Styling A Coffee Table: Fall Decor Tips & Tricks

Learn how to style the perfect coffee table for fall!

We make fall coffee table styling fun and easy with our key tips and tricks. In this post, we’re sharing all our best decorating ideas to create a gorgeous fall vignette. Let’s get started!

fall decor focus on coffee table and purple mums

Styling A Coffee Table: Fall Decor Tips & Tricks

Welcome to our Fall Coffee Table Tour. We think styling a coffee table shouldn’t be a chore. Jodie and I hope we can make it fun and easy with these tips & tricks. We are ready to share our decorating ideas so you can create your own masterful coffee table vignettes.

Hopefully you’ll take away some general techniques for styling and tips for how we achieve our end results, as well as specific ideas to use for your own table-top vignettes.

Finally, we provide sources so you can find similar pieces we’ve used on our tables and in our decor. First Jodie’s, then Julies. Welcome to the tour.

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Jodie’s Coffee Table

What’s on my coffee table? Actually, I’m excited just to have a coffee table. When we decided to join in this monthly Coffee Table Blog Tour, my initial response was excitement. My second thought was sheer panic when I realized I had been masquerading my ottoman as a coffee table all this time. After I had calmed down and gone through my brainstorm of options, I was left with one truly brilliant idea. I don’t know why I hadn’t thought of it ages ago. You guessed it; it was time for a swap. I traded my ottoman in my family room for my more formal table from the formal living room, which isn’t actually formal at all. Voila, a new coffee table. I’m so excited to reveal it to you for this occasion.

For more fall decorating ideas take a look at our other fall decorating blog posts:

Welcome Fall with Easy and Affordable Decor

Fall Decorating Tips to Create Creative Cozy Home

Wishing You a Warm Welcome to My Festive Fall Home

Want 3 Fresh Ideas to Make Fall Decor Fabulous?

How to Decorate For Fall Like a Professional


coffee table center focus for fall decor

The Table

Here is how the coffee table looks in the room.

I love it from a purely aesthetic perspective. It really balances the white couch and the brightness of the room, grounding the room.

The detail of the carved door (which unfortunately you can’t see from these pics) and the reflection of the glass add more elegance and drama to my casual setting.

And, from a functional perspective, I love how big it is.

With the ottoman, I never had enough places for decor and a place to put my water glass. It feels like I upgraded to the Cadillac of all coffee tables.

Now I have plenty of room for my decor, my flowers and maybe the occasional dinner in front of the TV scenario. Like that ever actually happens.

fall coffee table styled with purple mums and velvet pumpkin

Begin with Color

What’s on my coffee table? I wanted to lead with a fun, rich flower color to go with the purple velvet pumpkins I found.

Violet mums, a mercury glass pumpkin and my all-time favorite go-to tray, this Moroccan style white wood and mirrored tray from World Market.

coffee table styled with books and a tray full of decor items

How to Decorate The Coffee Table for Fall

  • White pumpkins for the season are a must.
  • I have pumpkins of all shapes and sizes, real and faux, of all different colors.
  • The wire basket adds more texture as do the natural wood beads.
  • Another coffee table essential are candles. Lit or unlit their fragrance gives us all the fall feels.

This one is Black Fig from Agape (my personal fav), but I love the fall scents. Don’t even get me started on her year-round collection. These candles are affordable luxury you cannot pass up.

Beautiful inside and out, these candles are just like their maker, our dear friend Rachel.

More Coffee Table Options

  • Coffee table books are a staple, and no self-respecting coffee table should be caught without them.
  • My white ceramic pitcher and two-week old hydrangeas.

Side Note: After killing every bunch of grocery store hydrangeas I ever bought, I swore off them. For over a year I didn’t buy them. When I couldn’t stand it anymore, I decided I was going to try again.

I researched how to handle them without allowing them to wilt. Ever since they last 2-3 weeks for me every time I buy them. If there is interest, I will write an easy blog post about it. Let me know in the comments.

Let’s Talk About Pillows

Beyond my coffee table is my 12-year-old pottery barn off-white couch.

It may have seen better days (surviving two dogs and two boys), but it is the perfect backdrop for my true obsessions: pillows.

