Fab Five - Coffee Tables

I recently purchased a gorgeous, slightly-knackered-in-a-good-way, gold and glass 70's coffee table for our living room which I'll show you very soon. Just a few finishing touches to do in there first. Or maybe I'll show you the progress or it may never happen. Hmmm.

Out of the many, many coffee tables that I looked at, it won ultimately because it was the right price, the perfect dimensions and most importantly, it has a shelf, which for someone who likes pretty things and for things to look pretty, but can't have a styled coffee table because their nearly four year old son uses it all the time as a race track and general play and eating surface, is perfect - styled shelf underneath / empty top = happy Mummy / happy everyone!

I considered round, hexagonal and square, but rectangular works best with the layout and usage of the room, and much as I ADORE marble, we're not a coaster kind of house and I didn't want to be uptight about it getting stained or etched. Our coffee table is also our dinner table on Friday evenings, so glass is the safest bet for us with our lifestyle.

I did a LOT of looking around before I purchased, and I fell in love several times so I thought I'd share my favourite five with you. I know, I'm so kind.

Practical issues aside, any one of these would work beautifully in my living room, and I love them all. Perhaps one will work for you...
Fab Five Coffee Tables - French For Pineapple Blog

1. Couldn't believe my eyes when I saw this Hex beauty from Next. It ticks so many boxes - hexagonal, smoked glass, gold finish.... What's not to love?! 

2. Adore this chunky brass and marble oval number from West Elm, who have a great selection of coffee tables. My friend Kimberly from Swoonworthy has this one, and I have big-time coffee table envy. The materials, the shape, ah, so much to love.

3. Another glass and brass finish (sensing a theme here?!), from Within Home. Love the Chinoiserie feel of this Halston one. Über glam.

4. The simple lines of this Gilmore Space coffee table at Fusion Living let that beautiful marble do the talking. I do love a simple box framed coffee table. They actually look great with (neat) stacks of magazines underneath too.

5. I couldn't resist throwing in a fantasy entry - a bit of window shopping never hurt now did it? This divine 70's piece from Talisman is a real timeless beauty. 

So it's safe to say that I only have eyes for brass (or brass finish), marble and glass when it comes to coffee tables these days. Totally irresistible.

Do they tick any boxes for you? Or do you prefer a more understated coffee table? I'd love to hear from you!

Gold Pinch Pots

Sometimes I get an overwhelming urge to make something. Something satisfyingly quick and easy. I recently bought my daughter some Fimo, and spotted that they also do a modelling clay. I'm really lucky to have a large, well stocked, craft and haberdashery shop a five minute walk away, so when my 'I need to make something' mood struck, I went and bought some.

I decided to make some little pinch pots for the succulents I've been attempting to propagate. I had about fifteen  leaves that had sprouted roots and the beginnings of new plants that needed to be potted, so these are a great size whilst they're still tiny. If they're successful, I'll have to re-pot them eventually, but for now these are perfect.  These little pots would also be great for rings, and any other tiny bits and pieces, and they're so easy.

I made meat-ball sized balls with the clay once I'd softened it up a bit, and pinched them into various shaped, rough little vessels. Perfectly imperfect. They took about 48 hours to dry (not the 24 that it promises on the pack and which was the selling point for Miss Impatient over here), and once completely dry I sprayed them gold.  I lined them with a double layer of foil and filled them with succulent potting mix before adding my new little plant-babies.  I apologise for the cringe-inducing term plant-babies - I started saying it to annoy my husband and amuse myself, and it's kind of stuck. Besides, I do love them.

Succulents love our bathroom, and the tiny pots are the perfect size to sit on the marble ledge behind the basin, where they will hopefully thrive.  We'll see over the coming weeks, how many of them make it. Fingers crossed!

Its hard to tell from the photograph, but this pot is only about 6 centimetres in diameter. Pretty cute huh?