Tuesday, June 19, 2012

World Traveler Coffee Table

I love to travel.  Do you? 

                                 I thought I would share my
                    world traveler coffee table with you today.  

I usually like to think about vacations to the beach in the summer months. I often like to express those thoughts by decorating my coffee table in my family room with shells, beach pictures and other beach-related items.  This year, I decided to try something a little different. I decided to use some things I have on hand to make what I'm calling a World Traveler Coffee Table.

I haven't painted my furniture, but I decided to lighten
 up the look of my coffee table by adding the linen
 table runner my grandmother made years ago. 

Here's a another view of the table runner.
  It adds a perfect lighter look to the coffee table.

Then I added to the table, this old globe that
 I can always remember being in our home.
  My mom said it is over fifty years old. 

I can remember that this dial on the top always fascinated
me when I was a little girl.  You could see where it was day
 and where is would be night just by the turn of your finger.

I found these vintage-style maps at a store recently.  I thought they might
look good on the table, too.  The magnifying glass came from
 the desk in my great-aunt's bedroom.  I don't know how
 old it is, but my aunt died in 2001 at the age of 100. 
The postcard is from a stack of vintage cards a friend gave
 me several years ago.  It is an old one of Panama City Beach, Florida.

Here are two vintage brochures from The Statue of Liberty
 and The Empire State Building.  I have visited both
 and was happy to find these at an estate sale several years ago. 
 The picture is my favorite one of my
daughter on the streets of New York City in 2011.

Now I have to show you this cute little table that I got for Mother's Day.
  I'd been looking for something like this and was delighted
when I found this on a shopping trip to Birmingham, Alabama. 
I love the distressed look and the yummy turquoise paint on the sides.

I was prowling around at my Mom's the other day, and we found
 this little book from Pompeii, Italy and several Italian coins. 
It brought back memories of a trip long ago that is still fondly remembered.
A piece of vintage sheet music completes the table top.

Here's a final look at my coffee table and the
 new look that I'm so enjoying this summer--Thank you, Blogland! 

What are you enjoying this summer? 
 The fresh fruit?  The sunny weather?  Photos from a recent trip?

I'd love to know what you are loving this summer!

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❀❀❀Ðαωᾔ❀❀❀ said...

Love your Mothers Day gift, I am so envious:) Also would love to own that magnifying glass, it looks very old and unique. Great way to display the coffee table.

Revi said...

Now that is a drool-inspiring table! I love the size, the turquoise and probably the same things you love about it! The globe and travel items make it particularly sweet and sentimental. :)

chateau chic said...

This is a great idea for a summertime coffee table. Love your vignette with all your great travel items. Your little square aqua table is fabulous!
Mary Alice

Liz - Imageremix said...

I'd love to know where in Birmingham you got the little table. It's so sweet. The colors are perfect and I love all the memories you hold dear along with each item. That's what makes things matter usually, isn't it.


Liz - Imageremix said...

PS: I'm now your follower!

Jann Olson said...

Oh Marsha, I love your new table. It is sporting my favorite color! I love old globes and you have created such a fun vignette. I would love if you linked this with Share Your Cup Thursday this week.

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

Very pretty -- what a fun thing for everyone to sit down in front of, so many things to enjoy looking at including that great, old globe!