serving up style…
decorating with trays

Trays are handy, practical tools—they’re the perfect vehicle for after dinner coffee, a round of spiced cider, or serving up summer sangria. But that’s not the end of their usefulness! Trays can also help keep things organized, serve as a decorative layer or accent, and create a story within our home. Take a look at this list, then grab a tray you love and see what you can come up with.

  • Use a tray to corral and display fruit for easy access to healthy snacks.
  • Keep a small tray near the stove to hold essentials like salt, pepper, olive oil, etc.
  • Use a tray on the bathroom counter to keep daily toiletries together, and make for easy cleaning.
  • A tray on the nightstand transforms clutter into charming décor—your book, glasses, water glass and other essentials look better on a tray.
  • Place a tray on your coffee table to hold remotes, coasters, and other TV watching necessities.
  • A tray filled with a few bar essentials makes a perfect, and portable, bar set up.
  • Use a tray to create a portable hard surface for books and beverages—perfect for reading in bed, or lounging on the couch.
  • Introduce a shot of color in a stylish, simple, and temporary way.
  • Create little vignettes to display your vacation finds, or a grouping of candles.
  • Treat a tray like a miniature coffee table, and decorate it the same way. You’ll have portable style to place anywhere you want.
  • Use a small tray near your door to corral keys, mail and other items.
  • Take a tray to the office (or home office) to make a better, more attractive, in-box.
  • Arrange a collection of potted plants in a pretty tray and place it in a windowsill, or on a table near a sunny window.
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