Sunday, November 21, 2010

Breakfast Nook

Into the Nook
Here's my Breakfast Nook.
See where I pulled the wallpaper off?
What a mess.
I pulled as far as it easily wanted to come off. 
I hope I can just pull to the corner and stop there without having to remove all in the entire room. 
So that I can just fix and paint one wall.
I've had this table for ages and ages. 
I bought it right after college at an estate sale for $12.

It has been through everything with me.
I did not bang it up like that...it was already banged up.

In my last post I said that I removed all the pastel bowls from my kitchen
and brought them in here.
The whole room was transformed when I hung these simple cafe curtains I made.
I should have made them three years ago.
That's how long I've had the fabric. 
It's actually a table cloth I bought at Ross. 
I bought three of these table cloths so I could still make something else with it.
Perhaps I'll cover the seats of my dining room chairs.
Harvey and Violet. 
Harvey is afraid that Violet wants some of the food he has scattered about.
She does not.
Harvey...really studying the food he's about to eat.
Wow...that wall is a mess...something to tackle after Christmas.

I've had this terrarium for quite some time and never have grown anything in it. 
I wanted to do a whole miniature garden but need a tray to put dirt in and just have not 
found the right thing.
So it has sat empty or nearly empty for quite some time.
When I changed things around in here the other day...it occurred to me to put some of my 
odds and end McCoy flower pots in it.
This little willow table is in the opposite corner.
A dog bed stuffed underneath...not pretty...but they like to sleep under there when I am out of the house.
See all that missing paint?
Harvey chewed it off when he was a puppy.
Another thing to fix.
Just had to include...because he is the fattest, cutest dog ever.

This room looks like Spring and Summer for sure.
Doesn't look like Fall at all.
I'll try to make it look Christmasy over the next month.

This breakfast nook is filled with what used to thrill me when I was younger and lived in apartments.
I had these pastel flower pots and bowls everywhere and a serious collection of majolica.
I still have the majolica...it's just tucked away at the time being. 

The floor in here needs to be redone and I'm thinking that whatever flooring I do in the kitchen...needs to flow into this room as well. 

It needs to be super easy to clean as the dogs go in and out constantly to go to the backyard.
There are always leaves needing to be swept up it seems.
Harvey...still eating.

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40 comments:

the gardeners cottage said...

that is one fat happy dog! how cute are they?

i love the floor! do you think it is in the kitchen too? under the tiles?

also, i love your little blue table that you did not beat up, so darling.

~janet

Beach Bungalow said...

I LOVE everything about this room, even the wall you are so anxious about, lol! Looks like a wall in an Italian villa.

S
xo

Lee Laurie said...

I love your breakfast room. So pretty. I love the curtain you made out of a tablecloth. Great idea. Chair covers would be pretty made out of it also. Cute dogs too. :)

Kelsie From Our Country Home said...

Nita,
This is just the most charming little room ever. Even the peeled wallpaper speaks of the loving restoration you are doing in there.
What cute and funny little weenies too...I sure hope Harvey never has to chase his food, not much of his legs left to reach the floor lol.

Blessings Kelsie

Penny@ "WDWS Design Trends" said...

Nita~I tried to post yesterday but was having trouble with blogger...I loved your kitchen post and today's post. The glimpses of the weanies are so cute. Our pets are the perfect accessories for each room. Thanks for sharing them with us!

High Street Cottage said...

What a wonderful post Nita. And a charming tour of your lovely breakfast room. You have such a great decorating style. Filled with personal momentos you'ved gathered along the way. I do the same. And I think a home should be that way. I noticed "the gardner's cottage's" reply suggesting the same wood floor must might be under your kitchen tile. With older homes there are so many hidden treasures. I think she's onto something that you should explore, hugs, tami

Tammy @BeatriceBanks said...

Simply adorable. I used to have that same chandy in my bedroom as a little girl. I guess my mom sold it in a yard sale or something. boo hoo

oldblackcatboo said...

