The Office Gets a Tiny Kitchen

office kitchen

There’s a tiny little wall in my 400 square foot office/craft room/guest house/attached-to-the-barn-room.

Here’s where the office started,

here’s where it went for awhile,

here’s what it looked like two weeks ago.

As we were working on the barn, we realized it would be so great to have a sink and kitchen area where we could heat up food or simply pull out cold bottled waters from the refrigerator without having to lug it out from the house.

It’s super simple, just 3 cabinets from ikea, a small sink, a rolling cart, some adorable white appliances, all packed in the corner of my office.

Chad and Sean are working on it today.


Here’s the main wall we are using as the “kitchen” from left to right we are hoping to squeeze in a stove, 15 inch ikea cabinet, 24 inch ikea sink base, 15 inch ikea cabinet, and a dishwasher. It’s not going to be a kitchen we use often, no one is really going to be cooking big huge meals in here, but it will be nice to have when we need it and now we can have guests stay in the office/guest room/what do I call this? and they can have their own kitchen which is pretty awesome for all of us.


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Just for fun here’s what I made on the ikea planner. The kitchen wall dimensions & window placements are correct but the rest of the room is just an educated guess.

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It’s so helpful to see it all in cartoon form in the room.


The plan is for the refrigerator to sit on this long wall between the window and that pink column. Normally, I don’t like a fridge sitting all by its lonesome, but this particular refrigerator is so pretty that I don’t think it will be an issue. Plus, I found that pink column last week at The Depot at Gibson Mill and I think that will be the perfect partner to sit next to the refrigerator and help give it more of a sense of place.

pink column

To see the sources in the very top collage, click on the little square photo of the image you would like to find out more about.

I’ll be working in the barn most of today (again), we moved in the furniture and I’m officially in my happy place. Monday, I’m joining in a fall tour and instead of featuring our house, I’ll be decking out the barn for fall. I can’t wait for you to see how it’s turning out!

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31 Days 2014

31 days


This will be my sixth year of daring myself to write for 31 days on one topic during the month of October and it’s the fourth year I’m inviting you to do it with me. Thousands of crazy people have joined in the fun. Maybe this is your year?

The 31 Day challenge has grown up and moved out and now has its very own website! Things were getting crowded here at Nesting Place and we’ll all have a lot more room to grow over at a new place.

Come check out the new website for 31 Days.

And if you’ve taken the challenge in the past and have a story to tell about it we’d love to hear it! Maybe you turned your topic into a class, ebook, book, tattoo or one man show? Link up here and tell us how it turned out!

Barn Update :: Let There Be Paint


Chad and I are pouring all of our energy into this barn, we eat, sleep and drink it. Every thing is barn barn barn. Finally, the walls are up and painted! I wrote a barn update 18 days ago, but so much has changed, and this is the fun part! You have to see it….

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If You’re In the Midst of a Mess, Join the Club


Thursday I shared the mess that is currently my office. And you all reacted the same way I hope to react when someone shares their mess with me–you accepted me anyway. Maybe you even liked me a little more BECAUSE I shared the mess. Thank you. Revealing ourselves to trustworthy people always connects. That’s what […]

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Weekend Links to Inspire & Encourage

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Living Room Before & After // The Natos (just wait till you see the before! such a difference) I made this cookie in a cast iron skillet this week, everyone died over how good it was. Instead of making caramel sauce I used this, and it cooked perfectly when I put in the oven for […]

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What Progress Really Looks Like


I’m putting this picture of two of our kittens in this post, in case you need to quickly scroll up and look at something cute after seeing all this mess… Once again, my office is the hardest working room. Can you imagine trying to store this mess inside our house? I’m so happy to have […]

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Why it’s Worth it to Take One Microscopic Step Forward

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My office has been so neglected while we put all of our energy into the barn project. But every time I looked at it, it made me sad. I needed a little win. I threw dinner in the oven and ran out to my thrifted office door armed with a quart of pretty pink paint […]

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The Nesting Place ebook for 1.99

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Just a quick reminder that today only in the US, The Nesting Place is 1.99 — it’s the Kindle daily deal so if you’ve been wanting the ebook for you or a friend, today’s your day! And because I know that most of you aren’t going to be on the computer today but will be […]

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Weekend Links to Inspire & Encourage


Quiet the House // Jones Design Co Jen Hatmaker ruined my marriage // Danny Franks Going back to school :: The 1970′s vs Today // Scary Mommy Fast + Easy Large Tapestry Wall Hanging // A Beautiful Mess Why Rest Takes Courage by Emily Freeman via {in} courage The Hard Work of Making Your Dreams […]

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How I Learned to Appreciate Water


right now same room one year ago This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Clorox who just so happened to be a main character in our developing story and water woes here at the ‘farm’ in a post I was planning to write anyway.  All thoughts, opinions and stories represented in […]

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