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Spring Coffee Table Decor

The first official day of spring is March 20, but I’m craving spring decor in my home right now. Today I’m sharing my spring coffee table decor.

I’m sharing my spring coffee table decor for this month’s Pinterest Challenge.

Each month Cindy from County Road 407 selects a picture from Pinterest and challenges our group to create our own version of the look.

If you arrived here from DIY Beautify, welcome! Cindy and I have been blogging friends for a long while. If you’ve never visited her Texas home, be sure to do so today.

Our Inspiration for this Challenge

The theme for this month’s challenge is spring decorated console or sofa table and our inspiration comes from Amanda Marie of Sincerely Marie Designs.

Black console table decorated for spring

Amanda decorated her sofa table for spring and it looks wonderful.

The design elements that Amanda Marie used to decorate her spring table include:

  • Spring floral centerpiece on a white plate
  • Brass birds
  • Stacks of books
  • Statue
  • Candle
  • Plant atomizer
  • Brass tchotchke under a small cloche (Click on Amanda’s post to see this.)

After seeing Amanda’s beautiful sofa table, I shopped my basement to create my own version.

Spring Coffee Table Decor

I love how my spring coffee table decor turned out and I’m looking forward to soon getting the rest of my home decorated for spring.

Coffee table decorated for spring with a flower arrangement in a basket, stacks of books, a blue antique insulator, carved bird, and an antique pocket watch under a glass cloche

The challenge this month was to decorate a sofa or console table for spring, but since I have neither, I decorated our family room coffee table.

This coffee table is part of a 1968 set of furniture that my parents purchased when they first got married. I colored many a picture, played endless card games, worked many puzzles, and had many snacks at this table as a child and teen. My end tables and lamps are from the same 1968 furniture purchase. Mama still has and uses the sofa, recliner, and chair and ottoman that came with the set.

Spring Table Centerpiece

The first thing that I did to decorate my spring coffee table was to create a centerpiece similar to Amanda Marie’s.

Spring flower arrangement in a woven basket on a coffee table

I shared a step-by-step tutorial for how I made this centerpiece earlier this week.

Amanda Marie displayed her centerpiece on a white plate with a pair of brass birds.

Instead of a white plate, I used an antique ironstone platter that belonged to my grandmother. I don’t have brass birds, so instead I displayed a hand carved bird that also was my grandmother’s beside the platter.

Granny loved to go to craft shows and I have a feeling that she purchased this bird in the 1980s or perhaps the 1990s. It was carved by Hugh A. White. I searched for information about him and found none other than this carving.

Hand carved bird displayed with S. Allen Chambers Lynchburg an Architectural History book and Lynchburg, A Pictorial History Book

After the centerpiece was made, I moved on to decorating the rest of the coffee table for spring.

Spring flower arrangement sitting on an Ironstone platter on a slate 1960s coffee table

Spring Coffee Table Decorations

Amanda Marie filled her sofa table with stacks of home decor books accented with decorative items.

Since I was working with a coffee table instead of a sofa table or console table, I didn’t have room for multiple stacks of books, so I flanked my flower arrangement with two stacks of books.

Coffee table decorated for spring with a flower arrangement in a basket, stacks of books, a blue antique insulator, carved bird, and an antique pocket watch under a glass cloche

I don’t collect decorator books so instead I used books that have meaning to me.

On the left side of the coffee table, I used these books: Southern Gardener’s Handbook and Wild Flowers of America.

The Wild Flowers of America book has the most gorgeous illustrations. This was my grandmother’s book and my aunt let me have it when Granny moved into a retirement home.

The Southern Gardener’s Handbook was given to me several years ago and it is a book that I really enjoy. Since it’s now on my coffee table, I’m going to reread it in preparation for gardening this spring.

1953 Wild Flowers of America book by H.W. Rickett illustrated by Mary Vaux Walcott displayed with a Southern Gardener's Handbook by Troy Marden, a 1980s glass cat, and a Lynchburg, VA blue insulator manufactured by the Lynchburg Glass Cooperation between 1923 and 1925.

Amanda Marie used a glass plant atomizer on one of her stacks of books and a statue beside her flower arrangement.

I don’t own a glass plant atomizer or a statue, so I searched my basement for something to substitute for these items.

My book stack is decorated with a Lynchburg, VA glass insulator and a glass cat. I love cats and one of my cousins gave me this glass cat in the 1980s.

