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Breakfast Nook Refresh Reveal

How a small, oddly laid out breakfast nook entryway got a makeover to maximize on storage, function, traffic flow, and modern style.

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Third time’s the charm, right?

That’s our take on this breakfast nook. I swear, we’re done. Finished!

To be fair, this space is small with chaotic traffic flow and has to handle a lot of function day-to-day. It looked like this the day we moved in:

breakfast nook before

We went the farmhouse route a month later because it was our style from the old house, buuuuuut rustic farmhouse never really felt right in this traditional colonial home, and this very old falling apart secondhand table was beyond saving.

farmhouse breakfast nook

Then, we attempted this setup to transition between farmhouse and modern. And as much as we liked our direction of a more modern vibe, we discovered this dining table was too big for the space since we couldn’t scoot the chairs under with the wide pedestal. Total measurement fail on my part.

Scandinavian modern farmhouse breakfast nook

But now here we are!

This one is here to stay for quite a while because I luuuuuuuuuurv it! And so does Robert… I guess that kind of matters too, huh?

How a small, oddly laid out breakfast nook entryway got a makeover to maximize on storage, function, traffic flow, and modern style.

In a couple of years, we hope to do a full renovation on our kitchen and this nook, which includes ripping up this beige tile floor. Until that happens, this cozy rug from Walmart makes it work to tie in the existing beige.

This little console table blew the function in this space up to 1,000! It’s just large enough to provide the extra storage we need while still being small enough to allow traffic to flow.

And even though it’s black, it has a beautiful rough-hewn texture to give it some character as a little nod to the previous rustic farmhouse vibe.

A console table beside an entry door in a breakfast nook to maximize on storage without the use of a mudroom.

We store phone and laptop chargers, dog leashes, and items we normally need on the way out of the door in the drawers, so it’s made the perfect “drop-zone” without having the convenience of a mud room.

And the woven baskets make great “catch-alls” for school lunch boxes and rogue bags.

They were almost too tall for this space under the table, so they don’t slide out easily but that works out perfectly for us because it prevents a curious almost-toddler from pulling them off of the shelf.

Drawers and baskets for accessible entryway storage in a breakfast nook

We added this large scale abstract art from Walmart ($58 for this MASSIVE 30″x47″ size) for a punch of color and because oversized art helps small spaces feel bigger. I love its beachy art vibe for summer without actually being in-your-face beachy, if that makes any sense at all.

I tend to sneak in a little coastal decor somewhere in our house in the summer like beach photographs from past family vacations and sea shells collected in an antique printer tray. We may live 3 hours from the ocean, but the South Carolina coast always has a piece of my heart. (You can see more coastal style decor here.)

Blue abstract art for a modern coastal vibe

This table lamp helps brighten up this windowless room a ton with additional light, which this space desperately needs.

And we put this gold round mirror right beside the side entry door for a “quick check” spot before leaving the house. It coordinates perfectly with our secondhand spray painted chandelier. Woot!

How a small, oddly laid out breakfast nook entryway got a makeover to maximize on storage, function, traffic flow, and modern style.

Whew! Done!

This was one small but high maintenance room with a whole lot of needs, but I think we finally solved the puzzle for layout, storage, and “our style” with a little bit of help from a new perspective.

How a small, oddly laid out breakfast nook entryway got a makeover to maximize on storage, function, traffic flow, and modern style.

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It only took about 2.5 years, but look at that before and after!

breakfast nook before

How a small, oddly laid out breakfast nook entryway got a makeover to maximize on storage, function, traffic flow, and modern style.

I’m SO glad we finally figured out this wackily laid out breakfast nook! It has already made our lives so much more functional and feels more “us” than what we had in here before.

Moral of the story: It’s okay to get it wrong. It’s okay to experience trial and error. It’s okay to have a style identity crisis. But that decorating “light bulb moment” that makes your daily life easier and feels like “you” is totally worth the persistence. 😉

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30 Comments

  1. Lauren, you are extremely talented.
    Where did you get the spindle double planter hanging on the wall?
    Would you be able to provide the measurements of the spindles and width of the “box”?

  2. Lauren, your breakfast nook final makeover looks amazing!! Although every single look you had looked amazing! It always feels good when you find what works for you and your family. Thank you for sharing!

  3. Oh it turned out so nicely, well done Lauren! I am so envious of the bentwood chairs; you have really made me a believer in the charcoal color for the doors; and I really like the mix of the dark console/chairs and the lighter table, they all look great together.

  4. Lauren – spot ON as usual. And you are so right – it takes awhile for some spaces to “talk” to us, but when they do, it is magic! And as for me, I would keep adding various shapes, sizes of mirrors to the wall where you placed the lovely mirror (Walmart) as you find them at sales, junkin, etc. Makes for an interesting wall. Love it!

  5. Your room is awesome. It may have taken you a few try’s, but you got I said perfect this time. I Love the wrought iron paint on the doors. The table and chairs are so cute . Thanks for sharing. Blessings, MAry

  6. Looks very nice for so little work. I also noticed you changed the color of the grout. Could you share a little about that, please? Thanks.

  7. Amazing! Love the table and chairs (perfect scale & flow)! They act as the anchor to tie in the the black of the console /doors and the wood/basket tones. Love the mix of the vintage look with a modern vibe! Really flows well with your refreshed kitchen, which I also love! You guys never cease to amaze!

  8. Lauren, BRAVO! It looks awesome. That console is wonderful. The lamp addition is brilliant. Love the way you’ve incorporated some gold tones. And I cannot believe that large piece of artwork was so inexpensive! The space looks so much like y’all now.

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