One thing has led to another here at home and I’ve been tackling one project after the next. I think a big reason for that is because once the Christmas decorations come down, the house feels a bit barren. The goal has been to add warmth and texture to living spaces and I started with the dining room. More specifically, the console table. It started with a search for console table baskets. (This post contains affiliate links.)
Styling a console table isn’t all that hard once you figure out the type of look you’re going for. I wanted something casual and country. Pieces for the table needed to be functional as well as pretty. The only baskets I could find that fit this table were at Pottery Barn.
The Pottery Barn console baskets are thick and sturdy and create a perfect spot for holding extra blankets and pillows. I ordered two and then set my sights on the top of the console table. My herd of cows replaced the Christmas painting and I brought my bird prints back out.
Several months ago I featured the black-framed bird prints on my blog, along with a free printable which you can download here if you want to create your own. I think this is my favorite print project to date.
A gorgeous wooden pedestal bowl from Kirkland’s holds a new Terecela Ficus plant. You might remember this bowl from my fall farmhouse tour.
When I was in Pottery Barn for the console baskets, I spied the most gorgeous, oxidized mercury lidded bowls gracing one of the store’s entryway tables. I was immediately smitten with the earthy color and delicate etchings.
Removing the lids revealed fragrant candles inside. I wanted the large one – badly. But the price was a bit steep and I started having guilt about taking one of these beauties home. So I simply ordered the console baskets and walked out the door. But those darn candles kept haunting me.
I knew how good they’d look on my console table. My mind dreamed of them sitting right in the center of the table, with some greenery on both sides of them. Ugh. I couldn’t take it any longer and went back to the store to get the smaller one. As you can see, I wasn’t satiated and went back to the store a third time to get the larger candle. Please tell me I’m not the only one who does this! I told myself I was buying a special gift of my own and would be able to enjoy the etched oxidized mercury bowls long after the candles had burned all the way down.
To the right of the dark mercury bowl candles is a bit of more greenery.
Styling my console table was just a matter of adding new baskets on the bottom for texture and extra storage and …
On the top, the Pottery Barn candles take center stage in the middle, with various greens flanking the right and left to add an organic vibe. I propped the birch vase up on a pair of vintage books to match the height of the wooden pedestal bowl. And finally, all the artwork on the wall has a black frame to create a unified look.
With the console table complete, I’m now working on the mantel which hubby reconfigured ever so slightly. You’ll be seeing it soon!
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