So excited to introduce our newest contributor to Camille Styles! Cristina Cleveland pens the brimming-with-inspiration blog Fuji Files (read more about her here.) She’ll be joining us here twice a month with a series called Bring It Home, where she’ll unpack gorgeous and inspiring spaces, then show us how to translate them for our own dwellings. Take it away, Cristina!

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Hello ladies! I’m quite sure we’ve all spied this lovely living room at one point or another and thought “I will never find a vintage Hermes tray“… and you were probably right. But don’t distress! This room really isn’t about the coveted luxury logo at all. With the right mix of color, texture, and a few fun accessories we can all achieve this look at home. The good news is this room actually has a very simple base of white walls, a neutral sofa and a wooden coffee table…Keep reading to find out how it was transformed into such a chic space! 

Because it’s fall, let’s begin with a little layering: layer an area rug on top of carpet, and an ikat pillow over a Moroccan wedding blanket – still not over those. Next we’ll add a few metallic pieces on top of it all for a glamorous touch. My favorite design idea for recreating this look is borrowing a few accessories from the wardrobe, like a beautiful necklace or bauble that we may not wear as much as we’d like. You can lay them right on the tray like they did here, or corral them in a pretty little bowl (my pick below is actually a gold ashtray).

For those of us who take forever to decide on a paint color, you’ll be happy to know this decor is very low-commitment! You can easily switch the accessories out of your tray for a different look or color combination (I’d love to try lavender and orange!) or even use the tray in a different room altogether when you feel like a change. And because our piece isn’t Hermes, our orange tray will also be a fun way to serve drinks or treats at our next fete!

*images: skull candle, hydrangeas, magnifying glass, Moroccan pillow, gold bowl, boots, pink wingback chair, tray, necklace, ikat pillow

10 comments
  1. 1
    Xio | November 14, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    I love this new series, great idea!

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    Michelle Henderson | November 14, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    Love this series! It will be a fun one to follow:)

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    { Taylor Moseley } | November 14, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    That gold ashtray and silver skull are pretty rad!

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    Desiree {chic coastal living} | November 14, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    Love the Hermes tray…but I know that they cost an arm and a leg!

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    • Camille Styles | November 15, 2011 at 7:07 am

      Agreed – it’s such a classic piece, my dream is to find one vintage! But if not…Cristina’s little roundup is definitely a pretty alternative. 🙂

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    Maria Valentin | November 16, 2011 at 11:44 am

    I adore this…so wonderfully eclectic! Looking forward to seeing more from you Cristina!

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    Quianah U | January 12, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    I love the orange Hermes tray and the skull! Similar to this? http://www.etsy.com/shop/ArbitraryLiving

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