We completed extensive renovations on our farmhouse about 3 years ago, redoing and expanding the second floor, adding on a wrap-around porch and pantry/workroom and connecting the basement with the crawlspace. All of the rooms have been painted, furnished, decorated and filled with all sorts of things - this was easy to do because each of the spaces had a specific use - I knew what to do with them...except for the workroom off of the kitchen.
This small room has become the main entrance into the house, as it is right off of the back porch and guests seem to take the porch steps into the house - they are wide, well lit and much safer than the front stone steps - which lead into the conservatory anyway since we don't use the original farmhouse door.
(P.S. For the last 20 minutes I have been looking for photos of our front doors and porch but everything is so disorganized that I can't find a thing to post. I will have to make another appointment with the Apple store to help me sort this our and organize my photos.)
The photo in this post is the design for the workroom that I found on Pinterest and it's perfect! This room needs to serve as a garden workroom, pantry, entertainment area to hold bar and buffet spreads and an entry mudroom for coats, boots, etc. So, you can see why I have had so much trouble with the design. I also didn't want the room to look like a kitchen - every designer I worked with ended up showing me a room that looked like a kitchen. We will be adding a farm sink and an Sub-Zero glass-front refrigerator to the room.
My contractor makes a second visit this evening, to begin planning and scheduling everything that needs to be done. I am very excited and relieved to finally have a design and plan!