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As part of our upcoming kitchen remodel, we will be eliminating our current formal dining room, and converting it into two rooms – a walk-in pantry and an office. We will also be opening up the wall between our kitchen and current office, to make way for a more open floor plan and eating area.

Initially, we had planned on bumping out the new kitchen space into the backyard, since it’s quite narrow. But after getting several quotes, and doing the math, the return on investment just wasn’t there for us. We’re still not sure if this is our forever home, so we don’t want to risk losing money on it if we were to sell in the future.

Kitchen breakfast nook with a large window and ceiling beams
The breakfast nook from The Summerlin House was the first photo I ever saved for my dining area inspiration. The beams in particular really caught my eye.

Demo has not started yet, so I’m still trying to figure out exactly how I want this new breakfast nook/kitchen nook to look. It will become our main area for eating dinner and probably weekend breakfasts. And of course, hosting during the holidays! I’m thinking our new kitchen island will mostly be used for snacks and lunch. But I guess time will tell!

Since we won’t have a formal dining room anymore – or the space required for a large dining table – I’m going to have to get creative when we have guests over. For now, we are keeping our 5-foot kitchen table (I’ve already sold our dining room table) and can add leafs when necessary for guests.

My initial vision for this space included a large round pedestal table, floor to ceiling windows and a show-stopping light fixture.

coastal style breakfast nook with large rattan pendant, upholstered bench and white tulip table
via Almafied

I love this style of breakfast nook above but I’m not sure how well the cushioned seating would hold up to my three little boys. I spend most of my days wiping down chairs and tables, and I don’t want to worry about them destroying fabric. Plus, this is definitely more of a casual space than somewhere we could host a full Christmas dinner.

Then I fell in love with this framed breakfast nook with rustic beams from The Lilypad Cottage. She does, however, have a full dining room set up on the other side of her kitchen. I will only have the one space.

Recessed window framed out with chunky reclaimed wood beams and a white table and upholstered bench for the breakfast nook
Rustic Beam Breakfast Nook via The Lilypad Cottage

Of course budget realities set in, and my dreams of replacing our perfectly good windows went – well, out the window. I still love the idea of a round pedestal table, but it’s probably not ideal for guests, so we are going to work with our current rectangular table and see how that works.

round pedestal table with rattan chairs and modern light fixture
A girl can only dream of a breakfast nook like this one via Chango & Co

The following two inspiration images are more realistic with how our final design will probably look, albeit we’ll have a smaller table (I think).

farmhouse table in the kitchen nook with  a large urn full of hydrangeas
Farmhouse Table Kitchen Nook via Maison De Cinq

I love how Michael from Inspired by Charm oriented his dining room table. It’s directly off his kitchen, like mine will be, and similar to how we will have to place our table to make the most of our space.

view of a white dining room set seen through a kitchen
White Dining Room via Inspired by Charm

I’m excited for demo to begin in the next month or so! I know once the walls are opening up I will be able to get a better idea of how to space will be able to function for us. I’m sure no matter what, it will be beautiful and we are so thankful that we can even afford to do this remodel!

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  1. We’re a family of five, with one smaller eating space. For everyday use, we have a smaller, round pedestal table, with four chairs and one stool (for the youngest). When company comes, (remember company?) we would either put in the table leaf move the table so that we’d all fit (even though it crowded into other spaces–because who cares, it’s for a short period of time), or we’d feed the kids first, and then sit down to a leisurely adults only dinner. Basically, I think we should first think about what suits our family’s needs firsts, and let the secondary needs sort themselves out, as they almost always do. I mean, I grew up in a normal sized house with four siblings, and yet there was always room for extra kids and company, even if that meant that us kids were kicked out of our rooms and bedded down in the rec room for a sleepover for a few nights. Design your kitchen for how you want it to work for your family, and everything else will work itself out.

    1. Hi Wilma! Thanks for your comment. You’re SO right. We never used our dining room (save for once a year) so having the smaller dining space will make so much more sense for our family. And yes – we can do the exact same thing and just move the table out, add the leaf etc. etc. We’ll make it work for our family and not worry about those rare occasions that we host (if that ever happens again lol)

  2. Mary Evans says:

    So excited for you. I love the nook look. I am like you I would try your kitchen table first and it will probably work well in the space. If not purchase a round one. Love all your decorating projects and great advice. Blessings, M