Adding Warmth to the Breakfast Nook

Ch-ch-changes!! SO many changes have been happening around here lately and I’m kinda loving it to be honest. And today’s post is all about some big changes I’ve made in our cozy breakfast nook. I have a pretty cool before and after to share with you today, but before I get into all that, let me explain. See for the past couple of months the breakfast nook has felt really stale to me. A bit cold even. Something about it just wasn’t jiving, so I started getting the itch to make a change. I honestly tried to ignore that itch for a while because there was nothing “wrong” with the breakfast nook. I mean, it was a perfectly good space with all things considered and nothing “needed” to be done, but it just felt cold. So I kept pushing it off and pushing it off. You know, just telling myself to live with it, because IT’S FINE FOR HEAVENS SAKE. But I could only do that for so long and then I caved. I know you’re not surprised. But here’s the thing–I made two very simple and affordable changes that have totally transformed this space. Really, it is SO much more warm and inviting now, it actually feels like a whole new room. You won’t believe the change and I’m excited to share it with you today. Now just to refresh your memory, here’s a shot of how the breakfast nook looked before:

Farmhouse style breakfast nook

And here it is now:

Farmhouse style breakfast nook. Cozy and neutral dining room inspiration!

Farmhouse style breakfast nook. Cozy and neutral dining room inspiration! Farmhouse style breakfast nook. Cozy and neutral dining room inspiration! Farmhouse style breakfast nook. Cozy and neutral dining room inspiration!

Pretty different, right?! It went from cold and not very cozy to warm and inviting. It looks like a totally new room now. So the first change I made was the lighting. I’ve been eyeing this chandelier for a long time, so when it went on sale a few weeks ago I finally decided to go for it. Plus I had an extra coupon, which made it an even better deal. I ended up getting it for a little over $100, which is less than I’ll sell the old chandelier for. BOOM. That’s winning. This light gives the room some much needed texture and I love the wood tones. It automatically warms up this space much more than the chandelier we had before.

Farmhouse style breakfast nook. Cozy and neutral dining room inspiration!

Farmhouse style breakfast nook. Cozy and neutral dining room inspiration!

The next update was the chairs–which I’ve been dreaming about changing out for a long time now. The ones we had before were great (I actually found them for cheap on Craigslist!) but I wasn’t digging the white chairs with the white table anymore. It was time for a change and I was craving a little more contrast. I really wanted rattan chairs, so I looked and looked and looked for an affordable option until I found these on sale from Pier 1.

Farmhouse style breakfast nook. Cozy and neutral dining room inspiration! Farmhouse style breakfast nook. Cozy and neutral dining room inspiration!

A lot of rattan dining chairs are really large and wide, which I love, but that doesn’t really work in our small breakfast nook. I like these chairs because they’re more narrow, but they still add a TON of texture and warmth to this room. I’m obsessed with this look. And I feel like they compliment the white table much better than the white chairs did–I love the contrast. I also ordered these seat cushions to go along with them, but they haven’t come in yet.

Farmhouse style breakfast nook. Cozy and neutral dining room inspiration!

Farmhouse style breakfast nook. Cozy and neutral dining room inspiration!

It’s pretty cool to see how much better this little breakfast nook looks now. I’m just glad that I finally decided to make a few changes. It’s gone from cold and kinda sterile to warm and cozy. Plus I was able to do it on a reasonable budget, which is always a good thing. And I think the lesson here is that a lot of design is trial and error–the trick is figuring out what works and what doesn’t work in your space, and then be willing to make a change when something feels off. If you have a room that’s feeling a bit cold, try adding in some texture and maybe some wood tones to warm it up a bit. Even a few touches of greenery can make a space feel more inviting. And it really makes a big difference, especially when you’re working with a lot of whites and neutrals–which you know are my JAM. Anyway, thanks so much for dropping by the blog today! I always appreciate when you spend part of your day where with me. Let me know what you think of my little nook transformation and if you have any questions! xo

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43 Comments

  1. glenda LaFont wrote:

    it looks perfect, Sarah

    Posted 5.23.18 Reply
  2. Looks beautiful!

    Posted 5.23.18 Reply
  3. Anna Lapp wrote:

    I love it!!!

    Posted 5.23.18 Reply
  4. Angel wrote:

    It looks amazing!!! Great job. I wish I had an awesome chandelier to sell to pay for a cool one 😂

    Posted 5.23.18 Reply
  5. Pat wrote:

    It looks wonderful!!! I wish I lived by you to receive your cast offs when you do these changes, lol!

    Posted 5.23.18 Reply
  6. Shaz Isaac wrote:

    Love the new look Sarah! You’re right, it definitely looks warmer. I think the curtains help too.

    Posted 5.23.18 Reply
  7. Mary Beth wrote:

    I LOVE the chairs! I have been thinking about those for a long time too! Now I am convinced! Great Job!

