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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Designer Kopy Kat


I have collected quite a few Decorating Books and where to keep them is becoming a problem.  I notice in all of these wonderful books that they display stacks of designer books on coffee tables along with a random mix of other things. 


After studying several different books and table displays, I thought I would try my hand at arranging something on the livingroom coffee table.


 It's a traditional drop leaf table, but it is fairly good size.  They always had one main focal point in all of their vignettes, so I am using this floral arrangement as my main focal point.


 Most of the tables I saw had at least two stacks of books or more, so I chose to use two stacks since that fits the size of my table best.


 A candle hurricane for height and some orbs and eggs for interest.  All of the tables I studied had a small collection of something.  I thought the orbs and eggs were a nice collection.





 A candle snuffer, a pretty plate and some coasters finish off my vignette.


 Something different for me, but it is always fun to try and learn something new and to experiment.




How about you, do you like to try out new ideas and see how it works for your decor.  I think this could use some tweaking, but it was fun to do something different.

I am linking to the following parties:

Open House Thursday @ No Minimalist Here
Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage
Home Sweet Home Friday @ The Charm Of Home
Flaunt It Friday @ Chic On A Shoestring Decorating

36 comments:

  1. Boy Marty, that room is looking good! Keep it up.

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  2. Hi Marty, Your room looks so beautiful!It's so cheerful.

    Kathy

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  3. Hi Marty! Oh, this is just beautiful! You copy catted very well.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  4. Oh I love this table vignette... using the books is such a great idea! And that floral arrangement makes such a beautiful focal point... I love how used different elements to create visual interest. Thanks for sharing! Enjoy your evening!~Poppy

    http://withadashofcolor.blogspot.com/

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  5. I think you captured the designer-look just perfectly, Marty. And, yes, I love to try new ideas, especially something I've seen in a magazine or design book.
    CAS

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  6. Your coffee table looks great! I have a few on mine also, so I guess I'm a copycat too.

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  7. Marty,
    The table looks wonderful. Things keep looking better and better!

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  8. Very lovely, very neat! Saw your round table over by the sofa....did you make the cloth that covers it, or did your purchase it. so pretty1

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  9. Marty,

    It looks lovely! The floral arrangement looks so airy. I'm a decorator book collector too. I love them!

    Blessings,
    Kathy

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  10. I stacked my decorating books on my square coffee table in stacks of four, Marty! I'd had them packed up two years ago when we thought we were moving and I missed being able to pull one out to look through. So I opened up all the boxes and put them out on my coffee table. I'm sure I have a picture on my blog somewhere showing that. I love them this way!

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  11. I love this look! Your focal point, candle in hurricane and snuffer with the two stacks of decorator books is perfect, I think it looks great the way you have it.
    Sherry

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  12. Marty,
    Lovely arrangement. What catches my eye is the beautiful plate that encompasses all your decor hues! You are always an inspiration!
    Fondly,
    Pat

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  13. Hi Marty, I love designer books, well any book, and have a stack in the center of mt coffee table right now with shells on top of them. I use them for risers too. I also flank my hearth with them but I realize you are in Arizona! hugs♥O

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  14. Hi Marty,
    Your designer book collections look wonderful on the table. Your livingroom is so lovely and vibrant with color.

    hugs
    Sissie

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  15. very lovely.
    And your spring colored pills and trims are sooo fun!!

    blessings
    barbara jean

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  16. I have tried putting books on the coffee table but they always get used as coasters!!

    Your table looks lovely. I think we are more inclined to pick up a book if it is right in front of us!

    XO,
    Jane

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  17. I did the same thing with a few of my decorator books! I found the same principal worked for me! Yours looks really great!

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  18. You have created a beautiful vignette and I also LOVE the pillows on your sofa! They are beautiful! Did you make them?? If so, I am jealous....wish I could sew:):) XO, Pinky

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  19. I think your books look great and very natural on your table. Mine are all over the place, and always laying in piles on tables. I suppose that's why I like seeing them! haha! Honestly, I think they're terrific!

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  20. Your table looks looks wonderful! Thanks for sharing those tips that you gathered from the pictures, etc. that you got your ideas from.

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  21. I Like it! I am always stumped when it comes to "coffee table decor".
    Need to find me some magazines!

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  22. Love books...and like what you've done, I keep stacks here and there. They're also great if you need to elevate something within your vignette. You know for height variation. Hope you're enjoying a nice summer.

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  23. Beautiful and very inviting !!! I'm happy I stopped in for a look... I added you to favs ! Jules

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  24. It's very pretty and inviting.

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  25. Oh dear Marty, your coffee table is better than the one you COPIED from?!! I love your living room, it's so quietly elegant and inviting and I love your collection of great interior designing books, I don't have any, I only have Architechtural Dygest Magazines...need to get some books! Thank you for coming and yes, I think brass is coming back! Lots of hugs. FABBY

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  26. Looks wonderful as always, love the hurricane. I hate that Borders is closing, always love looking at and buying some beautiful garden or design books. Won't be the same seeing them on line..

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  27. I love this Marty! I did a magazine copy cat challenge last month, and this is just the sort of thing that was so fun to see what everyone comes up with. I will be doing another one in September, so keep on keeping and hope to see you there.

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  28. Brilliant, I love everything about this post, the candle hurricane looks awesome!


    RTA Cabinets Ventura

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  29. Hi Marty
    Its fun to be inspired by what we read or see on other blogs. Your table looks great like that...the books look right in place and ready to be read.
    have a great day
    Judi

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  30. Hi Marty,
    Your living room is just lovely and you did a great Kopy Kat job on that coffee table of yours. I just love books and am always trying to find new ways to display them. Thanks so much for sharing this inspiring post!
    Marianne :)

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  31. Your table looks great, Marty. The way you analyzed the inspiration photos you liked really helps to get the look you want. I really need to analyze some, because I have stacks of books on my coffee table, but it never looks quite right. :)Great post, as always.
    Hugs,
    Babs

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  32. Your vignettes are always beautiful, Marty! I have decorating books stuck everywhere. I need to dig them out and display them like you did. Thank you for linking to the Open House party this week.
    xo,
    Sherry

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  33. lovely coffee table arrangement Marty and your living area is so warm and inviting.

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  34. This is lovely Marty! Thanks for linking it to HSH!
    Sherry

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  35. Have you tried putting fake trees as bed posts? Who would have ever thought of that?

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