The Evolution of a Tray

Happy Hump Day my sweets!

It is an exciting day over here for sure as it is my first now...or, shall we say, ICE...day! I am enjoying some time to relax in my jammies and get things done today!

Those who follow along on Instagram know that one of my very favorite Christmas presents was this tray:

If you recall, one of the last remaining details for the sun room was a tray for the coffee table. Once I discovered this one, no other tray had a chance! I was head over heels! When my parents surprised me with it for Christmas I was beyond giddy! It is from one of my all time fave shops, Furbish, however the pink version is no longer available online. It is available in a very chic gray (here) and also black (here).

As you can guess, I got to styling the pink beauty pretty much as soon as I brought it home. Styling is one of my favorite aspects of decorating. It usually involves a lot of "play" and me walking all over the house looking for trinkets and knickknacks to fulfill my mission. In today's post I'll share my process with you...

This was my first attempt, very close to the final version, I must add...

I loved the first look, but thought it felt a little bare. 

I went upstairs and grabbed the little orange Tory box,

While the first look felt bare, this one felt cluttered, so...

I rearranged!

This still didn't feel right, and while I knew I wanted a candle on the tray, I decided the one above would be best returned to its spot in the bathroom. I did, however, remember some other tea light holders I hadn't used in ages...

I put larger floating candles in them to make a bit more of a statement.

We were getting closer, but the purple packed too much punch...

So I swapped them out for a clear version I also had,


Decided flowers were the perfect finishing touch!

The final cut included:
I also have put together some other coffee table styling picks for you. Shop below:

Do you have a styled coffee table or is yours more for utility?

What are your favorite aspects of decorating?

Have a great day!


  1. Love the elephant vase...my daughter loves elephants...we have quite a collection at our house. Also, I may be heading over to Hobby Lobby for that urchin! $7 is a steal. Did you get it here in Richmond? Enjoy your "ice" day!

  2. Love how you've styled it! I love that pink tray, I wish had ordered one while they were in stock!

  3. Just love that tray! I am always taking notes since our apartment is not that decorated yet. I'm looking forward to decorating our house later this year!!!

  4. LOVE the beautiful tray and all of the colors you pulled together! So lovely! xx

  5. Very chic my friend! I love finding things in my own home to dress up a table!

  6. LOVE everything about the way you styled it..the tray, the vase, gold urchin, etc! Good job!

  7. I love the Very Charleston book! You made that cute pink tray even cuter and it turned out just perfectly!

  8. This is awesome! It turned out perfect. My coffee table is sort of styled, and sort of not. I really need to get some new furniture first. Love your coffee table books. Definitely picking up the Very Charleston one when we go to Charleston for our anniversary this summer as a momento! xo

  9. It looks great! I really love those coasters!


  10. I always find myself walking all over the house looking for knick knacks to move around and style also. It's like a grown up treasure hunt(: Your tray is darling!

  11. That is THE most gorgeous tray! I love the pink, so sad it's sold out. And I do the same thing while "styling" - I go shopping through my house, haha!

  12. that tray is so bright and colorful! It really adds to your sunroom! xoxo

  13. Your tray looks amazing!! Thanks for a peek into your process- I am struggling with a bare tray on my coffee table too. This has inspired me to take another shot at it!


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