Our Updated Breakfast Nook

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I always knew our breakfast nook had potential, but it’s taken nearly two years to bring it to life. For me, the breakfast nook is one of the most important spaces in our home. It’s where the girls’ day begins, chatting over bowls of cereal and fruit, and where we come together as a family in the evening. I always envisioned lingering around the table long after dinner, talking about our day and playing board games. It’s fun to bring that vision to life, creating a space to spend quality time with our family and entertain friends.

breakfast nook before

BEFORE

It appeared that what is now our breakfast nook was a bonus room for the previous owners. The beautiful view was somewhat hindered due to blinds inside the windows and doors {learn how to add light to a room here}, but after living in it for a while, we realized exactly what the room needed and over the past year and a half, it has evolved. We started by replacing the linoleum with wood floors last summer, unfortunately, a new roof and a significant leak ensued. The wall had to be replaced, but the raised floors eventually dried out and went back into place.

Still, it lacked warmth. I needed something to balance the patio doors and windows. A few years ago, I saw this casual dining room with brick floors and an oversized cow painting {original source unknown} and started my almost absurd cow painting search. For a few years, I was unsuccessful, but finally came across this similar cow painting from Ballard Designs. I was beyond excited to finally add her to our home. 

breakfast nook with cow painting, lantern, beams, brick floors, wood table

beautiful farmhouse kitchen / breakfast nook

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No breakfast room is complete without our first purchase, a table! We purchased a Restoration Hardware baluster table first, followed by a trestle table. I collected antique chairs and an array of chairs on sale to give our table a relaxed, eclectic feel.

a casual kitchen / breakfast nook

traditional breakfast room and casual dining room decor

Let’s not judge my floors, okay? They looked clean until I saw this closeup. That brings me to my next addition – the rug! I fell head over heels in love with this rug online, but love how soft it feels on our feet even more. It gave the room the traditional style I was looking for, in addition to eliminating an echo from Isla. She only has one volume, and it’s not low.

beautiful breakfast room and kitchen decorating ideas

beautiful traditional farmhouse decor

We had shadow box trim installed to add character and balance the windows and doors. I absolutely love it! We had it painted the same color, but in a different sheen for depth rather than contrast. Unfortunately, I don’t love the paint color and will soon have it repainted, but wanted to share the process with you rather than the final result. I’m not perfect and neither are my decisions. Sometimes it’s just trial and error. It was supposed to be the same color as the mudroom, but the paint has more of a yellow tint. I’m going to take a deep breath, paint a wall from the can purchased for the mudroom and decide if we need to have it remade or select a different color altogether.

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breakfast room of home blogger Julie Blanner

You know I love versatile pieces and this brass table also from my friends at Ballard Designs is no exception! I’ve had my eye on it since we purchased our living room furniture 4 years ago. The kitchen bumps out into our breakfast nook, creating  this tiny little corner that needed something. I selected this brass tray table because it’s a beautiful accent piece for everyday, but also makes a great bar cart for entertaining. It’s easy to move, so we can also use it in our nearby outdoor living room or dining room.

functional furniture - a versatile brass side table doubles as a bar cart for entertaining

miniature lemon trees add fragrance, decor and life to your kitchen or breakfast room

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Ever the utilitarian decorator, I hung platters that can be easily removed when needed and a miniature lemon tree that gives the room a little life and fragrance while supplying us with juicy Meyer lemons {in 6 months}. This little lemon tree is teaching me that all good things are worth waiting for.

beautiful breakfast room and kitchen decorating ideas

Of course I put it in a basket.

beautiful breakfast nook and kitchen decorating ideas

Well, I’m off to obsess about paint again. Have a beautiful day!

entertaining expert and lifestyle blogger Julie Blanner

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