The Breakfast Room

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Oh, the breakfast room. I have spent more time running in circles trying to finish this room than I have dining in it. Alright, that’s an exaggeration, but this room hasn’t come without a lot of challenges. You may recall that when we purchased our home, it appeared to have been used as a third family room or reading room. It felt undefined, became really hot in the summer and chilly in the winter. With a small eating area in the nearby kitchen, we decided to make it a bright and sunny breakfast room.



First, we purchased a table large enough to fill the space and seat 14 guests. And then this happened. Then we purchased yet another table and added a light fixture. Shortly after, we added wood floors throughout our home, replacing the laminate that was once in the breakfast room.

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Then we had a hail storm and our roof leaked. The wall warped. I panicked. Not to fear, we had the roof replace. Whew!

Until one morning it rained really hard and the new roof leaked. This time the damage was much more severe, warping the floors, crumbling the wall, oh my!

Then it was repaired.

Then it leaked again.

Then it was repaired once and for all.

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Ah, alas! I can finally design the room to my heart’s content! I bought a Meyer lemon tree, hung my platters, added a rug and selected a painting.

how to hang platters

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We had insulation blown in to make it comfortable year round.

After searching for the perfect style of trim, I had our carpenter create shadow box trim and had the walls painted the same color as the mudroom.

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Oops. The paint was incorrectly tinted. Every day it looked more yellow to me and I just couldn’t take it.

So, I paid to have it painted yet again, along with the ceiling. Our painter thought I was crazy to paint the ceiling the same color, but when it was done, he said “now everyone is going to start asking me to do it, it looks good” with surprise in his voice.

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Finally, our breakfast room is done and I’m over the moon excited about it. I love sitting in the chairs in our living room watching the trees sway as I write staring into it. I love watching the girls work on art at the table. I enjoy hosting friends for dinner with the ability to add leaves and seat everyone, avoiding a separate kids’ table. Guess what? It was worth the effort.

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But all good things must come to an end, and so is that happy thought. Our patio door no longer opens and desperately needs to be replaced {with French doors, of course} and as we were dining on the screened in porch Monday evening, we noticed that the shingles are warping.

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It’s alright though, it was just a gentle reminder that a home is a work in progress that is always evolving and while it may not feel like it in the moment, it almost always turns out better than you’d hoped.

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In the meantime, I’m going to dream about those French doors to take my mind off of the never-ending roof issues.

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If you feel so inclined, you can shop our breakfast room here:

platters | cow painting | rug | brass table | table | chairs {collected} | paint color

entertaining expert and lifestyle blogger Julie Blanner



  • Judy H. says:

    Julie! This room is so gorgeous on its own you have plenty of time to dream about the French doors! I cannot find a single square inch that isn’t finshed perfectly. Your rug is perfection and makes the entire room come alive. The number of windows in your room, the way they are finished and their location gives your room a beautiful glow. I am in the process of collecting different dining chairs, wanting to the a similar table and chair look like yours. You’ve been through the battle and back with this room…relax and enjoy its tranquility.
    I would be remiss if I didn’t mention your charming pumpkin-topped bar cart, a darling touch of fall whimsy!

    • Julie says:

      Ah, thank you, Judy! You’re too kind! I really love the room, but more than anything, sitting down for dinner together in it! I hope you’re having a great fall!

  • Janae says:

    Hi, I’ve been admiring your new brass doorknobs:) I think I read somewhere they are Emteck, but was wondering what style Knob and backplate you have? Also a ballpark guess how much one set is? Thanks so much!

  • Janet Slayden says:

    Hi! I love the space!!! Would you be willing to share where you got the cow art?

  • Christine says:

    Nice room Julie. I was wondering where you got the hangers which you used to hang up your deep platter. I can’t seem to find anything for deeper platters/plates

  • Marianne says:

    I love this room, so bright and airy. You are right about a work in progress, houses take a lot of up keep, but then if they didn’t we wouldn’t be redefining rooms, would we? What color did you paint your room. I am in the mist of deciding on color for my living room, right now with my new furniture the sand tone is a little to deep for me. Like your final color.

    You have a real gift for decorating.

  • Karen Mary says:

    It’s beautiful Julie! I love your redos, every time! You breathe life into rooms! Thanks for sharing.

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