Little by little things are starting to come together here at the 1987 Fixer Upper. High on the priority list has been getting the breakfast nook, or should we just call it the “all day eating nook” 😉 completed. The way the kitchen and family room are situated in this house, the room is a LONG, narrow space, with the breakfast nook in the middle of the two rooms, nestled into a little alcove with a bay window. It has always struck me as funny that even though this house is SO much larger than our CA house (more than 3 times the size!), the rooms really aren’t much bigger…there are just a lot more of them. Before the kitchen remodel there was a wall dividing the kitchen space from the family room. The previous owners had a rectangular table that ran along the wall. (You can see some before pictures of this kitchen and see the inspiration behind the design here) After removing that wall we were left with a rather large area between the kitchen and family room, but one that needed a round table to keep it nice and open with a good flow into the family room. I stayed up WAY too late several nights in a row spray painting all different sizes of tables on the sub floor in the new breakfast nook and searching the internet for breakfast nook ideas…going around in circles trying to figure out just how to get a bigger table to fit. But alas, we ended up with a 48 inch round…and now that the new gorgeous table and chairs are here, I am totally ok with it. I needed the reminder that a nook is just that. A small space that is cozy and inviting. Rather than wishing I had a bigger breakfast nook, it has challenged me to think of ways to enhance the quaint charm of this light and bright space. Happy colors, natural light and some fresh flowers are a great way to dress it up.
Because the island and the woodwork on the pantry are so navy and bold, I went with a white table and white chairs with navy accents as opposed to the navy chairs with white accents. I thought it might have been a bit too much navy and I love the fresh feel of the white.
Can we just talk about that gorgeous crock for a minute? I got so many questions about it the other day on Instagram. I picked it up in the kitchen aisles at HomeGoods. There are SO many beautiful crocks there right now. I picked up some smaller marble looking ones too…gorgeous! While originally intended to hold kitchen utensils on the counter, I LOVE to use them as vases. They are so pretty and make store bought flowers look more unique and like a much more expensive arrangement.
Here are some of my current favorites. Most are under $30. Click on any affiliate image for more information about each product:
Cabinet/Trim Color: High Reflective White Sherwin Williams
Island Color: Salty Dog Sherwin Williams
Countertops: Bella Statuario Quartz Arizona Tile
White Subway Tile: DalTile Home Depot
Flooring: Oasis Hardwood, Carmel Collection, Marina (White Oak Wide Plank)
Wall Color: Repose Gray (at 25%) Sherwin Williams
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Here you can get a sneak peek at the pantry, which is *almost* done. The shelves need to be fixed by the carpenters, and I need a door knob…I’ve been holding out for the perfect one. I think I might go with with something like this. Once those shelves are done I can get them decorated and it will be looking finished!
If you’re the kind of person that opts for a cozy booth at a restaurant over a table and chairs in the middle of the room (and most people are) than you can appreciate that having a breakfast nook is a way to bring that same type of experience home. Nook spaces maximize their small footprints to use every square inch of space in a functional way.
No matter what kind of space you have here are 10 of the prettiest breakfast nook ideas to give you some serious inspiration. Embrace your space and work with what you have. Make it a cozy and comfortable spot for your family to sit and chat, read the Sunday paper, send some emails and have a cup of hot chocolate together.
via Paloma 81
I love the dark framed windows and dark floor in this space. It makes it feel that much more intimate. With all that natural light flooding the room, they can get away with all those dark elements here.
via Amber Interiors
Don’t have room for an actual nook? I love the creative use of space in this kitchen. By omitting the over-hang on the island countertop, a comfy sofa-like bench is nestled up against the island creating a great eat-in kitchen spot. Think outside the box when working with the space in your kitchen.
via Architectural Digest
Talk about maximizing space! This teeny little nook is tucked in amongst a lot of other kitchen storage, but is oh-so quaint. The use of ghost chairs is genius to take up less visual space in this tiny kitchen.
via Rikki Snyder
Those floors…that cute little bistro table…and that great use of space turning otherwise unused space into a bench with storage is perfection!
This image is what sold me on my table. All those windows and that open french door…welcoming in the gorgeous summer day. I could sit there and watch the world go by out those windows all day long.
via apartment therapy
Color and funk…it would be a pleasure to curl up in this spot every morning with my breakfast and welcome another day. Small spaces are a great place to inject a little more color and personality than you may feel comfortable putting into the rest of the house. Go bold!
via Becki Owens
If you don’t have room in the budget for built in storage, consider a couple of benches like those in this nook. If you ever move, you can take them with you. Or, if you get tired of the look, it is easy to change up this less permanent look in the future.
I have been dreaming of this nook ever since I saw it on an episode of Fixer Upper. This whole kitchen gets all the heart eyes. It has the tiniest nook, but every. single. detail. is amazing. I mean, check out that brass bar under the bench for your feet. LOVE!
If you don’t have a traditional spot for a nook, consider using a rug like this beauty to create a more defined spot for your table and chairs. It immediately creates a sense of place and grounds the furniture, making it feel more like it’s own room.
Sometimes working with a corner window like this one can be tricky. I love hoe in this space they continued the look and feel of the rest of the cabinets in the kitchen and created a bench in this bright corner. Love the mix of colors and textures here too. It gives this little spot a lot of pizzazz.
I hope you are feeling inspired by these breakfast nook ideas to create a special little spot in your own home. Have you signed up for our newsletter? Don’t miss out on getting all of the latest from Pink Peppermint Design delivered right to your inbox each week. Click here to subscribe to our newsletter. 🙂 And, if you’re on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest come join me there too. I love to share tons of daily inspiration.
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