Life, and work, has been especially chaotic this past month, so apropos I am dedicating my first blog post in a month to my best friend, my savior...my in-home coffee bar.
When we were redoing the kitchen in our home last summer, I was baffled as to what to with this newly opened wall space. I turned to my architect, Greg Howe, from Searl Lamaster Howe Architects in Chicago. He mentioned that coffee stations or coffee bars were an interesting trend he's been seeing more of in kitchen design. Being that my husband and I are big coffee fans (two kids under 4, anyone?) I was very intrigued.
It wasn't until I stumbled on this image below, from the queen bee herself, Martha Stewart, that I convinced Greg that this idea was ingenius.
I loved this laid back vibe. The everything-in-its-right-and-cute place "displayed" concept like I'm behind the counter helping the baristas at the local coffee joint.
Greg agreed with the open shelving idea, being that we were already cabinet-heavy in most of the space, and that this would be light, accessible and a fun opportunity to show off my Missoni china.
Now not only is it an eye-catching area in the kitchen, but it's also so functional. Coffee makers and espresso machines are space hogs in the kitchen, now they have there own little home. Is it a coffee or tea morning? As the coffee machine warms up, you can get your cup and saucer down with ease with this newly dedicated corner in our kitchen.
We also decided to add a small sink with a built-in water filtration system that would be convenient in proximity to refill our machines. Below I do have some shallow cabinets to store additional tools, coffee pods and supplies.
Now instead of busting my tail to the nearest coffee spot when I'm in need for my morning (or afternoon coffee fix), all I have to do is head downstairs to this oasis instead. Highly recco.
p.s. The Nespresso Pixie Coffee Machine is a game changer. If you don't own one, you should.