Hi everyone, it’s Amy from Ms. Toody Goo Shoes, and I’m back here at Claire’s for the first Home and Garden post of the new year.
You know how you get it in your head sometimes that you just have to have something? This happens to me all the time. It can be a pair of shoes, a certain color nail polish, or a particular food I’m craving. Or, as was the case recently…a tray.
One night when I had insomnia, I was browsing Pinterest at about 3:00am (do you ever do that?), and noticed lots of pretty vignettes, many of which used trays to tie things together. My mind was spinning…forget about sleeping…I was dreaming up tray arrangements till the wee hours.
The next morning, after three cups of coffee and some toothpicks to prop my eyelids open, I went to Home Goods in pursuit of the perfect tray.
In my mind’s eye, my tray shouldn’t be too fancy, nor too rustic; not too colorful, and not too blah. It had to look as good on the dining room table as it would on a picnic table…or an ottoman…or the bed…or anywhere.
By george, I think I found it. And it was only $20.
Since then, I’ve been going a little tray “cray-cray” creating vignettes. I think this could turn into an obsession. The possibilities are endless!
Some things I keep in mind when staging tray vignettes are…
In the kitchen, I used a collection of red pieces to tie this grouping together. The lantern adds height and texture, and the wine adds…well, it’s all about the wine, really, if you ask me. And, it is red 🙂
In the family room, my tray-scape has lots of texture. I combined a brightly colored embroidered pillow, with some chipped pottery (these little pots show up in many of my arrangements, like here), some books, and a tall, shiny thingamajig (what in the world would you call that, anyway?).
Isn’t this a nice way to welcome a guest? I gathered up a few things they might need, which look much more inviting on a tray. I just hope she doesn’t spill the water from the flowers on the bed.
Most of the time, the tray sits on the coffee table holding my stacks of photo books. It keeps them more tidy that way.
Of course, there are times when a tray is just a tray, used to transport food from here to there. It looks better than a bunch of random dishes on the coffee table, and after everyone devours the food, I can simply carry the whole thing into the kitchen.
Everything looks better when it sits on a tray, don’t you agree?
Until next time…