Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Garden Tray for the Coffee Table...

I've been wanting to do something a little different on the coffee table for awhile. Just for a little change; something subtle and a little organic. Two years ago I painted all my furniture in the Living Room an antique white which I love, but I wanted to continue to tone down the "ornate" factor a little. I've had an antique silver tray here for awhile, but since Spring makes my thoughts go all "garden-y", I decided a tray or basket or something along those lines might be what I was looking for.

but where to find it...?

...My latest trip to Robin's Vintage Suitcase to snap some Easter goodie shots for the upcoming Spring Open House. When I photograph a store or antique space often I don't "see" it all until I'm home downloading the pics. That's what happened with this. It was right in front of me, I just didn't see it!

Last year I added this wonderful heavy linen-y burlap piece to the table top to keep things from scratching the paint finish. So... I moved my urn inside the tray and then my majolica bunny and book stack felt right at home. The tray is big, so everything else needs to be corralled inside it.

I moved an English Ivy in from the sunporch and gave it a haircut for the urn. Whatever is in here needs to be low profile, but "real". Ivy and I get along pretty well. If it has enough light it's hard for me to kill it.

Oh something else...
I brought up the RH linen pillows from downstairs,
and I like them much better here on the slipcovered chairs.
Less distraction than with the darker pillows.
It's always a work in progress...

OK, so here are some pics from The Vintage Suitcase. If you're local you'll want to put the Open House on your calendar. Robin will have a drawing for a gift certificate that you'll want to be sure and enter.

here's the tray...

Remember, you can click on the pics to enlarge them, and then click again for detail.

just gorgeous!

Open House will be April 19-21 
Friday 5-8
Saturday 10-5
Sunday 10-4

will be hosting an Easter Sunday Brunch.
Check Facebook for details.
(The food is fabulous, take it from me!)

I'm joining in on these weekly parties:

Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Treasure Hunt From My Front Porch to Yours
TTT at Stone Gable
Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson
Open House Party at No Minimalist Here
Home Sweet Home at the Charm of Home
Simple and Sweet Friday at Rooted in Thyme
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Shabby Art Boutique
Craftberry Bush
Jennifer Rizzo

The snow is melting and the sun is out...
Oh Happy Day,


  1. Your garden tray is a wonderful
    addition to your coffee table..
    It's not easy finding such a tray
    and I really like how you displayed
    Happy Spring

  2. Love your centerpiece. Sure wish I lived close and could visit the shop...looks like a whole lot of pretties!

  3. Great find!!
    Funny how you can miss the obvious.
    I have walked around our antique shop and missed so many items. Now I back track the other way. See items in a different light!!

  4. The tray looks great on your table, Debra! This looks like such a comfortable room to be in, too. Great pictures of the shop! I don't know how you restrain yourself when you see all their stuff.

  5. What a charming farmhouse how you have used it.


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  7. beautiful photos Debra, congrats , loved them..
    Blessed Easter..


  8. What a wonderful tray you found for your coffee table. It looks perfect!

    Oh that living room of yours is so beautiful!

  9. Hi Debra I have been looking for something like this to put on my coffee table,,,I havent been able to find one..but your table made me more determined! The tray and table are beautiful, I love the ivy in the urn..just everything.It is really very nice.Denise

  10. Love your garden tray. I particularly like the lady bunny.

  11. love love love that tray!! and now that I've painted every wood surface in my house, I want to go strip it all off again!!! lol

  12. Your garden tray looks so pretty on your coffee table Debra!
    Boy, that shop is filled with so many pretties...I could spend all day in a place like that!!

  13. What an amazing living room! We LOVE how light it is, and the new addition to your coffee table is so unique and fun. Thanks for's lovely!

    ~Mannon & Jillian
    Teapots & What-Nots

  14. I do the same thing and see things in my photos that I didn't see in the store. Nice tray.

  15. The tray looks wonderful on your coffee table, I like using them, too. They seem to "ground" things and make them more interesting. The fabric really adds a nice touch of texture, I may borrow that idea!

    What a lovely shop, so filled with inspiration, I can see why you love it so much!


