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Monday, April 12, 2010

8th Table Top Tuesday - Coffee Table


Thank you so much for joining Table Top Tuesday this week. I am so excited to see all of your wonderful vignettes. Remember, this is where you show us all the vignettes you create on any kind of surfaces- mantels, bookcases, shelves, tables, cabinets and just any place you can find to creat a vignette. We want to see them all.

Our family room area is connected to the kitchen and the breakfast area and is not very big, so the large square coffee table that has 4 benches that pull out for extra seating is a blessing when we have larger crowds. With the 4 panes of glass on the top, this table always seems hard to decorate to me.


I wanted to add a little bit of spring to this table and still leave it open to hold a favorite glass or dish of refreshment. Also since my family likes to lay on the sofa and watch TV, the arrangement needs to be kept fairly low. The entertainment center with the TV is directly across from the sofa.


I love the rush seats on the benches and love the look of them through the glass top.


The antique scale is one of my favorite pieces and the wicker balls add a casual touch.


Some decorating books, a small ivy, a candle and a little DT bird add a little touch of spring. The small candle hurricane is also a DT find. I took the glass and a candlestick and glued them together, then filled the bottom with rocks from the DT, a candle from there also and ribbons I already had.


The wicker edged tortoise plate is a great place to hold the remote and looks great with the rush seats of the benches and the wicker balls. Of course coasters to match and a small candy dish are necessities. Not too much, but just enough to add some life to the table and a tiny touch of spring and I used everything I already had,so it was free. I always like free.


If you missed my previous post, there is a fabulous Designer Vignette tutorial and a book that everyone needs to have. I hope you take a look.

I am also linking to:

Nifty Thrifty - Coastal Charm
Thrifty Treasures - Southern Hospitality


Thanks so much for stopping by. I always look forward to your visits.

Be sure to link up to Mr. Linky so we can all find you and see your gorgeous vignettes.



77 comments:

  1. Marty I love that coffee table girl...I really need one like that where did you find it...It all looks wonderful my friend and I can't believe I'm the first one today YIPPEE!! ha ha!! must be my lucky day...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

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  2. What a great coffee table, Marty. Love the benches for extra seating and the table has plenty of space for your sweet vignette. I always crowd way too much on mine as it is not so big.

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  3. Marty, I love you coffee table vignette. I really love that antique scale. What a super color. It just pops against everything else.

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  4. I love your coffee table vingnette! I also love the book you featured. I may have to pickup a copy - going on Amazon can be a dangerous thing for my pocketbook. Have a great week :) Jennifer

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  5. Marty, I am in love with the antique scale! Thanks for hosting this party, It's always fun to see how others accessorize.

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  6. Hi Marty...

    Darlin', your family room is gorgeous! You know, I love that pretty plaid sofa and your coffee table with the little rush benches is awesome! I haven't ever seen benches that come with the coffee table done in the rush tops before...love those! Ohhh, and you're absolutely right about that pretty tortoise plate and coasters looking great with the rush...just beautiful! Well, my dear friend...I certainly think you've accomplished your goal of bringing a little "Spring" into your family room through this beautiful vignette!!! It's perfect!!!

    Oh yes, I also wanted to comment on that beautiful painting of the little girl that you have above your sofa...it's sooo pretty!!! Marty, you truly have one of the most beautiful homes in blogland and I always enjoy coming for a visit!!! Thank you so much for hosting Table Top Tuesday for us once again...I love this Tuesday party!!! Can't wait to take a peek at all the different table tops, vignettes, etc. this week!!!

    Love ya,
    Chari @Happy To Design

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  7. Marty,
    The coffee table looks so nice. Everything is put together, nicely. Thanks again, for hosting Tabletop Tuesday!
    Robin

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  8. Ohhh gosh...I'm such a "doof"! I meant to mention your antique scale in my comment...I just adore it!!! It's such a great conversation piece...and I love the informal look of the pretty grapevine balls!!!

    Hmmmm...it's a good thing my head is attached to my body because I would certainly forget and leave it somewhere! hehe!

    Love ya, Sweetie!
    Chari

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  9. I just found your blog, and look forward to seeing it every Tuesday!!! :) Your table looks great!

