How to Style a Sofa Table for Early Spring

Do the words “early spring” make your heart beat faster? If you have a table that serves as an entry table or sofa table or any table, I have some ideas about how to style a sofa table for early spring.

After a week of bitter cold and snow, power outages and burst pipes and no water, everyone I know is ready for hints of spring decor. Since all tables are great spots for decorating, let’s start with how to style a sofa table for early spring decor.

Tables come in all shapes, sizes, and styles. There are side tables and coffee tables and dining tables. For this early spring decor project, we are focusing on skinny tables.

Sometimes called console tables, these tables are perfect for entries, narrow hallways, and behind sofas. I have a sofa table that I decorate with seasonal and holiday vignettes.

Last week while the world outside was blanketed in snow, inside I shopping the house. My early spring sofa table needed items that would give a fresh, barely spring feel.

HOW TO STYLE AN EARLY SPRING SOFA TABLE

It’s the last Tuesday in February (The month when we say goodbye winter, hello spring.) which means it’s Pinterest Challenge time. If you are joining from Kristin of White Arrows Home ~ lady who really knows what cold weather and snow are like, then welcome.

Cindy of County Road 407, my fellow Texas blogger, picked another great idea to inspire us. The idea for this early spring sofa table came from Amanda Marie of Sincerely, Marie Designs.

black early spring sofa table

ELEMENTS OF THE EARLY SPRING SOFA TABLE

Let’s look at all the different elements that Amanda Marie includled in her early spring sofa table

  • white tray
  • birds
  • fresh greenery
  • white flowers
  • books
  • candle
  • baskets

With those elements in mind, I thought about what I had on hand to include in my early spring sofa table. I addition to what was Amanda Marie included, I would add:

  • a lamp
  • a lantern
  • white ceramic vases

Now I was ready to style my sofa table.

THE HISTORY OF OUR SOFA TABLE

Years ago I had this table made from reclaimed pine. It was 7 feet by 3 feet. For years, it was a breakfast room table. Then when Sweet Shark and I married and remodeled his home to accommodate our blended families, it was used in our gameroom.

When my son was on his own, I took over his bedroom as my office and used the breakfast room table as my large desk.

When Sweet Shark and I downsized, we were in an apartment for a year while we shopped for and then remodeled our current home. I placed the breakfast room table in an extra bedroom and used it again as a desk.

Once we found our current home, I thought about the furniture we had and could be reused or needed to be sold. I thought the pine table would be perfect as a sofa table ~ if it were cut down to a narrow width. I had a furniture woodworker cut down the table to 18 inches wide. You would never know that it was cut down.

Pine was not part of the style for our new home. So, of course, I painted the table in a two~toned (cream and sage green) with a textured finish on top. The table was usually in front of the window in our breakfast room.

Last summer I was so over the textured look and repainted the top a fresh white. Then we moved it behind the sofa in the living room.

You can see the table so much better in this photo.

white repainted tabletop

THE “BEFORE” OF THE SOFA TABLE

There was one big difference between our inspiration photo and my sofa table. Amanda Marie’s sofa table is seen from the back of her sofa.

My sofa is also behind our sofa, but it’s between the sofa and the large picture window in our living room. You can’t really see the sofa table, just what is on it.

To be honest, I haven’t done much with the sofa table since Christmas. Here’s what it looked like before last week.

aqua sofa with sofa table

First, I pulled the sofa away from the table so I could get behind it for styling. You can see that I use this space for basket storage.

sofa table behind sofa

TIP: Now is a good time to sweep behind the sofa.

It was also a good time to turn the cushions and straighten them.

sofa table behind sofa

Next, I removed almost everything from the table.

Just FYI, the entire backyard was covered in snow on this day. The sun was so bright and reflecting on the snow.

STYLING THE SOFA TABLE

It was now time to give the sofa table some early spring style.

Since driving to the store was out of the question last week. I had to use what I had.

LEAVING THE LAMP

I did leave the lamp. We have to have the lamp on that side of the table as a reading light.

sofa table behind sofa

THE GREENERY AND BOOKS

For my greenery, I didn’t have a basket the right size, so I added a white ceramic pot of real pothos to the table. White and green is always a fabulous color combination for home decor this time of year.

More coffee table books raise the height level.

green pothos ivy in white container

Check off books on the elements list.

Our picture window is so big, I quickly realized that I needed a bigger plant. Fortunately, I had another pot of pothos. This one isn’t real ~ it’s a $5.00 buy from an estate sale.

green pothos ivy in white container and aqua table on sofa table

This plant has a little more presence on the sofa table. I also added more books to raise the height.

