Styling your table tops by artfully displaying items of use or beauty is a wonderful way to avoid chaos. A tray provides parameters and a designated spot for items, for example; oils, and frequently used spices in a kitchen. Above are examples by Stylizimo (left), and the very instagram-worthy Kristin of Damernasvarld (right).
A clean desk is the best fresh start to the day, agreed? A tray is a great landing spot for items like a glass full of pencils, a pretty letter opener, or a pill-box full of stamps. The top right image is a simple acrylic tray with a pretty card stock cut to fit inside, see the tutorial here at Just A Girl. A deep sea-green tray houses desk curiosities (left) from The Everygirl.
Notice how a small vase of flowers instantly make this bedroom tray vignette incredibly dreamy? This image above from Moth Design has repurposed a Jonathan Adler match strike as a Q-tip holder.
So assemble the troops and get organized and stylized. Above is a collection of trays I have selected for every use (from top left to bottom right):
- Lucite and brass tray from the Jacques Collection by Jonathan Adler.
- Square marble tray from Williams Sonoma. *If placing an oil or wine bottle on true marble, try using a coaster to protect the porous material.
- Safari leather tray by Sarreid.
- Acacia rectangular wood tray by Lulu and Georgia.
- Greek key mirrored round tray by Williams Sonoma.
- Black melamine large serve tray by Target.
- Silver plate Malmaison tray by Christofle from Bloomingdales.
- Orange lacquered round wood tray by Lulu and Georgia.