Sunday morning brunch was the best part of my week growing up. Despite an enormous pink marble kitchen table, this scrumptious tradition of buttery pancakes, fresh cut fruit, Nutella and coffee was always served in the "special room" also known as the dining room — brunch was a special time in our home.
I have a great big list of what the perfect kitchen should include and at the very top of it sits a breakfast nook — a wood burning oven and a brass faucet follow close behind. The highlight of a breakfast nook, or kitchen nook, is its clever use of space. An upholstered banquette running the length of a bay window seats two or three (or more if you can afford the space) and surrounding chairs can be placed and removed when needed. A diner-style niche of two banquettes is an even more efficient way of saving space but I'm partial to a mix and match of plush seating. A delicious spread, fresh flowers and lots of sunshine complete the look. Here are a few spaces where I'd be happy as pie sipping on a café au lait:
A cosy corner in my kitchen will have me wishing for Sunday all week long.
See a spacious breakfast nook in chef Rodney Bowers' restaurant-style kitchen on H&H Online TV.
1. Andrea Hebard Interior Design Blog
2. The Building Construction
3. Maison & Demeure December 2009 issue, photography by André Rider
4. StyleBeat blog
5. Country Living, photography by Victoria Pearson, via The Inspired Room blog
6. Lonny March/April 2012 issue, design by Tobi Tobin, photography by Patrick Cline, via Coco + Kelley blog
7. House & Home September 2011 issue, design by Sarah Callanan, photography by Virginia Macdonald
8. Better Homes & Gardens
9. Houzz, design by Virginia Kitchens, photography by Greg Hadley