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