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  10. All of it looks great, I especially love that aqua looking old scale! Great job! Jenn

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  11. Love love love everything but the olden scales leave me breathless...
    Thanks for hosting!!
    xo bj

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  12. Very pretty vignette and table, Marty. I love the estra seating it offers too. But being a lab scientist, I am REALLY in love wih your antique scale.....Christine

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  13. Marty, I adore your coffee table! You are so gifted. Be blessed. Cindy

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  14. Love the antique scale and your table vignette. Did you use your book? Your display has greenery, candlelight and reflections from the glass...I am reading and learning from my book too!

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  15. What a fun coffee table with little benches underneath..very clear, cute and functional!! Your table vignette is so pretty..I love your combiniation of different items..that go together so well! Happy Tuesday!

    Miss Bloomers

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  16. Oops meant to say
    "very clever" not clear...LOL..

    Miss Bloomers

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  17. Marty, I have that same tortoise plate on a table in my family room! Love your table with benches- what a great idea!
    xoxo Pattie

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  18. Your coffee table is great - love the benches, what a brilliant idea. Your vingette looks wonderful, sitting so nicely in your lovely room.

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  19. Wow, Marty! What a handy and pretty table! I had a table divided into 4 squares like that and I agree..it's hard to decorate. However, I think you did a wonderful job! Love the scale! Happy week!...hugs...Debbie

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  20. I really like your coffee table-top! You always pull everything together so well! I LOVE that little girl picture behind the sofa!! I don't think I've seen it before!

    Katherine

    P.S. - My daughter has a plaid sofa almost like yours! - And a leather LazyBoy recliner! They go so well together!

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  21. Very pretty table top. Makes me want to freshen up my coffee table.

    Janet

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  22. Hi Marty, what a great looking coffee table you have. You've given me so many ideas -- mine has been packed away and is going back up soon. -- Jane F.

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  24. I love your coffee table with the seats showing through. That is so neat. I love all the accessories you put on it. I especially love the antique scale and the tortoise plate. You did a really nice job.

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  25. I just found your blog and love the "Table Top Tuesday"! Looking forward to participating again and seeing all the great ideas everyone posts.

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  26. It is nice to have such a good sized coffee table. I love the rush seats that show through, too. I love the candle holder you made and that old scale is very interesting!! The coasters are different, and nice! I always like birds too--I used to drive our cat nuts with them, but now he only attacks them if we leave him alone in the house for a week (if we go on vacation!).

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  27. Your coffee table is such a practical idea. You did a wonderful job accessorizing it! Thanks for hosting the party.

    Scribbler

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  28. OK Girlfriend I am grinning here. I have the same charger and coasters!! :) Great minds think alike!
    I love the fact that you can pull out little seats for that table. What a wonderful idea! It all looks wonderful and comfy.
    By the way - thank you handing off that picture frame at the Goodwill to me. I need a fancy schmancy one for Savannah, so I'm going to paint that one up shabby -like and take it along for one of my projects. I will share when I get back! It is perfect!
    You have a good evening! Hugs! Karen

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  29. What a great display, Marty! I know all about keeping it low for the television viewing. I have to do that in our great room and I feel so limited by what I can put on that coffee table. Love your able and the rush stools underneath. It really gives a nice textural look to the table, too.

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  30. That coffee table is fantastic...but I LOVE that scale...but I am sure that doesn't surprise you!

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  31. What a great piece! I love furniture that multi-purpose! Great display Marty!

    Manuela

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  32. Your coffee table looks great! I love that scale too. And I love the little bird. I went to our dollar tree the other day and couldn't find any birds. Phewee!
    Have a blessed week!
    Traci

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  33. Hi Marty~I love your coffee table top! Everything looks fantastic in your vignette. I am especially lovin' your scale. What a wonderful and clever idea. Thanks for hosting a great blog party!

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  34. Hi Marty! I love your pretty glass table and you've done a wonderful job of dressing it up! You always do! How cute are those little stools that can slide underneath. Now I'm a shorty so I would fit really well sitting on one. My tiny feet would actually touch the floor! :) Love all your pretties you've placed on top!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  35. What a cool scale!!! Love how you intergrated it into your tablescape.

    - The Tablescaper

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  36. Oh Marty, I love your antique scale! I collect scales (I know, you're not surprised), and I don't have anything like that one. It is so unique. Love your table with the benches. What a great idea for keeping extra seating out of the way. It all looks perfect, as always. laurie

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  37. Hi Marty. Oh I love your vignettes! Well I love all of the vignettes you put together. Your coffee table looks stunning! :) Thank you so much for hosting this fun party. Take care.
    Sandra

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  38. You always have such lovely little trinkets and treasures Marty. I love seeing what you do each week!

