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:
And here it is now:
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.
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.
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.
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