October 25, 2010

Nooks and Crannies

The other day while perusing the internet I saw the most amazing breakfast nook over at Willow Décor.  How DELICIOUS is this amazing space?!  The light, the space, the airiness, the in-your-face French Country-ness with a hint of traditional.  I just want to sit down with a cup of coffee and a muffin and live there…with a puppy.

It got me thinking about my own kitchen and the lack of eat-in area.  You hear a lot these days about people not using their dining rooms because they use the kitchen…well, I am here to tell you that in my house where space is tighter than the lid of the peanut butter jar after my husband’s had it, we use our dining room.  But that means I don’t have a nook.

But a girl can dream, right?  Check out this gorgeous eat-in kitchen.  The space is pretty open and non-nookish…but those dark custom shelves filled with beautiful serving pieces really help cozy up the place.

Of course, a nook isn’t the only eat-in option.  Check out this lovely kitchen.  I really like how the eating space looks like a table, but the marble top is seamless with the rest of the countertop!  What a great way to create an eating area that looks separate but spatially is actually a part of the kitchen cabinetry!

All these stools in a row conjure up visions of six sets of kids eyes looking up at me as I serve them breakfast in the morning…while not necessarily idea for conversations, I do appreciate the function of the space below:

Of course I had to chuckle at this awesome kitchen…why NOT just set up a dining room table in the middle of your kitchen?! If you’ve got the space, there’s really no place as homey and inviting and thus comforting than the kitchen.

Lastly, I had to include this beautiful modern kitchen and breakfast nook. 

No matter what your design aesthetic, a place to hang out in the kitchen is always a great way to help make a house a home.

(photos: 1, 2-5, 6)

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One Response to “Nooks and Crannies”

  1. Amy Says:
    October 26th, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    We too have no space for a eat in kitchen, and thus use the dining room for all of our meals. I struggle if I would want a eat in (you know-attached to a whole other house) because I love eating at the dining table so much and fear we would quit doing it if we had more space in the kitchen *sigh*