Wednesday, February 20, 2013

No Barista Needed, Coffee Bar!

We have always enjoyed opening up our home and having friends, or soon to be friends, come over (pretty much anyone willing to take the first scary step inside. :-) As friends come in the door we will usually hang their coat (we live in Minnesooota!) and then ask the question, "What can I get you to drink...something warm?" :-)

We might not be a Starbucks (or Caribou for that matter) but I have some killer skills at hitting the "on" button and brewing a fresh, warm pot of cheap coffee. Of course, not everyone is a coffee drinker (or have decided that they aren't coffee drinkers when they are at our house. :-) So we have done our best to have other options tucked away in the cupboards (like hot chocolate, apple cider, and assorted teas.) 

Then last year when we transitioned from being a family of four to a family of SEVEN, life drastically changed, to say the least. When friends came over I could still manage to hit the brew button before they arrived but trying to do much of anything else was a challenge. Chasing around five little tornadoes while still trying to make hot chocolate...I'll let you picture what that looked like! :-)

I started thinking about some questions that had been going on in my mind since our family transitioned. 
  • How can we create a space where people still feel right at home?
  • The popular question of the night is always..."Is the coffee regular or decaf?" How can I let people know which kind I made?
  • Then there is the whole...not everyone is a coffee drinker, so how can I let them know that we have other options in the cupboards?
  • I always seem to be refilling our tree mug that holds six mugs...how can we put out more mugs without it looking strange and creating a danger zone for little kids?
  • Personally, I really want to create a fun, colorful space...much like a coffee house...how can I do that on a budget and by reusing things I already own?
Last month, I posted about some ideas that I had been brainstorming for our dining room and I finally took action over the past two weeks to get 'er done! Even through the good, the bad & the ugly...things finally came together.

If I have learned anything, when it comes to decor, it is that function and beauty are ALWAYS a possibility and when they both come together (even if it means some crazy ideas) GO WITH IT! I was now on a mission to design our perfect dining room space (for our family) complete with our very own re-vamped, No Barista Needed, Coffee Bar!
 
Here is a BEFORE shot with some of the things that I wanted to change...

Before shot of the dining room
  1. Finally replace the chandelier...my least favorite thing in the room!
  2. Switch around some curtains in the house to upcyle and give this room more of a bright and cheerful feel.
  3. Remove the plate rack and make room for a custom coffee bar, chalkboard display.
  4. Remove the doors, fill the holes, and paint the back of the shelves to bring in a fun accent color as well as create some added storage for the coffee bar.
  5. Add some unique art and re-do the coffee display (hopefully find some more mugs!)
  6. Change up the table setting to go along with the new coffee house theme.
Here is the transformation of how I turned, our regular every day dining room into a coffee bar atmosphere that will be welcoming to friends new and old!

a coffee bar in our home

I seriously NEVER want to leave my house again. If you are looking for me, you can find me right here!

The biggest addition was the custom chalkboard display. My inspiration for the whole design was the cup of java artwork to the left of the chalkboard, created by the talented Greta Sandquist. You can find other great pieces on her etsy shop here!

custom chalkboard coffee house sign in our home

The moment that I saw this lighting collection, I knew that this shade would be the perfect replacement to the chandelier. Not to mention that it was also designed by the fun and super talented, Sherry & John Petersik from Young House Love!

young house love lamp shade

Making use of the buffet drawers was the perfect place to put all of  the non-coffee drink options and give easy instructions on the chalkboard so that people would know where to find them.

using drawers to store tea

My love for candles, color & coffee beans finally came together, all in one place!

candles, color & coffee

Here again are the fun before & after shots!

before

after - our No Barista Needed, Coffee Bar!

Here are some of the "behind the scenes" action on how this all went down!
Enjoy checking out the behind the scenes and...Make Yourself At Home. :-)

Are you new to An Inviting Home? Here are some other fun posts that will tell you a little bit more about what is written on this blog. Also, if you are interested in finding out about my 2013 blogging goals, you can find those here.

 Thanks for stopping by! 
~Sarah @ aninvitinghome.com

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57 comments:

  1. Can't wait to see it with my own eyes!

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    1. Melissa,

      You can make your very own cup of something warm and special tomorrow night once the kids go to bed. :-) See you then!

      ~Sarah

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  2. So inviting, so trendy yet timeless. I love it!!

