The natural wood countertop and back wall gives a warm look to this small kitchen nook nestled within the bright, white walls. The small cubby is a perfect fit for a coffee machine and simple, homey details to finish filling the space.
Let guests be part of the process by placing an espresso and cappuccino machine on the beverage station. Guests get to learn something new and can make drinks suited to their individual tastes. The milk-frothing function in the machine makes delicious cappuccinos, lattes and hot chocolate. Add popular garnishes such as marshmallows, flavored syrups and cinnamon sticks to the display.
A tall cabinet cleverly hides a deluxe coffee and tea station, including an espresso machine with plumbing (no need to venture away for water). And there's also additional storage for countertop appliances and bulkier kitchen items like colanders.
Convenient features are a master suite must-have, reports designer Trish Beaudet. "Coffee bars complete with mini refrigerators and espresso machines give new meaning to hotel-style luxury." Another handy addition are appliances. "Washers and dryers located within the space allow the convenience of tackling laundry any time of day." Image courtesy of Wellborn Cabinets
You’ve seen them in magazines and on TV, no doubt — built-in coffee bars complete with a sink, fridge and lighted shelving, like this one that Lisa Robazza designed “to utilize an awkward space under a stair in a small kitchen for a client who entertains often.” All those pricey perks are nice, for sure, but you can get the same effect for free. Just reorganize a corner of your kitchen (ideally a spot near your sink) so that all your coffee-making supplies are together: The machine on the counter, mugs or cups in a cabinet above, and filters, pods or grounds in a drawer underneath.
This family room designed by Brian Patrick Flynn features windows dressed with plaid draperies, a ceiling painted 60-percent lighter than the navy-blue walls, a sofa outfitted in machine-washable slipcovers and a houndstooth-pattern storage ottoman that doubles as a coffee table.