Simple Transformations: An Empty Eat-In Kitchen Nook

I love taking a blank slate and creating something magical. To some this is task is daunting and can cause the whole “deer in headlights” feeling. But for me, I get giddy thinking about all the endless possibilities for a room.

Let’s take, for instance, a hypothetical space next to your kitchen.

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What is this space, you may ask??? What do I do with it if we have a separate formal dining room? Do we add a round table? Rectangular? Make it a playroom? Keep it empty?

I’ve been asked ALL of these questions over the years.

Obviously my answer is subjective to the functionality needed by the person asking, but my ideal arrangement includes a round table, set of family-friendly chairs, a fun hanging light fixture, and wallpaper or striking art on the walls. Simple yet impactful. And honestly, I’ve never met a home that didn’t benefit from an informal dining area.

To show you how easy a space like this can evolve into something well-designe, beautiful, and useful, I’ve broken my process down into FOUR simple steps.

STEP 1: Get yourself a round table…

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STEP 2: Add in comfortable, family-friendly chairs (like these that can literally be hosed down in necessary)

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STEP 3: Install a fun light fixture and patterened wallpaper…

or like this…

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Alternatively, in lieu of wallpaper, hang a series of large scale art like this….

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Step 4: Take a seat and enjoy!

It’s truly that simple to create a fun, functional, casual, show-stopping, eat-in zone beside your kitchen.

Fave Round Tables

Fave Kitchen Chairs

Fave Wallpaper

Fave Wall Art

Fave Hanging Light Fixtures

Memorial Day Sale FAVES WITH SERENA & LILY

Today kicks off Serena & Lily’s big, huge, amazing 20% off EVERYTHING Memorial Day Sale and I’m beyond excited that they asked me to share my favorite pieces with all of you. I mean, hello I LOVE Serena & Lily AND a good sale. It was basically a no-brainer to say “OBVI!”

So before you navigate their site on your own or, like me, become a deer in headlights trying to remember what you had your eye on just a few days ago, allow me to share what I just purchased…as well as my favorite S&L classics from around our home…and pieces I have been coveting and/or have my eye on for future projects.

Get your coffee. Get your tea. Get a snack. Get ready. Get pumped. Get inspired. And don’t forget to use the code SUMMERPREP at checkout for 20% off.

Ok, let’s get started with a must-have accessory for summer….a good towel!

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When the kind folks over at Serena & Lily sent us their new Sydney beach towels to try out, I’ll be honest and say I was appreciative but skeptical. I had never put much thought into our beach towels nor wanted to spend much money on them. We normally pick up a few inexpensive ones every season from Target or Costco, and toss them after a few months of washing because they get embarrassingly thin and frayed.

Fast forward to today, and I am a Serena & Lily beach towel enthusiast! Holy cow, are these tasseled beauties luxurious! They’re super soft and perfectly weighted, wash well, dry super quickly, and roll up to a very manageable size to be stored away or easily toted in a bag. I swear they are the best quality towels we’ve ever owned, and bonus points for being the best looking!

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Hang them on hooks like I did for easy accessibility, or display them folded on an open shelf.

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They come in a variety of colors and I challenge you to buy them and not love them! In my opinion, they are worth the price, and an essential for summer!

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SHOP THESE TOWELS

Which brings me to my most recent purchase, and another Serena & Lily piece I intend to have for a long long time: the casually chic South Seas Console.

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Its classic natural woven rattan texture and dual shelves make it the ideal piece to display bottles of Pelligrino, fun thirst-quenching drinks, and kid-friendly snacks when friends and family are over this summer. It’s one of those pieces I’ve been eyeing for quite some time and finally bit the bullet and ordered. So happy I did!

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I cannot wait for its arrival next week! Juxtaposed with our Headlands Bell Pendants that hang over the dining room table, my rattan-loving heart is going to go into overdrive!

