Create a Coffee or Tea Bar

In your home, having a designated area for all your routines is the most efficient way to use your space. Regardless of the amount of space you have you can have a coffee or tea bar in your home. The key is to place all the items together required for the hot drink production. This week, I wanted to offer a few ideas on how you can add a hot drink station to your home.

Transform an area of your countertop to be the station. Contain the drink-making things using a tray, wood or wire baskets, and any other supplies necessary to make the drink of choice. If you have limited countertop space, can you add a shelf under your cabinet to hold or hang mugs? Think vertically for storage by hanging a rack with hooks, or creating a unique mug holder, such as this one from A Beautiful Mess.

Use all the space you have wisely! This kitchen corner nook was transformed into a complete coffee bar for a beautiful result:

If you have space, turn a breakfast dining area into the hot drinks area:

If you have no space, use a cart to corral all of the necessary items:

Kitchen Cart from Houzz

Transform, or purchase, a piece of furniture you own into a hot drinks area. Wayfair offers many affordable tables with wheels, or you can add wheels to an existing piece of furniture to make it movable, click here for DIY instructions. Also, if you have a kitchen island and want to extend that space, consider adding a small cart or table at one of the ends to serve as your hot drink station.

Consider creating a dual space, bar area at night and hot drink station in the morning:

If you are thinking about a kitchen remodel, add the hot drink station into your design:

I hope these ideas have inspired you to create a hot drink station in your home, if you need help re-imagining your space, give me a call Redesign Right, LLC610.955.8202 or email. Now for a cup of tea!

By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz, Google+ and Instagram. Photo from Houzz: New England Design Elements.

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2019 What Home Changes will you Make?

The New Year is an exciting time as it resonates with everyone differently, for me, it’s time to look at my home with a fresh perspective. I go through the exercise of walking my house, and I consider what I would change and what could I remove? If you go through this process, ask yourself, “What is the thing that bothers me the most?”

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