books of their jackets to reveal their true colors — just in time to salute the Fourth!
- Globe lamp: $5 thrift find.
- Eagle etched glass container: $4 thrift find and filled with water, a drop of blue food dye, and floating candles.
- Shells in Tiffany glass bowl: shells collected while walking on Sanibell Island, FL and the bowl was a housewarming gift from our realtor.
- B&W coastal photography collection: Top two photos I captured in St. Augustine. The other two were found at discount stores.
- Hammered metal pillar holders: holiday gift from sister in-law. Two glass cylinders on top from the dollar store.
- All of these items are set on the greatest thrift treasure: a vintage sideboard I found for $30 and refinished myself.
Once I finished making over my 1960s faux bamboo dresser with starburst orange paint, I was left with an expansive tabletop in my entryway just begging to be styled. Luckily, I did some extensive Spring cleaning soon after and unearthed some wonderful treasures that were perfect for creating a lovely little vignette.
I'd been looking for a place to hang my new white tole sconce, which I scored for only $20 at a consignment shop, and this was the perfect spot. Since the sconce is made of heavy cast iron, I've been wary of actually hanging it and tearing up my walls, but as it turns out, I think it looks cute just sitting on this console tabletop. The hammered tin mirrors — a $10 thrift store find — have been stashed under the bed for ages; I'd totally forgotten about them! I can't decide whether I should hang them or not. I probably will.
The adorable white platter with print chairs on it was a gift from a coworker. Since I'm a chair fanatic, I love walking in my door and seeing it every day, and I use it to stash my keys. The little wooden elephants were random accessories that someone put in a gift basket I received, and I lined them up like a mini elephant parade! The ikat frame has photos of a mustachio bachio that I threw, so I pinned a keepsake mustache wand onto it for memory's sake. And, you can read my review of this wonderful candle here — I love the round box it came in!
Here is a post from Su Casa member carawilkerson:
During a recent trip to a local thrift store, we came across an old dresser in desperate need of a face lift. We had a feeling that, with a little TLC, this particle board princess would serve as a lovely console table in our home. Well, after a bit of sanding, painting, and reconstructing, she is ready to make her debut!
Want to see the final product?
A console table in your foyer can make a great landing strip for your keys, purse, and other daily essentials. But it can also just be pretty and fill an otherwise dead space. I love this foyer by interior designer Anne Coyle. Orchids, check. Cherry blossoms, check. Ornate mirror, check. White furniture, check. Soft lighting, check!