I love neutrals and I love texture, so this is where I really love to indulge. “Background” pillows I often find at Target and HomeGoods, but my “Starlet” pillows are handmade treasures from Bianca with lavender and grace. This link is for your shopping convenience.


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And my chandelier. Can we have a moment of silence for my chandy? You know what I love best about it? It was a gift from my sister.

Beyond the Couch

Beyond the couch are my re-purposed frames that I stole from my boys’ rooms.

I decide to create this wall collage of botanical prints.

I swapped out my boxwood wreath for this old book page wreath that I crafted last year. It’s the same color as wheat and goes perfectly with my neutral/texture obsession.

Julie’s Coffee Table

coffee table wood tray rustic design

Begin with a Theme

How do I style my coffee table?

I like to choose a theme for cohesion.

This month my theme is natural Fall.

Fall means so many different things.

For this table I choose to express fall through natural decor. I love using elements from nature, and Fall is the perfect time to draw inspiration from the great outdoors.

The Fall Table Elements

Here are the elements I chose:

  • a faux evergreen plant in a rustic-looking basket
  • pumpkins
  • a bird
  • seed
  • antlers
  • a wreath.

These all represent the theme: nature.  In addition, I have a tray that is rustic and very natural-looking. The books are a neutral building block.

Coffee table styled with neutral elements with lots of texture

Choosing A Color Palette

I know it looks like everything is floating; that’s my glass coffee table.

Keeping the colors soft and neutral, I wanted more than just a “sea of white.”

So, along with the natural colors provided by the antlers and wood, I decided to bring in soft greens.

I added this Pottery Barn green pumpkin CANDLE, yes, it’s a candle. I’ve had it for years. The other pumpkin has a bit of green in it as well. And the grass wreath carries the soft green again.

The evergreen plant supplies a darker green hue which compliments the color scheme.

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Next, I love to add interest by using a variety of textures.

Lots of texture is added by the wheat bunch on the tray and the grass/wheat wreath.

The rustic reclaimed wood tray is all about texture: so real and raw. It is a new addition to my table. It’s amazing. I call it my “traveling tray” because it looks good everywhere.

This tray goes great with my natural theme and is a perfect stage for my rustic antler candle holder. I love repeating the theme of the antlers on the pillow, because it ties things together, don’t you think?

Happy decorating!

jodie & julie

Be sure to visit all our friends’ homes!


Style That Coffee Table Blog Hop

Crazy Chic Design  |  Styled With Lace  |  2 Ladies & A Chair  |  Happy Happy Nester

Lindsay Hill Interiors  |  Maison de Cinq  |  Designs by Laila  |  Oscar Bravo Home

She Leaves a Little Sparkle  |   Mod Max Glam  |  Meme Hill


coffee table styled with neutral fall decor


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  1. Amie Freling says:

    Hi ladies! So beautiful and I love Bianca’s pillows! The plum velvet pumpkin is a keeper!

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Thank you so much Amie! Your praise makes us feel so good. We love the opportunity to become friends through our blog hop and IG connections. Friendship, inspiration, and support…what more could we wish for? We feel simply blessed to be on this journey together. Wishing you all the best, Julie & Jodie

  2. Ladies, your tables look great! Love both of your color schemes! Green of course is my favorite color and I’m looking to add purples and berry colors for winter 🙂 great tips Julie and Jodie!

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Hi Oscar, Your praise means the world to us! Jodie and I have long admired your true talent, and visiting your coffee table feature was no exception! I always learn from you!! So obviously, it is such an honor to be working along side you on this blog hop! We look forward to continuing on this shared journey and lots of inspiration to come! All the best, Julie & Jodie

      • Brenda says:

        Thank you ladies! I enjoyed looking at both your coffee tables and the article. Yes, please post something on preserving hydrangea as I have a beautiful one and would be interested in preserving as well.

  3. Sheila Irwin says:

    Ladies! You really outdid yourselves! Jodie, love your mix of mercury glass and the white pumpkins. Everything looks so clean and elegant! And Julie, I love that yours is so different, but equally beautiful! The touches of nature are wonderful and I especially love the antlers and the little bird!

