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Home Hero: The Tray

25a5208c4c1a08d9565d36e27b0ef093If my dedicated perusal of Domino and Lonny has taught me anything, it’s that the Americans love a tray. Love them. They pop them on side tables. On coffee tables. On bedside tables. On chests of drawers. Sitting on top of bigger trays.

And they are quite right: trays are tremendously useful. An unsung hero. Here’s why…Trays are both functional and stylish.


In the living room, they can corral a miscellaneous selection of items (remotes, magazines, books, a cup of tea) into something which looks more deliberate. They’re great in hallways – use it to collect keys, post, and add a scented candle to welcome your home in sweetly-scented style. I am all in favour of a stylish cheat. Or, like here [above], they can be decorative; deliberately curated to look beautiful.

d59ba9d05a7d26b00068977b8db96e9eMight I also flag that trays are brilliant if you have small children? Every morning, I whisk the tray on my coffee table away from inquisitive little hands – then pop it back in the evening when it becomes a grown up space.

Try a tray in the bedroom – or even the bathroom, space permitting. It’s a brilliant way to pare down your bedside essentials.


Or just look very, very chic indeed. This would look terribly pulled-together in a guest bedroom.


Head to Zara Home for a fine selection of tray options. H&M Home has an excellent starter, dip-your-toe in the water offering.

Get the look…

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Golden mirrored tray, £29.99, Zara Home; Apex LED table lamp, £65, John Lewis; Lene Bjerre Adrienne vase, £36,50, Houseology; White Pompelmo candle, £28, The White Company

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