8 Ways to Serve Up Style

Cozy up in the kitchen with our product picks and ideas for designing the perfect breakfast nook.

Morning Glory

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Morning Glory

Sometimes, the smallest spaces are where the biggest memories are made. Here, how to create a stylish breakfast nook that suits the whole family.

Interior design by Steven Gambrel

1. Sit Pretty

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Idea #1: Sit Pretty

As the benchmark of breakfast nook seating, built-in banquettes add cottage charm to any dining area. If you're looking for something more versatile, try a pair of freestanding benches that can be moved out and pushed in. (The rounded shape of this one hugs the edges of circular or oval tables perfectly.)

Buy it: Drexel Heritage Dalliance Pasqualina Banquette, from $1,800; drexelheritage.com for retailers.

2. Rise and Shine

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Idea #2: Rise and Shine

Embrace a seafaring look with fab nautical lighting. Outfit your space with a two-pendant chandelier (the ideal size for most tables); the sleek, polished nickel finish on this fixture lends it a contemporary vibe.

Buy it: Visual Comfort & Co. Grosvenor Linear Double Pendant, $1,470; circalighting.com.

3. Dish it Out

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Idea #3: Dish it Out

Designer Todd Oldham borrowed the playful undersea illustrations adorned on these dishes from 1950s biology textbooks; 60 years later, they're serving as lessons in style. Pair them with colorful, quick-dry seersucker napkins and an hourglass-shaped coffeemaker with a polished wood collar for a simple, stylish table.

Buy them: Chemex Classic Series Drip Coffee Eight-Cup Glass Coffeemaker, $40; surlatable.com.

Kim Seybert Seersucker Napkin in Blue/Hot Pink, $72 for a set of four; kimseybert.com.

Oldham + Harper Little Fish Bowl, $9, and Fish Mug, $11; fishseddy.com.

4. Brighten the Mood

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Idea #4: Brighten the Mood

The vibrant dyed cotton on this wooden chair may be blue, but chances are, any-one who sits in it won't be. With electric hues and a statement-making pattern, the lightweight folding chair is not only fun, but comfy, too—and great for impromptu guests, as extras can easily be whisked out from a closet when needed.

Buy it: Anthropologie Overdyed Terai Chair in Turquoise, $198; anthropologie.com.

5. Join the Mod Squad

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Idea #5: Mod Squad

Steal a page from the modernist master with this Saarinen-style table.

Buy it: DOCKSTA Table, $199; ikea.com.

6. French Country

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Idea #6: French Country

Try solid mango wood for a tropical take on a traditional bistro table.

Buy it: West Elm Turned Pedestal Bistro Table, $399; westelm.com.

7. Go Minimalist

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Idea #7: Try Minimalism

Conjure a minimalist's dream: sleek lines and a metal base.

Buy it: Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Luna Round Dining Table, $3,120 (60"); mgbwhome.com.

8. Retro-Chic

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Idea #8: Retro-Chic

Nod to the 1950s with a diner-inspired silhouette.

Buy it: Wildon Home Peyton Retro Dining Table, $208.99; wayfair.com/coastalretrotable.

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