    Wonderful styling ladies – can’t wait to see what you do next month!


    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Sheila, Your kind praise really feels amazing, because we both LOVE your style! Being connected through this blog hop is such a great experience and a real honor. We look forward to learning and growing together! It is a true blessing to feel your friendship and support both here and on IG. Lovingly, Julie & Jodie

  4. Summer says:

    Yay!!! I think it’s letting me leave my comment this time! I don’t know what was wrong in the past but it was probably just my Internet connection. First of all, so excited to join you again on this lovely blog. Even more excited that we are doing a blog hop together… Our first ever!

    Jodie, your table swap it was brilliant and I absolutely love the purples for fall and the mercury glass. And I absolutely did have a moment of silence for that gorgeous chandelier LOL! You know how much I love them so!

    Julie, I love your rustic version it with a beautiful pumpkins and antlers… It just felt so warm and cozy and yet elegant at the same time! You are both amazing and I love you so much! Honored to do this with you today and excited for this journey of yours! Y’all always inspire! And thank you so much for your kind words. Can’t wait to see what y’all do again next month! Muah ?

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Summer, I hope you already know how Jodie and I feel about you!! Love, admiration, inspiration, true friendship…all things are very real for us, and it’s how we feel about you! You are the gold standard, My Love! Thank you for setting a beautiful example and for your gorgeous support. It means the world to us! We hope you feel our support in equal measure. God bless you Darling Friend, Julie & Jodie

  5. Kim Hazel says:

    Julie and Jodie, Wow, both of you hit it out of the park with your coffee table styling! Such practical easy tips with some special elements to illustrate them , thank you!


    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Thank you so much Kim! We love learning from you, so hearing your words of praise is powerful! Being connected to you here and on IG feels like blessing after blessing. We look forward to growing and learning and being inspired…together! Much love, Julie & Jodie

  6. Your home is so Fall perfect! I just want to cozy up on that beautiful couch & sip some hot cocoa!! 😀 Have a great weekend girls!! xoxo

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Laila, Your sweet support means so much to us! You inspire us greatly, so we are just honored by your words. Jodie and I look forward to many more opportunities to share inspiration both from our blog connections and on IG. Keep sharing your love and passion, Girl! Blessings, Julie & Jodie

  7. Janine says:

    Jodie and Julie,
    What a wonderful post! Your coffee tables are perfectly decorated and I thoroughly enjoyed catching a glimpse into your beautiful homes! I can’t wait to see your next post!

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Janine, You are such a wonderful friend and a true blessing from above. Now, “working” together is like a dream come true. We learn so much from you and your heart is the greatest inspiration. Your generosity of spirit is something to behold. You lead by example, and we just adore you! Lovingly, Julie & Jodie

  8. Susana says:

    Beautiful styling, Julie and Jodie and I loved how you both shared your tips and tricks!
    Jodie – I feel your pain on the ottoman :), but I don’t have a formal room and having an ottoman as a family is just too comfortable 🙂 Your “new” coffee table looks fabulous in its new spot.

    I’m already looking forward to seeing everyone’s ideas next month!

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Thank you so much, Susana! We love the chance to “work together” for this blog hop. We’ve already been inspired so much by all of you. Honored and excited to be sharing this adventure. Blessings, Julie & Jodie

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Susanna, Thank you so much sweet friend! We are looking forward too! It’s so great to be connected like this. We feel like we are all learning so much through the shared inspiration! Thank you for your kind words. They mean so much coming from a great stylist like yourself. Blessings, Julie & Jodie

  9. These are such fabulous coffee styling tips, Jodie and Julie. I love both of your tables – so different and both so beautiful! Thanks for the inspiration and the tips!! ???

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Hi Laura, Thank you so much for making it to our blog, for your sweet compliments and for taking the time to leave a comment. I’m headed to work right now but I am definitely going to check out your blog. You inspire me…I love your profile: “designer, blogger, dreamer” Your recent photo of your outdoor table is beyond words incredible. I can’t wait to learn more from you! And I see you are in Mass. Jodie and I grew up in Darien, CT, so East Coast Girls by origin, hee hee! Much love and admiration, Julie & Jodie

      • Aww, thanks ladies! It means so much to me that you stopped by my feed!! ☺️ I’ve only been to the west coast once, but my goodness, was it ever incredible. The world sure is a magnificent place. Thank you, thank you for your sweet words and encouragement!!

