Coffee Table Vignette...

I hope you all had a great weekend and that the kiddos are getting back into a routine now that school has started!  Can you believe we are only a few days away from September??!!  Christmas is literally breathing down my neck!  Wish some cooler temps would follow suit!

If you are joining me from Julie at My Wee Abode for the Pinterest Challenge Blog Hop hosted by Cindy at County Road 407...Welcome! 


Our inspiration photo this month is from Yvonne at Stone Gable.


So beautiful.

BUT, here's something you need to know.  I don't own a coffee table!  Wait, what??!!  That's right.  No coffee tables in this house.  I do, however, have lots of cute side tables to decorate, so that's what I will be sharing today.


Table vignettes do not have to be complicated and they are pretty easy to pull together, regardless of the size of the table.  Mine was pretty simple and only required a few pieces:  a small tray, some greenery, a few books, a photo and a vintage camera.  All of these things I had...I simply shopped my home.

I used a rustic tray as my base.  It is a great contrast to the white table and other white pieces I have in the room and adds some texture to the smooth surface of the table.



I always have a stash of books.  Some have covers, some do not.  I like using coverless books to create neutral vignettes, so that's what I used here.  I also keep a stash of greenery for different projects and different decorating looks.  Since this table sits between two chairs in our living space, I need a little bit of height...this piece was a great fit.  For a personal touch, I added a photo of my dad.


Even though he is no longer with us, he is always in my heart and thoughts.

The vintage camera is from my growing collection.  It fit perfectly on the tray and adds a little bit of depth with the open bellows.


Before you leave, please be sure to visit Leslea at A Heart Filled Home and all of my other blogging friends (listed below) to see how they styled their tables for this monthly Pinterest challenge.  A big thank you to Cindy for always organizing us and keeping us in line with these challenges! :-)

Enjoy!




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42 comments

  1. That's an unusual picture frame. I like it. My Dad died a few years ago and I still miss him too. As you said always in our hearts and thoughts.

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    1. I love that frame! I found it a few years ago at The Container Store. Losing a dad is so hard...there are so many times I tell myself I need to call him and tell him about so and so...and them I remember he's gone! :-(

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  2. Oh I have a tray like this. I haven’t decorated it yet. I’m not sure what I want to do for Fall decor. I really do not like Orange. Haha. Yours is so pretty and I’m loving looking at all the others for inspirations. Great party.
    Lisa

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    1. I liked this try so much I bought 2 of them...LOL I found them at a cute local shop a few years ago. I don't know what I will be doing for fall decor yet either. The only time I like orange in my decor is during the fall season...LOL Thank you so much! There is so much great inspiration with these bloggers! Hugs!

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  3. You dad was such a handsome guy. Love that you have this wonderful picture on your table to remind you of him and all the memories. I am going to go back through some of these links to see the pretty inspiration. Happy New Week.
    xoxo

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    1. Thank you! I thought so too! 😊 Having that photo is the way I get to see him every day! There are some great ideas for coffee and side table! Hope you found something to inspire you! Love and hugs sweet friend!

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  4. I love the added touch of the picture of your dad, so handsome. Love the vignette.

    Cindy

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    1. Thank you so much Cindy! I appreciate it greatly! Hugs!

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  5. I love these Pinterest challenges! So fun. You did a great job and I love the picture of your Dad! Have a great day...

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    1. I do too! They always make my get out of my comfort zone! Thank you so much! It’s one of my favorites! Have a great one! Hugs!

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  6. You know what? I just realized I don't have a coffee table either!! 😂 Your vignette is lovely Benita, the vintage camera and photo of your Dad draws you in immediately! There are just enough elements to make it interesting yet few enough not to feel cluttered...Lovely, and a fun challenge!
    Jenna

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    1. I have found it liberating to not have a coffee table. Neither one of our living spaces is large enough for a coffee table so we just have side tables and they work for us. Thank you so much! I appreciate it greatly! Hugs!

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  7. Your vignette is lovely, Benita. I love that you added a picture of your dad to add a personal touch.

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    1. Thank you so much Paula, I appreciate it! It is one of my favorite photos of him! 😊 Hugs!

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    1. Thank you so much! Have a great one! Hugs!

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  9. What a beautiful tray display. Love the camera and your photo of your father. Awesome! I love all your touches. Have a great day my sweet friend.

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    1. Thank you so much Terrie! The photo is one of my favorites and since it is torn and scratched I thought it would work nicely with the camera. :-) Thank you again! Have a great one! Hugs!

