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How To Style A Console Table; Dissecting The Design

Breaking Down The Details of a Beautiful, Functional Console
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How To Style A Console Table, Waiting On Martha Blog

A styled console table, whether that’s in the entryway, hallway, or living room is one of our favorite times form meets function in every home.  So we thought we’d spend today breaking down just how to style a console table.

The console table pictured above, as well as the console table seen here, are some of our top-pinned images of all time!  In order to achieve a pin-worthy and truly functional space, it’s helpful to understand the different components of console table decor.     

When it comes to the actual “how” in how to style a console table, think outside the box. And let’s not forget what a console table can actually do for your home. The possibilities are truly endless; in fact MKR’s favorite version of a console table is actually used as a bar in her home and a coffee bar in the office.

Similar to the endless possibilities of what a console table can do for you is the decor that a console table can hold.  Trays, flowers, candles and art; the styling combinations bring beauty and organization together in one easy sweep.  

Balance is key.  Varied height with table lamps, accents and plants, along with bold accents and multiple dimensions all work in tandem to unify the design.  And while this space can be completely customized to show off your personality, it lends itself to frequent redesign with a simple edit of accents.

To go into a bit more detail, below we’ve broken down all of the design elements that make this space beautiful.  We’d love to know if you love a console table as much as we do and how are you using your console table?! Cheers, Kat

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Safavieh Ambler Clear Console Table

Overstock, $238.49

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The Surface
By starting with the surface, you’ll determine how big of statements you’ll use for the rest of the decor and accents.  Here, MKR has utilized the modern, clean design of a glass console table as the blank canvas to allow room for a show-stopping lamp, colorful art and statement stool to really shine. 

Other gorgeous options include ornate tables like this blue raffia, this natural grasscloth, and this bone-inlay console table.

One thing to consider: some console tables like this one have a lower, second shelf.  This will allow for more styling space, but will limit the use of stools and ottomans. 

Fashion-Walk by Ana Gaion

Minted, $178

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Art
Think of oversize wall art as the anchor of this space.  A bright, bold piece centers the vignette and gives it the dimension it deserves.  

Don’t want to invest in an original piece just yet?  Check out Minted and One Kings Lane for beautiful options for framed prints and printed canvases.  

Dixon Table Lamp

One Kings Lane, $599

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The Lamp
The next piece is a no-brainer; the lamp.  Not only will you want a lighting source on in this styled vignette, you will need the added height and interest it brings.  A table lamp instantly unifies the art and the styled items on the table.  MKR incorporated a stunning Mary McDonald statement lamp to great effect. 

More gorgeous options include this gold bamboo table lamp, this gilded beauty by AERIN, and this simplistic, and really reasonably priced, white table lamp

Perry Pillow-Top Ottoman, Beige

One Kings Lane, $795

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Stools & Ottomans
This part is what makes the space so pin-worthy!  Stools and ottomans are the perfect marriage of form and function, and they really take the vignette to the next level. 

Whether that’s a Moroccan leather pouf, a set of X benches, the White Hand Stool from Waiting on Martha as pictured above, or two chinoiserie garden stools, this detail always helps tie the space together.  Not to mention, it gives you a place to set your bag in the entryway! 

The Big Book of Chic

Amazon, $75

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The Book Stack
A stack of books instantly delivers the balance on the table that you’re aiming for; arrange 1-2 stacks with a variety in sizes—they don’t have to be perfect!  Have fun with your book selection, picking out titles and covers that show your personality and interests.  And MKR always reminds us to incorporate a pop of red in a vignette; here she used Art of the 20th Century to do the trick. 

Book stacks also act as the perfect pedestal for your favorite accents like a balloon dog, these geometric objects, a brass skull or this gold urchin

28" Cymbidium in Pot, Faux

One Kings Lane, $99

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Something Fresh
You can never go wrong with fresh blooms or greenery in a styled vignette.  Here, an orchid provides another point of interest and added height.  If you find yourself with a green thumb, having a live plant gives you the perfect excuse to enjoy this styled space throughout your week!  And if you can’t ever keep a plant alive, consider a beautiful faux option like this one

Gold Banana Palm Leaf Large Tray

Waiting on Martha Home, $58

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For the Trinkets
When you’re considering how to make this space as functional as it is beautiful, don’t forget a place to stash your car keys, especially if the console table is in the hallway or entryway. Decorative boxes and trinket dishes, like this one and this one, are the perfect additions to your book stacks and accents. 

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Waiting on Martha Home, The Brick & Mortar

Making My Five Year Dream A Reality
Filed Under > Ideas & Inspiration

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If you’ve been following my journey from the beginning then you’d know that I’ve been dreaming about taking Waiting On Martha the e-commerce shoppe to Waiting On Martha the brick and mortar for five years now.  

