I'm so excited to share a space from my own home - I finally could fit myself into the design schedule! Hallelujah rejoice, y'all!
Modern Meets Traditional - My Breakfast Nook
Since we've moved into this house, we have tried just about every shape dining table in this breakfast nook. We started with a square, then our third child got big enough that we added an extension so the square became an oval table. For reasons I'll spare you, we switched to a rectangular table, and now that they have outgrown sharing a bench at that table, we're completing the simple shapes circle with just that and have come to a circular table for the three of us, with room for the two college kids to come back and visit!
This little space has a bit more coastal vibe than the rest of my modern meets traditional home, but I love it so so much. I'm obsessed with the added texture and style of the tambour base of this table and yes, even with older kids I still decided to use a custom cut glass topper to protect the wood. Of course, we used a performance fabric for the dining chair seats, mixed with that woven braided back that has just enough give to be comfortable for a long time sitting there. Plus there are lumbar pillows in matching performance fabric if needed as seen below. I'm always thinking ahead. ;)
The lighting choice was a highly debated topic, as we have traditional pendants in the kitchen nearby, and another pendant above our living room seating area. I needed something that wouldn't overpower the others, but still be interesting in and of itself.
I eventually landed on this beauty by Julie Neill for Visual Comfort. Beautiful texture, shape and enough room to shine, vs. being in our bathroom upstairs with its shorter ceilings (which was my original plan). I won't lie....this fixture also reminded me of glass fishing floats and that was really the thing that nudged it to the top of my list. And you know we have a winner when my husband actually noticed this one and audibly said, "I really like that light!" Winner winner chicken dinner!
We have a lot of other artwork in direct view of this space, from New Orleans Jazz Fest posters to landscape oil paintings and I wanted something large and graphic to offset those other pieces for my one piece of wall art this space allows. When I found this print, I knew this was it. We welcome everyone into this home, and my kids have been raised this way, so I love the reminder to them, their friends and all who enter that we have an open table here. There is always room for one or many more and we don't have limits in who we love and accept.
We have been busy as bees at our house preparing for the next big project around here and I can't wait for my bathroom renovation to commence. Rest assured that I will be taking you through that process to show you what goes into the planning, how much it costs, and how to not pull your hair out if you plan to live in the house while renovation is happening. Stay tuned for that! It's going to be good!