        • jjdesigntwins says:

          Laura, You are so talented and so genuine. I feel your true heart coming straight off your posts. And I just saw your outdoor table picture win for a challenge, and I am not surprised AT ALL! I was stunned and amazed by the beauty. Thank you for your kindness. I have a strong feeling that this is just the beginning of a beautiful friendship! God bless, Julie & Jodie

  10. Carin says:

    Hi Ladies! Carin here from The Weathered Home! We met this last weekend at the Redeemed Revival show :). So fun to start reading your blog! Love all the ideas. Jodie, I’d love to know your trick with the hydrangeas! They are my favorite!!!!! 🙂
    All the best,

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Hi Carin!! Oh we are so happy you made it to our blog! Thank you. What a treat it was to meet you this past weekend. We hope to be back in March, just working out the details. The sharing of inspiration and love was just incredible. We are overflowing and hope to pour it all back into our words and creativity on our blog. Thank you again for being a special light this weekend. We hope it is just the beginning of our friendship. With love and blessings, Julie & Jodie

  11. Joan says:

    Wow Julie and Jodie!!! Fabulous style and design. Jodie I love your use of color!! Purple is so pretty…but to have a purple velvet pumpkin is brilliant design!!! I like the way the purple pops with all the creamy white surrounding it. Jodie I love all the natural elements you use on your table. When I think of fall I do think of nature. So much texture and beauty. It’s beautifully arranged. Just gorgeous!

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Joan, Aw, Girl, thank you so much! Your sweet praise fills our hearts!! Coming from a master stylist it really makes us feel good. It is a pleasure and an honor to be sharing this blog hop. We are already so inspired, and we certainly look forward to lots more as the months go on! Lovingly, Julie & Jodie

  12. jjdesigntwins says:

    Hello Darling Rachel, This is Julie, so I don’t have the magical know-how for how to keep hydrangeas alive, but I’ll make sure Jodes follows up! Ha! We absolutely love our friendship and all your support. Like Janine, you seem to us an angel sent straight from heaven to show us Christ’s example every day. Words cannot describe what you mean to us…but we know that you already know in your heart. Sometimes words aren’t necessary. In Christ’s love, Julie & Jodie

  13. Napoleon says:

    Currently it sounds like Movable Type is the preferred blogging platform out there right now. (from what I’ve read) Is that what you’re using on your blog?

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Napoleon, Thank you for your inquiry and for visiting our blog. We don’t know what the preferred blogging platform is in the industry. We use WordPress. Best wishes, Julie & Jodie

  14. Allie O'Bray says:

    Hi Julie. Thanks for featuring my tray I made for you. It looks so beautiful. I love what you did with it. This tray is available is my online shop. As well as my instagram @Rusticpassion. Thanks again you are sooo talented.

    <3 Allie

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Hi Allie! You are so welcome. Talk about talented! I certainly can’t do what you do, so right back atcha! Everywhere I put your cool rustic tray it looks amazing, so I keep moving it around my house. Thank you again for making such a fabulous decor item for me. So glad to see you on our blog. I hope you enjoy our posts. The posts on how to use Instagram for success might be especially useful to help you grow your business. With love and blessings, Julie

  15. LonPMikrut says:

    Yes! Finally someone writes about articles.

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Hi Sara, Thank you for reading our blog and for your reply. We are so glad you like our style. Jodie and I are teachers and writers, so you can expect plenty of “wordiness” from us! Everyone has their own style, but I’m glad ours fits you! We hope you’ll come back often and read what we have to say. Thanks again.
      Most sincerely,
      Julie & Jodie

  16. JohnAZerom says:

    I absolutely love your web site.. Pleasant colors & theme.
    Would you create this site yourself? Please reply back as I’m planning to create my own personal blog and
    would like to find out the place you got this from or specifically what
    the theme is known as. Appreciate it!

