Odd/Oversized Breakfast Room

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Dear Style Studio Team,

Almost two years in home. Would like to furnish breakfast room to make it dual purpose. Open concept to kitchen and living room.

Have young children so I cook while helping with homework, etc. Right now kids do homework at table and most of the time we eat at bar. Table is 64 inches without leaf so I plan to move it to dining room and replace with smaller one. Would like a comfortable/cozy place for relaxing, doing projects at table and playing.

The room is approx. 13w x 14L depending on where u make the cutoff and how much walk way between bar and breakfast area. Not at all sure how to arrange layout.

Thank you for any guidance you can give me.


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When there is plenty of activity surrounding a kitchen area, styling the space to be multi-functional can make life easier!  Just make sure to keep the major traffic flow areas free from clutter.

Valerie R Layout We suggest you start with a 48″ round table, like our Sydney Table in black, as a gathering place for projects. A smaller table will open up the window area for a small seating nook. Also, consider adding a larger storage unit to the wall opposite the door. Since this area is wide with lots of ceiling height, it provides a perfect place to add plenty of storage. We think a few Paulette Servers are beautiful pieces to handle that job!

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In front of the windows, add two comfy club chairs with a shared ottoman. We suggest our Manchester Chair upholstered in Moroccan Stripe. This chair frame is a nod to your other furniture pieces with clean lines but the fabric works flawlessly with the traditional elements in your home. As a resting place for your drinks, add the Laurel Side Table between the chairs. You can add a couple of benches by the back door for additional seating when needed.

Remember to add a floor lamp or two to accommodate your lighting needs and a couple of fluffy pillows in the chairs for color and texture. As a last little tip, we suggest that you consider a neutral textured rug – one that won’t compete with the flooring.

We can already hear the giggling and fun in your new space! Happy Decorating!

The Style Studio Team

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