Before & After: A Breakfast Nook Transition

Fall is a difficult transition for me decoratively speaking. My favorite colors to decorate with tend to be in the spring/summer realm — turquoise, yellow, white, etc. But, if you find a few pieces of inspiration, things seem to fall into place. Here are some before and after photos of the nook along with some simple ideas to help you transition through the seasons.1. Get Inspired I love thrifting and often find vintage things that inspire me. The inspiration for me in the fall table setting were the purple plaid and tweed fabric pieces I found at a local thirft shop. The texture and patterns blended perfectly with my ideas of fall. I instantly envisioned them as my new tablecloth and napkins. I also found a vintage medallion tablecloth that I decided to use as my new curtain panel.

2. Think Out of the Box I wanted to add a natural element to the table. My good friend Alyssa from Magdalena, makes wonderful stamped art out of reclaimed wood, so I found this old wooden wine box and she stamped "get cozy" onto it and turned it into a fabulous new centerpiece.

3. Fake It I like to find dishtowels and napkins and re-purpose them into pillow covers. The plum chevron pillows you see on the bench were once napkins and the purple blockprint pillow was a dishtowel. Sometimes I just whipstitch right on top of another pillowcase. It's a quick and non-committal way to attain new pillows at a fraction of the cost.

4. Keep It If you choose things that speak to you, most of the time they work with existing pieces. I always keep creamy white dish-ware in the cupboard, as it blends seamlessly into each season. The elephant seems to work on both table settings and the turquoise & green euro pillow, ties in the green dot lantern.

The result? A breakfast nook that feels a little cozier but still feels like me.

Images: Alisha Peterson-Irwin

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