Happy Thursday! It is beautiful here in Georgia – sunny and 80 degrees today! The perfect day to
pull weeds play tennis! I know what I should be doing … but what I want to do is something different. Isn’t it a woman’s prerogative to change her mind?
Today I want to show you our new breakfast room. This space is far from done, but you can at least see the bones of the room. I really want this area to be cozy, comfortable and some place that family and friends want to hang out. I really cherish my time with my family at the dinner table. We have the best conversations and lots of laughs. Some of my best memories from my childhood are from the dinner table!
We have a tradition that we do at the end of dinner. It’s called “The Condiment Quiz”. Anyone who eats with us is not excused from playing the game (ask my teens friends). Anyway – the game goes like this … I pick a topic and ask a question on that topic. Whoever yells the answer out first is out of the game and excused from putting away the condiments. Last one standing (or in this case sitting) has to put away all the condiments in the fridge or pantry. My kids moan and groan about it, but I know they secretly love this game. We have had topics from geography to sports mascots to Disney movies.
So you can see this area has to be fun and comfortable so we want to hang for a while after dinner and just be with each other. Here is the before:
Lots of windows – I love bringing the outdoors into a room. You can see outside from any seat in this room.
We had a bench built in the corner of the room to make a banquette. I have always wanted a banquette and this room was made for it. We had a huge 6 foot round table when we moved in and no matter which way we set it up it just didn’t fit. At first I was really bummed – but once I figured out this configuration I felt better. I had the same place build this trestle table that had built the round table. This place is wonderful – it’s called European Antique Pine and you can see their stuff online at europeanantiquepine.com.
This banquette will easily seat 10 people and could probably squeeze in 12 if we all liked each other! As you can see this area needs a lot of love and color. I have ordered a cushion for the bench. It will be in a dark chocolate brown Sunbrella material. I like the idea of using outdoor material inside – super durable and can wipe it up easily.
I can’t wait to show you what is going on that big, blank wall. I bought the most amazing folk art at Etsy.com. You will have to check back and see how it turns out.
I am also in the process of having window treatments done . Here are the fabrics I am using – I am just not a neutral girl. I know that calm, white, beige or gray rooms are the big thing right now – and they are beautiful – but that’s just not me. My family is loud, colorful and a little funky so I like my house to reflect the real us.
This is the fabric for the bench cushion.
This is the window fabric. It just screams me! All my favorite colors – sage green, orange, turquoise, red and chocolate brown. I am doing a simple flat valance on medallions since the fabric is so busy. It will be trimmed in a fabric call Oval Tangerine. See below :
The color is pretty hard to see in this pic – but it is a true tangerine (color of the year!) I will also have pillows made from this fabric. Other pillows will be included on the bench also – I will show you an after shot when it all comes together.
What do you think? I’m pretty excited about seeing it all come together. I especially can’t wait to have our first dinner in “color”!
Hope your life is more havoc than heaven!