the coffee station

Our coffee station was inspired by my husbands morning coffee ritual. We were often "negotiating" space everywhere in our old kitchen, but especially where the espresso machine stood. In our new kitchen we actually had space for a designated area. It was so exciting for us to plan out this space.

Our new kitchen is very monochromatic. The palette is white cabinets, stainless steel counters, white Caesarstone island and fleur de sel grey walls. Fleur de sel is a Sherwin Williams colour and it's quite a lovely grey that looks almost white in some light. There are hits of walnut woods and yellow to add warmth and pops of colour.

Here are the custom shelves my dad made for us - installed! Thanks Dad! Isn't he awesome?

coffee station in progress....

The floating shelves were made using lumber from Exotic Woods and mounting hardware from Lee Valley. You can see a post I did on my visit to Exotic Woods here

They were painted Cloud White from Benjamin Moore using their Advance product. We used this paint on our antique sideboard and secretary desk before. It's a great paint with a low VOC, but we did find that do need to let it cure for a couple of weeks. Keep that in mind if you are planning a project. If you don't you may risk leaving an indentation on the paint if you place something on it before it's completely cured.

Photo by Donna Griffith for Style at Home magazine.

This beautiful photograph in Style at Home magazine by Donna Griffith provided some inspiration for my coffee station shelving. 

Originally I thought I might use the shelves to display this set of bowls and mugs I bought last year from West Elm. I thought they would add a playful pop of colour to the kitchen. They mix well with a collection of dishes we brought back from a trip to Japan years ago.

Mugs and bowls from West Elm

Maybe I still will work them in, but I'm leaning more towards displaying glass, white bowls, mugs and adding a hit of warmth with wood.  I have a lot of glass I love. Vintage clear glass, milk glass cups, and these pretty reproduction jelly jars which were a gift from my friends Matthew & Jenny Mead.

Photo courtesy of Matthew Mead

milk glass cups from What's New on the Mantel

Walnut board from Etsy shop Jonathon January

Compass Teapot, David's Tea

This is a teapot that my children bought me for Mother's Day this year. They know me well ;)

Also slated to appear on this shelf, a beautiful silk screened print from the lovely Alanna Cavanagh. One of my favorite Canadian artists :)

Coffee Maker, West Elm

Ooh and I also have my eye on this coffee maker from West Elm - they have some great appliances!

This is my favorite part of the process of renovating. The decorating, styling and shopping for little nooks like these. Although I have to admit the dreaming and planning were fun too. Besides without that none of this would exist.


P.S. I'll post pictures when I finish playing with these shelves and the counter space :)

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