We’re sharing the evolution of the breakfast area as part of the Late Summer Flower Power Mini Blog Hop hosted by the always sweet and creative, Cecilia of My Thrift Store Addiction.
If you’re coming over from Cecilia’s blog, welcome, we’re excited to have you here! I’m constantly amazed at all the beautiful ways Cecilia brings flowers into her home and enjoys her garden on a daily basis. It’s so inspiring!
I was recently reminded while putting together our Journeys End Home Tour just how much our style has evolved since moving to this tiny island cottage.
On one hand, I look back at some of our old photos and totally cringe 😂
On the other hand, they make me feel proud we were willing to keep trying different things until we found a style we love 🙌
The best example of this is the evolution of the breakfast area.
The Evolution of the Breakfast Area: Our Old Reality…
When I first moved to the island, we used a glass table for everyday dining.
But once our circle of friends and family started growing, we realized we needed a larger table with more seating.
So, my bestie S built the table. I gave it a quick whitewash, painted the chairs in a coastal shade named Green Tea, bought a rug from Pier 1, a light from Ballard Designs and called it good to go.
About a year later, I fell in love with neutrals.
We added drop cloth curtains, wicker chairs, and painted the breakfast nook chairs white.
The following year, we traded out the old wicker chairs for new wicker chairs from IKEA. Then put them on each end of the table.
We also brought home farmhouse style chairs we found while at the cabin.
The changes were really subtle.
But adding new layers of texture and changing the scale of the chairs made a big difference.
Once we settled a bit on the chairs, we shopped the house and started trying various pieces of furniture from cabinets to hutches in the breakfast area.
We also began switching up the wall art, pillows, and curtains which always makes a big but budget friendly impact too.
Embracing Pops of Pink…
Most recently, I added pink curtains, new floral pillows and created a simple farmhouse inspired centerpiece.
Centerpieces like this are convenient because they can be cleared away for dinner or snacks without a lot of extra effort.
And the flowers can be switched up at any time depending on the season or celebration.
I know it’s easy sometimes to get stuck when our decorating ideas don’t work out in real life like we think they should in our head.
Especially, when there are lots of decisions involved or the process is taking longer than we expect.
Afterall, it’s the details that can cause us to feel so overwhelmed we wind up with analysis paralysis because we don’t want to make design decisions we’ll regret.
And while I completely understand the resources it takes to make a house a home, I also want to encourage you to take a chance on the potential you have sitting right in front of you.
As we grow and change so do our decorating choices.
Sometimes they’re bold and sometimes they’re much more subtle.
But the end goal is always the same.
To create a home that welcomes us with open arms as soon as we walk through the front door.
A home that feels warm, welcoming, calm, clean, comfortable, uncluttered, and relaxing.
As we begin to transition from one season to the next, I hope you’ll look at the spaces in your home with a fresh perspective.
There are always things we can do both big and small to create a home we love, so don’t wait!
Late Summer Flower Power Mini Blog Hop…
Other Flower Inspired Posts to Enjoy:
- Spring Flowers Porch Tour
- Cottage Inspired Summer Porch Tour
- Cottage Roses Front Door Flower Basket
- Quick and Easy 5 Minute Topiary
- Simple Window Box Centerpiece for Spring or Summer