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  10. I love your side table vignette! I think it’s so cool you have a vintage camera collection. I’m jealous! Love the way all your pieces came together.

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    1. Thank you so much! We had to scale the vintage camera collection down as it was taking over our home...LOL Thank you again! Hugs!

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  11. We are twins! No coffee table at My Wee Abode, either... but I am working on it. Need the added storage! ;-) Thanks for sharing this, and for the shout out! Love that old camera!

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    1. Julie, I actually like not having a coffee table. I thought we would miss it but we haven't. Our living spaces are too small for a coffee table. Thanks so much and have a great one! Hugs!

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  12. Love how this turned out. Simple and elegant. Love the picture of you dad. Warms my heart. Thank you for joining in!

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    1. Thank you so much Cindy! Since we have such a small home I try to keep things simple in the decor so it doesn't look like my things are overwhelming the house...LOL That photo is one of my favs of him, thank you! I've so enjoyed this blog hop and am looking forward to next month! Hugs!

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  13. What a great idea with the vintage camera and an old family photo! I would love to have big coffee table in our den but it is long and narrow and I feel a coffee table would really block the flow of traffic.

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    1. Thank you so much Cheri! Both of our living spaces are much too small for a coffee table. We’ve been able to make do with our side tables and they are working perfectly! 😊 Have a great one! Hugs!

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  14. I love vintage cameras too! Your vignette has such vintage charm.

    I also like to use the books without covers for neutral vignettes. Here, the picture of your dad is the focal piece so having neutral books is great simply to elevate the photo.

    I love how you added your own personal style to this Pinterest challenge!

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    1. Thank you so much Amber! Vintage cameras are usually perfect when you need to "fill" a blank spot. Aww, thank you so much for your sweet words. That photo is definitely the focal point of my little vignette. :-) Have a great one! Hugs!

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  15. Hello Benita! I love that you've included a photograph of your father here in your coffee table vignette ~ it was the first thing I spotted when opening your post! Everything goes so well together. It's true, one doesn't need a coffee table to recreate this post.

    Happy fall decorating,
    Barb :)

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    1. Thank you so much Barb! That photos is one of my favorites of him and this is a way for me to see him every day! 😊 We always have to work with what we have, don’t we?! Hugs to you sweet friend!

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  16. I love the different spin you put on the challenge, Benita! That vintage camera is a prize. The photo of your dad is my favorite part, though. Such a handsome man. I'm sure you must still miss him, and it's a great tribute to him.

    I'm glad we could be on this hop together. Enjoy the rest of your week!

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    1. Crissy, thank you so much! I love that camera and was thrilled when I found it. The photo is my favorite part of the vignette also. And yes, I miss him so very much! I was thankful that I got to have a lengthy conversation with him the day before he died. I've enjoyed it also and am looking forward to the others! Have a great one! Hugs!

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  17. Benita, I love how personal your table elements are. That is so unique. Small tables need vignettes too.

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    1. Thanks so much Carol! Since it is a small table, I tried to keep it simple and uncluttered. Have a great one! Hugs!

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  18. Benita, I love your simplified version; perfect for a side table. My camera collection has been growing, also, but I'm admiring the little Kodak stand at the bottom of yours. Now I need to go dig mine out and see if mine has that and I didn't know about it! Fun hopping with you again!

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    1. Thank you so much! I tired to keep it simple due to the size of the table. Camera collections seem to take on a life of their own…LOL I have cameras all over the house. I’m sure it does have the stand on the bottom. It was years before I realized it was there. The other ones that I have that are similar all have the stand. It’s a handy little thing and you don’t have to use a book to prop it up. 😊 I’ve enjoyed it also and am looking forward to more this year! Hugs!

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  19. You look like your dad! I love that picture and the way it's set next to a vintage camera. Perfect! Glad to see your post, have missed you!

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    1. Thank you so much Kim! And yes, I do look like him. My oldest son could be his twin...it's crazy! I've missed you guys also and hope that life settles down a bit so I can get back to blogging regularly! Love and hugs sweet friend!

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  20. Benita,
    I like how you have the vintage camera with the photo of your dad. My husband has started collecting vintage cameras.
    Have a blessed weekend,
    Carla

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    1. Thank you so much Carla! The camera collections seem to take on a life of their own…LOL…beware! 😊 The best find was the graflex…and it works. Unfortunately film for it is crazy expensive (and developing it is even more expensive), so I don’t use it that often. Love and hugs sweet friend!

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  21. What a lovely vignette.! That vintage camera is fabulous!!

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