Styling the Breakfast Nook

The Tulip table was provided by Poly & Bark for review. All opinions are my own. 

 

Poly & Bark Daisy Tulip Table Coffee

 

Some months back, when I was planning out the design for our new house, I knew exactly what I wanted to do in the breakfast nook. I saw some great dining area photos of Saarinen Tulip tables, and separately, great pics of clear Ghost chairs, and I knew I wanted to pair them.

 

Poly & Bark Daisy Tulip Tabletop

 

Historically I haven’t been a huge fan of either item. I think maybe because so often you see the Tulip table paired with Saarinen’s Tulip chairs and the whole thing just comes off space-agey to me. But as soon as I envisioned the table with different chairs…I felt that my eyes had been opened, and I had seen the light.

 

West Elm Sphere & Stem Pendant Light

 

The light fixture is the Sphere & Stem pendant by West Elm. I’ve had my eye on that for a long time. I think it worked out nicely in this area. We (the husband and I) did have some drama about making a decision regarding the hanging height of the pendant. He was in favor of the current height and I wondered if it would have looked better a little higher. What do you think? It’s a mostly moot point now, as it was kind of a pain to hang and neither one of us is eager to pull it back down and do the whole thing again.

 

Poly & Bark Daisy Tulip Table Selfie

 

The artwork is from Urban Outfitters. I first saw it in Elsie Larson’s living room tour and immediately started trying to think of a place for it in our new house. I love the white, gold, and pink color scheme going on here. It feels very fresh and makes me think of candy, in the best way.

 

Poly & Bark Daisy Tulip Table Side

 

And the table — the piece de resistance. It’s really beautiful. It’s the Daisy Dining Table from Poly & Bark. This one is fiberglass, and it has a super pretty glossy lacquer coat on top. Which means I’m soliciting tips on how to maintain a glossy lacquer coat, so, bring forth your best cleaning advice immediately if you would.

 

Poly & Bark Daisy Tulip Table Close-up

 

I initially found Poly & Bark when I was searching for the Ghost chairs. We bought those first, and were so pleased with the quality we decided to get our Tulip table from them. Poly & Bark kindly sent it to me in exchange for this review. And it’s as good as it looks on the website and better still. The table itself of remarkably good quality. So much so that the husband even remarked on it while setting it up (he’s not one to be impressed easily). It’s heavy, and solid. I hadn’t expected that from the pictures but it’s pleasing.

(I also purchased a Nelson-style platform bench for the entryway from Poly & Bark — you’ll see that in another post coming up soon!)

 

Poly & Bark Tulip Table Kids Eating

 

This table provides the perfect setting for the kids to eat breakfast and still see the tv — I mean, be together…(did I say that out loud? Ok, but seriously, how do you get anything done in the morning if your kids aren’t in front of the tv? I mean really. Sorry to be That Mom, but there you have it).

 

Poly & Bark Burton Ghost Chair

 

As I said earlier, the Ghost chairs are also from Poly & Bark. We’re loving these. They’re as durable as they are attractive. You parents know what I’m talking about. Our previous dining chairs were upholstered. What was I thinking, I mean actually? I’m pretty sure the kids tagged each other in some game hidden to us parents to make sure at least one of them got ketchup on a chair at every meal. Even meals where ketchup wasn’t being served. It just happens.

 

Poly & Bark Table in Cafe Area

 

I’m overall really pleased with how the breakfast nook has come together. It’s one of those rare occasions where it looks in real life exactly like the picture I had in my head. What do you think? What would you add or take away?

Next time we’ll visit the entryway as mentioned above. Until then, be well friends!

 

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setting up house: the café area

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In the new house there is a small breakfast nook/café spot behind the family room area. This was probably the first area where I had the design pretty nailed down in my head. I knew I wanted it to feel crisp, and clean. When I saw these pics I knew I was pretty much done looking.

via Casa Haus

via The Everygirl


via Homepolish

In the past for whatever reason I had not been a big fan of the Saarinen tulip table, but in this context it just worked for me. I especially liked it paired with the lucite chairs. I’ve already ordered this set of four from Poly + Bark. I’ll update here with a review once I’ve set them up and tried them out.

As far as art work, I knew I wanted something big on the wall behind the table. I loved this pic from Elsie Larson of A Beautiful Mess, and immediately wanted the photo print behind her sofa.

This is my mock-up of this spot so far:


Sources: Poly and Bark Victoria Ghost Style Side Chair (Set of 4), Clear / Urban Outfitters Dreamy Houses Print / West Elm Sphere & Stem Pendant / West Elm Watermark Rug / Modway Tulip Table

What are your thoughts? What would you add or take away? Chime in in the comments below.