Before launching into our kitchen remodel, we actually finished some updates to our breakfast nook/eating area. So now it looks like this:
Remember when I called it “done” a few months ago? That was after building our wood-topped banquette (more info here and here), painting our built-in bookcase, and painting the pillows. It looked like this:
Yeah, I have a problem where I just keep doing more to finished spaces whem I probably should finish the incomplete ones – that’s just how things go around here. So after “finishing” our eating area, we added a new light fixture, some new bamboo shades, a DIY table, and some new chairs. I actually finished most of this quite a while ago, but hadn’t gotten around to sharing. So I’ll catch you up.
First, I installed bamboo shades for all the windows (from Overstock). I’ve been loving the look of these and thought this would be a good space to try them out. It is separate enough that if they were super ugly, no harm done. But it turns out, I like them. A lot. They were easy to install and now add a lot of texture and warmth to the space.
We also ditched our old light fixutre for the union pendant from Crate & Barrel. While it gives off less light (a real compromise for me – I totally want my house to be as bright as an operating room), I love the shape of the new pendant and the shadows it casts at night. Hello gorgeous.
We also added a new table and chairs. The table is a DIY but the chairs are the white shell eames knock-offs from Overstock. I’ve heard a lot of mixed reviews about these chairs (and my friend even had a set where one totally broke), but these have been nothing but great for us. They hold up to daily use by our wiggly kids and my dessert-eating bootie, sometimes all in one chair, without any problem.
Pretty sweet, huh?
Now if only we could decide on how and when to replace those faux hardwood floors with the real thing…
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