One Fall Coffee Table – Two Ways

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I will show you how to style a coffee table two ways for fall.

One fall coffee table styled two ways || Worthing Court

The last thing left to do, after I had done all of the fall decorating in my house, was the coffee table in my family room.  This one spot is always the hardest for me to figure out what to do with!  It’s a large coffee table, which is nice, but that presents its own set of challenges when it comes time to add decorative seasonal displays.

Coffee Table Styling

My number one goal was to keep whatever I did simple.  To be honest, by this point, I was a bit tired of all the decorating around the rest of the house and just wanted something quick, that wouldn’t require a lot of thought.  So I tried two different vignette looks to see which one I liked the best.  Scroll on down to the bottom to see which look I kept!

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Here’s look #1. An old wooden plant tray filled with fall pumpkin goodies and three candlesticks off to the side.  I mean, look how easy!

A fall coffee table vignette || Worthing Court

I filled a wire cage thingy with rich rust colored pumpkins and brown paper filler.  To give it height, I placed it on top of an old lamp base and then placed two twig wreaths stacked together around it.

Fill a metal cage with pumpkins and brown paper filler for an easy fall display

To fill the tray out, all I added were a few small pumpkins and a strand of decorative beads.  I made the bead strands a few years ago to use as a garland on one of my fall mantels at my previous home.  They’re easy to make – simply purchase a container of mixed beads at a craft store and string them onto fishing line.  Click HERE to see the mantel that I originally used the beads on, but overlook that I spelled m-a-n-t-e-l incorrectly!

Add strands of craft beads for fall texture to a vignette || Worthing Court


Fall coffee table vignette in an old planter's tray || Worthing Court

The candlesticks help to finish the fall vignette off and to keep the tray from looking lost on the coffee table.

Fall vignette using an old planter's tray and candlesticks on a coffee table || Worthing Court

For look #2, I used a rather large glass terrarium and filled it with small pumpkins and cotton.

Fall vignette in a terrarium || Worthing Court

Terrariums are so much fun to play with!  You can fill them with anything for any season.  Mine is on the big side, so it holds quite a bit.

Fall terrarium vignette || Worthing Court

My wooden beads made an appearance again along with a couple of books and pumpkins.  Those beads are so versatile!  I can’t believe that I almost gave them away when we moved.

Fall coffee table with a terrarium, stacked books, bead strands and pumpkins || Worthing Court


Fall terrarium on a coffee table || Worthing Court

Alright.  Want to see which gorgeous look I kept on the coffee table?  Do you think it’s look #1 or look #2?  Drum roll…..

Coffee table style for fall || Worthing Court

I love the look of BOTH vignettes, but in the end, this one won the day because the terrarium was just a little too tall for me to converse with who ever happens to be sitting on the opposite side of the room.  I’ll be sure to show where the terrarium wound up another day, but if you have sharp eyes, you just might spot it in one of these photos!

I hope you were inspired on  how to style a coffee table for fall!



Two different fall coffee table vignette ideas || Worthing Court


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  1. Very nice! I like both and glad I didn’t have to choose! Glad to see the terrarium used elsewhere. Using the cotton is the unusual pop in a fall display. I’m a real fan of your candlesticks and autumn pillow. Is it a Craftberry Bush pillow and where did you purchase the candlesticks? Your home is so cozy.

    1. Hi Doreen. So glad you like it! The pillow is from Amazon. I didn’t provide the link because I’m a little disappointed in the quality of it and didn’t want to recommend something that I’m not completely satisfied with. :/ You should be able to find it though, if you do a search on Amazon for “pumpkin pillow cover”. The candlesticks came from Target.

  2. Lisa Cooper says:

    Looks so cozy! I, too, love the beads! I may have to run to Michael’s and make some for myself!

  3. andrea bayot says:

    Both looks were great! I think I would have picked the same one you picked. Love the autumn pillow in the background. Love to see some blue in the fall decorations!

  4. I would have picked the tray too! Thanks for the inspiration. I will try something similar on my coffee table.

  5. Beautiful both ways:) Sharing on my FB page today!

  6. I like the first one too! I really like the candlesticks. The temps are in the 90s where I live. We are ready for fall!

  7. Doris Wilson says:

    These are both superb, but I think I like #1best. Both great ideas! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Love the first one with the tray, nothing like fall decorations!

  9. Sandra Ashley says:

    Both are great. Love the first one better though!

  10. I too love Number 1. I especially like the richer rust colored pumpkins. They really add a pop! Thanks so much for the inspiration. I think I will get started today with my fall decorating.

  11. Like both also!! Thank you for showing us different ways to decorate!!

  12. MariaElena says:

    I love both ways, Suzy. Beautiful inspiration. Your terrarium is so pretty! Take care, Maria

  13. Lovely look for your home…I agree with your choice and look forward to seeing how you incorporate the terrarium in your fall decor…Anne

  14. Darrel Handgraaf says:

    I like both of them, but I agree the terrarium might have been too tall. Either way, even to a guy like me with no decorating skills, I think it looks great. I’ll try to notice it when I go home tonight.

    Your loving husband, Pookie

  15. I like the first one also. I love the candlesticks with the tray and then the pumpkins. Nice reply by your husband and so thoughtful.

  16. Valerie Tingley says:

    I absolutely love the terrarium idea – and I have one! I think it will be perfect in my living room, which is not our everyday space . . . so it won’t be in the way! Thank you for the inspiration!

  17. LIke them both! Lovely.

  18. Suzy, I prefer your tray vignette but I plan to use your idea to combine cotton stems with pumpkins for my living room but in soft shades of pinks and creams. I wouldn’t have come up with the idea to mix these items but they totally rock. Thanks again for sharing your ideas.


