How to Style Your Coffee Table, According to Nate Berkus’ Team

If you love your cup of coffee in the morning, you should love your coffee table as well. As the Creative Director at Nate Berkus Associates, Lauren Ashley Allan brings this idea to life. With a unique portfolio that includes working with Kelly Wearstler in Los Angeles, collaborating with A-list clientele, and a decade of experience in high-end residential and boutique hotel work, Lauren sets the standard high for designers everywhere.

Her modern aesthetic is inspired by historical architecture and her vintage textiles are a delicate trademark. While we’re sitting here obsessing over her creations, she’s building multi-million dollar projects (it’s casual – for her). Here, she discusses her fun approach to designing and her favorite table toppers!


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First rule: there are no rules.

With a coffee table, it is all about mixing scale, texture and form. For me there are no rules. It’s more about developing an instinct over time…through experiment and experience. It is always changing and a real art. When it comes to design be fearless and have fun.


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The collected objects on a coffee table should be a representation of you things that you have accumulated over time and that you love.

This has always been at the core of Nate’s design philosophy, and he’s 100% right. Accessories are great conversation pieces when entertaining, especially if they represent special memories from your travels, a meaningful person, or even a flea market find.



Stack your favorite books together or use them as a low base for other objects.

My coffee table is a place for my latest finds. If I am feeling uninspired I go to the museum or look through magazines and art books. I love collecting great books, especially vintage copies! Some of my favorites are Jean Royere, Picasso, Brancusi and Prouve. I have a constant curiosity that keeps me absorbing new inspiration, adventure and ideas.


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A coffee table should always be topped with natural elements such as fresh flowers or crystals.

It is a chance to bring the outdoors in and add a layer of bold color. I’m loving Proteas right now. From getting dressed each morning, to designing in the studio & putting together a room – it all comes together in the way you visually communicate with people. For me, it’s so important to live with what you love & in color!



Lauren Ashley Allan’s Coffee Table Favorites