I’ve been patient; doing my due diligence through four different pop up shops that ranged from one weekend to 8 months. Those experience have been priceless.  They have helped me understand exactly what it takes to run a retail store alongside a busy e-commerce business. How much staff I would need, how much money it would actually take, what sells in store verses online, and most importantly if I really wanted to get in the retail game.  And after many years and a very long pro/con list my answer is yes.

So without further ado, I am thrilled, nervous, but mostly just plain ready to tell you that Waiting on Martha Home will finally be opening in the Vinings Jubilee this June!!!

Truthfully, while this took four long years to come to fruition now it feels like everything is moving at lighting speed.  There hasn’t even been time to pop a bottle of Veuve.  The minute the lease was signed I had my inspiration boards pulled up and got right to work planning the design elements and making this dream a reality.  

Where the Shoppe stands now is a completely destroyed demo mess.  I’ve knocked down walls and tore up floors in preparation for all the pretty that’s to come.  The team I’m working with has been a dream and for anyone in the Atlanta area I highly suggest Rob from Vision Construction, seriously he’s made this experience actually fun!  I’ll of course be taking you all through each and every step until we open our doors, including an IG Story tour this weekend, but for now I thought it best to start with what I’m doing design wise.  

The great news is my Shoppe is truly in the form of a home, so I feel like I’m designing a place where I would live.  I’m bringing in soft, light and airy vibes in the form of grasscloth wallpaper, shiplap, custom cabinetry and four different paint colors from my friends at Farrow & Ball.

I’ve worked with F&B numerous times in the past and even visited England where all the magic happens this past fall.  So when it came to this project I knew there was no other choice than Farrow & Ball. Which brings me to our signature color: Chappell Green.  In the past our signature color has been navy, and while you’ll still find plenty of blue and white moments in the Shoppe, in my heart of hearts I knew this new chapter needed a new color and I knew that color was Chappell Green

I mean Chappell Green is really where it all started for me; I’ve had a love affair with this green for years now.  The cool, rich sage color is entirely elegant, while lending a certain femininity as well. And I just love its chameleon-like ability to go with just about everything.  It plays nice with bold colors, while acting as the perfect neutral too. 

In the Brick & Mortar, you’ll find Chappell Green in key accent places like our checkout station—made lovingly by my ever talented father—and our coffee bar and front door.  Along with items such as bags, tags, tissue paper and a few other fun pieces we have our friend Jenn Gietzen working up some watercolor goodness for.  

Along with Chappell Green, you can expect to see very soft paint tones.  Think mint green, natural sand and white paint colors.  Farrow & Ball’s Dimity is a very beautiful light natural color that’s almost like a smooth vanilla that we’ll be using on all of the custom woodwork and cabinetry.  I needed a color that would make the beautiful custom cabinetry stand out, but allow the products we’re selling to really shine.  Dimity also plays perfectly with F&B’s All White which will be used on all of the trim and ceiling.  

Rounding out my paint choices will be Farrow & Ball’s Pale Powder.  This pale minty-blue shade will painted over the shiplap my father, husband and I will be hanging in the back room.  I love shiplap’s ability to add texture and dimension to a space, while giving it an older, almost historic feel. 

And if pale powder shiplap didn’t make this room feel special enough, I’ll be accenting the shiplap with Mirth Studio’s hand-crafted wood flooring tiles in Sweet Cecilia.  Available in various patterns and prints these show-stopping tiles are like nothing I’ve ever seen before and I’m thrilled to say we will also be the exclusive retail partner for Atlanta.

Finalizing the core design elements would be of course grasscloth wallpaper.  You know I couldn’t do a space and not wallpaper.  I mean I LOVE wallpaper.  And since texture is one of my favorite elements, I had to, of course, go with grasscloth.  I settled on the most gorgeous “Puka” jute  from Bradley, a design showroom at ADAC here in Atlanta. 

Lastly, I’ll be indulging my love of art with an Artist in Residency program.  Every 6-8 weeks, I’ll be bringing in a new artist with original pieces to be displayed and sold in store.  Since this all began in our first pop up with Atlanta’s very own Britt Bass, there really was no other choice as to who would be our first artist in residence for the Brick and Mortar.  Britt really awakened my love for art, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to have her kick this all off.

