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Breakfast Nooks for Happy Mornings

Having a good breakfast is such an important part of starting the day, and yet it’s so common to skip it altogether. Even if you simply sit down for a few moments to sip your coffee in peace and enjoy a quick bowl of oats or chia pudding, it can really set your day off on the right foot. Why not entice yourself to make the time with a welcoming breakfast nook?

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If you have the space in your kitchen, a round table is a good choice, since it’s easy to maneuver around. Comfy chairs are a must, so I recommend splurging on a set you love (I adore the wishbone chairs shown here) and save on the table (Ikea has great basics). Always seek out the light, and position your breakfast table near a window when possible. Getting some morning sun while sipping coffee is the best!

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Super tight on space? Seek out a drop-leaf table like the one shown above – it can be pulled out to seat more when friends drop by, and tucks neatly against the wall the rest of the time.

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If you have the room and budget set aside, my favorite breakfast nook solution is a custom banquette, like the swooping version shown here. A banquette is great because tons of people can slide in, and if you get it covered in a stain-resistant fabric, it’s kid-friendly as well.

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And of course, what good is a breakfast nook without a scrumptious breakfast? Even if you only have time for toast, you can make it extra-special by tracking down the best local bakery for bread or croissants, and treat yourself to a jar of seasonal jam.

For a quick breakfast nook refresh, get comfy with some new pillows. Here are my current favs:

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Shopping Guide (Clockwise from top left): Surya Charming Key indoor-outdoor pillow in teal and ivory; Surya Arrow Southwest Pillow; Kate Spade New York Embroidered Dot pillow in navy and ivory; Surya Candice Olson Maze pillow in teal, taupe, and brown.

For more inspiration from Laura, follow along with her at LauraGaskill.com!

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Black and Tan

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There’s just something about black and tan. Yes, of course it makes for a lovely drink, but it also has the ability to make your home feel warm and sophisticated. Whether you’re relying on rich leather or warm wood accents, this palette offers touches of masculinity that lend themselves well to the perfect unisex space.

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Worried that too much of the two hues could feel heavy and overbearing? Add plenty of white to the equation for a more modern take. White walls can not only make a room feel much larger than it is, they can also provide the perfect background for your favorite photos and art pieces.

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You can also approach the black and tan look in a more subtle way as well, with small doses of both colors rather than a deluge. Break up the area with a few lightweight pieces – think metals – and bring in a few lusciously green plants to take the edge off.

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Like I mentioned before, black and tan can feel a bit masculine at times. Combat the tendency by bringing in furniture with softer edges and other pieces with finer lines. Plenty of cozy textiles will make the space feel welcoming and lived in while giving you just the right vibe.

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For more inspiration from Kelly, follow along with her at Design Crush!

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A Dining Room Rug And Food. Can It Be Done?

After we bought our new home, my husband and I debated about the dining room. To have or not to have. I think it’s a discussion many people have now days. China and fancy dinner parties are not part of our everyday lifestyle. In fact, the vintage china my mother gifted to me 14 years ago is still in the original gift wrap. Shhhhh, please don’t tell her. But in this home we needed a better place to sit and enjoy dinner as a family.

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The formal dining room in our old home was the kids playroom, but now that the children are a bit older, I don’t feel the need to hover over them like a nervous nelly. Discussions were had. A decision was made. The toys would move to the basement, and the formal dining room makeover was a go. Bring on the fancy…let’s go shopping!

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If you read my post about how the foundation of any room design should start with a rug, I’m sure you can guess what I started to shop for first. But then a little voice in my head started nagging at me. Kyla, you’re investing money into a rug your kids will be eating spaghetti and chocolate over…was that really the smartest idea? I mean, they aren’t savages, but they are 3 and 6…ok, yes, yes, they’re savages. They spill and drop crumbs all the time. And who am I kidding, I’m a savage too. I spill all the time.

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As a busy family, we needed a rug that would work with us, not against us. White shag was definitely a hard no. But by adding a busy pattern and a darker color, I felt more confident that my children would not destroy it in two point five seconds. Honestly, it was one of those unicorns are real moments. Here are my 5 top tips for buying a rug for your dining room:

  1. Find a rug with a busier pattern. Come Thanksgiving, you’re not crying over spilled gravy.

  2. Go for a darker color to hide stains.

  3. Be sure the rug is large enough. You want the entire table and chairs set to sit on the rug. Always err on the side of large. Too small of a rug and it looks awkward.

  4. Spills will happen so steer away from shag and go with a flat weave or low pile rug.

  5. Search for rugs that are easy clean/stain resistant. 

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Here are a few rugs that I think would be genius for any formal dining room.

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1/ Courtistan – Rainforest

2/ Karastan – Euphoria

3/ Loloi Rugs – Giselle

4/ Dalyn – Modern Greys

5/ Jaipur Rugs – Tabor

6/ Rugs America – Talbot

For more inspiration from Kyla, follow along with her at House Of Hipsters!

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The Revival of Rattan

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If you’re like me, rattan reminds you of two things: grandma’s house and patio furniture. The good news is that those stereotypes appear to be changing rapidly. Rattan is experiencing a resurgence of sorts, with plenty of modern options and fresh shapes that will breathe new life into the traditional material.

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If you have boho tendencies rattan easily fits into your wheelhouse. A lovely daybed that’s built to last will take advantage of two trends at once (rattan! daybed!) and transition with you as your tastes change and evolve over the years.

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One of the best parts of modern rattan is that it’s no longer only brown in color. The geometric pattern and black and white palette in a chair like this screams versatile, casual, and mid-century. Lots of rattan is weatherproof so you can haul it outside to enjoy summer weather and back in again once it cools down.

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I’ve never lived in a space that would accommodate a room divider, but if I did I’d jump on one in an instant. The key to a great one is just enough opacity to visually separate the areas, and just enough openness to make everything feel airy. Rattan is clearly a great fit on both counts.

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Then there are some rattan pieces that need no changes whatsoever, like this traditional Scandinavian-inspired hanging chair. Pieces like this are heavy-duty, sturdy, and meant to take a beating – the kind your grandkids will one day fight over.

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For more inspiration from Kelly, follow along with her at Design Crush!

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