Even with our very similar taste in clothes and interior design, we have extremely different closets and home spaces. Sally wears more color and has a very layered decor style and Molly wears a lot of neutrals and goes for a more restrained interiors look. With all our similarities and differences, we own a lot of the same clothing pieces and have copy-cat decor items, too. It's always fun to see how each of us style the same top or dress differently and the same goes for styling home accents. Because we both "had to have" one of Mary H. Case's exclusive Longhorn Trays (and really, how could we pass it up?), we thought it would be a fun to each style it in our respective homes and show you all the results.
Here is the great thing about trays – they are the perfect blend of form and function. Not only do they look great in a space, but they can be used to catch and hold all kinds of bit and pieces of everyday life. The key to tray styling in any situation is to use the right scale (you’ll know if one looks too big or too small for a specific spot) and try to find ones that are unique and special to you.
Sally’s Styling: “I’m a coffee table book collector. I know, I know – what girl/blogger isn’t? I guess I’m lucky because my husband get’s as excited as me when we add a new cool book to our collection…it makes the acquisition of titles and subjects that align with both of us fun. My coffee table is – you guessed it – piled with various big books. I usually try to rotate favorites in and out so the look is the same but always changing. Since the look is really just one flat surface with four other smaller flat surfaces, I like to pile candles, fun pieces (like my Balloon Bunny Bank), and other odds and ends atop. Even before the Longhorn Tray came into my life I had been thinking that the table could benefit from a small try to hold matches, stray change, and other randomness that seems to float to the surface when you’re living with a guy. I love how the tray reminds us both of Texas while we’re living in San Francisco and is the perfect touch of masculineness to my girly stuff (I guess a Bunny Bank can be a little girly). It does its job of holding our loot but most of the time we try to keep only a few things in it so we can see the pretty contour drawing!”
Molly’s Styling: “My bedroom is by far my favorite spot in my apartment…I live for my bed and all my favorite furniture, textiles, and art are in the room. You can get all the details about the space from my last post for the One Room Challenge I participated in last fall (here). Aside from being the perfect spot to relax in at the end of the day and best place to wake up to in the morning, my bedroom is home to all my jewelry – and anyone that knows me, knows that my jewelry is like my second skin. Sure I might have spent more time organizing my necklaces, bracelets, and earrings than I did my clothes, but that’s just my normal. The vanity/desk to one side of my bed is the spot where all my everyday, dainty pieces sit. The drawer holds a few of these trays and the ceramic egg crate tray sits on top…even with all the organization happening, I was happy to bring the Longhorn Tray into the mix as a place for me to set items that I’m wearing regularly or ones that don’t have a permanent home (like this chunky necklace). The neutral coloring of the tray is already perfect with what I have going on and the size is ideal for the vanity as I was in need of something that wouldn’t over-power the small amount of room available but still made for a legit catchall.
So what do you think? Feeling like you need a Longhorn Tray for yourself? We aren’t surprised. They’re just the perfect artistic touch to any room or space situation and we’ve already stocked up on a few extras to give as gifts (it’s never too early to start planning for Christmas!). Just don’t tell us who’s styling you liked better…we get very sensitive about that sort of competition. Jk.