Here’s a fun fact you may not know about me: I am wildly obsessed with commercial design – cafes, coffee shops, restaurants, boutique hotels. I am the person in my friends’ circle that chooses restaurants based solely on how well they are designed. Design contributes so much to the overall atmosphere. So even if the food is subpar, you can still have a grand time because of the design-driven atmosphere.
It is my dream to one day design a local restaurant. So, here’s me putting that dream out into the universe. Local folks: Know a restaurant owner looking to hire a local designer?! Get in touch!
Back to the topic at hand: the breakfast nook at the Greenfield Remodel. What does it have to do with my love for commercial design?
If the intro photo wasn’t enough of an indication, I’ve decided to turn this nook into my very own cafe corner. Today I’m sharing my plans with you.
I’ll be honest, initially I was not a fan of the bay window in the kitchen. In fact, I briefly considered closing it in, or replacing that casement window with French doors. That would, of course, require converting the exteriors doors in the living room into a window; in other words, it wasn’t worth the hassle or the investment.
Then, I considered adding kitchen cabinets there; how wonderful would a sink look in front of that casement window? Total dreams, right? But the original builder made sure that would never happen by installing windows that were about 3 inches too low for countertops. Because those are beautiful Andersen casement windows (have I mentioned that enough?), replacing them did not make financial sense.
I’m sure there were dozens of other ideas I considered for this space that I cannot recall now. But once I finalized the redesigned kitchen layout, the plans for the bay windows fell into place as if they were meant to be all along. I would turn this space into a multi-use breakfast nook!
What I especially love about a multi-use, or multi-purpose, space is that it opens up a world of possibilities for how this space can be used. Sure, it’s called a breakfast nook, and you could certainly take your casual meals here. But it could also function as a home office area, a homework area, a crafting area, a snacking area, an enjoy-that-morning-cup-of-coffee-solo area, and more! I think I’ll start referring to it as the cafe nook; what do you think?
The biggest advantage of creating a multi-use space like this is that it helps blur the lines of daily activities and connects family members in a natural and effortless way. So while I wasn’t able to create the open concept kitchen that I initially envisioned, I was able to connect the kitchen to the rest of the house with this cafe nook.
I cannot wait to spend quiet mornings here with a cup of coffee, before the girls wake up. I’m already imagining mornings with the girls eating breakfast while I unload dishes or the evenings watching them color as I prepare dinner. I’m sure I’ll spend many nights here typing away the next blog post after the kiddos have gone to bed. Or better yet, how about long, lingering evenings in heart-to-heart conversations with friends?
Without further ado, here’s my breakfast nook plans!
I’ve already ordered most items and have even unboxed some – which you got to see in the first photo. But I’m still waiting on a settee, some artwork and curtains. I’m also hoping to find a secondhand, vintage floor lamp to add some mood lighting for evening time. Maybe I’ll even add a ceiling medallion for that little touch of Parisian flair.
I love the circular shape repeated throughout the nook. You’ll notice it in the bistro table, the ottomans, and the pendant light. It’s a nice, feminine contrast to the corners of the bay window and square edges of the cabinets nearby.
Now, because I spent weeks and weeks looking for the perfect settee for this space, I figured I’d pay it forward by sharing some of my favorite options I came across. So whether you’re designing a breakfast nook, or possibly a playroom, or maybe just need some extra seating in the living room, below are 15 stylish settees that are under $500!
With so many beautiful options, you may be wondering my rationale behind choosing number 8.
Wonder no more, because I’m about to tell you. I had quite the criteria when shopping for the perfect freestanding settee:
- It had to be at least 48 inches long to comfortably seat two people and look proportional to the window.
- The height had to be 36 inches or lower, so as to not block the natural light from the windows.
- Because there’d be a round table in front of it, an armless design was preferable to make sitting down and getting up easier.
- We have a button tufted sofa in the living room, which is just a couple steps away from the breakfast nook. So I wanted to avoid the settee from looking too much like the living room sofa. I really wanted channel tufting, which proved to be quite difficult to find under $500!
- We plan to list this house just as soon as we wrap up the renovation, so I didn’t want to invest too much into all-new furniture, since we do not have a breakfast nook in our next home, the Greystone House.