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Fall Decorating: The Breakfast Nook

Today, we’re sharing The Busy Girl’s Guide to Fall Decorating in the Breakfast Nook! 

As most of you know, we recently gave the breakfast nook a makeover after we painted the kitchen cabinets. I swear there is nothing like a makeover reveal however big or small to help keep things neat and tidy.

The makeover process is so much work you don’t want anything out of place or cluttered once you’re finished #truth.

Fall Decorating in the Breakfast Nook

The breakfast nook is just off the kitchen and is one of those rooms that open up to several other rooms. If you’re standing in the living room you can see the kitchen, dining room, entry, breakfast nook and a few other places all at once.

This is one of the reasons, sticking to a similar color palette and style is so important. Especially, if you’re living in a home with an open floor plan.

Once the rest of the spaces in your home are settled, fall decorating in the breakfast nook should be fairly easy. The reason that it will be easy is because you are repeating decorative elements from other rooms or vignettes in your home.

I can almost make out someone saying…”What’s the catch?”

There is no catch.

You can do this.

That’s the beauty of creating a signature style, owning it and using a complementary color palette throughout your seasonal decorating. If you had a chance to look at how we decorated the dining room for fall you may recognize some of these same concepts have been repeated in the breakfast nook as well.

Here are a few things to consider when decorating the breakfast nook for fall…


Keep it simple

If the breakfast nook is open to other rooms in your home (like the kitchen and living room are for us) the other spaces will likely get recognized before the breakfast nook.

Keeping it simple in the breakfast nook means the eye can view the space as a whole. It also means you have a chance to carve out a cozy spot just off the larger more recognized spaces which is a good thing.

You know when you’re walking down a busy street and its store after store, after store, after store? And then you come across a sweet little bistro that is so quaint you want to stop immediately for lunch and it’s only 11 am?

Fall decorating in the breakfast nook can feel that way too.



Repeat your favorite elements from one tablescape to the next

So here’s the thing, you don’t want your breakfast nook table to look exactly the same as your dining room table. But you do want them to complement each other.

Take the elements you’re most excited about (mums, white pumpkins, plaids, layered china for me) and mix them up in a fresh but familiar way.




Stick With Your Predetermined Color Palette to Avoid Visual Clutter

This means, deciding what your color palette will be in advance before decorating with seasonal essentials.

I realize if you’re a busy mom, you’re thinking, “I can’t even remember if I wore deodorant today and you want me to plan my fall color palate in advance?”

The answer is yes, I do.

I want you to use the existing colors in your home to enhance your spaces with seasonal decorating. Don’t undermine the home you’ve worked so hard to create with visual holiday clutter.



Use Texture as an Accent 

These natural chargers are a great foundation for building multiple layers texture in a place setting without competing with the other elements on the table. Chargers are also a great way to add pops of color to your tablescape. Most of the time, they can be painted to match your color palette.



Use Unconventional Containers for Flowers and Plants 

These potted mums came from our local home improvement store and the layers of oak tree branches were clipped from the yard.

You may also want to consider using herbs like the dried bay leaves we used to accent the pumpkins in these ironstone bowls. Herbs are inexpensive and readily available year-round.

It doesn’t take a lot of extra money to get the look you want. You can easily use budget friendly plants to help welcome guests to your home.

Using plants or flowers in unconventional containers will also act as a conversation starter. And give you a chance to share your favorite shopping haunts or vacation memories with family, friends or neighbors.



It’s been such a fun week putting this series together for you guys. I hope these tips have helped to make decorating spaces you love for fall seem a little less scary.

You can start loving things about your home today, pinky promise, it’s possible!



For more on our series, The Busy Girl’s Guide to Fall Decorating, you can check out our entire Fall Home Tour here.  Until then, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

Many blessings,


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    1. You guys give me the giggles! I’ll be on the look out for some plaid napkins and a tureen later today. Fingers crossed UPS is ready for all the boxes 🙂 Hugs, CoCo

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