Natural inspiration

Natural inspiration

Alexandra Grant, To Vogue or Bust

"I love striking a balance between feminine and minimalism, so having some element of fresh prettiness (flowers or an exotic tropical leaf) with other natural elements like marble or wood makes me feel right at home."

Marble phone case: Casetify
Candle: Voluspa Blanc de Blancs
Nebulizer: Saje

Our favourite local designers and bloggers reveal how they dress up the centrepiece of their living room

Our favourite local designers and bloggers reveal how they dress up the centrepiece of their living room

Simply sweet

Tessa Sam, Sweet Bake Shop

"I'm always on the go and I really like to come home to a space that feels comfortable. My coffee table is a simple marble-top piece, which I love because I eat on it and it's easy to clean. Fresh flowers and pretty baking books add a little colour, candles scent the room and, of course, there's always something sweet nearby."

Peonies: Flower Factory
Coffee table books: Chapters
Tea cup: Chapters
Plate: Miss Etoile
Candle: Vancouver Candle Co.
Cupcakes: Sweet Bake Shop

Soft focus

Soft focus

Erin Sousa, The Sparkle

"My tufted ottoman is the centre of our living space and since it's not a flat surface, I use my acrylic tray to keep all of my items corralled. Fresh blooms, a candle and my fave decor mags are the essentials I always have on hand (with enough room to place wine glasses for evenings at home, of course)."

Tray: West Elm
Pineapple Tumbler: Design Darling
Magazine: Domino
Flowers: Flower Factory
Vase: The Cross Decor & Design
Candle: Diptyque

Pretty with purpose

Pretty with purpose

Monika Hibbs, Monika Hibbs

"My coffee table is one of my favourite areas in my home to style, but it can be a challenge at times too. I like to keep my accessories balanced with statement books, coasters, a candle and fresh flowers when I can. Creating a coffee table vignette that's both functional and beautiful is the perfect way to create a focal point in your room."

Candle: Diptyque
Vase: Sur la table
Coasters: West Elm
Books: Chloe Attitudes; Allegra Hicks: An Eye for Design; Fashion: 150 Years of Couturiers, Designers, Labels; American Modern

Fresh and fragrant

Fresh and fragrant

Tessa Garcia, Cake for Breakfast

"Fresh flowers are a must on my coffee table and I love switching up the type of bloom with each season. I also keep either a candle or some of my favourite scents to quickly fill the room with a sweet aromaand, of course, a fashion mag for some light reading"

Tray: Gluckstein Home
Scents: Jo Malone Velvet Rose & Oud and Mermaid
Magazine: Vogue
Vase: purchased at an antique market, similar ones available at The Cross

Eclectic

Eclectic

Jennifer Scott, A Good Chick To Know

“I believe that a space should speak of its people. My decor is eclectic, comprised of family heirlooms, vintage treasures and other pieces that make me feel something. The coffee table itself is one of my most treasured decor items; it belonged to my grandmother, who epitomized chic, and I remember as a young girl thinking how glamorous this table was.

"Ambient lighting is a must for a well-designed space, and my coffee table is never complete without a grouping of beautiful candles. Natural crystals are another item that are an essential part of my decor; on my coffee table, I have an assortment of tangerine quartz, clear quartz and amethyst paired with a few vintage brass meditation altar pieces, all housed within an antique Indian pink marble dish.

"Although not a part of my tabletop decor, my Moroccan poufs are a definite must around my coffee table. Perfect for intimate gatherings (and kids!) the poufs tuck discreetly under the edges of the table and can be pulled out whenever extra seating is required. I picked up my poufs while travelling Morocco, but identical ones can be found at The Cross Decor & Design.”

Comparable coffee table: MINT Interiors
Comparable candle holders: Atkinson's Vancouver
Crystals: The Crystal Ark on Granville Island and Peridot Decorative Homeware
Moroccan pouf: The Cross Decor & Design