    Posted 5.23.18 Reply
  8. Kim mccoy wrote:

    It looks great sarah! I have the bar stools. I need to check pier one to see if those awesome chair pads will fit. About the old chandie. Why don’t you Send me an email and tell me what you want for it. It’s what I’ve been looking for! Have a great day. Kim

    Posted 5.23.18 Reply
  9. Mallory wrote:

    Love the addition of greenery in the corner! What a simple you impactful change! 🙂

    Posted 5.23.18 Reply
  10. Cely wrote:

    LOVE it!!!! 🙂

    Posted 5.23.18 Reply
  11. Tammy Ganci wrote:

    Hi,
    Love Love Love!!!! The room was amazing before but now WOW it’s just amazing, incredible, awesome and on and on!!! My dining area which is part of my living room is white on white on white on white everything lolol which I love, but…..your chair’s are perfect!!!! I am going online right now and ordering 4 of them. It is just what my dining area needs. I never thought of rattan. But wow what a room!!!
    I will let you know my outcome.
    Thank you!!!!

    Enjoy a blessed day with your family

    Love your blog friend,
    Tammy

    Posted 5.23.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Oh awesome Tammy!! I hope you love them. Make sure to get the cushions too, those are really important to keep the seat of the chair intact. Send me a pic when you’re all done! xo

      Posted 5.27.18 Reply
  12. Kim Lord wrote:

    It’s all so beautiful… and I agree it really did warm this space up!

    Posted 5.23.18 Reply
  13. denise wrote:

    I love the changes – your room is beautiful – can you share where the table runner and jute rug is from. Thanks

    Posted 5.23.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      The jute rug is from Pier 1 and that table runner is actually from World Market!

      Posted 5.27.18 Reply
  14. Diana Reeser wrote:

    What a lovely job you’ve done!!! Gotta have 2 of those chairs right now! Thanks for the inspiration!

    Posted 5.23.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Thanks Diana!! xo

      Posted 5.27.18 Reply
  15. Donna Bergthold wrote:

    Looks fabulous Sarah!

    Posted 5.23.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      thanks so much Donna! xo

      Posted 5.27.18 Reply
  16. Linda wrote:

    Your room is beautiful.
    I’ve been wanting to ask someone about all white rooms. Do you ever get tired of just white? I think they are gorgeous but I’m afraid I would get tired of just white all the time.

    Posted 5.23.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      I actually don’t! I love them, I just like to mix in lots of texture and greenery.

      Posted 5.27.18 Reply
  17. Jodie wrote:

    Really warmed it up, Sarah. Great job, love it!
    Texture is really key when working with neutrals!

    Posted 5.23.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Yes it really is so important!!

      Posted 5.27.18 Reply
  18. Darlene wrote:

    It looks so lovely the rattan and light warmed the space up so much.

    Posted 5.23.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      thanks Darlene, I love how those rattan chairs made it feel so much more cozy!

      Posted 5.27.18 Reply
  19. Sarah! I have those chairs too sitting at my white table. Does that mean I’m as cute and creative as you? Nope, never. That won’t ever happen. But I’m super excited to know I did something you’d do! Love your entire breakfast area. On a side note, isn’t it weird though we call it a breakfast nook when we eat lunch, snacks and dinner there too? Hmmm.

    Posted 5.23.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Oh that’s awesome!! We are chair twins. Haha!! And I agree, it is weird to call it a breakfast nook. It should be the “where everything happens nook”!

      Posted 5.27.18 Reply
  20. kelly wrote:

    This is beauttful.. Can you post pictures of the kitchen area?

    Posted 5.23.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Yes! I have several posts about the kitchen. Just put kitchen in the search bar and they’ll all come up for you! xo

      Posted 5.27.18 Reply
  21. Beautiful, just knew it would have some black. Love the chairs!

    Posted 5.23.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Oh you know it Sally, I can’t stop with the black lately!

      Posted 5.27.18 Reply
  22. Pat wrote:

    It looks amazing with the new lighting and chairs. They bring such warmth and texture to your room. 😊

    Posted 5.23.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      thanks so much Pat! xo

      Posted 5.27.18 Reply
  23. Jan wrote:

    Looks amazing…as always!

    Posted 5.23.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      thanks Jan! xo

      Posted 5.27.18 Reply
  24. Marilyn S. wrote:

    It’s just perfect -your instincts are right on. Is the wall goose neck lamp like the one in your reading nook ? Did you outfit it with a puck light ?

    Posted 5.23.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Yes it is the same light! And it did have a puck light in it, but we never used it so I just took it out. It’s purely for decoration! 🙂

      Posted 5.27.18 Reply
  25. Sherry wrote:

    Love it. A huge difference with just a few touches.

    Posted 5.24.18 Reply
  26. Chels Rief wrote:

    I love all of the different textures in the room now and of course all those little pops of dark color to contrast with that beautiful white. Love it Sarah! I don’t know how you find the time to make all of these changes, but I sure love it.

    Posted 5.25.18 Reply
  27. Kathryn wrote:

    Love what you’ve done with the space. ❤️ the warmth and texture.

    Posted 5.28.18 Reply
  28. Tatjana wrote:

    Very nice! You forgot to mention curtains, they have a big impact too! Very cute:)

    Posted 5.28.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      yes for sure!

      Posted 5.30.18 Reply
  29. Teresa 0'Connor wrote:

    It looks so beautiful. Ive just sold my chairs like these and im so sorry I did. I should have kept them until I was sure.
    Great job Sarah , I love it.

    Posted 5.29.18 Reply

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