It’s the Little Things

I’m back from a break to show off some small changes to our “breakfast nook.”  The original part of our house was built in 1958 and at that time this little area right off of the kitchen was the only dedicated dining space in the house.  Since some add-ons were made in the 70’s, there (thankfully) is now plenty of room in the house for a proper dining room table.  So, now we have a breakfast nook to play with.  First, let’s take a look at what the space looked like when Darrin first got the keys to the house.

A view of the nook from our great room. If you look carefully at the upper right corner, you can see remnants of the 1980's country wall paper we found.

 

Just look at that lamp! At let me tell you, it hurt like heck when we bumped our heads on it!

 

We love these storybook windows. But, those blinds had to go!

So, before we look at what changes have happened to this small area.  Here’s a reminder of what things look like on the opposite side of the kitchen.  We went with some bold blues and greens.  This was the first room we painted and we were tired of dull and dingy and needed something bright.  We got it.

kitchen after 2

We've since rearranged some of the use of the counter space. But we're still so happy with the colors!

 

And now for the transformation on the other side.

We painted the walls a bright white, removed the dated wall paper, changed the light fixture, and updated the window treatment.

 

Here's another view of the space looking into the great room. We decided to paint the cross beams to highlight some of the architectural details of the space.

 

The roman shades (from Cost Plus World Market) were a great find! They tie in the blue and green from our cabinets while bringing in the red from these great club chairs Darrin found years ago while traveling.

 

While we are certainly pleased with the progress of this space.  It is not over.  Still to do:

  1. Find a permanent light fixture (the current shade was stolen borrowed from Darrin’s night stand)
  2. Buy canister trash and recycling cans to replace our current eyesores.
  3. Buy or build side board to place on blank wall and use for storage (the only place in the house we’re lacking storage, really).
  4. Hang artwork on blank wall.  Right now, I’m leaning towards something with the following concept (without the words):
I love the colors and the idea of hunting around for beautiful plates to complete my collection.
So, what about you?  Do you have any small projects you’ve completed lately that you feel good about?  Share, share!
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