Now open…Coffee and Wine bar….

Have you ever re-thought your spaces? I mean like—why have a kitchen table in the kitchen—kind of thinking? Isn’t it funny…sometimes–actually most times…we just place furniture in a room…because that is what is “supposed” to go in there. I got to thinkin one day….why do we only use our Dining room twice a year…when it is a room whose sole purpose is only for dining? And why do we need a kitchen table….if we have a lovely perfectly fabulous “dining” table? These are the questions that keep me up at night…well, that and pinterest. 

So I kept thinkin….what if…suppose I….no—I couldn’t….nobody has reading chairs in their kitchens…….I wouldn’t dare…..Or maybe I would. Welcome to our coffee bar….(slash wine bar :)

The chairs we found were the perfect fit for this space. Plenty deep (39inches) and not too wide.
We found them at World Market.
A re purposed desk becomes a perfect landing spot for morning coffee.

We moved this table to the basement…makes a great game table for the kiddos.

It has become the most favorite spot in the house to recap our day!

 I love cooking…as you know.I love baking. I love spending time with my family and friends doing what I love the most. Why not make it more comfortable? Why not make it more of a cozy place to hang out? We have a beautiful dining room to have all our family meals around. Heck, let’s use that table instead—and make this kitchen space really functional for how we live! Again, I will interject here….I did marry the most patient man on the globe….he loves all my “out of the box” ideas…he says it keeps him on his toes:) I like to keep him thinkin , wink wink, nudge, nudge… ;)
We are making our plan to change up the colors in here too…more on that soon! Think white woodwork, dusty faded blue island, cabinets in a shade lighter…freshened up windows…can’t wait :)

Had an amazing weekend with some incredible friends. Cannot wait to share some pics from the place we stayed….here is just a couple of the sunrise….

Have a great Monday!!!

Thrifty Decor

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes...all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha's Circle of trusted bloggers.

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  1. Gosh…what a great name for your blog. I haven't seen so many clever, out of the box ideas in a long time. Thank you for the inspiration!

  2. I love this tweak in your kitchen and your way of thinking about decor! I have decided to nix the dining room when we move in a few months – it will become a library. We never use it to dine, so it just sits… Thanks for reaffirming my decision with your "think outside the box" ideas!


    Tracie- we would be friends. I love this idea. I have to think of how to suggest it to my overworked and underpaid assistant (husband)..


  4. Charlotte @ Cowgirl Clippings

    I love it. We changed one of our dining rooms into an office. Sometimes the box is too small and you have to thingk outside of it.

  5. O how I love it! I have a bay window and have debated on putting a chair and ottoman and possibly a side table there….now I may just have to do it after seeing yours!!! How incredibly cute!!!!

  6. Hi Tracie. Loved this idea! Our first house in the UK was a tiny cottage where the kitchen and lounge were all one very small room and it was so wonderful to lounge on the sofa while my DH cooked supper!!! Think this kind of furniture works so much better in a large kitchen than a table and chairs which just end up being a dumping ground for all and sundry! Well done you – it looks GORGEOUS! lol x

  7. Lyndee @ A Recovering Craft Hoarder

    I read your blog every day and rarely comment but today, I had to. I LOVE this so so so much. If I had this type of space, I would totally copy you. It makes me think coffee shop/hang-out area. Genious.

  8. I seriously love the change! I have always tried to think outside the box in situations like that, great inspiration! Pinterest keeps you up nights too!? I'm not the only one! :)

  9. Gorgeous Tracie, just lovely!

  10. Love this idea! What a great spot to pause & get your mind set for the day ahead. I'm gonna steal your wine cork storage idea too. Thanks for sharing your creative thinking!

  11. Robyn @ Robyn's Nest

    I want a wine/coffee bar right nowwww (said in my best Veruca Salt of Willie Wonka voice). Except we don't have a formal dining area so we'd end up eating meals on tv trays or something. I love your "out of the box" idea. It's nice to have a DH that lets you do your thing.


  12. What a great ideal, I agree that your rooms should be based on how you live your life, you get a better use of the space. It looks so cozy, I could see myself drinking coffee while reading a book!

  13. love how you redid this room. We’re changing our dining room to a sitting room (since we have a breakfast room too) and taking out the 3rd bathroom and making it a butler’s pantry. Just a few of the changes we’re making to a brand new house to make it our own.

  14. I was just in starbucks yesterday and while there thought of your coffee bar. Had to come back ad take another look at it. Amazing setup and idea. Got to make me one of these!

  15. […] Do you remember last year…..and I told you about me crazy idea to NOT have a kitchen table in my kitchen? (Here is that post) […]

  16. Love the coffee/wine bar idea. Doing something similar in my house – my F/R is about to become my Dining Room (my son took over my dining room for his music room) Love the ottoman – where did you get that? Thanks so much. (it always catches me off-guard to see “my” name at the end of your post ;-) )

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