Home DecorOur Dining Room Coffee Station January 24, 2018Today, I’m so excited to share one of my very favorite spots in our home currently: the coffee station! When you have a smaller home, you have to pack a lot into a little: a lot of function into tight areas and a lot of style into a small home! I’ve found that it’s been both a challenge and incredibly freeing for us to figure out how to live well here! I’m planning a post for next week about how that’s going for us, but for now, I wanted to share one of my favorite spots in this home with you! I wanted to make every nook and cranny work hard for function and style, so I put a lot of thought into little areas. I’ve learned actually living in a house shows you how it needs to work, so there are some spaces I’m already planning to tweak as we’ve seen how they’d be used best. But this one space I designed before we ever moved in and it’s working even better for us than I could’ve imagined, functionally and style-wise! When we moved in, the layout was very chopped up. We planned to open up the main walls so that the house felt larger and an open floor plan fit well for this stage of our family. Once we opened up the kitchen wall and installed the beams, I knew there would be a little nook left on either side of this hallway door in the dining room. I’ll share more about the narrower nook on the left soon. But the nook on the right was 40″ across and I knew it was the perfect opportunity for some added function and pretty in the dining room. I immediately thought of using it more like a buffet area that would provide storage and some pretty display for dishes and glasses. We considered building in some cabinetry here almost like a butler’s pantry, but I didn’t love that idea. I knew it would feel like the kitchen continued past that beam, which to me, felt like a clear divider. So I set out to look for something unique that I hoped would bring some age and character into the old home we were making new. And I absolutely love what we found! We headed to my favorite local spot, Route 276. They have amazing vintage stuff and antiques and great prices! These two pieces were actually displayed next to each other: an old dresser and this chippy gray vintage kitchen cabinet. I don’t know if I would’ve seen it otherwise, but seeing them there, side-by-side, I immediately pictured the gray cabinet hung over the wood. And I knew it would add so much age and character. Both pieces were $125, so for a total of $250, we outfitted this area with style and storage. Anything else we considered would’ve been at least that, so we were really happy with the price for what we got! I love the display storage above! I chose my prettiest pieces to go here that are really special and get used. And the finish on this gray cabinet is my absolute favorite. We did re-paint the inside and then poly the entire cabinet really well to give a clean, new finish for our dishes to rest on. After we bought this, I was planning the function of the kitchen. I quickly realized that there wasn’t a great spot for our coffee pot with the huge peninsula and few walls for it to rest up against. And I thought this would be the perfect place! It’s convenient and I love having the mugs close by….something pretty that was really functional! The copper canisters I found on a yard sale and inside them, we’ve stored our coffee and different types of tea. The marble tray was another Route 276 find when we were moving and I loved the idea of having it here to mix drinks and protect the wood top of the dresser. Most of the dishes and glasses are vintage, but the new floral additions were a Christmas present this year from my family. They’re from Anthropologie, but are no longer available, sadly. It feels so special, like an heirloom I’ll have forever, and I love it so much. I’ve started drinking tea daily with Rosie…I’ll share more on that tradition soon. And I’ve really been trying to make it something special, so the pretty tea pot gets a lot of use these days. I couldn’t be happier with how this little nook turned out…makes me smile every time I pass it! On a total sidenote, how do you guys make your coffee? Our Keurig is really old and we’re considering doing something a little different. Any French Press fans out there? What do we need to try?