There you have it; the dream has become a reality.  Thank you to everyone who has followed since the beginning, or is just following now.  To every person who ever bought anything from my e-commerce shoppe, the pop up shops, or the warehouse sales.  To all the full time staff, part time staffers and interns over the years, thank you. To my parents, husband and friends that have moved me more times than I can count and who will move me again this one last time, thank you.  Just thank you. You are all the reason I’m able to do this and still love doing it. Thank you. Truly, MKR

P.S. Now to the biz talk!  WOM has immediate openings for two-three part-time and possibly one full-time retail associate for the Waiting on Martha Home brick and mortar location. The ideal candidate will have retail experience, know how to hustle, have a knack for creativity and merchandising, and be a self starter to work with our crazy, but amazing, small business!  Comment with any questions below, and please email all resumes to liz@waitingonmartha.com.  xo 

Photography, Rustic White for Waiting on Martha

10 Beautiful Rugs at Every Price Point

From Area Rugs to Runners and More, These Options Are Worth Investing In
Filed Under > Ideas & Inspiration

Rugs are tricky. It always hurts to fork out the money for them, but it’s always, always worth the investment. Skimping on a rug will leave your space looking subpar, especially when you end up sacrificing the size, material and texture that you need.  When you’re looking for a great rug, you want one that will hold up and age well, because you don’t want to be replacing that thing every few years, believe me.  I have one of those Moroccan rugs that sheds every minute of every single day…it’s beautiful, but annoying.  So today, I’m sharing more than a dozen great rugs with some staying power that are worth checking out, no matter how big, or small, your budget. 

Included in the bunch are names you’re probably familiar with: Dash & Albert, Loloi, One Kings Lane, Safaveih and Lulu & Georgia.  There’s a reason why these names circulate when buyers are on the hunt for the perfect rug; they make high-quality pieces at reasonable price points.  

But sometimes shelling out $900 for an area rug isn’t in the cards.  So that’s why I was also thrilled when I stumbled on Urban Outfitters’ rug collection recently and found that the store offers even more affordable options if you’re looking for a quick statement.  Trends change, tastes change…and with a rug like this one you won’t feel bad swapping it in a few years! 

Read on about the rugs that made the cut, and find more great options in the scrolling widget below.  Cheers, Kat

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Caramel Faux Cowhide Rug 6x8

Lulu & Georgia, $379

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MKR has two of these; they’re that good.  Lulu & Georgia give us some of the best faux cowhide rugs around, at a really reasonable price point.  They look like they cost you at least double, and lend great texture to your space. 

Safaveih Jute Rug 8x10

Overstock, $262

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Safaveih’s jute rug is thought by many to be the best jute rug around.  It comes at a great price, and is a universally stylish option for a room.  They also pair perfectly with a small rug for a layered effect that still spreads throughout the room; try it with the Lulu & Georgia Cowhide Rug! 

Katalin Printed Rug 2x8 Runner

Urban Outfitters, $69

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Urban Outfitters wows us with a beautiful Persian-inspired rug that comes in three sizes and three different colorways.  I think the runner, in particular, would be killer in a hallway or master bathroom!  I like to consider a buy like this as a stepping stone to a bigger investment down the road.  Test this one to see if you want to pay the big bucks for a vintage rug. 

Dash & Albert Indoor/Outdoor Falls Village Stripe Rug 5x8

Nordstrom, $483

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Dash & Albert is known for its dependable and affordable rugs, and that applies to their perfect indoor/outdoor collection too.  The bold navy and white stripes scream patio season, don’t you think?!

Boro Printed Rug 3x5

Urban Outfitters, $69

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Here’s another beauty from Urban Outfitters with a price tag I can get behind.  This rug works like a charm in front of a kitchen sink, in the bathroom or by the door.  So good!!

Normandy Rug 8x10

One Kings Lane, $2,779

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Swoon. One Kings Lane always has me coveting the richest area rugs, and they did it again with this one.  I love the muted coral tones mixed with beige; it’s a true neutral! 

Dash & Albert Annabelle Rug 8x10

Nordstrom, $930

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Here’s another high quality piece by Dash & Albert that would fit in just about anywhere.  The subtle detailing and cool grey color make it an ideal area rug that can withstand some traffic…and dirt. 

Wilshire Rug 2x3

One Kings Lane, $115

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I’m forever in love with small rugs around the house, whether that’s at the front door, under the kitchen sink, etc.  This one from One Kings Lane makes for a great option when you’re hoping to give your space a little more warmth. 

Katie Vintage Malayer Medallion Blue & Beige Rug 4x6

Shoppe Amber Interiors, $3,450

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I’d be amiss if I shared a post about rugs on any budget without a completely high-end option like this show-stopping gorgeous one from Shoppe Amber Interiors.  If you can pull the trigger on a gem like this one, my hat is off to you.  It has the ability to make an entire room in one single sweep.

Lindy Rug 5x7

Joss & Main, $98.49

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Lastly, a pretty area rug with a Moroccan-inspired motif at an even prettier price point.  This rug on Joss & Main is calling my name, and it’s gotten great reviews from buyers that have test run it. 

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