It must be five years since I first set eyes on a brass bar cart at Alfie’s Antique market, long before they became a mainstream staple in the likes of Oliver Bonas, Rocket St George and Abigail Ahern, and I’ve been completely obsessed with them ever since. You might have even seen my shopping guide on them?  Five years on, I’ve still not found the perfect one which fits my style, price and size of my lounge.

I’ve made a promise to myself that as soon as ‘the one’ comes along, I'll buy it immediately, so for now I’ve created the perfect solution to give me that bar cart fix- a drinks tray. Or in this case a marble placemat with some bottles on it, as sometimes it’s just all about the styling.

All hail the simple marble placemat from good old Marks and Spencer homeware range for a bargain £15. As you can also see I’ve been collecting the odd thing for my ‘bar cart’ over the years, including the brass bar set from West elm, metallic straws from Tiger, and cactus glasses from Oliver Bonas. I’ve got a bit of a thing for Gin, but why not make yours your own? Anyone fancy an old fashioned? 

For now, I’m at peace with my bar cart obsession… well, for now anyways….