SHOP MY RATTAN FAVES

A few other favorite pieces from around our house:

  • Their bath towels, which we have in our master bathroom and the boys’ bathroom and love. I swear they are the BEST towels we’ve ever owned. They stay super fluffy throughout use and washing and every guest who has used one raves about how plush they are. Big fan!

  • Their Newport Loungers. I originally bought four for our playroom — two Bay Blue and two Midnight Blue. I just moved two downstairs to the family room for extra seating…because it turns out they’re not just for kids and adults love to veg-out on them too!

  • Our oldest Serena & Lily piece in the house, this white leather pouf, has easily lived in EVERY room at one point over the years. So durable and versatile.

  • Can’t have kiddos without having a step-stool, so why not make it this pretty one?! We love ours.

  • Leo’s new bedding is lust-worthy and by far my favorite linen bedding ever!

  • Baskets, baskets, baskets. We love these and have them in a few different rooms around the house. Ideal for laundry, toys, random blankets or anything else you have to quickly hide!

  • This Capiz Scalloped Pendant was a MUST when I found out I was pregnant with Leo — I knew I wanted it in his nursery. It’s since moved to our laundry room, where I absolutely love it…I also think it would look beautiful in a powder room too.

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SHOP OUR FAMILY FAVES

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ALL OF MY GO-TO FAVES

It’s quite remarkable how many Serena & Lily pieces we have around our home. I don’t know whether to be impressed or embarrassed! Ha! They seriously have the best pieces of furniture, accessories, towels, lighting, and rugs that speak to my design loving soul.

While I would never tell you to buy something you don’t need…if you’ve been in the market or eyeing anything for your home, now is the time to treat yourself!

Just remember to use code “SUMMERPREP” at checkout for 20% off.

Happy shopping!

Hi Again: A Home Update & Random Friday Finds

It’s been more than a hot second since I blogged and, quite frankly, I’ve completely fallen out of the habit. Between daily Instagram posts and IG stories, to actual client work, I’ve been focused on those areas instead of this little ‘ole blog. But I’ve missed this space. I’ve missed sharing. I’ve missed writing.

So what better time than the present to jump back on the blogging bandwagon and share some random bits and pieces about what’s been going on!

  • First and foremost, we’ve had some exciting additions come into our home….from the installation of a new mudroom and built-in office desk, to the arrival of our gloriously large 10’ custom dining table, our house is really feeling like our own. More details on these spaces in future posts!

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  • I searched high and low for the perfect new dining room chair. I wanted something family friendly, not outrageously priced, and something that was comfortable for leisurely eating. I was excited when I came across these beauties online. The reviews were great and I bit the bullet and purchased. Luckily, we are loving them in real life. They’re currently on sale for $226 for a pair and I felt compelled to share this deal! They are solid wood, available in five different finishes, and the seat is just the right size to make all tushes feel comfy and secure. We have ten around our dining table and I have two spare ones that I’m using in my office for the time being.

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SHOP THE CHAIRS

  • I’m in the early stages of planning our backyard. And by backyard, I mean our courtyard. Our neighborhood’s single family homes have backloading garages (aka - they are in the back of the home as opposed to traditional front-loading garages). So in between the garage and the house itself is the “yard”. Besides the landscapers that come and take care of everything, we haven’t given this space much attention. It’s been low on the project priority list since we moved in last June. Recently, though, we realize how much we love being outside as a family. We have amazing neighbors and friends that come over, and the kids playing outside together has become a major part of our daily routine. We’re now toying with the idea of pulling up our weird Florida grass for astroturf or installing slate slabs in lieu of grass altogether. Budget will have a large part in what direction we go in, but my creative juices are flowing!!!

    I’m feeling inspired by outdoor pieces I’ve recently seen at Target and West Elm. Have you seen them?

WEST ELM OUTDOOR FAVES

TARGET OUTDOOR FAVES

I’ll keep you posted on where we go with outdoor space and look forward to updating you along the way!