Lynchburg, VA glass insulator manufactured by Lynchburg Glass Cooperation between 1923 and 1925 displayed with a 1980s glass cat

The insulator is extra special because it was made where I live, in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Lynchburg, VA glass insulator manufactured by Lynchburg Glass Cooperation between 1923 and 1925

These insulators were manufactured by the Lynchburg Glass Cooperation between November 1923 and May 1925 and distributed all over the world.

Mama gave me my insulator but if you are local and you want one, this Lynchburg glass insulator is available on Etsy.

Coffee table decorated for spring with a flower arrangement in a basket, stacks of books, a blue antique insulator, carved bird, and an antique pocket watch under a glass cloche

On the right side of the coffee table, I used two more books, both local to Lynchburg, VA.

Hand-carved bird displayed with S. Allen Chambers Lynchburg an Architectural History book and Lynchburg, A Pictorial History Book and an antique pocket watch displayed on a 1960s slate topped coffee table

Lynchburg, An Architectural History by S. Allen Chambers is a book that fascinates me. This book is filled with pictures of old Lynchburg homes and gives the history behind each home including information about the architects who designed them.

I live next door to one of the homes featured in this book and if you read my Stitch Fix posts, you’ve probably seen a glimpse of the front of it.

The house is on 9 acres and only the front is visible from the street.

There is a strip of heavy bamboo and trees between my house and this house, so I have no view of any of the property although I know what it looks like because I walked around it years ago when the house was for sale.

The current owners had landscaping done by Southern Landscapes and I found a picture of its backyard here. Do you know how much I would like to crawl through that bamboo to see this backyard in person? Look at it lit up at night!

Mr. SP bought this book when he first moved to town and I’m glad he did because any time I want information on an old Lynchburg home, I use this book.

I bought the Lynchburg, A Pictorial History at a book sale fundraiser at the YMCA.

Hand carved bird displayed with S. Allen Chambers Lynchburg an Architectural History book and Lynchburg, A Pictorial History Book and an antique pocket watch

Amanda Marie decorated one of her book stacks with a small cloche over a brass tchotchke. My small cloche displays my husband’s German maternal great-grandfather’s pocket watch.

This is Karl Nickel, owner of the pocket watch under the glass dome.  We believe that this photo is from the late 1800’s.

Karl Nickel

Family Room Spring Vignettes

After I decorated the coffee table, I created a few more spring vignettes in our family room.

Decorated for spring 1960s coffee table

On this end table, I created a simple spring vignette using a vase that my good friend Becky gave me, a bowl that my niece bought for me in Greece, and a bird pottery piece that belonged to my grandmother.

Spring vignette with a blue and white vase filled with Forsythia, a small blue bowl, and a vintage pottery piece that looks like a birdhouse.

I’m not sure how long this vignette will stay in this spot because Easter is less than six weeks away and I don’t want to miss enjoying Easter decorations. Click here to see how I’ve decorated for Easter in past years.

I quickly decorated the table beside Mr. SP’s sofa for spring with an Easter vignette. Instead of holding candy, the rabbit bowl holds dog treats for Sherman.

Easter vignette including a family picture with the easter rabbit, carved wood rabbit candy dish, McCoy basket with bird nest, and an oil lamp with a glass shade with flowers on it.

I’m so happy to have a touch of spring in my home and I’m especially happy that I felt well enough to create it.

The next blogger sharing her version of our inspiration picture is Kristen from White Arrows Home. Kristen lives on a lake in the Northwoods of Wisconsin, and like me, she loves to decorate with vintage. I can’t wait to see what she created for this challenge!

More Projects to Enjoy

Many thanks to Cindy for organizing this fun monthly challenge!

Click on the links below to visit each blogger who is sharing their version of our inspiration picture.

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67 Comments

  1. I always enjoy these Pinterest challenges. I rarely decorate my coffee table because everything would soon be swept away to make room for 3 remote controls, drinks, snacks, and feet! HA

    1. I totally get that, Wendy! In all honesty, I most likely will remove the stacks of books and all of the decorations except the centerpiece pretty soon. We use our coffee table just like you do.

  2. HI PAULA, I LOVE THE STORY BEHIND THE COFFEE TABLE. WHAT A JOY TO HAVE THAT PIECE IN YOUR HOME TODAY. THE FLORAL ARRANGEMENT LOOKS PERFECT SO I NEED TO CIRCLE BACK AND FIND THAT POST. LOVE THE BOOKS TOO! GIVE SHERMAN A HUG FROM CHLOE AND ELLIOTT (ELLIOTT HAD ALLERGY ATTACK THE OTHER NIGHT AND CHLOE HAS A TOOTH ABSCESS AND NEEDS SURGERY THURSDAY).

