I remember how overwhelmed I was when we first moved into our home years ago. It took a friend to stop by and give me vision to get started…she just jumped in and said, “Begin in the kitchen.  Just focus on it and nothing else…then the rest will happen.” 

I took her advice with me as we traveled to see our daughter and her family in a new home.  With two small children, she was overwhelmed.  Toddlers were the first challenge.  Followed by little money and little vision. Also, an older, unique floorplan in a home with great potential. So, I looked for an area where we could begin small and found it in this little breakfast nook just outside of their kitchen.

Recently, I noticed on Pinterest a trend to place coffee bars inside of residences.  I found many cute pictures like the first one in this post.  Her kitchen is also very small with limited counter space and they love coffee so much, they own a really nice coffee machine. So, I suggested making this a coffee area and they loved the idea…so, off to shop we went and here are the results.

We found the clock first at Homegoods and my daughter loved it!  Next, Hobby Lobby was having a huge sale, so we found the shelving, the metal basket on the table, and the wall art there.  It provided the “industrial-coffee-shop” style we were going for.  We placed this small, burlap tablecloth on the table and then supplemented with their pieces and a family picture which happened to be framed in a similar style.  Future purchase will be a cool light over the table of similar style.

Just taking on this one tiny area was the catalyst for a weekend of inspiration and they were able to decorate their front room and children’s room!  Sometimes a small change leads to bigger ones.  It is that way with a personal style makeover as well!

Are you familiar with this new idea of having a mini-coffee shop in your house?  I love the idea….and it works for their lifestyle right now.

What room do you like to begin with when decorating a new place?

Thanks for stopping by…and…as always…

Keep Smiling!

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