    Thanks so much for having me this week and for hosting this lovely party.

    Best wishes,
    Natasha.

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  39. Hi Marty, I love square coffee tables.. but my family room is tiny. The antique scale is a great piece!
    Thanks again for hosting... you are the hostess with the mostess
    :-)
    Bella

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  40. I just love it. Our family room is just too small for a coffee table and the two 100+ lb dogs. They love spending time in the family room with us in the evening too.

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  41. Love this coffee table, the benches are great. I like the way you decorated it, especially that tortoise bowl. As always, you hit this out of the park Marty! Hugs, Kat

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  42. Just love your coffee table! I really like the groupings you're displaying as well. Thanks so much for hosting. Can't wait to check out over tablescaping ideas.

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  43. Marty I am so loving that coffee table it would be perfect for my little grandbabies to be able to sit in their own little seats...looks so pretty looking thru the glass top like that and those old scales are my favorite thing on thier also! I went and bought the little mini candle holders that match the big ones that I used the pinto beans in...I need to do mine like yours and glue them to a glass candleholder like that..and man what is wrong with me that I never think to tie pretty ribbons on my stuff like that!!!! lol beautiful post as alwasy girl...thanks for letting us play along with you...have a great week sweetie! ~Picket~

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  44. Marty, I have been stumped on coffee table decor lately! Thanks for the lovely ideas. Much Love, Dana

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  45. Marty, your coffee table is so pretty! I took my coffee table out of the living room a couple years ago to make more walking room, but after seeing your lovely one, I'm re-thinking. Thanks for showing us the accessorizing book in your previous post. I'd love to browse through those pages and get ideas. If nothing else, just to stare at that gorgeous cover! Thanks, as always, for hosting Tabletop Tuesday. I always leave inspired after seeing everyone's great vignettes.

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  46. Marty. you make Beauty by the bushel bucket load every single week. Dont know how ya do it but I sure love looking at it..

    Hugs and happy Thoughts
    Sonny

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  47. I usually don't put anything on the coffee table because that's were we watch TV but I think I will try a low vignette and see how it flys with the mister. Thanks for the inspiration...your table top is beautiful. I love that blue scale. Thanks for the nice comment on my blog.

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  48. The rush seats through the glass does look mighty pretty. I always have trouble with the coffee table. Never know how much is enough and still have room for what it was designed for! Your home is always so inviting.
    Brenda

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  49. Marty, your table top is gorgeous!!! Thank you so much for hosting this fun post!
    Hugs, Carolyn~Cottage Sunshine

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  50. OOOOHHHH! I'm loving that table top!
    And I want those scales! :)

    Thank you for hosting!

    ~Liz

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  51. First of all, Marty, your living room is beautiful and cozy at the same time. I love it! And your coffee table is really gorgeous. I love how you have the plants on the magazines...great space saver but adds a lot of texture. Everything is SO pretty!!

    Hope you are having a great week!

    xoxo
    Jane

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  52. Your arrangement on top of your coffee table is lovely. I can imagine many enjoyable times with your family gathered around that table. Thank you for being the hostess of Table Top Tuesday! I always enjoy visiting you and all of the other participants as well.

    Love,
    Susan and Bentley
    xxoo

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  53. Hi Marty,
    Love the birdies, your coffee table is terrific. You always have so much enthusiasm, and are great fun to visit.
    :) Maryrose
    PS and I am always late to the party....:(

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  54. Marty...your vignette is lovely! I adore the scale...I have been on the hunt for one forever...I hope I can find one as pretty as yours!

    All of the spring elements you added are just perfect!

    Love it!

    Enjoy!
    Cathy

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  55. Marty,
    Sorry I posted twice on here. I didn't think the first one went through.

    Thanks for hosting another fun week!

    Your coffee table is wonderful. Love how you arranged it all.

    Tanya ~Friendship Crossing

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  56. Hi Marty,
    Thanks for hosting Table Top Tuesday! I am admiring your coffee table and how you have artfully arranged everything on it. That scale is perfect! I always have trouble with coffee table vignettes. Yours is perfect!

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  57. Well, like everyone else I am in love w/your coffee table. I agree with you, I like the way those benches show through the glass, very nice! Great job on the tabletop decor too! Your DT really has alot more neat stuff then ours! Your tortoise plate is fab and a perfect compliment to your table.