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    1. Thanks Sarah! It is so inviting that I am having a hard time leaving this room and going to bed. However, drinking anything right now would keep me up for hours. :-)

      ~Sarah

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  3. Love the redesign Sarah!!! Of course I'm always in the mood for coffee, so when I'm in the TC's, I know where to go. And love the color...we share the same color tastes :) Always love your blog...keep it up. Love & miss you guys, Kyme

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    1. Thanks Kyme! Now I know why I have always loved your taste! ;-) Stop by anytime you are in the TC's...I'll have the coffee brewing!

      ~Sarah

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  4. Wow this is SO great! My dependence on my morning cup of coffee is sad. I tried to switch to decaf at the beginning of the year, and I was So grouchy that I had to switch back within days to preserve my sanity. I recognized the YHL shade when I first clicked over - love it! - but my favorite part is definitely the chalkboard. What would a coffee house be without chalk art?!

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    1. Jenna,

      Too funny about the decaf...preserving your sanity is totally worth it to switch back! :-) I have so many favorite parts about this room and the chalkboard was definitely the funnest thing to create. Thanks for stopping by!

      ~Sarah

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  5. I am definitely going to copy your idea of a "help yourself" coffee bar. I often host playgroup and would love to be more accommodating! Thanks for the great idea.

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    1. Jessica,

      Something like this would be great for hosting playgroups. Let me know how it turns out!

      ~Sarah

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  6. oh my gosh, LOVING the use of the beans in the tray. and the fun colors. this is a great transformation here!

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    1. The beans are so great because they smell SO GOOD too! :-)

      ~Sarah

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  7. Okay, I'm not a coffee drinker (or even much of a hot chocolate drinker, but that's probably because I live in California), but this is beautiful! What a cheerful, fun, functional space to have in your home! Good luck in Creating with the Stars!

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    1. California...how beautiful and warm! (We are currently getting another snow storm here.) Thanks Jani, that is a sweet compliment coming from a non-coffee drinker. :-) Good luck to you! Your fairy houses are darling and if my two girls see them they will be instantly requesting them for their room! :-)

      ~Sarah

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  8. I just stumbled upon your blog through House of Rose, and now I'm obsessed with that chalkboard! This is a phenomenal transformation. Very well done. I can't wait to see the tutorials.

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    1. Emily,

      Thanks for popping over! It should be a FUN upcoming week with all of the behind the scenes details.

      ~Sarah

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  9. This is awesome! It looks so fresh. You must do a lot of hosting with that coffee bar!

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    1. Chaney,

      We love enjoying the company of others in our home and with five kiddos it is way easier (and cheaper!) to meet up with friends here than at Starbucks per say. Although, I can't stay away from Starbucks for very long...so that is where I usually go to get some mommy quiet time. :-)

      ~Sarah

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  10. Fantastic idea and amazing transformation! I would not want to leave that room either. lol :)

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    1. Thanks Julie, it was definitely an amazingly fun project to create!

      ~Sarah

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  11. That is a gorgeous space. What a wonderful idea!! I would definitely feel "at home" there too. :)

    (I found your blog from your diy desk posted @ IHeartOrganizing.)

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    1. Thanks Megan, and thanks for stopping by! Isn't Jen awesome? She has so many great ideas! :-)

      ~Sarah

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  12. That's very cool! I found your link on the Inspiration Gallery and think it's such a good idea! I am redoing our front room into a sitting room and might need to steal and rework this idea in to our house! I just LOVE not paying $5 a cup when I do coffee with friends :) Consider yourself pinned.
    And congrats on your adoption, amazing.

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    1. Bridget,

      It has been great to have a place to sip and sit with friends without the heavy price tag! Let me know how your sitting room turns out, I always love seeing new spaces! :-)

      ~Sarah

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  13. It looks so very fabulous. Forget Starbucks-I am loving your coffee bar.
    Ruth

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  14. Wow! What a fun transformation. I love the changes you made. It sure does seem warm and inviting. Can't imagine having the time do complete this makeover with 5 kiddos to chase around. Well done!
    I would love if you would share this at my link party. http://www.realcoake.com/2013/04/real-family-fun-9.html
    Take care,
    KC


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  15. This. is. amazing! Seriously... makes me want to start drinking coffee! ;) The turquoise/teal and yellow color scheme is my absolute favorite right now. Off to check out some of your other posts...

    By the way, I also link up with Edie. If you're interested, you can check out my kitchen makeover here: http://www.domesticblissdiaries.com/2013/04/the-bliss-project-14-going-gray.html

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    1. Thanks Alana, I am loving the teal/yellow color scheme too...as you can tell. :-) I'm looking forward to checking out your kitchen makeover! Thanks for stopping by.