First, I ADORE that Harvey!
Second, so many times you remind me of myself. I used to be all into Country and now I'm more into French and Sparkle but lately I can feel a pull towards Industrial.
So that being said, this is what I would do to the room (not that you asked! LOL!) I'd paint the wall shelf and corner-stand WHITE. I'd replace the chairs with some painted metal garden chairs and make the whole room into more of an indoor garden room. I think you could easily carry the white ironwork out from the kitchen into that room to make it flow. And after I see this, I'd say to replace the kitchen and this floor with something that can be easily mopped and cleaned when potty accidents happen. Because we both know we will always be dealing with that! XOXO - Cindi

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Love your little nook and everything in it. The best floors for dogs and easy to clean is laminate wood flooring. I wish we had gotten that instead of our wood flooring. Ours is pretty, but scratches very easily. My daughter's laminate flooring still looks new after almost five years and she has a dog.

An Urban Cottage said...

This room is just oozing charm! That one photo from the kitchen in your post yesterday is torn right out of a magazine. I love everything about it. It's like a roll of Necco wafers or Smarties come to life! All the pastel vintage piece seem to fit perfectly with the style of the house. LOVE, Love, love the table. I know it's really hard to see this stuff when it's your own but somehow the peeled wallpaper even seems to fit. I think if there's any way you can pull some of this feeling into the elements of the kitchen you dislike, it will be a homerun.

Deserae said...

Your breakfast room is absolutely charming!!!! From the cafe curtains to the terrarium full of pottery......everything is just perfect! Love the built in china cabinet too!! Harvey is the cutest little chunky monkey....I want to scoop him up and kiss him to death! LOL Happy Thanksgiving!!!
~Des

Ashley said...

These rooms are just adorable! xoxoxo www.1942charm.blogspot.com

Meadowsweet Cottage said...

Nita, your little nook has charm a-plenty!

I'd take a straight edge and utility knife and score the corner before I removed the wallpaper there. Hopefully that would prevent any tearing on the wall you don't want to paint. Using the same fabric on your chairs is a great idea! (Love the way your curtain hangs in scallops.)

Olive Cooper said...

Harvey is one fine fat boy! The nook is very cute with the pastel colors. I am in the wallpaper is evil camp only because I have to remove it or hang it myself. If I could pay someone I might like it. The McCoy pots in the iron piece look better than plants to me.

DreamgirlLisa said...

I Love your little nook, and a house that is loved, is always a work in progress, that's what keeps things interesting!

Brenda Kula said...

What cute dogs! I'm loving your kitchen space. And that terrarium filled with the McCoy is really special!
Brenda

Traci at ThreeDogsAtHome said...

This is a very Spring feeling room but you know my favorite thing in the room is Harvey. I think every room should be accessories with a dog or two. Thanks for sharing you nook. You have inspired me to show mine.
Traci

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Oh, my goodness, your puppies are so very cute! I love your breakfast nook!! Love the pastels and the window treatment out of the tablecloth! Love the blue table! Those floors are great... refinishing them would only add to their beauty.

Nita {ModVintageLife} said...

Oh...you all have made me feel so good about my little breakfast nook. This room never gets used as a eating place. The dogs live in it during the day when I am out of the house working. I have been working at home as of late but this room has to be a good place for them to be.

I loved everyone's suggestions. I believe the floor in the kitchen is probably pine as it was meant to be covered with linoleum from the very beginning. So I don't think it has oak like this room. The pine could be redone and I've seen that in houses...but it would not match so I might as well change it to something more practical.

So I'm trying to decide if I will cover both floors with tile or something or just cover the kitchen and redo the floor in the breakfast nook....but this room gets lots of abuse and tile in both rooms would be the most practical.

I hesitated to show this room because it does look so Springtime-ish here in the middle of Fall. But decided to just go ahead because I might want to show it again with Christmas stuff.

Thanks for all your fabulous suggestions on this room and the kitchen...it has really got me thinking about some different fixes to do.

I forgot to mention that I've had these white chairs forever. They are kind of sad but this room has not been a priority....and one day I'll do something else.

Pam said...

That is such a cute room. I love the built in cupboard. And the terrerium full of McCoy planters is genious. Seriously love all of it.

Minkee Baby Gifts said...

L.O.V.E. it! So warm and inviting!

Lindy said...

I know all you see are the flaws but your breakfast room is really cute. So many wonderful details -- and the dogs are adorable!

Yvonne said...

Hey, Nita. As you know, I have black and white tile in mysunroom laid on the diagonal. Love the look but so hard to keep clean. It shows everything, especially dog hair. Go with hardwood. I have wood in my kitchen and love it.

TiKiMOOSE said...

