But first, coffee – where many good things start!

But first, coffee – where many good things start!  I was unsure where to begin this blog until I realized that many of my mornings start similarly.  In the same way that I turn to coffee to give me a jump start, so too will I turn to the coffee and beverage bar to be my first post!

For those of you who are not familiar, my boyfriend (Joe) and I recently bought our first house and have been renovating for a year a half.  In this context, I have found a passion for not only renovating, but making the house a home and tailoring it to fit our lifestyle.  An extrovert-at-heart, I have a passion for entertaining and have designed our space to not only suite our personal needs, but the need for large family holidays, ladies painting wine nights, summer barbeques and many similar fun events!

Where do all of these events generally start?  At the coffee and beverage bar of course!  We strategically designed this space to be outside of the working area of the kitchen in order to afford guests open access to a beverage upon arrival or a coffee upon waking up (and in the case of some, stumbling downstairs!).  We have incorporated 2 beverage coolers – one for wine (50 Bottle Magic Chef 24in wide Wine Cooler) and one for upright smaller bottles and cans (156 12oz Can Magic Chef 24in wide Beverage Cooler).  I highly recommend beverage fridges in the kitchen, dining room, bedroom – anywhere you can fit them!  They make your home feel luxurious at a relatively low cost – if you are putting them under a counter, they are often the same or less than the 24” kitchen cabinet!

My wonderful friend Kerry was over for the holidays and during our decorating shenanigans, we labeled one as ‘Adults Only’ and the other as ‘Kid Friendly’.  I’ve since removed the nutcracker and snowmen window clings, but kept these labels, as it makes things very simple when the kids are over:  “You can have anything from the cooler labeled ‘Kid Friendly.”

During the course of this blog, I will take you through the decisions, the joys and the struggles of home renovation.  My hope is that you will pick up some good tips, become inspired by my photos, learn several things NOT to do, and have fun during the process!  I will keep my blogs purposefully short and full of pictures, as my main goal is not to be a writer, but to share my journey through making a home.  Please always feel free to comment or email me with feedback or requests for more information.  Thank you for your support going forward! 😊

Quick Tips from this project:

  • Peel-and-stick tiles can often be used with grout for a more permanent installation.  These tiles are a great option – and they are MUCH less expensive than anything I found in tile showrooms that was designed for grout only.
  • Kumquats are cute and delicious – you can eat the rind and all!