Styling A Coffee Table: Getting Ready for Fall at the Lake

how-to-style-a-lake-house-for-fallHello and welcome to the first of a monthly How to Style a Coffee Table series with some incredible talented blogger friends! If you are just coming over from  my dear friend Reesa’s MOD MAX GLAM  blog welcome! Don’t you love how she incorporated the textures of Fall into her living room? Seriously she is one of my favorites!

You’ve heard me say it before and I will say it again Fall is by far my favorite season.  In Upstate NY we try to squeeze the most out of this colorful transition before the cold winter months keep us bundled up indoors.

In October, we are still spending time down at our lake house on Honeoye Lake.  The 40 minute drive from the city is filled with rolling hills of ambers, rusts, and golden yellows. There’s a farm on every corner and I am always stoping to take pictures or finding a new farmer’s market to try.  Along the way the roadside farms sell their crops and there’s no better place to buy pumpkin, gourds, corn husks and harvest vegetables. It feels good to support local farmers!


This year for decorating at the lake I chose to go natural, simple and low maintenance. We aren’t there during the week so no elaborate floral arrangements or anything that needed too much attention. Last week, I purchased several pumpkins in a variety of sizes and gourds in all shapes and colors.

styling_a_coffee_table_for-fall_whjite_pumpkins_collections_rustic_arrangement I am a big fan of groups so when I came across a container of white mini corn husk pumpkins in the check out aisle of HomeGoods I had to have them. These little mini guys will be making an appearance throughout the Fall. Here I’ve displayed them in a marble bowl with vintage dominos and scrabble pieces. We aren’t big into the TV, so games, cards and other unplugged family activities rule at the Lake. Someone’s always leaving a silly phrase…..


I purchased this large rustic wooden tray on the Cape two summers ago. We often have to move our coffee table to pull out the sleeper sofa so a tray makes it a breeze to move everything at once. Trays also help contain smaller grouped items. Layer tray on tray. A vintage green art deco metal tray holds gourds and a ceramic pumpkin jar and adds just enough color to this neutral rustic palette. A guidebook of trees and foliage help with identifying local Fall colors. Wooden coasters are stacked and topped with a mini pumpkin.


A vintage glazed pottery vase holds the last of our hydrangeas and garden flowers. This vignette is low so that it doesn’t interrupt the view of the fireplace and lake just to the right.


The white pumpkins will be hanging out in this handmade live edge wooden bowl also found in the kitchen department at HomeGoods.

The cottage may be small but its packed with color. The yellow and orange graphic accent pillows get pulled out of storage tying in the colors of the coffee table vignette.


More pumpkins, gourds and birch branch covered candles are added to the mantel for a pop of autumnal color.  The rustic wooden elements of the tray, coasters, and bowl tie in with the reclaimed wood mantel and round natural mirror.


Tip: When looking to add texture and interest to your Fall decor look no further than our your front door or in your pantry! Here I’ve created a sweet arrangement with a $.50 mini pumpkin, popcorn kernels and yard clipping such as berries and zebra grass plumes. Fallen branches, acorns and other yard finds add to the rustic charm.


Here’s a picture of last years coffee table. I have a thing for trays!
Transitioning int Autumn: Fall trends 2015

Thanks so much for stopping by the Coffee Table Blogger Hop. We’d love for you to swing on over to Amy from CRAZY CHIC DESIGN  and she what she’s done. If you’d like to see more Fall decorating ideas you can see my Fall Harvest Home Tour by clicking here or if its adding the textures of Fall to you home decor  click here to read my post

There’s no better way to spend your Saturday morning than sipping a cup of coffee and seeing all this Fall inspiration. Here are the participating bloggers and we’d love for you to stop on by and see all of our styles and we’ve come up with a fun Fall hashtag…… #stylethatcoffeetable.


