These are some of the fabrics I’m planning to use. I’m keeping some navy blue (to coordinate with my kitchen), but I’m adding taupe, yellow, and gold as inspired by this vintage Waverly fabric a friend gave me. That white cotton tassel is from eBay. And I picked up the embroidered yellow trim at Fabmo last month.
Here are some of your fabulous suggestions and my reasoning for and against choosing them in the end:
1. Breakfast nook/benches
Suggested by: TiffanyM, Diny, Trinity, Anna, Susie, Liz, Terri P., Eveline Sterling, Carrie, Anna, Christina
I loved the idea, but a breakfast nook wasn’t practical for my space for a few reasons: 1) As a renter, built-ins are out, 2) I might be moving soon, so custom seating built for this space would be a waste, and 3) Benches are darn cute, but they aren’t that comfortable.
2. Lighter curtains
Suggested by: Jessica Y, Mallory, Christine, Valerie
Good call. I was going to revamp my old navy blue curtains, but per your suggestions, I’m going with light taupe curtains instead.
3. Big art
Suggested by: Melissa, Steph
I’m with you ladies on the big, bold wall art idea. So, I’m going to try my hand at a large, bright, floral painting. On plywood. Having never taken a painting class, an actual artist canvas intimidates me. I aspire to an original David Bromstad, but it will probably end up looking like a finger painting. We’ll see.
4. Chalkboard paint
Suggested by: Jesica, Stephanie, Heather, Terri P., Eveline Sterling, Carrie
I have to admit, the huge popularity of chalkboard paint in a kitchen baffles me. Although it’s great in theory, the reality leaves me flat. Growing up, we had a giant chalkboard in our family room. My brothers and sisters and I loved drawing on it. But, there was always chalk dust EVERYWHERE. It got so you could taste chalk in the air. I can’t imagine why you would want chalk dust in the room where you eat.