      ~Sarah

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  16. I love this! You transformed the area with the chalkboard and bright colors. Makes me want to come for a cuppa! :)

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  17. Ohhhhh my gosh I love this! You did an amazing job! Can I come over?! lol

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    1. Jessica,

      Thanks, come on over...the decaf is brewing as we speak! :-)

      ~Sarah

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  18. This crazy...I love it! If I lived closer you would find me sitting there pretty often. Love the chalk board but also all of the attention to detail that you put into it. I'd tell you to enjoy it, but I can tell you already do!!

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    1. Thanks Sarah...it is a pure joy! P.S. Great name ;-)

      ~Sarah

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  19. I love it! You did a great job and it all looks so good. I'm also a fan of YHL and I've been eyeballing their lighting collection with hopes of updating some of our lights soon. I love the shade you picked for over your table. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog (Caught in Grace) and saying hello. It's nice to meet you through blogland!

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    1. Jaime,

      Thanks so much for stopping by! It sounds like we both have similar taste. :-) I love my YHL shade. The light is a little dim for filling the whole dining room space but it gives us more mood lighting I guess. It is very nice to meet you too! :-)

      ~Sarah

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  20. I love what you've done. How on earth do you keep your kiddos away? We had a similar beverage station but it was difficult with little ones always wanting something.

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    1. Thanks Kerry! At special times we serve the kids up some hot chocolate but other than that they know that it is usually for guests. Those "black straws" though (coffee stirrers) now that is something that they can't seem to keep their little hands off of. ;-)

      ~Sarah

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  21. Hi I found your blog today through remodelaholic.com which I found on Pinterest! I am really enjoying looking through your blog so far. I love the idea of storing tea/coffee items in the drawers of the buffet drawers, I have a nice furniture piece with drawers and am overloaded with tea bags yet never thought to store them in there until this blog, I can't wait to spend some time re-organizing it now. Thanks!!

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    1. Layla,

      That is wonderful! I've found that my tea collection has grown even more now that I have a nice large drawer to store everything in. So watch out. ;-)

      ~Sarah

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  22. Just found your blog and I love it!! This coffee bar is pretty much amazing. I love your style! We are big coffee drinkers in our family and my sister (who I blog with) and her husband have adopted 2 of their children. I think we would get along welL! :)

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    1. Thank you so much Jen! It sounds like we would get along well. I'm looking forward to checking out your blog! :-)

      ~Sarah

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  23. Hey Sarah, LOVE LOVE LOVE this! What a great job! Thanks so much for linking up with OPC and Remodelaholic to support Habitat. Featuring you on the blog tomorrow and will be sharing on FB too. :)

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    1. Thank you so much Jocie...that is fun! :-) I can't wait to check it out. Habitat is so awesome.

      ~Sarah

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  24. this is superb...i feel like i should have a cup and sit down right now!

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    1. Thanks Kelly! A little decaf is served up as we speak. :-)

      ~Sarah

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  25. Sarah,
    I absolutely love your room makeover!!! Wow! what a difference!
    I am one of your newest followers on facebook & twitter.
    I would love for you to visit me.
    http://thisolemom.blogspot.com
    Kim

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    1. Thanks so much Kim! I look forward to checking out your blog. :-)

      ~Sarah

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  26. So beautiful Sarah. I would love to create something like this being a teetotaler myself (for religious) reasons) I always wanted to have one of those old fashion bar trolley's filled with exotic waters and sodas instead of wines. This is much more grown up than fancy soda bar lol.

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  27. I just love this Sarah - the colour is so fresh and fun and I would love to come by and have a cup of coffee with you in there! Such a great space!

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    1. Thanks Krista! You are welcome any time. :-)

      ~Sarah

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  28. I am in LOVE with your dining room but especially your coffee bar!! I am a total coffee junkie (don't ask me how many coffee makers I currently have!) and I could totally see how a similar set up would fit in my kitchen!! Thanks for sharing this. I'm off to figure out how it will work in my space!!!

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  29. That's very cool! I found your link on the Inspiration Gallery and think it's such a good idea! I am redoing our front room into a sitting room and might need to steal and rework this idea in to our house! I just LOVE not paying $5 a cup when I do coffee with friends :) Consider yourself pinned.
    And congrats on your adoption, amazing.
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    1. Steal away! :-) Thanks so much...adoption has been such an amazing experience for our family.

      ~Sarah

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