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Happy Hour: Terrific Trays

 Every been in a restaurant when it turns "Happy Hour?" You notice the mood instantly changes as everyone is ready for fun. Whenever I'm having a Bad Hair Day, my cure is always a personal Happy Hour. Of course, I'm hopeless addicted to interiors; so for me, this hour is all about decorating. In this series, we'll look at some quick and happy mood changers for our very own Happy Hour. Each should take about an hour - a mere 60 minutes - to perk up our minds and our rooms. Let's get the party started.

T-R-A-Y, the perfect four-letter word.  Theatrical, timeless, tantalizing and totally terrific.  What better way to spotlight a collection or corral the clutter?  Maybe I've overdone it a bit - this morning, I counted 11 trays showing and there's more squirreled away out of sight.  If you're not using trays already, I promise you'll be addicted once you start.  In fact, I bet you have one hidden away just waiting to make its entrance.  Let's take a look at some terrific uses for trays.

A tray with casters holds backdoor necessities.

Practical storage in a kitchen.

Marble tray on kitchen counter juxtaposed with an aluminum can vase.

A terrific way to showcase Granny's silver. 

hadley court - interior design

Silver-plate tray corrals collectables on a coffee table.


Acrylic tray acts as a bar in this living room.


A basic tray makes it easy to change flowers and books as seasons change.

Use a mirrored window pane as a coffee table tray.

Glam office.

Sexy bathroom tray.

Imagine all these items scattered on a bathroom counter. 

A tray makes it easy to find favorite jewelry.

Bedside tray essentials.

And for the best Happy Hour of all, who can resist breakfast in bed?  Here's to our first Happy Hour.  Please send your comments and photos when you can. XoX

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