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5 Tips to Style and Create Your Coffee Bar

If you’ve been a part of the Back to the South Community for a while, you know I’m not a big fan of our kitchen.  It’s got weird angles and very little cabinet space.  It may seem funny to purchase a house where the place I spend the most amount of time is also one of the rooms I dislike the most.  The rest of the house was so fabulous, I figured I could always renovate.

In the meantime, I need to make it a place I like and find different ways to make it more home-y.  Between E and myself, a cup of tea, hot chocolate, or coffee is made in our house every day.  That’s a lot of mugs, y’all!

How to style a coffee bar

We went through a ritual every day of going from one side of the house to the other to get what we needed to add to our mug.  That got old….quick!  The one great thing about our kitchen is that there is a little nook on one side, perfect for a coffee bar!  It’s like it’s own little cove and I love it.  It’s also close to the patio door where E and I often have our #SundayMorningChats or #SaturdayMorningChats.  Living in the country, it’s always so quiet in the morning and the birds are chirping like crazy; which is great thinking time! During the warmer months, we make our mug, head out onto the covered patio, have a chat and just enjoy nature.  It’s an amazing way to start the day before things get really crazy!

When we have guests over, one of the areas they always compliment on and ask about is how to do a coffee bar so I thought I’d share a few tips on creating one.

Know your space. 

This little nook isn’t very big so I have to be creative with space and how I use it.  If your area is small like mine, that means you’ll want to stay away from large pieces to decorate your area.  You’ll also want to find pieces that are functional and keep things organized.  When dealing with a small space, it’s best to find items that can serve more than one purpose and always ask yourself, “how  can I maximize this space?”

There was no way I was going to be able to add everything I wanted unless I added space.  Well, I’m not going to knock out any walls so the natural thought was to go up and add height.   I grabbed my jigsaw and screws and made a shelf!

This also helps to balance the height of the space with the coffee maker (I’m still trying to talk E into getting a Keurig machine.  I haven’t convinced him quite yet)!

How to style a coffee bar

Figure out what you drink. 

Now E and I drink coffee, tea, and hot chocolate.  Depending on the season, we drink more of one than the other.  So when deciding on what we drink the most of, coffee and tea won.  That meant I was going to stock and create the coffee bar with those two drinks in mind.  When the seasons change, I can always adjust.


What do you use in your drink?  For coffee, we have sugar, cream, and sometimes whipped cream.  Now  I can’t leave the cream or whip cream out, but I can have the coffee and sugar out.  For tea, I like to have lemon and honey.  When we have hot chocolate, we have marshmallows and whipped cream.


How do you want to decorate your space?  Do you have a theme?  I wanted to stick with the vintage/rustic/farmhouse decor we have goin’ on for the first floor.  I also wanted this to be an inexpensive project.  Most of everything in this area we already had or I made (of course, not the coffee pot or the mini dough bowl…hahaha)

Coffee bar styling

I purchased the jars and made the labels with my Cricut machine.  The home decor printable is one from my shop, All We Need is Love and Coffee, (there’s also an All We Need is Love and Coffee mug!), and the dough bowl and natural pieces inside of it were a gift from my sweet Insta buddy, Tonya.  And as I mentioned before, I made the shelf with some wood and stain I had leftover from another project.  See….not much was spent at all.  Ya wanna hear something funny?  E spends more time in this area than he does anywhere else in the kitchen!  Ha!


You may be wondering where on earth are the mugs?  Well, remember my small area issue?  We made coffee mug holders and they’re on the wall!  I told ya, you have to be creative when you don’t have much space!  But,  I only have to take two steps to the right and grab a mug off the wall.  Besides, I think it adds character to the area and it makes it all warm and cozy.

Coffee mugs

Do you have a coffee bar?  Share how you styled it in the comments below!


  1. Liz Teaches says

    I just love that place in the kitchen–coffee bar! My coffee bar is so simple and after reading this post, I’ve started feeling that it needs improvement..These tips are so imperative Lynn and these may apply to the entire kitchen as well.

  2. Jessica says

    Hi Lynn!
    My family is a huge coffee lover (this is an understatement) okay so well, coffee addict. So it really helps to have a coffee area. Ours is still a work in progress. I love seeing great coffee bars/nooks for inspiration. Thanks for sharing yours. It’s lovely.

  3. Martha Garcia says

    Hi Lynn! I have been thinking about creating a coffee bar. I am so glad I found you at the right time. I think your ideas your experience are helping me with this. If you had more insight into it, I would much appreciate it. Thank you.

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