When it comes to your tabletop, coffee table, and even your dresser, there's no final touch like a statement tray, complete with fresh flowers. The perfect accent to any room, pairing these two objects can pull together your final look while anchoring a tabletop tableau. Playing with texture and color, we've assembled a few vase-and-tray combinations in a variety of styles to help you find you (and your coffee table) find a match!
Incorporating trays into a room adds both functional and decorative elements to any space. We love that you can incorporate almost any trend, like the stylish chevron pattern into a space using trays without fully committing or breaking the bank. We found nine functional uses for taking trays beyond the tabletop: from setting the mood with candles to creating a minibar, trays can be the final touch that brings everything together.
For 35 years, Newton Vineyard has valued sustainability in all of its practices, from estate design to each step of the winemaking process, and to celebrate Earth Day, it's releasing its latest Eco Chic collaboration piece, the Puzzle Tray, developed by Chicago-based designers Bruce and Stephanie Tharp of Materious studio.
I had the opportunity to try out the Puzzle Tray this morning, and its design is both clever and very satisfying in a tactile sense — I couldn't stop touching it and playing with each of the coasters that pops out of the walnut tray base.
Part of a limited run of 112 pieces, each tray has been made from Forest Stewardship Council-certified walnut wood, low-VOC glue, and mineral oil — all of which is food safe. The Puzzle Tray reflects Newton Vineyard's dedication to sustainability and the winery's personal background as well.
The tray's basic shape represents the golden rectangle, a traditional Western concept of harmony and proportion, while the symmetrical crosshatching is based on a Chinese motif, which reflects the Chinese-influenced architectural aesthetic of the estate as well as the specific block-like look of Newton's vineyards. The tray's "puzzle pieces" pop out and can be used as coasters for wine glasses, while the remaining recessed portions of the tray can be used to transport wine and glasses or food pairings — the smaller nooks are perfect for holding nuts or sea salt, while the larger are great for grapes, fruit, cheeses, and bread.
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Trays are one of the most useful home accessories, so they make a great starting point for a mini-makeover. Exhibit A: This Craft Of The Day. You can lay the finished tray on the coffee table to contain remote controls, put it on the kitchen counter to catch house keys, or use it for a romantic breakfast in bed. Keep reading for the how-to!
What You'll Need
- Unfinished wooden tray
- Paint (wood-friendly)
- Decorative paper
- Paint brush
- Mod Podge
- X-acto knife
How To Make It
- Paint your tray. (You can leave the tray surface uncovered because that is where the decorative paper will go.)
- Let the tray dry.
- Measure the inside of your tray and cut the decorative paper down to size.
- Cover the entire bottom of the tray in an even coat of Mod Podge.
- Lay your decorative paper down. (It is easier to start from one side and press/smooth as you go, rather than drop the entire piece down at one time.)
- Add a second layer of Mod Podge over the paper.
- (Optional) Lay embellishments like monogram letters or strips of different paper (like the lime green pieces in the photo) down on the tray.
- Apply one to two more layers of Mod Podge.
- Let everything dry and you're done!
A Facebook friend recently contacted us with the following request: "I'm looking for a cute serving tray, which I plan to use to hold oils, vinegars, and salts on my countertop (to keep the oil runoff and other detritus off of my counter). Dwell did a little roundup in its latest issue, but I'm still searching for the perfect tray. Any ideas?"
I've rounded up a variety of trays that I hope might suit our reader. I love the vibrant print on the Heart of Haiti Tray ($25, third row, left). This tray would look fantastic in a tropical beach home or any room that needs a little spark. On the other end of the spectrum, both deisgn- and pricewise, is the Fornasetti Egocentrismo Tray ($465, third row, right). It's graphic black and white pattern will certainly catch the eye, and the sturdy metal tray will last for years to come. To shop the rest of the selections, just click on each image!
These flowers were still looking pretty good after the rest of the bouquet wilted, so I trimmed them and made another pretty centerpiece for the dining room table. The gray stripe tray is from Ikea. I love how it pairs with the bright yellow flowers.
Have you created any decorating or floral arrangements in your home lately? Be sure to share photos with the Lovely Little Vignettes group!
I discovered this silver tray of mine in the back of my kitchen cabinet, hiding behind some cookie sheets I never use. I'd totally forgotten I owned it. Not only was it frighteningly tarnished when I discovered it, but it was also dirty and had dozens of ring marks on it. I'd used it in the past to stash mail and keys in my foyer, and after one wild party it wound up completely trashed. I was worried I might have to send it to a professional but tried polishing it myself first. After spending a good 30 minutes scrubbing away at the thing with nearly half a jar of Gorham Anti-Tarnish Silver Polish, it shined like the top of the Chrysler building!
Since it's in such fine form now, I decided to put it on display and use it to create a little bar area in my kitchen. To see my shiny tray and new bar, continue reading!
Chevron patterns are all the rage these days. But as much as I'm zealous for zigzags, I'm not quite prepared to follow the painted chevron wall trend. A happy medium that's equally eye-catching is a chevron tray. Whether you use them to serve up sweet and savory treats at a cocktail party or to organize your everyday odds and ends, there's bound to be a place in your home for the nonlinear stripes.
I recently bought a coffee table for the living room that I am working on. Here's the before photo of my newly acquired table. I know the base is gold, really gold! I bought the piece because it was different than anything I'd seen before — in a world of mass produced furniture, that's a win. I also love marble so I thought I could work some magic on the piece. I have plans to buy the Clairemont Sofa Table from Crate and Barrel, and it is antique bronze so I painted my coffee table antique bronze to bring the two pieces together.