Sunday, 21 January 2018

How I style my Graham and Green Coffee Table

Now I'm old enough to remember when coffee tables were in fashion the first time around. Large, chunky dark brown wooden monstrosities that were more practical than stylish. Used to house the remote control, the TV Times, discarded cups of coffee and as your Dad's foot rest. Over time this coffee table became scratched, stained from cups and glasses and as a dumping ground, such to the extent that you forgot what material the table was made off.

Gone are those days and now the coffee table is regarded as a piece of art in your living area, a stylish nod to your grander interior goals and woe betide  anyone who actually puts a coffee cup on it!

I've been looking out for a coffee table to make a centrepiece to my living room and take away the main focal point of the TV. It was only when I visited the Graham and Green Outlet in Chippenham (as featured in my October Favourites) that I spotted a discounted Detroit Coffee Table. It was well hidden but I knew at once it was absolutely perfect.
With geometric black and gold metal legs and a solid marble top, this coffee table is not only very "of the moment", the materials and style are not going to date. The marble top is light enough to add an amount of light to the room and the open framework of the legs make an interesting feature rather than standard four block legs.
How you style your coffee table is of course completely up to you. The pieces I have picked to display on my own table are bits I want to show off and that add different heights and textures to the table. And I do plan on changing what I display seasonally, to keep my interest up and almost as a changeable design detail. I have also applied the 'rule of thirds' to display the items by having three columns of items. I don't want to make the table top too busy and I want an order but I also want to use as much of the top as I can but without cluttering.

I've also used materials that compliment the coffee table itself. 
The geometric gold coloured tea light holder was from Primark for something ridiculous like £3.00 and this sits inside a Oliver Bonas gold and glass mirrored tray (£12.00 link here). This tray is lovely and sometimes I sit a plant inside it. The refection from the glass also adds a nice touch.
I can't be trusted with any living plants so this succulent from Marks & Spencer is perfect as it requires very little attention. It comes all ready to go and planted in the glass jar which I sit on another Primark piece - a copper coloured small dish coaster. I like that the green of the succulent adds a contrasting colour to the proceedings and when I eventually kill this, I will make sure I always have a plant or flowers on the table.
I can't remember how much these Primark coasters were, but literally a few pound. I have two and the other I sit candles on. I always make sure I have a candle on the go on the table. I mostly pick candles up from the sale shelf of Homesense or from Asda or Sainsbury's, both of which do nice smelling candles.
No coffee table is complete without at least one coffee table book. Not for reading and solely for display purposes only and because the covers go well with the rest of the top but they are both interior inspo books.
And whilst I would never intentionally invite anyone to put their drink down on my coffee table, I do have a couple of marble and wood coasters just in case of an emergency situation. These are from Tesco. A pack of 4 for £12.00.
The Detroit Coffee Table from Graham and Green is £195.00 but I did get mine from the outlet for £136. I've seen some really cool coffee tables on Habitat and Wayfair sites, so they might be worth checking out as well.
Graham and Green Detroit Coffee Table



  1. That tables gorgeous! A real eye catcher and you ave styled it perfectly.
    Laurie x


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