What They DidTraditional Kitchen, Atlanta
Furthering her plan to enhance the room's architecture, Suzanne turned one corner of the kitchen into a cheery dining area with an L-shaped built-in bench that mimics the cabinetry. To keep the dining nook cozy (not restaurant-like) she surrounded the metal bistro table with slipcovered armchairs and hung a sparkly chandelier above.
Using the same patterned fabric on the window valances and pillows throughout (Montmartre in Clay/Blue from her own collection for Lee Jofa; leejofa.com), Suzanne introduced color and life to the kitchen without taking away from the all-white effect. Photo by Erica George Dines for Southern Living
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Make breakfast a habit Once you try sitting down in the morning to eat something that requires a fork and napkin, it will hopefully be such a lovely change of pace that you feel inspired to do it more often. To make the habit stick, plan your breakfasts in advance, putting at least two tasty breakfast options into rotation each week. If you find yourself short on time in the mornings, do as much you can the night before, from setting the table to doing some cooking prep.TELL US Do you sit down to breakfast most mornings, or do you eat on the run? Let us know in the Comments section below.MOREHow to Slow Your Life DownDesigns for Living: Cosy Breakfast CornersGive Yourself More Free Time With the Help of Habits
Scale down each pieceYou may have fond feelings for your huge kitchen table, where family meals and homework sessions took place, but its generous proportions may mean it would dominate, rather than enhance, the space in your new home. So cut those emotional ties, think creatively and scale down. A small, circular table may be sufficient now. Team it with folding chairs that can be stored away when not in use, or build in some space-efficient bench seating, so you can still seat several when friends or family visit. Similarly, do you still need a kingsize bed or a vast wardrobe? Scaling your pieces down by swapping them for smaller versions will make better use of available space.Be inspired by these cosy breakfast corners
10. Corner bench + slip-covered armchair + chandelierCarve out a breakfast nook that exudes easy elegance with a comfy bench seat plumped up with plenty of pillows, a real armchair and a classic chandelier. Choose a chair with an upright profile for more comfortable seating at the table, and be sure to pick a washable slip cover to make your life easier.TELL USIf you could wave a magic wand to instantly transform your breakfast area, how would you change it? Let us know in the comments section.MORE EATING ZONE IDEABOOKSDesigns for Living: Cosy Breakfast CornersTo-Die-For Eat-in Kitchens of Every Shape and SizeMy Island Home: 10 Kitchen Islands for Families