September 20, 2012

Design Recipe for a Cozy Breakfast Nook

The Breakfast Nook is an ideal way to make the most of a small space!  I don't know about you, but every time we have friends or family over the kitchen is inevitably where people hover... so I might as well give them a place worthy to linger.  With a few simple steps you can create a warm and cozy seating area that might just be your new favorite space.  This is my recipe for a great nook that you might have a hard time leaving...

1 BEAUTIFUL BANQUETTE - This is probably the most key design element to make the space function well... it is the anchor of the space and likely the place most people will want to sit.  This is also your chance to create extra storage space by building drawers into the base of the banquette. The banquette is typically built into the space and softened with cushions and pillows, but you can also use a great upholstered piece of furniture.  My only suggestion is to make sure it doesn't have arms and that it fits snugly in between the walls.
1 GREAT TABLE - Round, square, oval, rectangular, wood, metal, stone... anything goes here.  Just make sure you leave plenty of space for your guests to slide past the table into the banquette.
2-4 INTERESTING CHAIRS - This is where the personality comes into play, so don't be shy!  Look for chairs that aren't matchy matchy with your table and that have an interesting shape, finish or fabric.  Or you can really think outside the box and throw in some stools or a bench in lieu of traditional chairs.
1 FABULOUS LIGHT FIXTURE -A great chandelier is like jewelry and will always make the space feel intimate and polished.  I also love the look of a pair of sconces flanking your banquette... very stylish!

Mix all ingredients together with a healthy dose of character and style.  Fold in an interesting mix of fabrics and materials.  Add a fun group of friends and fantastic food... Enjoy!