Thursday, April 14, 2011

Wicked Wednesday...DIY Cafe` Corner...

Alert....Mothers Day is just around the corner....

On my Tray of Bliss today is an idea germinated from my aversion to shopping centres.

As I mentioned last week, I finally stumbled upon what it was that I used to like about cafe's. And it wasn't the coffee or the overpriced sandwiches!

It's the Princess Feeling. Being waited upon, the feeling of crisp linen, gentle music, murmured conversations, white on white serenity.

So I've created my own Cafe` Corner. Now, it's not a lounging corner, which is what springs to mind when you think of having a coffee at home. It's a single table version of all the things I love about my favourite coffee shops.

Now if you're a Starbucks or Gloria Jeans kinda person, my cafe` corner won't be for you. But you can still analyze the elements of your own fave cafe` and replicate it at home too.

So here's how I turned this pile of stuff.....

Into this glorious little corner of plush quiet.... which to enjoy my own coffee and cake treats.

What you need:

A smallish table that's tall enough to get your knees under. So NOT a coffee table or side table. Mine is an old derelict desk, snaffled up at a thrift shop for $10.

A pretty chair. I've repurposed my bedroom chair, but even an old outdoor chair covered with a favourite quilt could be lovely.

A roll of non slip matting. This is available from discount stores and supermarkets and is meant to stop your crockery and cutlery from banging around in the drawers, amonst other things. This stuff will give the top of your old table something to 'grab' the tablecloth, and is also nice and squishy for leaning on.

A white table cover. Now I already had this one, which I only use at Christmas. For me, it had to be plain white, but if your cafe` has red vinyl or floral table covers, then that's what you'd be after. Old bedsheets are a great alternative to tablecloths.

Now the little details....I have sugar cubes because I have such happy memories of teas with my Nanna and Mum in long ago establishments where sugar cubes and coffee crystals were de rigeur`. If you prefer the little paper sachets, then they too are available at your supermarket.

White salt and pepper shakers...another thrift shop find for under a dollar give a five star feel, as does the little white vase. I filled mine with small white ostrich plumes as an alternative to flower buds. These were under $7 at my local haberdashery and just looking at them makes me dream of another time and place. Very 'Narnia'.

I love the look of glossy magazines tied with recycled ballet pink ribbon from my daughters ballet slippers. You could do the same with either magazines or's a very girlie look.

A decent sized white cup and saucer is essential to encourage lingering, and a coffee pot or teapot is a nice addition.

Now, find a special corner in your that you love. I chose a free space next to my beloved bookcase. It's a bit gloomy in a good way, and sort of cosy and overlooks a bit of garden in a side window.

Set up your table with the non slip matting under the tablecloth or cover, and all your pretty accoutrements` arranged in a way that pleases you. Settle your chair in a comfortable position where you can view something that you love. For me it's a Monet print, my books, some photos and figurines, and the palm trees outside.

Boil the kettle, cut a slice of your favourite cake, sit, and enjoy. Who needs to spend money to chill out at a cafe`.

What's on your Tray of Bliss today?


  1. I love your idea of a coffee corner at home, how utterly relaxing and indulgent yet cheap as chips! Love it, might ave to steal the idea!

  2. Thanks Mel...DD is hogging it at the moment, so I haven't even had a look in!

  3. Mimi, what a wonderful idea :)
    I can just see myself sitting there with my cuppa, a treat and a magazine. Ahhhh Thankyou :)

  4. Beautiful as always!My cuppa with a little plate of chocolate truffles that's my tray of bliss :)
    Mim here is a blog you must check out! the roses are simply gorgeous, you will adore them :):)

  5. I'm so pleased you all like it. The great thing is it cost me under $20, and saves me twice that every week. Even if you had to raid somewhere like IKEA for the bits and bobs, I reckon you could still do it for well under $100. I used to spend that much on bought lunches! Off to check that one out Sherrie..thanks..x

  6. We always have sugar cubes, it has always been my misguided belief that they are uber posh. My sisters make fun of me because of it.

    I love my outdoor cafe at home. Just wrought iron table and chairs in the herb garden but it is lovely to sit, sip and enjoy.

  7. Mimi, you can make anything lovely. What a great post.
    I'm now following your blog from Simple Savings :)
    My blog is - if you haven't visited already I'd love you to stop by and join ^_^


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