Style Your Coffee Table Without
Overcrowding It
No matter your tastes, there are a few essentials that always look good on a coffee table tray: a stack of three books—or two stacks of two, arranged side by side—a small vase of flowers, candles, a box of matches and an interesting trinket (Schuman's is a small elephant statue a friend gave her after visiting India).

Emily Schuman is the author of Cupcakes & Cashmere at Home (ABRAMS), out this month.

Photo: Reprinted with permission from Cupcakes & Cashmere at Home by Emily Schuman, ABRAMS, Spring 2015