    1. Thank you so much, Laura! I hope that Chloe and Elliott feel much better very soon. It’s terrible when our fur babies aren’t feeling good.

    1. Thank you so much, Laura! They bought the furniture after getting married in August 1968 and I came along in 1969, so I definitely grew up with this furniture. The Pinterest Challenge is so much fun and each month I always look forward to seeing yours.

  3. Your centerpiece is a stunner Paula, and I love the stories behind your pieces! Those pieces with history are the best parts of our decor aren’t they!

    1. I agree! I love decor with a history. The organ bench that you used this month is a perfect example of using something that has special meaning to you.

    1. Thank you, Susan! The UVA pathology didn’t show anything new, so now I really need the Foundation One test to show a targetable mutation. I so much appreciate your prayers and your support.

  4. Paula, your spring table vignette is lovely! The little bird from your granny made me smile! He’s so cute and I love that he has a family connection for you! I also love how you used the insulator. My mother-in-law used to collect them and I always thing I should pick up a couple when I see them at flea markets now. You’ve inspired me!

    I’d love it if you want to share your spring table at my Sundays on Silverado Link Party, too, which is open now. 🌷
    Niky @ The House on Silverado

    1. Thank you, Niky! My mom gave me all of my insulators. She purchased or found them over the years and still has bunches, even though she’s given me a lot of hers. They make stands where you display them upside down, so the inside of the insulator makes a bowl to use to decorate or to hold candy. I really enjoy using insulators in vignettes year round.

  5. I’m glad you are feeling better Paula. I love how you use local products and antiques in your displays. I always enjoy hearing about the history. That home next door to you is stunning! Yes, I would love to be a Butterfly flying around there. πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much, Lynda! I love using my inherited treasures and local treasures that I’ve collected over the years. I have a secret hope that the house next door will eventually be on the spring VA Garden Club tour. That would be the perfect opportunity for me to see it. I see the owner of the house at the Y a lot, maybe one day I will get brave and ask him if he will show me around his yard.

  6. Love the history of that wonderful table and I also really like the way you interpreted the inspiration pic. That little bird is a keeper too. I have you in my prayers and will continue to lift you up. God Bless.

  7. This is so beautiful Paula! I really enjoyed hearing that you used to color and play games at that same table when you were a child. And I love all the family connections with the pieces you used. Your centerpiece is gorgeous my friend. You did such a beautiful job.

    1. Thank you so much, Kim! It’s pretty crazy to look around my house and to realize how little furniture I have purchased in my life. I’ll take an antique any day over something new. Except for sofas and chairs, I like new an comfy for those!

  8. What a beautiful vignette, Paula! I enjoy the stories behind all of your treasures as much as I enjoy the treasures. You have such a talent for creating beautiful spaces.
    Thanks for sharing your beautiful home with us,
    Suzanne

    1. Thank you so much, Suzanne! Having my blog motivates me to decorate and it gives me purpose, plus it keeps me very busy, all good things.

  9. I can see you now playing cards and doing puzzles on that table. How fun to have that piece and such great memories. Your PC turned out wonderfully! So springy and pretty. I have several transformers but you know what? I’ve never looked at them closely for a name or anything. I’ll do that soon. Always love reading your blog. I learn something new each time. Thanks for joining us! Pinned!

    1. Let me know if by chance Lynchburg is on any of your insulators. That would be crazy if it is! Thank you so much organizing the Pinterest Challenge. It is one of my favorite blog days of the month.

  10. Always love reading your posts. I can totally see you going to your architecture book and researching to find out about homes in your neighborhood. We should have totally gone and peeked through the bamboo while I was there! Love your centerpiece, and you totally rocked the book replacement! Pinned!

    1. When you visit again, we will crawl through the bamboo to take a peek at that backyard. I *think* my next door neighbor may have a view of it from her back porch. I am going to ask her the next time I see her. Me being the nosy person that I am would love any glimpse of that backyard that I can get.

  11. I love your spring vignette, Paula! I learned a few things, too. I had no idea what a glass insulator was nor that the little spray bottle was called an atomizer. I’m fascinated by things like that and went off to google what an insulator was. So thankful that you felt well enough to participate in the challenge this month, and I continue to pray you are able to do more of the things you enjoy.

