When it comes to styling an étagère (or anything for that matter) there are no rules, only suggestions. However, there are a few style tips that we’d like to share on how to style our Elegant Étagère.
Keep it Simple
First things first—when styling an étagère, keep it light and airy. Too many visuals or bulky objects can muddle its presence in a space, taking away from the aesthetic value.
The Right Scheme
Use colors and patterns that will complement each other. The neutral tone and texture of our Roman Bowl or Lil’ Elephant Statue visually complements the stark white hue and smoothness of our Beijing Vase Collection. It’s important when using neutrals to add a few pieces of color to make the space pop. Incorporating our Gilt Branch Sculpture is a great piece to highlight the hand-applied gold leaf finish of our étagère.
Layering is Everything
When deciding on what to showcase with your étagère, it’s important to keep in mind how each piece will fit. Layering objects with various heights throughout the series of stages is key. Whether it’s layering our Small French Paintings alongside our Blue and White Pottery or using a stack of books as a riser, varying heights (with the right pieces) caters to a very curated look.
One definition of style is: a distinctive appearance, typically determined by the principles according to which something is designed. An in-house design, we’d say this sums up our take on étagère.
It’s the warmest time of the year, and we’re drawn to anything and everything light and airy—including our new clear Acrylic Trunk. Functionality meets modernism with this stunning, multipurpose piece. Rope handles encased with brushed stainless steel, at each end, ensures mobility and durability!
Here are just a few of our favorite uses for this gorgeous trunk, which is sure to be the heart of any stylish space.
Utilize the ample storage and a svelte physique. Store extra pillows and throws during hot summer days.
This trunk begs to be the center of any room—use as a unique coffee table and showcase your treasured belongings.
We love seeing this piece in a guest bath. Beautifully organize towels and toiletries without the bulk of common storage pieces.
There are many ways to style a coffee table to make it both functional and beautiful. Here we will break down three different (though common) shapes of coffee tables and how to style them to suit your needs!
Square Coffee Table
It’s easy to break down a square coffee table like our Marble Woods Coffee Table into four even sections. In the upper right section we used the Armillary Votive Holder. The candles add a lovely glow in the evening. as well as height. Always remember to vary height when styling! In the bottom right, we used the classic stack of books topped with the accoutrement of choice. We decided on the Glass Fishing Float to go with our coastal theme. However, you’ll notice on the left side we used a tray. It still has two sections, but the tray gives it some unity. It helps to ground the sections, otherwise things can feel like they’re floating with no purpose. Here we went with the Parisian Bistro Tray—the indigo stripes are trending right now. The bottom left section is our Trellis Bone Box. Boxes are especially great on coffee tables to help hide small things like remotes and matches for your candles. And no coffee table is complete without a little greenery, so we used two potted succulents in the upper left. Succulents are perfect because they need little watering!
Round Coffee Table
Again it’s best to think about styling in sections! Here we divided the Mughal Coffee Table like a pie into three sections. The Chinese Flower Pot gives great height and a beautiful vase for flowers. It looks good empty, too! Next we used a simple Wonki Ware Bowl filled with Gesso Fruit. Bowls provide a great opportunity to change your styling seasonally with small glass floats, shells, fresh fruit, or anything that strikes your fancy! In the last section, we again used a great stack of coffee table books. Top it with a small bowl or decorative plate like our Ming Plates to corral candles or matches.
Rectangle Coffee Table
Our Rectangular Parquet-Top Coffee Table is an all time best-seller for good reason! Its size and sturdiness is great for any home and the parquet surface is literally the cherry on top! We divided this one into five sections. Three stacks of coffee tables books topped with our San Vincent Santos and Fossil Study for height, and Acrylic Box for sleek storage. The Big Iron Tray grounds the last two sections. The Large and Small Nautical Rope lanterns add candle glow, while the Small Scalloped Planter filled with succulents add a natural element.
In conclusion remember these 6 things:
1. Divide into sections
2. A stack of books is a decorative accessory
3. A candle element
4. A vase or planter for a natural element
5. A tray, box, or plate for storage and organization
6. Remember to vary your heights!
As the warm weather blows in, our palettes thirst for something fresh and crisp. Here are a few easy beverages, with and without booze, that are just what you need for entertaining, brunch, or just an evening apéritif.
1. Carrot Mimosa
Image taken from http://www.kitchentreaty.com/carrot-mimosas/
How to make it
Simply mix one part carrot juice with one part prosecco and garnish with a sprig of parsley. It looks like a carrot!
2. Strawberry Spritzer
Image from http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/strawberry-spritzer
How to make it
- 1 package (10 ounces) frozen sweetened sliced strawberries, thawed
- 2 liters lemon-lime soda, chilled
- 1 can (12 ounces) frozen pink lemonade concentrate, thawed
Place the strawberries in a blender; cover and process until pureed. Pour into a large pitcher; stir in the soda and lemonade concentrate.
Makes: 2-1/2 quarts.
3. White Wine Mint Spritzer
Image taken from http://www.abeautifulmess.com/2012/08/white-wine-spritzer-two-ways.html
How to make it
Muddle a small bunch of mint leaves in the bottom of a glass with about 2 oz of lemon-lime soda. Add 2 parts white wine with 1 part lemon-lime soda. Garnish with a spring of mint.
4. Maple and Grapefruit Mocktail
Image taken from http://slowbuddy.com/inspiration/summer-drinks/
How to make it
- 2/3 ounce real maple syrup
- 3 ounces freshly squeezed grapefruit juice, strained
- 3 ounces ginger ale (or ginger beer if you like things stronger)
Combine grapefruit juice and maple syrup. Stir or shake until syrup is dissolved. Pour into glass and add ginger ale, stirring gently to combine. Garnish with a grapefruit wedge.
5. St~Germain Sipper
How to make it
- 1 cup St~Germain Elderflower Liqueur
- 1 (750-ml) bottle cold white wine
- 2 cups cold club soda
Stir ingredients together and serve chilled in champagne flutes. Garnish with an edible flower.
Makes: 6 servings