Coffee Table Talk: What’s On Yours?

“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.””
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭91:1-2

Over the course of many years, I have had almost as many different coffee table styles as hairstyles!  And we all know that those can be ever-changing!  As a new bride, I had a white-glass top that was a very poor choice.  A few years and life lessons later, it was an antique oval-shaped coffee table that served us well.  Seth, in true little boy fashion, even ran his matchbook cars across it and built all types of Lego structures!  Finally, I wanted something a little dressier and I found my current one that is a French antique with gold inlay! Each one was appropriate for the different stages of life, and the accessories that have graced the tops have run the gamut!  But there has been one constant – books!  Books are everywhere in our home…because we are avid readers and to my advantage, they are the perfect decoration!  Along with an always rotating collection of books, are objects that I have collected while we have traveled in some far-away and distant lands, a bowl of fruit or fresh flowers, and a favorite bronze statue!  Anything is fair game when it comes to a coffee table, as long as it displays the items you love!  Hope you enjoy the collection I have assembled and maybe be inspired to think outside the box!

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Two different tray stands are used as coffee tables…a classical one in mahogany for a treasured silver tray, and a Turkish-style table painted white for an old Canton platter.  Both are shown being used to enjoy a cup of coffee.

A French coffee table holds very few items, but fresh flowers are always  appropriate.

A round tufted ottoman is a beautiful substitute for the traditional coffee table.

A large coffee table in beautiful dark wood centers a seating arrangement in front of a fireplace.  Fresh flowers soften the wood while books encourage guests to thumb through their pages.

A vintage Maison Jansen coffee table outfitted with candlesticks, books, and beautiful cut flowers!

A vintage trunk painted blue serves as a coffee table on a porch.  A tray holding flowers, fruit, and small bites collects all the items together!

A beautiful box, a vase of flowers, and books, of course, top a small coffee table in this neutral room with the only pattern being the leopard rug!

This formal living room with its large antique trumeau and silk upholstered sofa is softened with the collection of coffee table books!

A simple yet elegant Lucite coffee table floats between the sofa and a pair of French armchairs!

When using an ottoman as a coffee table, a tray works well to balance objects or simply stack magazines!

A trio of mirrored tables make for an interesting coffee table…books and fresh flowers sit on the middle one!

Two small leather poufs serve as spots for drinks and reading material.

An ideal family room with the ideal coffee table for propping your feet, drinks, books, even large enough for an impromptu meal!

A lovely gold mirrored coffee table…so elegant!

A rectangular-shaped ottoman serves as a coffee table in a room of traditional furnishings!

This coffee table is casual with plenty of space for stacks of books!

The marble-top coffee table blends seamlessly in a living room of neutrals!

What about you?  What is on your coffee table right now?  Do you use books, or do you have something that is a “constant”?

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  1. Julia Kitchens says:

    I LOVE coffee tables. The one i currently have in my living room is very large, round, and made of darkly stained wood. It’s so big I am able to have books, picture frames, a small topiary, a piece of decorative pottery and magazines. I have a basket on the shelf underneath to collect those odds and ends my children tend to leave laying around. I looked forever to find this table and it’s one of my absolute favorite pieces in my house!!!

    • Everyday Living says:

      Julia, your coffee table sounds perfect, large enough to hold the things you enjoy! Thanks for sharing with me! Happy Monday!

  2. dolores says:

    la verdad es que no sabría decir cual me gusta más. Todas son diferentes y todas tienen un hermoso encanto.
    Has elegido una colección de salas de estar donde en cada una de ellas nos podríamos sentir felices y relajados. En efecto, los libros son un detalle muy interesante y da la sensación de un hogar acogedor.
    Felicidades por esta muestra de elegancia.

    the truth is that I could not say which I like better. They are all different and all have a beautiful charm.
    You have chosen a collection of lounges where in each of them we might feel happy and relaxed. Indeed, books are an interesting detail and gives the feeling of a cozy home.
    Congratulations on this sample of elegance.

