When we started 2016, we said we were really going to try and take a break from house projects. As the year went on, Dylan arrived and we began to live in our home a little bit differently, we had to change our minds on that “no projects” rule. We picked two bigger projects to work on and I’m excited to reveal one of those today!
Our Breakfast Room Before
When we bought our house, I loved that we had a breakfast room off of the kitchen. The arch leading into it was great and I thought it would be an ideal space for the kids to eat or do homework while we all hung out in the kitchen. For the first couple of years living here, that’s not at all how we used the space. When we moved from Houston, we had sold our dining room set and didn’t have anything to put in this room. So we picked up a small set from a consignment shop and put it in there. It was cheap and fine as a temporary set, plus Jackson was in a high chair so the fact that we had only two chairs was fine. That all quickly changed as Jackson outgrew his high chair and we needed more space. We found ourselves eating dinner either in our dining room or having “picnics” at the coffee table in the living room. Not. Ideal.
So we decided to make our breakfast room one of the 2016 projects for the house and really felt that it would change the way we lived in our house.
What We Wanted
Going into the design project, I knew I wanted to make the space bright, happy and add a chandelier. I love a good chandelier and, because we have an older home with lower ceilings, there aren’t many spots where they work for us.
I also knew I wanted a white table with either a bench or stools of some kind. I, personally, like those for the kids and it’s just something I’ve always wanted to have.
What We Did
We got off to a really good start when my mom found this dining set at a consignment shop. The table has an iron frame and is made of Corian, so it is HUGELY heavy and practically indestructible (a bonus for us with the kids). It fit perfectly in the space and we got a ridiculously good deal on it, so I was thrilled to have found it.
To add color, we started with this Thibaut Design wallpaper. I wanted to tie in the shades of blue that we have around the rest of the house and I really liked this pattern. We chose another Thibaut fabric for the bench and chairs to pull out the navy color from the wallpaper. The back of the bench and trim of the chairs are done in a matching blue leather, which our upholsterer did to bring it all together.
I did get my chandelier in this room and I love the modern design and drop globe crystals. It’s also really nice and bright – exactly what this room needed!
Finally, the last thing we did was to add this Pottery Barn wall organization system to the room. Our lack of organization around the house was starting to drive us crazy. We would have piles on the kitchen countertop for things to do, school work of Jackson’s, bills, etc. It was a MESS! This wall system has been really helpful for us. We’re able to update the calendar with all of the school happenings for the boys and each child has their own cork board for displaying work, as well as a file box for any papers, homework or other things.
Overall, I’m very pleased with how this room turned out! We have found ourselves sitting in the room together so often, spending time working on Jackson’s homework, playing games or just hanging out after meals. I feel that we’ve accomplished our goal with this room of changing the way we live in our house. We sit in there for every meal, which means we eat together as a family every night, a huge priority to us.
Stay tuned for our 2017 projects. We said we weren’t going to do anything this year either, but we’ve already started a list of “to dos.”
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Wallpaper: Thibaut // Table, Chairs & Bench: Found at consignment shop, refinished with Thibault Fabric // High Chair: Bloom Fresco // Wall System: Pottery Barn // Chandelier: Robert Abbey Bling Flushmount // Blinds: Hunter Douglas