January 17, 2013

Tray chic!

You've undoubtedly been noticing how popular trays are becoming these days. Over the last few months I've picked up a couple myself that I use in various locations throughout my home. One of them houses my "bar" in the absence of room for the increasingly popular Bar Cart.

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Another houses a reading station on my coffee table. I use it to store recently received magazines, those little sticky page markers to mark my favourite pages and various pens and hi-liters.

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Trays are great ways to set up these types of "Centres of Expertise" - to coin a phrase usually associated with the IT side of my life.  Here are a couple of ideas for trays in your home:
  • Set one up by the front door to put keys, mail (incoming and outgoing) sunglasses, your travel mug or anything else you drop or pick up as you are coming and going.

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  • Use a tray as a "charging station" for your cell phone(s) or other mobile devices.
  • Put a tray in your guest room to house toiletries your guests may have forgotten, a book or two they may enjoy, a glass of water you refresh daily, an alarm clock and some fresh flowers to brighten their stay.

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  • A tray in your bedroom is a great place to organize and display your perfumes or jewellery.

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There are a myriad of uses for these little organizers, so pick one or two up and experiment a little.  You never know what magic you will create!  It will definitely be tray chic!

Make sure you check out my Pinterest board on Trays for more ideas!

Happy decorating!



  1. Great post Donna! I have many, many trays and I can still find place for many, many more. They really are so versatile and can work perfectly in every room. Love all your examples.

    1. Thanks Lisa! I will be out shopping for a couple more trays now that I've done this post - so many ideas!!!

  2. Very nice. I love trays too. I particularly liked the yellow tray used by the bedside.

  3. Thanks for including our work in your post! A gorgeous tray is one of our favorite accessories!


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