    • Everyday Living says:

      Queridísima Dolores, deseándole la más bella de semanas y gracias por sus comentarios, siempre dulce! Me encantan los libros expuestos ya la familia y amigos para ser capaz de recoger y disfrutar! Abrazos

  3. Lovely photos. So many pretty coffee tables.I have a tufted ottoman now as a coffee table and a glass top one that I switch around from den to master bedroom. In our first apartment I had white parsons tables that were a plastic material.

    I also enjoy coffee table books. In the living room I have a round glass coffee table and it is full of books. So at the moment I have three coffee tables.

    • Everyday Living says:

      I know that all three coffee tables are inviting with your books.. I love a tufted ottoman used as a coffee table! Happy Tuesday!

  4. Nancy says:

    Our house isn’t formal…and right now, nothing goes on the coffee table as we have a 18 mo Grandson who visits frequently….so we are back to blank tops….But before he came along….it was a violet and books….

    • Everyday Living says:

      Nancy, we are expecting our first grandchild any minute and if I have to clear the coffee table as she grows, it will be a pleasure! Thanks so much, Pam

  5. Lots of coffee table inspiration here
    I love the last photo using end table height as a coffee table. I have a Baker Milling Raod chest of drawers that is finished all the way around the pieces making this a great piece to float in a room, it’s not rustically painted and used as a coffee table, loving the 2 drawers for blanket throws in winter and extras you want on hand. I love getting creative with coffee tables with pieces that are not a coffee table it allows you to move them about changing them out for other uses in your home.

    Inspiring here.
    Blessings ahead of you this beautiful weekend.


  6. Cindy in Oklahoma says:

    I have an old rectangular silver tray in the middle of my coffee table. Inside I’ve arranged two crystal rose bowls – gifts from my parents, a crystal box – gift from my sister years ago – and a crystal candle holder – also a gift. I’ve also scattered a few skeleton keys, a glass doorknob, an old metal knob and a vintage print plate arrow. On either side I have a couple of stacks of decorating books. Sometimes I put some flowers in one of the rose bowls, but mostly I just sit and stare at this group of things I love… I haven’t changed it in years except to add a book or two….I do love that trunk on the porch photo, though. Re-e-all-ly love it.

  7. Carol Cook says:

    I loved looking at all the different styles. My favorite was the blue wooden trunk and I once had a trunk as our coffee table. Until this week I had a long green bench, but we just went with an ottoman and I am loving someplace to put my feet.

    Thanks for sharing this great post with SYC.

  8. Jann Olson says:

    Some beautiful styles Pam! My favorites are the ottomans and the blue trunk. I have a burlap ottoman in my family room and a large floral one in our theater room. Love the look and the comfort! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  9. 1010parkplace says:

    I loved seeing the different styles of coffee tables and how they work in each room. Most of my things are in storage, but my coffee table is about four-feet square and is covered in leather. I’ve had it since I was in my 20s, and it’s only gotten better with age. Lots of dings and scratches, but the patina is beautiful. I miss seeing it. Brenda

  10. FABBY says:

    Thank you for sharing these wonderful coffee tables. I don’t change either that much, as I never know what to do exactly, unless it’s a theme type.
    Happy Mother’s Day.

  11. Pam, I really enjoyed looking at your selection. I have had a wooden table that was cut to coffee table height for the last 15 years. But I just recently gave it a makeover and stripped it of its old cherry color and let the blond wood shine through. I am so happy with this old table because it is big enough to put our feet up on it or have a meal while holding lots of books and odds and ends. Thank youfor joining us today at Sweet Inspiration.

  12. I loved this post! The coffee table in the family room is a cedar chest (have to move all the books off of it to get to the winter sweaters and scarves). The coffee table in the living room are two small little marble top French side tables. Now that I’ve seen that rounded ottoman though… I kind of want one! Thanks for sharing with Thursday Favorite Things and look for your feature this week! Angelina @ Peonies & Orange Blossoms

  13. Sherry says:

    We have large over sized ottomans. I will place a book om it and put my tea or coffee on top of that. It works~ Thanks for joining Home Sweet Home!

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