Nita,
Why don't you just plant herbs in the McCoy pots and keep them growing in the terrarium....just a thought. I think it would be cool to have tile in both rooms, and installed on the diagonal...It would help the flow and make both rooms appear larger.

The House of Healy said...

YAY! Seeing more of your house. Must say I've been curious! You have so much of what I love: banged up furniture, terrariums, metal and of course dogs. :)

The House of Healy said...

ooh, and on the floors, if you do have wood under the kitchen, like someone said, you could just paint all the wood white, and coat it in varnish and it's super scratch/stain resistant. And when I've seen it in homes it looks so clean...just a thought, though.

Anonymous said...

Your kitchen is wonderful. Especially since you restyled it with silver and mercury glass. If I were you, rather than change the kitchen to suit the breakfast nook, I would do the opposite, and make the nook look more like the kitchen. You could use your pastels elsewhere in the house, like in the living room. I really like your little bathroom, too. Enjoy your blog as well.

Donna said...

Your breakfast nook is just adorable! What a fun and cheery room, I would really enjoy having my cup of coffee here each morning! I love how you added your McCoy collection to your terrarium. What a fun idea, and no watering involved:)!

Funky Junk Interiors said...

I'm in Starbucks right now and just guffawed out loud at Harvey. Eating again. LOL!! Hilarious.

LOVE your flowerpot collection! Those icecream colours all together are absolutely joyful!

You never disappoint. :)

Donna

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Oh Nita~ I LOVE your little breakfast nook!! & HARVEY!!! What a sweetie and so cute! I think your nook has so much charm- I love how sunny and warm it is. I too, love wood floors, but they are hard to keep looking fabulous, so I hear you there. The little terrarium is delightful filled with your dishes~ I can't wait to see your room decked out for the holidays~ thank you so much for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday!

Eileen @ Cottage Beach House said...

I love the colors of your Mc coy collection, and they look great piled up in the terrarium. And your cafe curtains are gorgeous. A great idea to use a tablecloth. I have done that, and loved the result. I bought 2 cloths. One to cover the chairs, and the other for the table on special days. It looks so pretty when I use that tablecloth that matches.

Funky Junk Interiors said...

Me again. I've featured you on SNS #58's sidebar this weekend. :) I just LOVE your colours!

Donna
http://funkyjunkinteriors.blogspot.com/

Katie @ On the Banks of Squaw Creek said...

My mom collects McCoy pots like that. I have a collection of aqua ones, but when I changed my color scheme, they went back to her house. I just go pick out whatever colors I need from her collection. :)

Brambleberry Cottage said...

I think Harvey and Violet are the things I like most about your breakfast nook! ;) Actually, the flower pots in the terrarium are quite cute.

By the way, Nita, have you ever used the Zinsser Paper Tiger scoring tool for removing wallpaper? It works like a charm.

Thanks for linking to my party. I look forward to seeing what you link up each week.

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage
http://thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

First....Harvey is adorable.
I think your room is so charming and I love the springy colors and all your treasures from the past. Don't you just hate taking wallpaper down. I went crazy with it when I moved in here 20 years ago...never again, well not anytime soon.
Thanks for sharing. Found you on Brambleberry Cottage

Thoughtfully blended hearts said...

The dog is great...luv him!!! Good luck with the wallpaper...you will probably need it...Your gorgeous little room looks like a magazine shoot...great job!!!

Shannon said...

Hello, I found your site through "Hooked on Houses" from a link on Rate My Space/DYI web site. I have been wondering around all day (lazy weekend for a change). I have so enjoyed the tour of your home. Your mom sounds amazing. Dish shopping at just the right moment. What a sweetheart. Well, you have made this house a HOME. I love the pole out front. It was a sign. We bought a house once that had a burning bush out front. We thought that was a sign too ;) I have the exact tablecloth from ROSS. I recognized the fabric immediately and was so happy you included where you got it so I didn't have to wonder ? Thanks for letting us peek !

Anonymous said...

Loving your house and decor. doggies sooo cute but please dont keep them fat-you're killing them with kindness!!

angela said...

I came across your site by accident and sure am glad I did. I like the pastel colors, it gives it a nice glow and the distressed look of the various furniture pieces is a sweet cottage-like vibe. And, Harvey's pudgy self is too cute! Thought it was darling the way he was studying his food. lol

cosasquemeinspiran said...

Hahah I love your breakfast nook...! And your dogs are so cute!

 
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