Discover the charm of a breakfast nook and why they’re so desirable. Join us for a chat about blue and white decor, thrifted dishes, and more.

Rise and Shine!

Breakfast Nook table with laptop, flowers and breakfast

It’s Saturday morning, and the coffee is ready.

Can we gab about breakfast nooks and a few of our other favorite things like;

Blue and white,

Thrifted dishes,

Family keepsakes,

Buckets of tulips,

And the best sweater rug underneath it all to keep your toes warm in the morning?

Blue and white breakfast nook table setting

What is a Breakfast Nook?

A breakfast nook is a small, informal dining area typically located in or near the kitchen. It is designed to provide a cozy and intimate space for enjoying breakfast or casual meals. Breakfast nooks are often tucked into a corner or alcove, and they typically feature a small table and seating options such as benches, built-in banquettes, or chairs. The design of a breakfast nook is often more relaxed and informal compared to a formal dining room, creating a comfortable and inviting space for family meals or casual gatherings. It can be a charming and practical addition to a home, offering a convenient spot for enjoying meals, reading the newspaper, or simply relaxing with a cup of coffee.

A smaller casual table tucked away can make you feel like you’re sipping coffee in a cafe, only you are in your own home, possibly still in your pajamas.

Do you have a breakfast nook in your home? Do you use it often?

Bernese Mountain Dog at breakfast in breakfast nook.
Ella’s still a little sleepy but always front and center…

I have been enjoying our new breakfast nook so much as I slowly pull it all together.

This is where I sip my morning coffee, post to Instagram, blog, and chat with you all before starting my day.

Desert Rose Place Setting with Pink Glasses

Breakfast Nook Dining Set

You may also enjoy the post, A Timeless Classic | Franciscan Desert Rose Table Setting, in this breakfast nook.

Breakfast Nook Ideas

Here are just a few breakfast nook ideas to help get you started:

  • Cozy Corner: Create a cozy breakfast nook in a corner of your kitchen or dining area. Use a round or square table with a built-in bench or cushioned seating along the walls. Add some decorative pillows and a small pendant light above the table for a warm and inviting atmosphere.
  • Farmhouse Charm: Embrace a farmhouse-style breakfast nook with a rustic wooden table, mismatched chairs, and a vintage-inspired chandelier. Add some open shelves or a display cabinet to showcase charming dishware or kitchen accessories.
  • Window Seat Nook: If you have a window with a nice view, consider creating a window seat breakfast nook. Install a bench or banquette along the window wall and add a table and chairs in front. Use cushions and throw pillows for comfort and style.
  • Bistro Vibes: Create a chic and stylish bistro-inspired breakfast nook with a small round table and a pair of French bistro chairs. Use a colorful tablecloth or a patterned rug to add some flair to the space.
  • Minimalist Elegance: For a modern and minimalist look, opt for a sleek and simple breakfast nook design. Choose a streamlined table and chairs with clean lines. Keep the color palette neutral and add a pop of color with a statement light fixture or artwork.

Add your own persalized touches and design ideas to make the breakfast nook your own. For more ideas check out these 51 Breakfast Nooks That’ll Make Every Morning Look Brighter.

Breakfast Nook Table

Breakfast Nook Kitchen Corner

When we repainted our open floor plan this past fall, it gave me an entirely new perspective on our living space. It caused me to move our dining room into what used to be a sitting room (which we seldom ever used), leaving a nice open space off of the kitchen for a brand-new breakfast nook.

My husband was also having his home office above our garage painted at the same time, so when this happened, I scoured his office space for long-lost furniture and came upon this large round Irish pine antique table that was our dining room table from back when we lived in Connecticut.


You may also enjoy this Pink Table Setting Thrifted and Charming post with Mother’s Day in mind.

You may enjoy seeing more of this Blue and White Asymmetrical Vintage Platter Wall | Design Yours Today above our mantel in the breakfast nook post.

Antique Family Heirloom to Buffet Table & Sideboard

A perfect table for our new breakfast nook, just off the kitchen.

But in case you missed it, I ran into a bit of a snag, to say the least.

Read all about it in the post, Antique Family Heirloom to Buffet Table & Sideboard.

Hint, thinking I wanted a coffee table, my husband chopped the legs off…

Eye roll, please!

Well, we resolved the problem, and I was quickly back to designing our little breakfast nook.

You may also enjoy seeing this Antique Family Heirloom to Buffet Table & Sideboard, which will separate the dining room and breakfast nook.

Antique Family Heirloom to Buffet Table & Sideboard

Choosing a Breakfast Nook Rug

I wanted a rug for our breakfast nook that was going to be cozy, bright, and warm.

I chose this Off White Veronica Wool Braided 10′ x 10′ Area Rug to layer the wood flooring in this space off the kitchen. I’ve actually had this rug for a few years now in our sunroom and I LOVE it!

I highly recommend this area rug for low-traffic areas. It’s like having a soft blanket under your toes in the morning. It can be challenging to find good square rugs too, and this one is a gem!

If you already have carpeting, this white-braided wool rug would make a fantastic overlay rug. The rug will not only add a nice layer but will help to define your new breakfast nook space too.

White Rug Under breakfast nook Table

*Time for a pedicure too now that winter is over, eeek!

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Breakfast Nook Linens

Table linens are always a personal choice.

Whether you enjoy vintage, country, modern, boho, farmhouse, or cottage styles, there are so many linens to choose from based on your own color schemes and tastes.

