BET YOU CAN'T GUESS MY FAVORITE PLACE IN A HOME!!!
I can't believe that I've been designing full time now for over 10 years. I can honestly say that this is one of the most challenging business I have ever tackled, but along this journey, I have learned a lot about my clients, their homes and myself personally.
Listening closely to my clients functional and aesthetic needs for their home, and creating from that information, has given me a lot to think about and consider when it comes to my personal home. When I go thru the design process with space planning, and looking for materials that meet the clients requirements has helped me to think on a deeper level of how I live and function in my home.
My personality is a type "A". I go fast, like to get a lot accomplished in the day, and I take my job very seriously. What I have learned along the path of interior design is that there is a lot of thought put into each room in the house. There is no one particular room in the house that is easier to decorate then the other and that is because there are so many details that you would never normally think of until you start to design and re-model.
But, for me with all the projects I have designed, my most favorite room in the house is the breakfast nook.
I like it because it is small and usually invites more then one person to sit and have a conversation. Also, eating yummy food makes it enjoyable too. There is just something about the breakfast nook that expels warmth and relaxation.
Also the breakfast nook has a whimsical, childlike feel to it. I really think we are all children at heart, but, are pretending in this life to be adults. Personally, my daughter always tells me that I act like a child and I agree. I tell her "I'm not ashamed and I like acting silly and childlike." Life is just too short and being silly suits me just fine.
Below is a video on how to build a bench seat!
I have a breakfast nook in my house and I can tell you that is used more than any area in my home by far!
It wasn't originally a breakfast nook. It was a cabinet with storage sticking out of a wall. Sounds weird and it sort of looked weird and out of place.
So, what I did was have the cabinet removed and found a restaurant pole that would hold up the table. Screwed the table base to the floor and put white carrera marble for the table top. I had two bench seats made with faux leather that cleans easy and voila I had a breakfast nook! Every time I have a guest or client come over that is the first thing they love and comment on. It has been so practical and useful.
Breakfast nooks really are not a huge expense. You need a wall, with windows if possible. You add a bench seat either straight or like an L. There are also U shaped bench seats that allow for a round table too.
Also, another option is you can build a bench seat with a back, but that is a little more expensive and I personally prefer pillows to add color, interest and softness.
You can add storage to the bench seat either on top or the fronts of it. A 3"-4" cushion for padding can be made by an upholster who will make a template once the bench seat is installed.
Also, you don't have to build a bench seat. You can buy a piece of furniture that is a bench seat itself and set it up against a wall.
Then there is the table. You can find a used table or purchase a new one. On deciding what size or shape, just follow the shape of the bench seat and leave 10'-12" of knee space between the bottom of the table and the top of the cushion. As for depth on the bench seat, I would say a minimum of 16" and preferably 20"-28" room enough to stack enough cozy pillows to support you back. As for chairs, depending on the length of the table you can seat anywhere from 1-4 chairs on the outside. Try to allow 4-5' minimum clearance between the outside of the table and other cabinetry or objects, so people can pass thru without bumping into each other.
I have attached A chart for you to look at.
Hang a pendant light or chandelier and make the space dramatic. I really love to juxtapose a modern chair with a vintage table or visa versa! Also, what is trending now is gold fixtures that are modern or retro in feel with a farm style table.
Well, I hope that this article gives you enough information and opinion from a professional. If there are any questions that you might have, feel free to comment and I will reply!
The images above are my favorites and I hope they will inspire you to make room for a breakfast nook or just to tweak the one you have. It doesn't have to cost a lot with flea markets, and all the competition on the internet to make a sale. Also, TJ Max and Target have lots of great stuff for a very small price tag that could transition your space to the level of "amazing".
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