30 October 2014

Our Farmhouse Coffee Room

Hey folks. It's been a busy month. We're slowly getting things unpacked and put away and I really didn't expect to still be doing those things almost a month in but life happens. 

We buckled down on Tuesday and really focused on finishing up the room off our kitchen. We have a much larger dining room off the other side of the kitchen, so we decided to turn this one into our own coffee cafe kind of room. The man and I both LOVE coffee so it's fitting. It is so cozy and just perfect for sitting and having a cup or two (3,4 etc) of coffee. You can see the mountains out the windows and we just love how it turned out. 

This is the view of the room from the kitchen:

There's a door to right, near the aprons, that leads to the hallway. This is the view of the room from that doorway: 

This was kind of an unintentional theme. We didn't go into this thinking 'oh, lets use red and fruit and make it look like Grandma's kitchen' but that's what I  had on hand and I love it, even though *MY* colors of choice are pink and aqua but I think it turned out lovely! I had a lot of old wooden handle utensils so I decided to do a display on one wall of those:

I have long been a hoarder of vintage aprons. Those have a whole wall to themselves. I finally have a space big enough to hang up two of those expandable racks. In my last kitchen, I had just a small space so I hung up one rack and crammed all the aprons I could fit onto it. I like it much better this way: 

Both windows have built in shelves above the curtain rods. I totally took advantage of that space and displayed some of my vintage choppers, sifters and tins. I now have 3 of these sifters with apples on them. Oops! Anyway, I think it's a good look and ties in with the fruit theme: 

This is a cheap-o $7 decorator side table from Wal-Mart. And a thrifted $1.50 tablecloth that I've had for probably 7 years! The chairs were also yard sale finds that I paid $5 for back in 2007. They faded a bit last year on my porch but I still love them. Small enough to fit in the coffee room and perfect for sitting and staring at the mountains: 

And finally, the star of the show and the whole reason for this room -- the coffee bar itself. This old dresser was gifted to my mom from my grandpa probably 20 years ago. He'd received it from an elderly lady some years prior. It wasn't in pristine condition, and of course, wasn't some priceless antique so a couple of years ago, mom and I painted it white and changed out the knobs and pulls to reproduction glass found at Hobby Lobby. I took a $3 vinyl tablecloth and cut it to size and then stapled it around the underneath edges to create a neater, easier to clean surface for the sticky spoons and coffee rings. We have a selection of Torani flavored syrups and K-cups, then above, Mason jars filled with all sorts of flavored coffees. The chrome Tea canister holds the filters, the Coffee canister has regular coffee. In the top drawers of the dresser, we have a selection of tea and extra K-cups. The larger drawers hold other coffees and some vintage Tupperware: 

We are so in love with our farmhouse!! This room has really been a good motivator for getting the rest of the place put together so that's what we're working on today. Our forecast is calling for a snow storm this weekend. I can hardly believe I'm typing that but we're excited. If we're snowed in for a couple of days, we should really have plenty of time to finish every room. 

09 October 2014

A New Home Sweet Home

Hello!! Lots of changes have been happening. We moved -- again!! We quickly realized that the old farmhouse we were renting was entirely too small and didn't offer enough storage space, let alone room for guests, and then after a scary-snake-beside-my-bed incident in August, that kind of made our decision to move become even more urgent. 

After some stressful weeks where we were sure we weren't going to get our current place due to clerical errors, we finally received the call that the place was ours. We moved in a week ago yesterday and are IN LOVE!! It's much, much larger: we have 5 bedrooms as opposed to the 2 in the old place, and at 2700 sq feet, we can now have guests! It's still an old farmhouse, though this one is in MUCH better condition, and the views are to die for! 

We're still trying to unpack and get everything put away but it's much easier now that there is room for all of our stuff!! We're thoroughly enjoying fall here in Maggie Valley, too. It's so much quieter than Asheville and we love not having 6 lanes of traffic and 400 stop lights to sit through! My mom, niece and sister came up last weekend to help us move stuff from storage into the house and get started putting things away. It still looks like a bomb went off in here but we're managing to get it all done. Hopefully we'll knock another room off the list today and I'll have lots of new pics to share soon.