Architectural salvage can make for excellent tabletop decor. Here, a baluster crafted from an old Victorian staircase is given new life as a traditional candleholder. To outfit it for holding candles, a small wooden plaque is used as the footer and a pillar candle plate is added to the top.
Designer Sandra Espinet brings your family vacation home for the holidays. For this project you will need: shells, sand, a candleholder, a pillar candle and potpourri. First, collect about 30 shells from the beach and gather sand in a pail. Buy a large candleholder and a pillar candle or refurbish something you already own. Pour the sand into the candleholder. Place the candle in the middle of the sand. Place the shells inside the candleholder to surround the candle. Finally, for a fresh scent, add potpourri around the shells.
Broad, industrial windows and exposed brick walls form the backdrop of this open-concept living space. Crisp, geometric lines in the modern furnishings echo the windows' grid, while a subtly textured rug anchors the seating area and softens the space. Complementary hues of blue and orange pop against neutral grays and browns.
Built in shelving creates a frame perfectly suited to surround this cozy pastel blue sofa. Coral floral throw pillows add a pop of accent color and compliment the brighter tones used in the painting mounted above. A striped ottoman doubles as a coffee table to finish the space.
Even when reusing existing items, such as this cocktail table and antique rug, you can decorate the table in a way that modernizes the look. As this table shows, look for a pair of heavy leaded glass candleholders, which designers Lance Jackson and David Ecton with Parker Kennedy Living say you can find affordably priced at local vintage stores or on websites such as Etsy.com. Then add in a piece of cut glass (this one is high-end turquoise, but you can find others on a lower end) to contrast with the glass candlestick holders. The books were already in their homeowner's collection.
Designers Lance Jackson and David Ecton with Parker Kennedy Living took the homeowner's existing coffee table, but to get this look, you can take a coffee table that you own or find a rectangle-shaped table at a yard sale or consignment shop, then just repaint the outer edge in gold. They added new accessories, such as these heavy leaded glass candleholders.