Tabletop Designs: Beach, Coastal, Tropical, Earthenware, Woven, Heirloom and Vintage

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What Are Tabletop Designs?

Tabletop designs are themed arrangements on top of tables, dressers, chests, stands, cabinets, sideboards and entry consoles. Themes might include beach, coastal, tropical, earthenware, woven, heirloom and vintage. Tabletops can have seasonal, holiday and geographic inspiration to compliment the overall style of the house. Some items found on tabletops include chargers, candles, lamps, dishes, pictures, dinnerware and botanicals.

Many of the items in these designs come from sales and clearance at popular home goods stores like Pottery Barn, West Elm, Home Goods and Hobby Lobby. A few bargains were even purchased at rummage sales and Craigslist. Here are 4 simple tabletop design ideas to get you started.

1. Florida Beach Tabletop

Tabletop Heart Shape Rock The inspiration behind this entry console was a Florida vibe without the palm trees and flamingos. I like things simple that are easy to maintain – within a small budget.

This entry console is from Home Goods for $120. It was clearance and needed a couple screws tightened, some touch ups and a little TLC but the price made it worth the extra effort. The different colors of wood are what attracted me to this piece. It’s a transitional style yet has some feeling of beaches in Florida.

I knew I wanted a mirror and some glass incorporated into the entry to keep things bright and airy. The mirror is the Brinkley Mirror from Pottery Barn and the Small Murano Glass Table Lamps are from Pottery Barn as well. They added that casual look I was going for.

I wanted something low with a natural element for the centerpiece. This Linked Ceramic Centerpiece Vase from West Elm was exactly what I was looking for. After getting some coupons for Hobby Lobby, Michaels, and Joanne Fabrics, I found an arrangement of faux succulents. They look pretty realistic and I don’t have to worry about over watering them.

Last but not least, I’m always on the look-out for hardcover coffee table books in neutral colors. This one was only $14 in the bargain area at Barnes and Noble. It just adds that little bit of height and interest to the table.


2. Woven Charger Tabletop

Tabletop Woven Brass ChargersWhen setting this glass table I had a beachy feel in mind. It’s all from West Elm including the Jensen Table. The woven chargers really set the tone for a laid back Florida style. I used Pure Ceramic Vases in white with some simple dried wild grass along with brass Faceted Lanterns for candlelight.

The fringe table cloth was folded in a way that still lets you see the glass table and gives you a less formal feel. Fringe napkins were also used. Tying them in a knot makes them a little more interesting. Just make sure not to tie them too tight.

Next I picked out West Elm’s Reactive Glaze dinnerware. They are all hand glazed and one of a kind. The wood and marble salad servers are the perfect way to add a little wood to this table top and ties in well with the chargers.

The Brass Smith flatware plays off the brass lantern and brass and marble salt and pepper shakers. The petrified wood coasters are a splurge but they just add that little something extra to the table and protect the tables surface.


3. Earthenware Coral Tabletop

Tabletop Natural Beach

This Kaloh Dinnerware from West Elm is so versatile and very durable. I picked the stone color but it comes in several different colors.

The Atrium Glass Hurricanes are my favorite. They are so classic that you can use them for any time of the year and any style home. They are a little hidden gem found at West Elm.

The coral is a summer staple or when you live in Florida a must have year round. I tuck them into summer tables for entertaining, bookcases, and side table decor.

I found this geometric pattern set of napkins that add that element of interest with all the solids and textures. It works with this table setting because of the natural color so although it adds interest but doesn’t distract you from the table as a whole. These FEED wood napkin rings were on sale for a great price and part of the proceeds go to help feed families in the United States who are in need – it’s a win win!

The honey color wicker tray is that perfect last bit a texture needed for this table top. You can use it to house plates in a buffet style dinner or in a bar area for beverages.

Don’t forget a little bit of botanical assortment when setting a table. I found these faux Baker Fern Stems from West Elm. They can be worked into any arrangement or just displayed on their own in a vase or down the center of the table.

4. Heirloom Silhouette Tabletop

Vintage Table Top Black WhiteCollections and heirlooms are what make a house a home. The worst thing you can do is get rid of all of these meaningful things to make your home look staged. The only time it should looked staged is when it’s for sale.

I came across one of these silhouettes at an antique store. At the time I had an older daughter, son, larger dog and a little Yorkie. The gold silhouette at the top was exactly my family so I had to get it. From there my collection grew. My mom has had the man smoking the pipe picture forever. Now that she is downsizing I am being gifted some of her things. The odd subject, aged paper and neat frame, make it so unique.

The black cabinet is from Pottery Barn. I got it off Craig’s list for $50. The door hinge was broke but was easily fixed. Next, it was all about adding different textures and elements to the tablescape. The color of the woven boxes from Pottery Barn is perfect against the black/gray walls. The simple stems of  botanicals in the glass vase adds that extra natural element and height. I love brass and I’m not afraid to mix it with other metals. (see nickel knobs on the cabinet)

These candle sticks from Pottery Barn offset the height of the greenery and glass vase. The candles themselves were a splurge but are the best I have seen yet. They are from Pottery Barn. Just about everyone thinks they are real and the best part…. they are on a timer so every night they go on at dusk.

The gray slipper chair is a Target clearance find for just $40. The pillow is from Home Goods. I wanted to bring down the same contrast of the silhouettes to the chair for more all around balance.

Jessica JMDesignFL
Hello, I’m Jessica McDonald - owner of JMDesignFL LLC    

I have 20 years of experience as a Design Specialist, Merchandiser and Decorating Instructor for major companies. My passions are interior design, event planning and home staging. Thanks for visiting my site - please consider sharing it with your friends. Connect with me on social media or leave me a message on my contact page.

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