We challenged Chris Israel to style the same console table three ways. He accepted the challenge and came up with three unique looks based on current trends in home decor: Collector, Minimal, and Urban Jungle. All three looks had the same base-a vintage wood ironing board and a Kilim rug. In addition, Chris designed these interior vignettes with the same design principles. All three looks for the console table have an anchor or statement piece, a natural or organic element, some height variation, and also utilize layers.
Look one: Collector
Art as an anchor and going under the table.
"My anchor or statement piece is the gallery wall of five photographic prints. I gave them even more height by going under the table with a large pillow, adding splashes of green and orange to a neutral black and white."
Whimsy in the form of terra cotta.
"I added a touch of whimsy to the overall look with a small terracotta baby bird planter. All of the plants are in terracotta containers and this little air plant fit right in with is limey green tones tucked into this antique planter."
Equine art framed simply.
"Simple frames let the intensity of the subject matter be the focus. Pairing this Burros Tail succulent with the black and white photos seemed appropriate."
Stacks of books and art.
"This lovely paper print cut from a magazine and placed in a white frame adds the perfect mix of greens and terracotta. Propped on a stack of neutral bound books between two plants, it's a great play on texture and height."
Kalanchoe tomentosa offers a texture change.
"Pairing this Kalanchoe in a milk painted terracotta pot softened the orange of the pot just enough for the fuzzy leaves of this succulent to really pop. Using the copper trivet kept the use of copper consistent with the Burros Tail."
Texture change with glass.
"This small amber apothecary jar provides a great change in texture from terracotta to glass while still keeping the overall range of tone. Also, the glass draws your eye in and gives the vignette a clean, bright sparkle."
Black and white art with a splash of color.
"It would have been easy to keep this console design monochromatic; however, shape and textural changes as well as an additional pop of color, orange and green, allow the black and white fine art prints to really stand out."
Look two: Minimal
Minimalism is less items with more purpose.
"For the second look of this console table micro makeover is more minimal. The key is to use a small selection of dominant objects filled with meaning."
Natural wool wall hanging with beach wood.
"I created this wall hanging from wool and driftwood to provide height. And used a second piece of driftwood on the console table."
Xerographica on display.
"This fair trade tray is a great place to catch keys when coming in the door. There is also plenty of room for an airplant to reside as well. The Xerographica is low manintance and with it's limey white leaves it looks great grouped with items with a neutral palette and natural texture."
An black and white equine fine art print with a moody feel.
"All white and natural accent pieces keep this moody fine art horse photographic print to looking too dark. Pairing it with a 1820 House Candle Co. candle with a minimal white vessel as well as planting a architertrial pleasing cactus in a repurposed candle vessel from the same company, keeps it light yes adds to the drama to the vignette.
Keeping the tones natural on a console table.
"Crisp clean white with natural elements such a wool, plant life, wood and woven basket keep this interior vignette simple, clean and minimal."
Look three: Urban Jungle
Full on urban jungle console table
"For the third look we are going organic and feel and color palette. With statement pieces being natural elements, stacks including plants, and layers of greenery."
Book and plant stack the perfect urban jungle design.
"When you have a plant collection that is threatening to take over...give them their own table. Here we have several succulents living on the Urban Jungle book."
Basket wall hanging as an anchor.
"Baskets are a great way to add texture as well as being able to provide storage for them where they can be admired. The contrast between the vivid green of the plants and the warmth of the woven baskets really makes this display mesh well. I duplicated the warm tones of the baskets by using terra cotta pots for the house plants. As well as a great texture change with the amber glass vessel of the 1820 House Candle Co. Reclaim line. This was also a great place to use a Holstee print with similar tones."
Candlelight and houseplants are a great combination.
"Mix and match the foliage types in a display of houseplants. From upright fronds of ferns, cascading ivy, spiky cacti to juicy succulents they can all be displayed as a happy little plant gang!"
Pro Tip | Hanging Baskets
"The easiest way to hang your baskets on the wall is 'Command Tape' that way you can easily remove then for use then stick them back up when your finished."