If you haven’t started following Jane’s blog The Borrowed Abode then you are missing out! In her blog, Jane explores living in and decorating a rental space, but I assure you that you do not need to be a renter to enjoy what she presents. A couple of  weeks ago she blogged here about how to “scape the table” and decorate with beautiful trays. I often have difficulty with the “layering” of it all when decorating so this was the perfect blog post for me. So last week, I shot her an email and asked if she would mind if I tried my hand at decorating with a new tray I found at Ikea and then shared her ideas with you. She said to go for it, so Jane, this is for you!

First, grab yourself a tray. I found this gorgeous one at Ikea for $10.00 two weekends ago:

You can find it here.
Then you’ll add the following items:
  • Magazines
  • Plants
  • Coasters
  • Candles
  • (or in our case) The remotes for your really too large television that your hubby insists on. *ahem*

Here’s what it looks like on our very vintage mid-century modern tables that I love, and that need some serious TLC.

For the magazines, I grabbed some of our favorite design mags, Arts & Crafts, Style 1900 and American Bungalow. For the record, I am definitely an Art Deco and Mid-Century Modern kind of girl but I also like Arts and Crafts which The Hubs is more fond of. The vintage tables that I scored for FREE will eventually end up in my craft room/office once I have one. 😉
I stacked the mags in the middle and topped it with a candle that a friend gave me because she wasn’t fond of it (again, FREE!). I threw our coasters on one end and the remotes on the other. I’m working on a vase project that will cost me literally pennies, but it’s not ready yet. I’ll definitely share it soon. 
I think it looks great and am so excited that we have something that seems more pulled together on our coffee table. And it’s super easy to clean around. I just move it to dust and then move it back when I’m done!
Thanks for the inspiration Jane!


  1. NICE!!! I need to do more of this – but I have a 16 month old running around and he defies all of my effort 🙂 Soon, as in 5 years, I think I’ll be able to start pulling together my home!!

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