  16. Debra,
    Gorgeous trayscape, dear friend!!!
    Your Majolica bunny is an elegant fellow, indeed!!!
    "Mr. Ed" and I were at Lowe's today and I houvered over the ivy choices...but knowing my history with them, I left empty handed!:(
    Your pillows are such a precious subtle hue for Spring!!! YES, dear one...sun and 48 degrees today on the Prairie...SNOW I melting!!! Birds are singing!!! Hope springs forth to the onset of warmer days ahead!!!
    Have a blessed Easter!!!
    P.S. Thanks for the photos of Robin's...we've already been talking of returning in the Autumn during vacation!!!

  17. The Vintage Suitcase looks like my kind of place to love to shop! The tray you bought is perfect on your coffee table, Debra. Love how you've style it with that terrific urn and ivy.
    Mary Alice

  18. You're home is always so lovely. I could just gaze at your photos forever...

  19. Loving that garden tray:) So much beauty in this post! I would LOVE to go to that open house if I just lived a wee bit closer:) Have a blessed week, HUGS!

  20. Your tray looks fabulous! I'm totally in love with that Majolica bunny too!

  21. Debra,
    I love that tray and the little lamb that is so adorable. It came out so pretty. Happy Easter my friend. I wish I lived closer to go to Robin's Vintage Suitcase I saw a lot of treasures that I would love to have.

  22. Luv the tray!!!
    I totally agree , you see so much more in pictures.
    Beautiful photos... wish I lived near...
    Hugs, Gee

  23. Your tray is beautiful. I love the bunny and the lamp on the book stack is perfect. A little Easter but still classic. Happy Easter, Ginger

  24. Very pretty! My favorite is the little lamb on the book -- made me realize what a great setting that makes for Easter and that I really NEED to find a very old Bible I have SOMEWHERE and how pretty a little ceramic lamb would be on it. Thanks for the great inspiration!

  25. Debra,
    I love how you brought in the pretty tray and filled with things that sing spring. You little Majolica bunny is just so precious... my favorite
    You create a very handsome vignette! I'm inspired to find and urn and fill it with ivy or some other trailing plant.
    You have a beautiful home!

  26. Your tray is the perfect complement to the burlap, Debra and I love the addition of those pillows to your chairs.

  27. Oh I love your wooden tray on the coffee table! Your styling is amazing! Love the jute rug as a runner, too. Beautiful photos, as always! Happy Easter to you!

  28. I love your pretty garden tray filled with Spring goodies! Beautiful!

  29. I love your garden tray! (Of course, I made one the other day, for the fun of it,
    Trays like ours are critical to most decor, they seem to "ground" the room, right??
    Love your tray!

  30. Oh that tray needs to be in my home :)
    Debra it looks great in your room of grand height and beauty.
    Love all your inspiring beauty over here.
    Keep inspiring us with finds, objects of desire, and creativeness in your designing.

    Happy Easter my friend,
    Give your hubby my thoughts for him in his health.
    Hope he has found his way back to living life big.



  31. Oh- I love your garden tray! It is amazing and I just love the whole room, really.
    Great features here, to visit a couple of them- xo Diana

  32. cute little tray and treasures girl.
    have a blessed week


  33. Beautiful pictures, wish I was local so I could visit The Vintage Suitcase.

  34. Love your tray! And, your vignette is beautiful ... Happy Easter!

  35. What a lovely tray :)Easter greetings from Australia♥ ~Pernilla

  36. What a lovely room, Debra, and I love your tray vignette. I especially love sheep! Thanks for sharing and Happy Easter from the Island.


  37. Love your little lamb!

    - The Tablescaper

  38. What a lovely collection of photos and ideas!
    Just love the little details like the lamb-
    Happy Easter!

  39. So much to look at and so beautiful! I'm in love with the little lamb on your tray! Love your style.
    ~ Megin of VMG206

  40. All the photos from The Vintage Suitcase are study worthy. I love your more rustic tray and what looks to be a cast iron sheep!

  41. Debra, the tray worked perfect on the table. I love everything you've corralled in it. I have a couple trays and love playing around with them. I adore your sweet lamb. I am on the look out for a couple to go on an old cupboard. No luck yet. The Open House sounds like a dream. Wish I lived close. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  42. Debra, Such a pretty tray. Everything is so beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing at Simple & Sweet Fridays.


  43. That tray has a great look! Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home!


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