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