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A 5-STEP GUIDE TO DESIGNING YOUR VERY OWN COFFEE BAR

A 5-STEP GUIDE TO DESIGNING YOUR VERY OWN COFFEE BAR

A coffee bar can add a touch of sophistication to your kitchen, whether you’re an avid caffeine enthusiast or simply enjoy the occasional latte. From a simple counter station to a full-blown coffee corner, it’s easy to create your very own space to fix breakfast, make coffee, and store kitchen accessories. Impress your guests and have a caffeine break in the comfort of your very own home by building a coffee bar for your kitchen

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Plan Your Budget

When planning any home remodeling venture, it's important to consider costs before diving into a new project. You should consider how much you're willing to spend on your coffee bar so that you can plan accordingly. There are several expenses that you may have to take into account, including contracting, remodeling, and redecorating costs. If you want to stick to a limited budget, you may want to consider a low-cost project such as repurposing a bookshelf or cart into a small coffee corner.

Size up Your Space

Just because you live in a loft or a studio doesn't mean you can’t enjoy the perks of having your own coffee bar. No matter how large or small your living space is, it’s easy to make space for your strong morning caffeine break. While larger homes may be able to install a full bar, smaller areas can opt for smaller coffee carts. You can even convert empty shelves and closets into a coffee nook.

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Find Your Materials

Many coffee lovers already have much of what they’ll need to create a home coffee bar, but you may want to invest in additional equipment to create a truly one-of-a-kind space. In addition to tools such as espresso makers and French presses, furniture, lighting, and unique art pieces are all important elements when designing your coffee bar. You may also want to have a supply of your favorite spices and syrups on hand to serve with your beverage

Set up Your Bar

Once you’ve gathered all of your supplies, you can set up your bar. Install your countertops, arrange your furniture, and wire electrical equipment so that everything is as you like it. Complex jobs such as full-scale bar renovations may merit the assistance of professional contractors.

 

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Credit Café Apostrophe

 

Decorate to Your Tastes

There are countless ways that you can decorate your coffee bar to create a relaxing and harmonious space in your kitchen. Add some color with a touch of paint, or buy some patterned mugs to spice up the room. Black and white is a chic theme that goes with pretty much any design and can be combined with bright colors to create bold highlights and accents. You can also cultivate a coffee-shop feel for your home bar by installing an authentic chalkboard wall to announce the drink of the day.

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Written by Jenny Holt 

10 fabulous kitchen islands!

Today's kitchens are growing rapidly in size and many designers are adding kitchen islands along with the industrial appliances, state of the art cabinets and custom countertop designs that have gained recent popularity. The kitchen island has come a long way from the days of a single small table in the middle of the kitchen. Now, kitchen islands are often elaborated becoming fully equipped ‘kitchens within a kitchen', complete with sink, stovetop, and refrigerator. One of the most important benefits of the kitchen island is the additional work space, storage area and room for extra appliances that it provides.

Besides meal preparation, the kitchen can become a gathering area for family and friends if there is enough space. In many instances kitchen islands become central to the overall kitchen design and add a luxurious touch to your kitchen. Since so much happens in the kitchen on a regular basis, getting the layout right is important. The kitchen island can serve as an additional eating area, and food preparation can easily be done there. In a large kitchen, the kitchen island can shorten the distances within the working triangle (sink, refrigerator and range or cooktop) and make it more efficient.

Here are 10 amazing kitchen islands options for perfect kitchens!

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This spacious square island does double duty as workspace and dining table. How divine. (Design by Candice Olson.)

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Don't feel penned in by having to choose one material for your island's surface; this design incorporates both tile, perfectly matching the kitchen backsplash and butcher block. (Design by Didier Michot.)

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This kitchen seamlessly integrates with the dining and kitchen area. Very functional island integrating a sink, wine fridge and lots of storage space, below and above. (Design by Candice Olson.)

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Design your kitchen to fit your family with this modern space where the island integrate an electric stove and serves as dinner table. (Design by Candice Olson.)

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This elegant design has a raised section for a breakfast bar; the lowered section wraps around it on three sides. Paneled columns, moulding details, and wainscoting panels are all beautifully integrated (Design by Crown Point)

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This single-level island was designed with plenty of space for baking in mind. The Cherry island cabinetry is laid out in an "L" shape, and incorporates a second sink. The open area underneath the countertop makes for an easy way to slide the stools out of the way of someone carrying large bowls of cookie dough! (Design by Crown Point)

10' Long Kitchen Island

Now that's an island! Over ten feet long, three feet wide; designed with eight spindles for legs, and eight full depth drawers! Cherry stain with Van Dyke glaze on Cherry hardwood. (Design by Crown Point)

Round kitchen island

Modern kitchen featuring a curvy island with 2 integrated round sinks and modern rounded stools. Lots of curves all along...

Sliding kitchen island top

Wondering where did the kitchen go? With this modern kitchen island with sliding wooden tops, the sinks and stove disappear once you are done cooking! Amazing!

Pretty in pink kitchen island

Pretty in pink lighting accent on this extra long kitchen island. Very psychedelic and fun but also functional!

For more information about Interior Design and Feng Shui email Marie Burgos at marie@marieburgosdesign.com and visit our site on www.marieburgosdesign.com

Which kitchen island is your favorite? Are you planning to remodel your kitchen  in the near future? If so please let me know about it by leaving a comment!