By Anna Kocharian

Published on March 30, 2016

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Photography by MICHAEL WILTBANK

produced & styled by ANNA KOCHARIAN
photography by  MICHAEL WILTBANK

Whether you prefer the clean cut minimalist look or the more fully “styled” maximalist one, no coffee table is complete without a few personal details. We took on the challenge of attempting to style ours for $10 or less! Spoiler alert: it can be done. Take a look!

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THE BOOK WRAP

Repurpose an ordinary stack of books into an eye-catching accent for the coffee table using graphic wrapping paper. We opted for threecomplementary prints ($6.50 for two sheets!) with a floral motif to wrap our mini coffee table titles. Pair the stack with fresh flowers, candles, or various small decorative accents from around the house.

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Recreate the look sans wrapping paper, with a stack of ombre-colored books.

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THE DECONSTRUCTED BOUQUET

While a bouquet of flowers may be too formal for a coffee table, a few simple tweaks can transform a potentially overpowering bunch into delicate posys fit for the living room!

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  1. Disassemble the bouquet and sort by flower type. For the vibrantly colored variety, you can sort by colors as well. Our ($8.99!) arrangement consisted of mums, wax flowers, and a filler.
  2. Snip the stems to allow for shorter flower clusters that will fit within shallow vessels.
  3. House the sorted florals in upcycled vessels, vintage teacups, bottles – and whatever else you can find around the house!
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THE FRAMED TRAY

Upcycle a framed print to double as a coffee table tray! Simply take out the existing image within a frame with a glass insert, and replace with wrapping paper or fabric. We opted for a muted floral print and a sleek white frame.

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Pair the look with a candle and matches – we got ours from a local dive bar – along with a small handful of freshly picked flowers from an outdoor garden.

WRAPPING PAPER Snow & Graham $6.50 snowandgraham.com