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Ann has been here for two days working hard on putting out all of our new merchandise.  We are so envious of her merchandising talents.  Sometimes Ann is around for the ordering process, but most of the time she has no idea what she will be working with.  This is where the talent comes in.  She can take a mishmash of inventory and create absolutely beautiful table arrangements.  As a treat, Ann and I took pictures of the step-by-step process and what her thoughts were while completing the table.  Enjoy!

The table before.  A great trestle table in a washed grey finish.  It could be used in a breakfast room, behind a sofa, as a bedside table…

Ann starts by putting things on the table she knows she wants to use.  On this table she is looking to repeat natural elements,  and the colors light blue and white.

Ann has used one of the new burlap lanterns to get some height on the table.  She wanted to repeat the white found on the cover of the Allegra Hicks book, the book on the floor, and the white ceramic container, so she has added a few stems of faux alyssum.  This also added some height, which is always an important aspect.  The elephant print took care of some negative space at the back of the table.

The bones of the table are done – now it’s a matter of tweaking.  Ann isn’t sure she likes the soap and candles on the right side of the table.  It’s looking a little heavy over there.

There needed the addition of another light blue element, so Ann added the fish bowl with our new shop pet, a beta fish.  The heaviness of the lantern is balanced out on the other end by the dark navy soap and candle packaging.  The transparent fish bowl adds some interest by introducing another texture.  The more variation in texture the better, but it still has to make sense!  The textures are various sizes on this table, which is why they work together (the burlap on the lantern vs. the driftwood tray vs. the Terrafirma serving bowl vs. the smoothness of the books vs. the glass fishbowl).

Ann was drawn to the lantern because of the texture.  This was the first element she had in mind when planning out the direction this table would take.

The darker accents give the eye a place to rest.  They also provide a nice contrast for the lighter items, which can get lost in the mix, to play off of.

With the addition of the bronze manzanita tree for jewelry display and some nickel salad servers, the table is complete.  You’ll notice how Ann mixed in some more medium brown tones.  She did this to break up the grey washed out wood look of the table, tray, painting and lantern which are the largest elements of the table display.  Not everything on a table has to match perfectly – this is a great example of where Ann introduced an unexpected element.  These tones would work great together in larger furniture pieces, too, so keep that in mind.  A table needs to have a good mix of colors and textures to remain interesting looking – this goes for interiors, too!