  19. Paula Sullivan says:

    I prefer the first one as things are sitting lower. Thank you for the contest. Love the cotton balls.

  20. Hello,
    I think the pumpkins in the wire cage is unusual.

  21. Lisa Malkus says:

    They both look great, but I prefer the one you went with! Less heavy on the table I think!
    Love your blog and ideas!

  22. I like #2 best, but then I like all fall décor. Anything that makes your home feel cozy is a plus.

  23. Mary Chris says:

    I love the colors of fall , the oranges of the pumpkins and the burnished look of the candles. I really liked your pillows on the coach as well.

  24. Lovely as always! Saw a terrarium at Michaels and now wish I’d bought it. I have the same pumpkin pillow; got mine from Society 6 and am so pleased I just ordered more. The blue pumpkin really complements the greys in my living room. Than you so much for sharing and inspiring!

  25. CaROLYN WILMOTH says:

    Both are lovely.

  26. Suzy,

    My favorite is the tray with the pumpkins and candles.

  27. #1 was my favorite too. It looks great!

  28. So warm and inviting. Were did you find the cotton? So like a vignette from Fixer Upper.

    1. Hi Jane. I ordered stems of it from a catalog about three years ago. You can find it today on Amazon by doing a search under “Artificial Cotton Stems”.

  29. Both ways look beautiful but I agree with your choice!

  30. Both are great, but would have also gone with your choice. Might need to make those beads.

  31. I like #1 the best but it was a hard choice. I have a terrarium in white that I love and just had to have. One and you are addicted so now I have two.

  32. Pam Cates says:

    Just can’t decide. Love the terrarium but also love the #1 as well. Pam

  33. I love them both … they’re beautiful, and I look forward to seeing more of your Fall goodies!

  34. Suzy, I love both! A beautiful autumn vignette that you chose! Pam @ Everyday Living

  35. I love both although my favorite is the tray ! I’m in love with the beads?

  36. Love them both. I love fall and am ready for cooler temps and fall decor.

  37. I love those orange candles ~ fall is my favorite season because the colors all make me feel good! I loved the plant box!

  38. Pam Ballard says:

    Such inspiration. Thanks for sharing.

  39. Laurie Orlando says:

    They both look great! I love the use of pumpkins on candle holders – but that terrarium…

  40. Vicki Hornsby says:

    I love #1! Trays are a must to have and I think the first one showed more fall color than the second one. And fall color is what it is about! I love your ideas!

  41. Love the chevron pumpkin! Did you make it yourself? If so, is there a diy for it someplace?

    1. Hi Terri. No I didn’t make the chevron pumpkin. Believe it or not it came from the Dollar Spot at Target last fall. 😀

  42. I am so excited to see the twig wreaths used in a tray. I have two of them that I am going to try tomorrow. Thanks for the idea!!!
    So the tray is my favorite!

  43. Wow!! I love both the ideas! It’s simple yet charming. Thank you for linking up at the Family Joy Blog Linkup Party 🙂 Pinned your post to our Pinterest Party Board. xoxo

  44. Both styles are lovely for fall. You’ve included so many great elements. I love the use of the wreath on the table. Pinned to my autumn decor board. Thanks for sharing at Snickerdoodle.

  45. I like both looks, but I agree that the terrarium is a little large to be practical. I also love that pumpkin pillow in the background!

  46. I love those candles and adding the pumpkin on one of the candle sticks is really cute!

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  48. Kendra @ says:

    So beautiful, Suzy! Such warm and cozy colors! Thanks So much for always sharing your beautiful décor at The Creative Corner! xo

  49. I like both vignettes, but especially the one you kept. I know what you mean about getting tired of the decorating. I am always so excited when I start decorating for a new season, but by the time I’m finished, it often feels like a chore. I haven’t even started fall decorating yet. Yesterday it was 90F here and I just can’t get my head into autumn decor yet, as much as I want to! BTW, love the location of the terrarium! 🙂

  50. Thanks for sharing your fall decor displays at Craft Frenzy Friday on Mom Home Guide. They both look fantastic!

  51. This is beautiful! I like how seasonal it is, and how it can be changed according to current time.

    Thank you for sharing this with us on the #HomeMattersParty. We hope to see you when we open our doors next Friday at 12 AM EST.

  52. Warm cozy and so fall! Thanks for all the great ideas!

  53. Rajee Pandi says:

    Love your fall decorations

  54. I really love, love, all the interesting textures and in your home. From the walls, sofa, and tablescape. It all comes together splendidly.

  55. Diane Murray says:

    Love the Vignettes. You made a wise choice by finding a place for both of them. Makes me think about some warm apple cider and fall treats.

  56. Michelle Scott says:

    I really enjoy your ideas. I am going to get some beads and will probably find other things to string into garland!

  57. Love the coffee table two ways! I will be copying the first one as I have most of the things I will need!!

  58. LOVE ALL YOUR FALL INSPIRATION, Especially the use of the twig wreaths. I am waiting for hobby lobby to have them on sale!
    Hope all is going will with the condo redo.

  59. Thank you for your beautiful and inspiring ideas!!!

  60. Both coffee tables are gorgeous. Thank you for all your inspiring and informative comments.

  61. Both coffee tables are gorgeous. Thanks for sharing all your helpful and informative tips!

  62. what a cool idea! love the rustic feel.

  63. chloe Ward says:

    I love using trays on dining tables and coffee tables. I really enjoy your posts. Thanks.

  64. I love both!! Thank you for always giving and sharing ideas. I love to repurpose items like you have with the wire thingy set on top on a lamp base. Beautiful ideas as always.

  65. Hi Suzy,
    I love your coffee table tray idea! such unique styling and such a good an simple idea. I’m going to try this next fall.