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But first, coffee?

If you hadn’t already noticed from our Instagram posts, we’re coffee addicts at B.LOVED HQ!

In fact, the first thing I do when I get to the studio in the morning is head to my trusty Nespresso machine and make myself a big, frothy cappuccino.  So, when I was setting up the B.LOVED Hive creating a coffee station where our wedding industry guests could top up on caffeine whenever they like, without having to brave the rain/wind/snow on the way to our local coffee shop this winter was top priority!

So, I’ve collaborated with Gourmesso, makers of Nespresso compatible coffee pods, to show you how I did it with my top three coffee station styling tips!

SELF-SERVE

We all harbour secret dreams of being a barista, so make your coffee station self-serve to let you, and your friends indulge their dreams.

To make it as easy as possible, you’ll want to make sure everything you need is close at hand – so place your station near the fridge for fresh milk and a water supply to keep the water tank topped up.

You’ll need to keep a stash of your favourite coffee pods, sugar and toppings close by too.  My current fave is Gourmesso’s festive Soffia Vaniglia blend, which is perfect with a sprinkle of cinnamon and a mince pie!

And of course, a coffee bar is the perfect excuse to treat yourself to some new mugs. My gold polka dot mugs with their cheeky captions are a fun addition!

MINIMISE THE CLUTTER

Once you put all this together, you’ll realise there’s actually quite a lot of stuff needed to make a fully functioning barista-worthy bar, and your kitchen counter can quickly become cluttered.

So to keep everything looking neat and tidy, I added some shelves to display mugs and glasses within easy reach, and a series of glass jars for storing sugar and coffee pods in.  You might also want something to pop some spoons in too, for adding sugar or toppings to your latest brew.

If you’ve got a really limited space, try popping your jars onto a tray to keep the clutter contained to a smaller area,

If you’re a bit like me and like to change up the strength of your coffee throughout the day, or want to be able to offer guests a selection of flavours, then you could invest in a coffee pod sorter or display.  Gourmesso pods are colour coded by strength, so you could really go to town with a collection of jars showing off an array of colours an intense black Ristretto to the soft and fruity Lungo (which with a pink lid is obviously my favourite when it comes to display!).  I chose to layer my pods in a jar by strength.

There’s loads more ideas for a clutter-free kitchen worktop here.

PRETTY IT UP

Once you’ve sorted out the logistics, the last bit is all about the pretty! At the Hive we have a mini light box which is perfect for adding fun slogans and coffee related quotes, plus at night-time the lights give our coffee station an inviting glow.

If you’re feeling artistic, you could go for a chalkboard painted backdrop and add your own coffee-inspired artwork and information on your blends.  Or you could add some pretty pictures, flowers, candles, whatever takes your fancy!

Oh, and don’t feel like you need to be restricted to the kitchen counter either.  A coffee bar cart, bookcase or hidden cupboard works just as well!

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Louise

After a decade-long career in corporate interior design, I took a giant leap of faith, left the security of an office job, and founded B.LOVED in 2011 as a platform for romantic and beautiful wedding inspiration. Thanks to a whole lot of creativity, hard work and passion, my gamble paid off and B.LOVED became one of the leading wedding blogs in the UK.

You’ll also find me working as an Editorial Stylist, where I design and curate beautiful photoshoots for wedding and lifestyle brands, as well as contributing as a founding member of bridal inspiration hub Aisle Society, and running wedding industry community the B.LOVED Hive from our super pretty base in London. Yep, I definitely have the best job in the world.

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