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  58. Hello there sweet lady,

    My Marty, as usual this is just so very delightful! So beautiful!

    I truly love, love, love your coffee table vignettes! This is not easy for many folks and you have mastered the art perfectly Marty! Those little benches are a perfect scale and precious!

    ~ Thanks for once again hosting a fabulous,'Tabletop Tuesday'!

    Do please pop by for a visit when you get a moment and enjoy my two tablescapes; one a blue and white kitties at tea tablescape and the other 'a golden morn'' tablescape vignette with soft tones of mellow yellow, Spring green and fresh lemons..,

    Cheers and hugs from Wanda Lee @ The Plumed Pen

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  59. Hello Marty, I just found your blog through a link somewhere :) in reference to your AZ bloggers tea party. I too live in AZ and have only recently started my own blog but have been addicted to reading for ages. Your blog is delightful -- thanks for sharing!

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  60. What a unique & functional coffee table. You did a fabulous job in decorating it. I have the hardest time with coffee tables. I never change up mine. That is why I never share mine.
    Kim

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  61. Just gotta tell ya that I ordered the book you mentioned. HOWEVER, I wonder if others did the same thing on that one cheapo copy. Sometimes this happens and it takes a while for them to let you know!

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  62. Hey there Marty, your coffee table looks great with your new "do"! Love that scale, too.

    I'm another who ordered the book you suggested yesterday. I already got a note from the seller telling me it's on the way. Can't wait to pour over it. thanks for letting us know about it.
    Donna

    I'm trying to link to Linda, and there is no "next" button for it to link to. Any advice??

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  63. Hi Marty! Your coffee table looks awesome! You do know how to put things together to make them look picture perfect!

    I love to drop in to see you, your blog is wonderful Marty!

    Nancy

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  64. Very nice! The scales are my favorite!

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  65. Oh, such a pretty and interesting vignette--tablescapes are so important. I also posted about coffee tablescapes today--we must be thinking alike today! Have a lovely day-Barbara

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  66. Hi Marty--One of these days I'm going to get a tabletop ready to join you for this party again!

    Meanwhile, I'll have fun looking at your tabletops. I just love your coffee table--I've never seen one like that, and I really like it. You've accessorized it very nicely, too--it looks great, but it's not fussy or high-maintenance. I can imagine relaxing in this room. :)

    Have a great day!

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  67. Marty, I LOVE that antique scale - gorgeous! But my 2nd fav is the jelly beans in the container - I LOVE JELLY BEANS! Linda

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  68. Hi Marty, your coffee table looks so pretty!! I love the scale...Kathy

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  69. I almost bought that book the other day & said to myself 'Self, you don't need any more stuff to accessorize the house with, you don't know what to do with what you have'. Oy! I'm going back ....

    Have a beautiful week.
    TTFN ~ Marydon

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  70. What viewing your coffee table did to me is make me walk into the family room and REALLY LOOK at my coffee table! I need to make some changes...and truthfully I have not known where to start...but I know now after seeing yours, that a change is coming and soon.

    Why that big square coffee table is such a pain to me..I have NO idea. So...back to look carefully at yours and DO something to mine! Anything would help! :)
    Lovely, Marty. Yours is just lovely!

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  71. Lovely, Marty..
    I didn't join in today, just didn't have anything worthwhile to show! I'll try next week.

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  72. I love the print on your wall, Oh and the side table? Not sure what it is but I am in love. lol Your table looks wonderful and I adore that it has the rush seating under it! I love that scale! The top is just looks so great, Just love this table!

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  73. Trying to catch up with all the blog posts I've missed since being away! Your photos are all lovely and the book you recommend looks great. I must see if the library has it.

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  74. So pretty Marty! I love your table! I have that same Bougereau print in my family room. He's probably my favorite artist!

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  75. Good Morning Marty,
    Thank-you for stopping by and leaving such nice notes. I am feeling a lot better today! I love your coffee table with the wicker and the beautiful vignette you have created! I am going to read the next post too, thanks again, Hugs, Cindy

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  76. Hi Marty...

    Oh my dear......you ALWAYS have the touch. It looks lovely. And, cozy. I LOVE cozy.

    Big hugs,
    Spencer

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  77. Dear Marty,
    Your vignettes are to die for. So pretty & elegant. The woody touch is my fav style.

    Great job as always.

    xoxo

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