Check off the greenery from the list of elements.

THE LANTERN AND CANDLE

To anchor the other end of the sofa table, I used the awesome metal lantern that we bought last fall in Granbury, Texas. It’s shape and style adds interest to my early spring sofa table.

I also added a candle inside and set the lantern on more coffee table books.

green pothos ivy in white container

Check off the lantern and the candle from the list.

TRAY, WHITE, FLOWERS, AND WHIMSY

Next on the list of elements was a white tray. Rather than use a white tray, I used a tray with a natural finish. A white vase provided more height and a pop of white.

Some of my vintage clay pots and a small nest added springtime items.

I was just about through with the sofa table. It did need a little more spring fauna. I had some faux white tulips on hand and added those to the pot of pothos.

pot of pothos with tulips

Check off spring flowers from the list.

Now was a good time to change out a few pillows on the sofa. I removed the white fluffy ones with pom~poms (my favorite DIY winter pillows) and added a couple more neutral ones. The colors go well with my oatmeal~colored cable sweater throw from Target.

I declared my early spring sofa finished. I liked the varying heights, the different materials and the pop of spring green. The nest and the vintage pots add whimsy.

early spring sofa table
green pothos ivy in white container

THE LAST ELEMENT

Then, I realized I had left out an important element. Can you guess what it is?

teal birds

Yes, the birds! I love my teal ceramic birds, especially their metal feet. I bought them several years ago at a design store in McKinney, Texas.

I also changed out one of the vases for a skinnier one. I also had to remove the vintage pots.

Check off the birds from the list.

green plant with teal birds

Finally, the early spring coffee table was done ~ for now. In the coming weeks, the sofa table, as well as other areas of our home will get more spring touches.

Are you ready for more Pinterest Challenge sofa table inspiration? It’s time to visit Lora B. Create and Ponder for some spring transitioning.

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22 Comments

  1. hi carol,
    i love the backstory of the table. I actually was thinking if I could hire someone to resize one of my tables. I love your table in front of the window that I think I am going to rearrange my furniture. I need a pair of birds! Love yours! Great job! laura

  2. Carol, the way you added those faux white tulips to your potted plant is brilliant! I love the way that looks! And those sweet little bluebirds! So cute!

    I’d love it if you want to share your spring table at my link party–Sundays on Silverado–which is open now. 🌷

    Happy Spring,
    Niky @ The House on Silverado

  3. I loved seeing how you styled your table step by step, so many great tips and ideas as your finished your vignette. Adding the tulips was a genius addition to the plant, I need to copy that one. Love it. Such a pretty table display.

  4. Ooh that lantern is so cool, Carol! Love how it balances out the pretty glass lamp. All the aquas and greens just make my eyes happy; great styling! Happy Spring!

  5. Great job on the PC this month! You always do such a lovely job explaining everything and your table is styled perfectly. So springy and happy. Love it all but that lamp is quite the eye catcher! Thank you for joining in. Pinned 🙂

  6. Loved seeing you style your spring sofa table step-by-step Carol. And those teal ceramic birds are so pretty…just my color! And it was such a great idea to add the faux tulips to your potted plant.

  7. I loved reading about the history of your sofa table, Carol. It’s wonderful that the table has been used in so many spots over the years in your homes. The display that you created for early spring is beautiful and I know that you love having a touch of spring in your home to enjoy.

  8. Liked hearing the history of your well used table and appreciated the lesson on styling. I latched onto your word “whimsy.” I got 2 tiny resin leprechauns from Hobby Lobby last week. I had a maybe 6″ tall resin Celtic cross. The cross and leprechauns are “riding around” in the back of my metal red truck (HL again) on the coffee table. I need to get on the stick and get more spring decor out!. Thanx for the nudge!

  9. I love how you explained everything as you added it, Carol! Your table turned out really pretty and I love your new lamp with the candle inside!!! I was thinking of one of the trips the Lone Star Bloggers took a few years ago when you mentioned going over to McKinney… Miss those trips! Hope we can all get vaccinated soon and resume some visits! 🙂

    Really enjoyed your sofa table ideas,
    Hugs,
    Barb 🙂

  10. Oh my goodness that pothos is absolutely perfect in that spot! I had no idea it was faux, it truly looks like the real deal, especially in the sunshine. I just bought a faux pothos too and loving it!

    I love all the little garden elements you added. Everything looks lovely!

  11. Well done, Carol! I love how you styled the sofa table. Thank you for sharing at Celebrate Your Story! Link Party. You’ve been featured this week 🙂

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