The Best Way to Display your Keurig or Nespresso Coffee Pods (A Styling Tip)

The Best Way to Display your Keurig or Nespresso Coffee Pods (A Styling Tip) | Maria Killam

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Since it seems like EVERYONE has a pod coffee machine because it’s the latest and greatest convenience, I thought I’d show you how I styled them last week AFTER a photo shoot. Not to be confused with the image I created for Pinterest and Instagram 😉 😉

First, here is what my clients butlers pantry looked like before it was styled for the shoot:

The Best Way to Display your Keurig or Nespresso Coffee Pods (A Styling Tip) | Maria Killam

This pantry was designed by my friend Jan Romanuk and built and installed by Quality Cabinets on the North Shore (same company who built my kitchen cabinets). I have a before pic here somewhere but haven’t found it yet.

My clients are very busy, one is a lawyer, and the other, a scientist, so this project was a long one, it started about 3 1/2 years ago, which is why my before pics seem to be missing. The kitchen floor was existing, it’s brown tile.

The Best Way to Display your Keurig or Nespresso Coffee Pods (A Styling Tip) | Maria Killam

AFTER Photography by Airisa Photography

Last Monday, I spent the entire day styling my clients condo in False Creek for the photo shoot of the powder, living, dining, bedroom and office which happened on Tuesday. My new assistant Kelly and I were exhausted and I didn’t leave the condo until 8:00 pm on Monday night.

And just before you think all these styling ideas just fall out of my brain, they don’t. I always look for inspiration images before I start styling anything.

The prettiest butlers pantry I found was this one from Alice Lane Home:

The Best Way to Display your Keurig or Nespresso Coffee Pods (A Styling Tip) | Maria Killam

Notice the tray?  Trays do for kitchens and bathrooms what coffee table books do for every other flat surface in your house where you want to create a vignette.

Take that little knick knack that you found on vacation that you’re worried now looks a little too much like a trinkets, place it on a stack of books. . . suddenly you’ve transformed it into an accessory.

See this lizard on this coffee table book (below)? If it was placed alone on a table it doesn’t look nearly as great as it does placed on the book which almost makes it look like it jumped out of the book because the colours are so great! My long-time readers will have heard this before so this advice is for those of you new to the blog!

The Best Way to Display your Keurig or Nespresso Coffee Pods (A Styling Tip) | Maria Killam

Styled by Maria Killam

When I’m styling for any project, I shop for books by colour. In fact, you can go here and purchase books by the foot, just for colour.

For the most recent installation this past Thursday that I posted sneak peeks of on Instagram, I went to a thrift store and bought black, white and blue books. An idea Traci Zeller gave me when I saw her at High Point in the Spring. If you’re shopping for books strictly for colour, no need to pay full price.

The Best Way to Display your Keurig or Nespresso Coffee Pods (A Styling Tip) | Maria Killam

Styled by Maria Killam

I brought white hydrangeas from my garden, a slim white vase to display them from my house and I used my clients San Pellegrino bottles along with some fabulous blue glasses, I found as well as dish towels that picked up the turquoise and blue artwork.

The backsplash is painted glass but not colourful, so I brought two pieces of framed artwork to layer on top. Wood always adds warmth to white, therefore the carved wooden bowl was added to this vignette which was repeated in the bowl of nuts.

The Best Way to Display your Keurig or Nespresso Coffee Pods (A Styling Tip) | Maria Killam

The teal art behind the bird had a clear glass matt, so we taped white paper behind it to make it look brighter leaning against the neutral glass backsplash. I borrowed the nuts and miniature faux lemons and limes from a vignette in my house.

I spent the weekend prior to the shoot, shopping for accessories. I hit two HomeSense stores close to where I live, this way whatever my client is not keeping is easier to return. Also I like shopping at HomeSense for accessories because I don’t get the hairy eyeball when I arrive with a cartload of stuff to return. Keep in mind, I originally bought four cartloads, so that’s how styling works. You always need more than you’ll actually use.

Now, are my clients going to live like this everyday? No.

So I placed their Keurig machine back on the countertop with the grinder right beside it (below), replaced the styled items in the square white bowls with their Keurig pods, on the silver mirrored tray which elevated everything! We kept the glasses everyone can use (or you could display mugs as well) and the teal artwork, also adds a hit of colour and won’t get in the way of real life.

The Best Way to Display your Keurig or Nespresso Coffee Pods (A Styling Tip) | Maria Killam

And don’t forget the colourful tea towels! I sent this snap to my clients and they loved it, so that’s how it stayed, styled for real life.

So my suggestion to pretty up your countertop around your pod machine? Nix the pod holder, it’s not attractive, and pull some attractive bowls out of your cabinets, you probably have something pretty already and then find a tray to display them on.

Over to you my lovelies? How do you display your coffee pods? My clients obviously grind their own except for the occasional time when they’ll grab a pod (this is for those of you that will talk about landfills, I get it) I still have an espresso machine, an old Saeco and am looking for a new one. Any recommendations would be great!

Next weekend Terreeia and I are doing a road trip up to Osoyoos, BC, where we’re staying at a winery and hoping to get some sun since it’s been missing from Vancouver this summer.

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  1. Anyone for a spot of tea? Coffee is occasional in my house, my favorite new thing is an Aeropress, which needless to say stays in the cupboard. But, teapot(s), tea canisters, creamers…those need to be front and center. The day cannot be faced without a lovely cuppa.

  2. Nespresso Pixi is a small and attractive machine. Sometimes you find a sale which includes a hot milk frother..I don’t own one only because I’d drink WAY too much coffee. I love my Bonavita Thermal Carafe Coffeemaker. It’s simple and compact with my limited counterspace.
    Did a lot of research on both items and both are highly rated.

  3. In the one room of my home that is decorated in contemporary styling I have my books organized by spine color because it is less visually busy that way. Blocks of color are trendy, calmer and fit the theme. I can also emphasize one color if I want to. It does make it harder to find the book you want though, ha! I keep my pods in the pantry. I’d rather have the counter space.

  4. This was a really enjoyable post. I’ve got a coffee bar in a part of my kitchen obscured from view from outside the kitchen by the frig. Both Keurig and Saeco machines (love this old work-horse!) sit next to each other on the counter, with pods, Splenda packets, and small accessories in the shallow drawer below, and bags of beans, mugs, travel cups, etc. in one of the two deeper drawers below that. It’s a super arrangement for us, with the frig easily accessible for creamer. My family has its share of slobs, so this keeps the kitchen looking good even if they made a mess with morning coffee. 🙂

  5. Like how you’ve used simple bowls for the coffee pods, and yet the fact that the bowls are sitting on a tray gives them a much more elegant look. Great tip so thanks for sharing

  6. you have a magic touch, Maria, and i love your vignettes! i hide my pods in the le crueset dutch oven i keep on a back burner of my stove. that means one less thing on the counters in my smaller kitchen.