Happy Fall everyone! xoxo Amie

Amy  Crazy Chic Design

Kim/Lacey Styled with Lace

Joan   2 Ladies & A Chair

 Sheila  Maison de Cinq
 Julie/Jodie  The Design Twins
Reesa:  Mod Max Glam






25 Comments on Styling A Coffee Table: Getting Ready for Fall at the Lake

  1. Kathleen Field
    October 15, 2016 at 1:21 pm (3 years ago)

    I just love how your fun, colorful personality shines through in everything you do, my sweet friend! Your coffee table says fall so perfectly – so happy and put together. And I think we have the same tray 🙂

    Love you, lady!



    • memehillstudio
      October 15, 2016 at 1:32 pm (3 years ago)

      Of course we have the same tray! We are soul sisters! xoxo love you

  2. Oscar @OscarBravoHome
    October 15, 2016 at 3:32 pm (3 years ago)

    Ok , this is why I love you. The pumpkin in the bowl of kernels , such a simple idea and I LOVE it! That and the bowl of vintage dominos . Now I have to have vintage dominos ! Beautiful styling my friend!

  3. Sheila Irwin
    October 15, 2016 at 3:46 pm (3 years ago)


    I absolutely adore how you incorporated so many natural elements on the table, especially one that is in a lake house. (I would LOVE a lake house, btw!:))

    AND we have the same little bird – love birds!


  4. Kim Hazel
    October 15, 2016 at 8:17 pm (3 years ago)

    Love your fun use of color and texture for fall! Those corn husk pumpkins are so cute!! so happy to be doing this series with you!

  5. Kim Hazel
    October 15, 2016 at 8:19 pm (3 years ago)

    Love your fun use of color and texture for Fall! Those corn husk pumpkins are so cute! So happy to be doing this series with you!

  6. Designs By Laila
    October 16, 2016 at 1:35 am (3 years ago)

    Amie, you have such great attention to detail! I love all your Fall colors, so pretty!! xo

  7. Summer Adams
    October 16, 2016 at 5:09 am (3 years ago)

    This is just beautiful Amie! What a brilliant idea to use popcorn kennels!! And the dominoes Omgosh!!! Well done my friend!!!

  8. Susana
    October 16, 2016 at 5:40 am (3 years ago)

    Amie… I adore how you decorated your lake cottage for fall. You have a gift for creating beautiful spaces and your use of fall inspired elements in your coffee table and throughout the space is just superb

  9. Janine
    October 16, 2016 at 5:11 pm (3 years ago)

    Your post is fantastic. I read every word and I was right there with you on your road trip to your cabin. My husband is from Vermont and we lived there for five years, so I pictured all the road stands you talked about. Your cabin is perfect and I loved how you popped the orange and yellow themes! Utter perfection and nice surprise touches! Congrats on a great post!

  10. jodie Kammerer
    October 18, 2016 at 2:44 pm (3 years ago)

    Wow! What a pleasure it was to linger on every picture and read through all your ideas! I absolutely love your use of color! I tend towards neutrals so much that this really made me want to branch out with color more! I also love your use of nature. Not only are things from nature beautiful they are often, as you say, free….I can’t wait to see next time! xoxo Jodie

    • memehillstudio
      October 18, 2016 at 8:15 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you Jodie! Have a great day! xox

  11. Joan
    October 18, 2016 at 10:10 pm (3 years ago)

    Amie I love this! So beautiful! What is gorgeous place for a get-away. I love your use of color and textures in your display. I’m going to steal your idea of vintage scrabble and domino pieces….brilliant idea:) also the corn with the pumpkin! Fabulous!!!

    • memehillstudio
      October 18, 2016 at 11:59 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you Joan- Ive been collecting games parts at large sale for a while now. I always had the intention to make a big mosaic. Love your coffee table too!

  12. Julie Lancia
    October 21, 2016 at 5:49 pm (3 years ago)

    Amie, You’ve done such a great job styling here. Trust me, I am taking notes! Love the mix of colors, textures, and natural elements that mix and match like they do in nature. It’s at once surprising and real. You are so lucky to have such a beautiful lake house to retreat to. Blessings to you, Sweet Friend, Julie

    • memehillstudio
      October 22, 2016 at 12:24 am (3 years ago)

      Thank you sweet Julie! Bless you and have a wonderful day! xoxo


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