I finally got around to having some professional pictures taken of my breakfast room. My good friend Katharine Fuchs is a great photographer- if you are in the Charlotte area, check her out! Thanks, Katharine!
The breakfast room started with a settee. I found it for $40, and it was in perfect condition with brightly colored upholstery. I wish I knew the name of the fabric- it has lovely faux bois detailing. I am thinking it is maybe an older Brunschwig pattern.
The settee set the color palette for the room- blues, greens, and corals. The chairs were originally a not-very-pretty natural bamboo color. I painted them glossy black and covered the seats in outdoor blue and green quatrefoil fabric. Everything that spills on them just rolls right off. I love using outdoor fabric in a kitchen.
Next came the breakfast room table. In order to easily access the settee, a pedestal table was a necessity. I've always loved the clean lines of the Saarinen tulip table, so after a lot of research and saving pennies, I splurged on one. It is the perfect size for our family, and the laminate top is SO easy to keep clean.
The tole chandelier was a Craigslist find- I painted it color to match the coral in the settee. It really pops against the light blue walls.
Lastly came the roman shades. I ordered them from The Shade Store, which has fantastic semi-custom options. The edges are trimmed in the same blue found in the seat cushions.
I can honestly say that we never ate in our breakfast room before, and now we eat nearly every meal there. There is something cozy and inviting about a settee, and the table is so practical (no coasters needed!). Life really does happen around the dinner table- my little guy says the blessing before dinner and talks about preschool and climbing trees and my little girl giggles in admiration of her big brother.
Thanks for letting me share this little piece of our home with you!