  17. Hi! Do you know if they make any plugins to help with Search Engine Optimization? I’m trying to get my blog to rank for some targeted keywords but I’m not seeing very good gains. If you know of any please share. Cheers!

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Hi There, I am sorry that Jodie and I are still pretty new to blogging. We are still learning all the technical aspects. We need help in these areas as well. We certainly wish we were a wealth of knowledge in that department…at this point we might be asking you 🙂 If you learn it yourself please come back and share! We wish you blessings and great success with your blog. Julie & Jodie

  18. DorthyNOkano says:

    Heya! I understand this is sort of off-topic however I needed to
    ask. Does operating a well-established website such as yours require a lot of work?
    I am completely new to operating a blog but I do write in my diary daily.
    I’d like to start a blog so I will be able to share my own experience and views online.

    Please let me know if you have any kind of recommendations or tips
    for new aspiring blog owners. Thankyou!

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Hi There,
      Thank you so much for stopping by our blog and for your inquiry. The answer to your questions is slightly complex. Blogging is actually a lot more involved and a lot more complex than it appears. It is very computer technical. It is a lot more than writing. Learning how to blog is an ongoing art/science. There is so much “behind the scenes” that people don’t realize. If you just want to share online and you don’t really care how many people see it, you can just do that. But if you want it to be successful you probably need to hire someone to create it and you have to work other social media platforms like Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook in order to bring traffic. You also need to learn the science of SEO, Search Engine Optimization, so people can find your blog. To be successful you need to commit a lot of time, but if you are passionate about what you are doing it is worth it. Hope that helps even a little. Blessings, Julie

  19. eebest8 back says:

    “Im thankful for the blog article.Really looking forward to read more.”

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      I am so glad! Thank you for stopping by, reading, and taking the time to leave a kind reply. Jodie and I appreciate your support so much! We hope you will stop back often, as our goal is to hopefully share about 3 new blog posts a week. Thank you again, with love & gratitude, Julie & Jodie

  20. MartinTGushi says:

    Heya! I understand this is somewhat off-topic however I
    needed to ask. Does operating a well-established website such as yours take a lot of work?

    I am completely new to blogging however
    I do write in my journal daily. I’d like to start a blog so I will be
    able to share my experience and views online. Please let me know if you
    have any kind of ideas or tips for brand new aspiring blog owners.
    Appreciate it!

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Well Martin, Thank you for stopping by our blog. If you just want to write a blog for your own intrinsic rewards it can be fun and worthwhile (and not that much work). But if you are looking to really build a following and monetize it it’s A LOT of work. There is so much more than goes into building a blog than meets the eye. If you don’t care how “successful” it is and just want to share like I said, it’s fun and not too difficult. We wish you the best on your journey. With gratitude, Julie & Jodie

  21. Dawn Shaw says:

    Hey really nice article very informational.

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Dawn, Thank you so much! We love to see you here on our blog. Welcome! It always is our greatest reward to hear feedback from our readers. We appreciate your support and love that you found our article informative. We hope you will visit often. Please never hesitate to ask questions and always say “hi” when you can. With gratitude, Julie & Jodie

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  23. Sylvia Stewart says:

    Love the warmth and elegance of this look! And yes, please to sharing your hydrangea secret. I have several varieties in my yard and would love to make them last more than a few days!

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Thank you so much sweet friend! We are so glad to hear you enjoyed our post. Be sure to check out our other related floral arrangement posts for more information. Hope to hear from you again soon!
      Lots of love,
      Jodie & Julie

  24. Such great looks as always Julie and Jodie. I particularly liked the fall-themed tray, I’m going to have to try that one myself!

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Thank you for the kind words sweet friend! We are so glad you enjoyed this post and wish you the best of luck in your own fall styling!
      Lots of love,
      Jodie & Julie

  25. Donna says:

    Love the simplicity of your decorating!!! It gives me hope that I can do this!! May I ask where the white couch is from?? I am in the market for one. 💕

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Thank you so much, Donna. The couch is from Pottery Barn. They still sell the exact one. It’s the PB classic slipcover. Best, Jodie & Julie

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