I chose to layer our breakfast nook table with two distinct tablecloths. This will give the table and breakfast nook a bit of a formal, yet inviting flare to it all.

I started off with this White Hotel Round Tablecloth and then added this French Vintage Blue Rose Floral Cotton Linen Tablecloth on top of the pure white one.

Blue and White breakfast nook Table Linens

Breakfast Nook Bench Chairs

Surrounding the breakfast nook table are 4 blue and white striped Birch Harbor Accent Armchairs.

See how this breakfast nook corner looks now in the post, Store, Stack & Display Vintage Dishes in an Antique Cobblers Rack.

Birch Harbor Accent Armchairs in breakfast nook with Bernese Mountain Dog
Ella’s awake now and ready to model…

Chairs that are more firm and stylish than they are comfy, in full disclosure.

But I love how they accent the table with the various color patterns,

And I can switch them out with my dining room table’s wicker chairs too.

Romantic Antique Table Setting with Thoughtful Design

Now that’s a win-win in my book!

Actually, being more on the firm side, these Birch Harbor Accent Armchairs work really well as table chairs more so than accent chairs, in my opinion.

Does that make sense?

Breakfast Nook Morning Brunch Table Setting

Now comes the fun part, decorating the breakfast nook table for morning brunch.

My idea of a morning table is a scattered one. I want it to be casual and inviting, a place to sit and chill.

“Do your morning kind of thing”…

blue and white breakfast nook table decor ideas.

Yet, on a normal breakfast nook morning, these plates would be stacked for the taking.

A mason jar would be filled with my mother’s sterling silver flatware.

The cobalt blue thrifted coffee mugs will be available, and the coffee will be on.

The food will be “a help yourself” affair.

But for your special visit with us today, I set the table a little more formal. But with all the same significance…

Breakfast nook table setting with blue mug of water.

The dishes I found last Fourth of July weekend, you may read more about them in the post, Just 4 Blue Dishes on the 4th of July.

Just 4 Blue Dishes on the 4th of July

The napkins are thrifted antique linen and you may see how to get them sparkling clean in the post, How to Safely Bring Age Stained Textiles Back to Life.

How to Safely Bring Age Stained Textiles Back to Life

The soft blue vintage cream soup bowls have become an all-time favorite of mine, which you may read more about in the post, Romantic Antique Table Setting with Thoughtful Design.

The centerpiece is my new favorite decoration, an antique tin I found while out Thrifting with the Gals recently and I just adore it all filled up with colorful tulips. You may also enjoy the posts, How a Penny Can Keep Tulips From Drooping and 17+ Simple Tulip Arrangements You Can Create Today.

Here you can see the same tin filled with tulips in this Vintage Eclectic Decor Meets Craft Room Design post.

Spring Craft Room
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I hope you’ll stick around here a bit longer, as I thrift and antique to add more furniture accents to one of my new favorite spots in the home, our new breakfast nook.

See this Cozy Corner All Cleaned up on a Rainy Cozy Sunday

A Vintage Affair

If you have any thoughts, comments, or suggestions, I’d love to hear from you. Please share in the comments below. And be sure to share this blog post link with your friends who are also vintage enthusiasts.

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  1. Amy Sanders says:

    I love your breakfast nook and the way that you styled it and the tablescape! All that blue and white – just my kind of place! Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. I’m so happy you like it Amy. There’s still a lot to do but it’s coming along! Happy Sunday!

  2. Miche Ortega says:

    Just beautiful!

  3. I love your breakfast nook, Ann! I don’t have a real nook, but I did add a little table next to the fireplace in the dining room. That is where I have breakfast and lunch during the chilly months. (In the summer I am outside!) So fun seeing how you are pulling things together after painting and papering your home!

  4. What a sweet spot for your breakfast nook, thanks for sharing. I have a small table in my kitchen that seat two and I love eating there.

    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed it Marlene, you’re such a gem and I bet you adore your breakfast nook!

  5. Kathy Munday says:

    LOVE XO your breakfast nook! My mother in law used to have one… a real old fashioned one with the two bench seats and table set near a window where she had a clear bird feeder. I loved to sit and watch the birds come for their breakfast. What a great way to start the day!! Regardless of where it may fit, your table settings are so beautiful and welcoming. Love the breakfast chairs… I’d be sitting there until lunch!!! You need one more chair for ELLA!!!❤️❤️🐶.

    1. Kathy thank you so much and I’m so happy you enjoyed today’s post. Ella keeps telling me she needs a chair but you know her, sassy as ever so she has made herself at home in one, wink… I hope you have the best weekend, my friend.

  6. Hi!
    I am a new subscriber and I am enjoying your content very much.
    I am currently reorganizing my home and while I do not have a breakfast nook I am making a small seating area at the far end of my eat in kitchen.
    Your blog is providing much inspiration!
    I always enjoy when bloggers share their friends and pets!!

    1. Welcome Margie, and thanks kindly for your note. Breakfast nooks come in all different forms and sizes and I bet your eat-in kitchen will be adorable. I’m having a lot of fun decorating mine. Thanks so much for joining me!

  7. So enjoyed your lovely photos of your new breakfast nook! I love blue and white – always such a happy combination. Oh, and all those tulips! Instant smiles!

    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Beth! The tulips are making me smile too. I just love them in the old tin too. Have the best weekend!