Inside this post: Our breakfast room was transformed with one simple purchase – the perfect dining table! It created a room that’s both modern and French inspired.⇒
Have you ever renovated one room that you’ve been hoping to do for a long time, and then no sooner is it done than you want to change the room that’s adjacent to it?
Yeah, well that’s my breakfast room and it’s been wanting a serious update ever since we finished the kitchen. (We won’t discuss how I want to paint the family room too!)
Here’s what it looked like when we first moved into our house last year.
We had this dining table and chairs for maybe 20 years and we knew it was time to update. For starters, it was too small for the new breakfast room. I also like to use this space for spill over seating when entertaining and I wanted a table that could accommodate more chairs. And finally, design-wise, it was both not modern enough and not French enough for my current style.
The final clincher was our recent kitchen renovation. Once I transformed our dark bland kitchen into one that reflects my taste, I knew it was time for the adjoining breakfast room to be updated as well.
(See our kitchen transformation HERE.)
You may have noticed I’ve been adding chairs little by little. I definitely wanted a French vibe, but also wanted the look to be light and bright. I’ve been thinking a lot about re-defining my style and you’ll hear more about this in the upcoming weeks, but when it came time to choosing a table, I spent a good bit of time on making that selection. The first thing I decided was that I wanted it to be white.
I did consider a Gustavian look in light wood, but ultimately went with this white-washed trestle table. (See resource list below.)
I love the look of the distressed paint and it stands out nicely against the greige floor. I just love to be welcomed in the morning at a table that feels light and happy to me. It’s also a wonderful backdrop for my vintage accessories and a cluster of pretty pink flowers in a vase.
The tufted white chairs sit at the ends, with wood toned legs that provide nice contrast.
I like cane back chairs for the long sides of the table as they let the light peek through. The mix of chairs is very much my style, although I miss having the white chairs in their old spot in the back entry foyer, so I haven’t decided yet if they’ll be staying here in the breakfast room.
What I really thought long and hard about was whether I wanted such a modern table, but finally I realized this is exactly what my style calls for. A mix of old and new is the direction I’m headed, with tons of French Country goodness and vintage bits that I love to collect. But updating the whole look and keeping it from getting stale is the infusion of some modern touches which works perfectly with the style of our new kitchen.
The marriage of feminine French legs on the chairs with the chunkier base of the trestle table is just the newness I was looking for and a way to keep a French Country look updated.
This look is quite a departure from what we started with and was achieved primarily by adding a single piece of furniture. Ok, I’ve been moving chairs around for months, but it wasn’t until we added the table, that the room was transformed. A light and airy breakfast room is something I’ve always wanted and our new look makes this my new happy place!
Breakfast Room Source List – Click on the items below for direct links to the products. Where actual items were no longer available, I’ve provided similar options. (This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience. Click here to read my full disclosure policy.)
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