I don’t know about you, one of my favorite parts about the weather turning cooler is getting to drink hot cocoa! After two years of enjoying a little hot cocoa station in our last house, we took a year off from doing one last year because we didn’t have a good spot for one here in our new house. We actually really missed it so we were quite happy that this year we now have a sideboard in our kitchen that makes for the perfect spot to set it up. At this point it’s pretty basic, but I think it will be fun to add in some holiday touches once we get a little closer to Christmas. For now though, with the cooler weather arriving it’s nice having it all set up. This is actually my first winter of being a coffee drinker (I know, I know – that’s pretty shocking!) but I have been making myself a mocha every single morning (and maybe another one each afternoon…)! In fact, I am a little embarrassed just how many cups of cocoa or mocha by the four of us that have been made in just the week or so that we’ve had it set up…
One of the questions we get asked quite a bit is what do we fill the jars with. One of the jars on the top of the sideboard has chocolate chips and one has chocolate chunks. We generally sprinkle those onto the whipped cream. Then we keep rolled wafers and a sugar bowl (that’s for the coffee, not the cocoa). In the jars below there are mini chocolate chips, marshmallows (we only had large ones leftover from the last time we made s’mores when we first set this up last week, however we have since switched them out for mini marshmallows that work better) and then of course the cocoa mix!

And on this side we have decaf coffee pods in the smaller chalkboard canister, regular coffee pods in the larger one and then hazelnut ones in the owl canister (which was the girls pick!) Then we keep straws which make for good stirrers and spoons in the little gold vase. Our fridge is pretty much within arms reach of the sideboard and we have coffee creamer and whipped cream in there. When we have people over we put those out too, but for our day to day we obviously just keep those in the refrigerator.

Top of Sideboard (left to right):
The pitcher with leaves (leaves are from yard) – Target
Antlers – World Market
Crackled Planter – Birch Lane, spheres in planter – can’t remember, have had them for forever
Mason Jars with Metal Lids – White Home Collection several years ago (Wilton, NH)
Sugar Bowl – World Market
Hot Chocolate Cups and Saucers – L.A. Burdick (anniversary gift years ago)
Chalkboard Canisters with Copper Tops – Target
Metallic Cup (was a candle but now that it’s done we use it as sort of a vase) – Target
Straws – Michael’s
Owl Canister – Target

Middle Row (left to right):
Bowls – Mikasa
Three little jars – World Market
Saucers – Pottery Barn
Microwave – Target
Cup Holder – World Market
Cups – Mikasa

Bottom Row (left to right):
Wood Box – HomeGoods
Plates – Mikasa
Bowls – Pottery Barn, Emma Collection
White Dinner Plates – Pottery Barn, Emma Collection
Gray Salad Plates – IKEA

Along with hot cocoa one of my other favorite things about the cooler weather arriving is getting to use the fireplace!

Full Source List for Family Room:

Mantel Color- Winter’s Gate in Semi-Gloss by Benjamin Moore
Wall Color- Horizon in Eggshell by Benjamin Moore
Trim Color – Simply White in Semi-Gloss by Benjamin Moore
Door Color – Mopboard Black in Semi-Gloss by Benjamin Moore
Counter Height Stools – Target
Menu Chalkboard – Dear Lillie (for sale in our shop coming very soon!)
Flush Mount – Lowe’s
Pendants – These were a hand-me-down from my mom and they worked perfectly in here (originally from Bellacor)
Circular Mirror – gift from my sister, Dana (from Antique Farmhouse)
Three-Tiered Display Piece with buckets – gift from my mom (from Mothology)
Table – Pier 1 years ago and has since been painted in French Linen from Lady Butterbug
X Back Dining Chairs – IKEA
Slipcovered Dining Chairs – IKEA
Oversized Chalkboard – made by me, you can read more about it here
X Sideboard – made by me, you can read more about it here
Wreath – Birch Lane
Antlers – World Market
Sectional – IKEA
Rug – HomeGoods
Lamp – Joss and Main
Pillows – Birch Lane, Joss and Main
Plaid Throw – HomeGoods
Slipcovered Wingback Chairs – Savvy Home and Garden
Script Chairs – TJMaxx
Painted French Cabinet – makeover here
TV Console – Antique shop in Camden, SC about 8 years ago
Frames above chairs – tutorial here
Striped Roman Shade in Window above Sink – made by me, you can read more about it here.
Drapery Panels – IKEA Ritva Panels
Drapery Rods – Lowe’s
Sconces – RH Baby and Child
Mirror – gift from my mom (Restoration Hardware)
Rocking Horse – gift from my mom (from RH Baby and Child)
Urns on Fireplace – Seasons in Williamsburg (years ago on clearance)

Have a Happy Halloween and a FABULOUS weekend!

Dear Lillie


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