Monday, October 8, 2012

On My Wish List - A Breakfast Nook

I've always wished for a space carved out in the kitchen area for a breakfast nook. I think it's the perfect spot to be creative with architectural details, color, and pattern. It also makes for a convenient sitting area on a Saturday morning while someone is making breakfast and the other is relaxing with coffee and the paper.

I drooled a little when I came across this breakfast area on Houzz designed by Steven Miller Design Studio.



Simple. Bold. Practical. Color. What word comes to your mind when you see this area? 

I also really like how the entire kitchen appears to be neutral and then they reserved a bold statement for this eat-in nook area. How would your eat-in breakfast nook look?

I've been doing some homework for a client and I came across a few fabrics that got my attention - below are my current favorite selections for a dream breakfast nook area.


All of the fabrics are by Robert Allen. I've added in a round table for more interest (notice how the table in the home above has ornate legs - I like that). And then a blush pink pitcher because I've really been loving blush pink with black and you can't go wrong with a glass carafe either.

I am constantly coming back to windowpane fabrics. They are timeless and I think this particular fabric would be really nice on the banquette - pillows in the ikat and the plaid. SOLD.

Here are the exact sources:

Windowpane fabric - Robert Allen
Ikat - Robert Allen
Houndstooth - Robert Allen
Blush pink ceramic pitcher - Etsy seller Joanna Buyert (looks like this pitcher is no longer available)
Table - Jayson Home
Glass carafe - Crate & Barrel

What would you include in your dream breakfast nook?

We had a great weekend. Saturday was beautiful and included trips to a flea market with my Mom and the Morris Arboretum with the family - I hope to post about both later this week. The temps have gotten colder here though so the jackets, hats, and scarves have all come out. Hope you had a great weekend!

15 comments:

  1. I think "genius" when I see this little breakfast nook. Who would have thought that a little retreat space like that could fit so cleverly in a tiny corner? We're so used to thinking that we need a large amount of square footage to make a statement, but this is practical, totally useful, and just plain good design! Thanks for showing these photos!

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  2. That breakfast nook is beautiful! Love the shape of the back!! Great fabrics:)

    Glad you had a good weekend! We just got back from the pumpkin patch/hayride with Maura. Good times. It is definitely like real fall here now...leaves falling everywhere and cold coming!

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  3. Hmm...it's charming and I love kitchen nooks, but in my opinion doesn't look too practical for kids or spreading out a paper. I like all of your gorgeous fabric choices and table better! And, I really hope Kristen doesn't pop back over to read these comments!:)

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    1. Pam, I have to agree with you that the table is a bit small, which is why if it were my nook I'd want/need a bigger table (like the one on my board). I probably should have shown a few other photos of this home from Houzz because it appears as though this opens up to a big great room and this really is just a small nook to sit for a little while. They have a formal dining room as well so this is probably just a bonus. Great point though Pam - thanks for bringing it up.

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  4. The word that sticks out to me about that nook is NAILHEAD TRIM...never loses it's cool factor!

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  5. That is one amazing nook! The table you chose has a great base and wouldn't it be stunning with a wood top?! Sounds like a busy week-end...how fun that your Mom enjoys doing the flea market thing!

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  6. I love breakfast nooks - the perfect little tuck away to greet the day, relax, and just be... They're the comfort zone in a home!

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  7. Oh my, that close-up of the breakfast nook is extra special! Love the fabrics too! I think it's simple and bold and practical.

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  8. I adore both of these tables--his and yours! I agree though that yours seems much more practical but if you were just a single guy/gal living in the city, a small bistro table might just work. Plus, the small table doesn't overwhelm that small space. Your table is fantastic though--definitely my favorite. And I love the pop of color in the photo--such a clever way to do it!

    I've been out of the blogging world for a while. I'm catching up and so enjoying it!

    -Lane

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  9. THis is on my wish list too!! I love the table you selected. It reminds me of a similar one I saw recently but with a marble top!! I also love the windowpane fabric you selected - would also love to see that on a wingback or some euro shams!!

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  10. How funny that so many people commented on the table. As soon as I saw the tighter shot of it, I was in love. That kind of table would be so versatile -- kitchen nook, bedside table, etc. etc. The one you picked it also super cool. I love the more contemporary feel of it. And it would be better for the little ones, no?
    Camille

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  11. GAH! That nook is perfection! Seriously! I really want to turn our dining nook into something like this. Still trying to talk the husband into it. Am definitely showing him this space :)

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  12. Must get to RA and check out these fabrics.....LOVE!!! Such a cute area....I wish I could makeover my little breakfast nook:). You have given me a few ideas though....

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