    1. Thank you so much, Crissy! I was sad that you and Julie couldn’t participate this month. Let me know if you spot any insulators when you visit Texas antique shops in your area.

  12. Paula, your table is so full of meaningful treasures. The arrangement is thoughtful and so interesting. Your centerpiece is lovely and the perfect focal point. Happy to be hopping with you, sweet friend.

    1. Thank you so much, Carol! I really liked what you created for this month’s challenge. Pinterest Challenge day is so much fun!

  13. Love how your floral arrangement turned out, Paula, and that little bird; how precious. Yes, with Easter so early this year, I feel like I need to get started with that….but I’m not ready yet:( Hopefully if it keeps on melting here!

    1. Thank you so much, Lora! I definitely like it when Easter is later in April so that there is more time to enjoy the decor.

    1. Thank you, Christy! I love having pillow covers to use for each season. The pink velvet ones are from Amazon and the floral ones I made.

  14. Paula, I am so glad that you have a few pieces of furniture from your mom’s home! One of the pieces I wanted from my parents was the Japanese carved teakwood bar that my dad bought (again, like your parents, a whole suite of furniture) on a TDY trip to Okinawa with the USAF when we were moving from Hawaii to California in 1974. I would polish the bar for my mom so I always felt like it was mine! I like the pieces you have on your coffee table, too. Good memories and the books look really interesting! I’d be on your sofa for hours reading and you could just go about your day…

    Enjoy your early spring decor,
    Hugs,
    Barb πŸ™‚

    p.s. Glad you are feeling well! <3

      1. Hi Paula, yes I did! After my father died, UPS was by then shipping bigger items so I was able to haul it down in my parents’ van to the local UPS in Southbury, CT, and the staff there crated it and about a week later, it arrived just fine!!! It sits in our front room… waiting for me to polish it again this week over spring break. πŸ™‚

        Off to get this week’s SYS ready for this evening,
        Hugs,
        Barb πŸ™‚

  15. Beautiful interpretation of this challenge! I love your flower arrangement and that sweet little wooden bird. How wonderful to have your childhood coffee table, and it is in such beautiful shape! Love all your little spring vibes around the room!

  16. Paula, you always have the most interesting and pretty items in your home. I love that you used books and decor that means something to you. The tables that your parents bought when they were first married are so classic and timeless. And that pocket watch with the photo is priceless. Love that floral arrangement too. Thanks for the beautiful inspiration!

  17. I always love how much of your decor is family heirlooms. It all has such wonderful story! I love your arrangement and I love how you used the insulator. I love those and am always looking for ways to use them in pretty ways like you did!

  18. Always enjoy your posts and I’m glad Sherman has his bowl of treats! Our late dog would NEVER have left a bowl of anything edible alone! Must have missed the post with your health news, but I pray for you daily.

  19. Paula, I love everything about this post…from the flowers to the books to the insulator and vignettes…gorgeous. I love your storytelling and I think a pre-K around that bamboo is in order!!

    1. Thank you so much, Leslie! I should just get brave and ask my neighbor the next time I see him if I could see his backyard. If I was the neighbor and had spent what he spent doing that landscaping, I would be happy to show it to anyone who was interested.

  20. I love that you used the glass insulator in your tablescape. I have tons of those laying around but never thought to incorporate them into my decor. I’m inspired now to use them. Thank you so much for sharing. πŸ™‚

    1. I am glad that I inspired you. I love the shape of them and they make a pretty accent in a vignette. I also have used them on my mantel. If you want to see how, here is the link:

  21. I’m glad you stopped over for Share Your Style last week, Paula!! I am sharing your post at SYS #294 this evening. πŸ™‚ Love your little bird!!! I forgot to tell you (or maybe I did) that my father was given a carved bird upon his retirement. My mother was in on it and helped get the little American goldfinch ordered. It is life size and now lives with me. I have had it since Daddy passed 24 years ago this coming June. πŸ™‚

    Hope you are doing well! Nice to see you had a lot of visitors to this post,
    Hugs,
    Barb πŸ™‚

    1. What an amazing gift to commission a hand-carved goldfinch for your dad. December will mark 24 years ago that my dad passed away. We both lost our dads at a young age. Thank you so much for featuring me this week at Share Your Style. I so much appreciate it!

  22. I love your spring living room, Paula. The floral arrangement you created is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing at Celebrate Your Story! Link Party. You’re been featured this week πŸ™‚

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