Friday, April 1, 2011

Breakfast Room-Oh, How I Love Thee!

I assume the little dining area at the end of my kitchen qualifies as a breakfast room rather than a breakfast nook-whichever it is, I love it. We used to have a rectangular, marble bistro table crammed to one side of the kitchen; it provided awkward seating for two adults and two small children. The table was 21" deep, which meant our plates usually overlapped and drinks were frequently knocked over.We had an actual dining room down the hall, but apparently the trek was too long so we only used it twice a year.I wanted a functional dining space where we could enjoy the natural setting throughout the year. A family of foxes live in the mound of moss covered boulders directly across the creek, and we have an otter friend that loves to put on a show in the swimming hole.

                                The breakfast room is very peaceful.
 I'm still slightly perplexed about what to do with the windows. I'm usually all about window treatments, but I don't want to obscure the view. Originally I planned to design an interior awning that wrapped the three windows. Now I'm concerned it will keep the eye focused on the inside rather than drawing it outside. For now, I have simple roller shades to help insulate during the winter.
 If you look closely, you can see the creek flowing in the background.The bench is another piece from Redford House. We meant to have a bench built in, but when we moved this bench as a temporary measure, it proved to be a perfect fit. For extra comfort, I added three down bed pillows and some quilted shams. I may redo it one day, then again, I may not.
     I'm really happy with the light.We ordered the shades from Pierre Deux.
 I love my little Currier and Ives prints.

   My husband insisted on the beams and I insisted on the skylights.
 The woodwork above the beadboard echoes the woodwork in the two photos below.
                                                                   
Remember Earnest's Room?
I'm very happy that my husband was adamant about repeating the beams from the sitting room in the breakfast room.


  This is where my "Trusty Chair" spends all its time these days.
  I think it misses me.
 The cabinet holds a television. I love to sit in the corner and watch Masterpiece Theatre on Sunday nights.
 I keep the top of the cabinet simple and natural. I collected the pine cones near the old cemetery and the cuttings came from the garden.
 I still need to find hardware for the pocket door.For some reason, this is my favorite view of the room.
                                               A view of the refrigerator.

                      I hope you enjoyed the tour of Brambly's breakfast room.

                                                                            
 * Thank you to Cozy Little House for featuring Brambly on "Welcome Wagon Friday"

Linking to: "Time Travel Thursday" at Brambleberry Cottage
"Wow Us Wednesday" at Savvy Southern Style
"Open House Party" at No Minimalist Here
"Table Top Tuesday" at A Stroll Thru Life
"Newbie Party" at Debbiedoos

59 comments:

Lisa said...

I just love it !! I had a room like this in my home when I lived in Florida. I loved it too.
I also love the floor pattern. Its great!! I would love to sit there and watch the wildlife outdoors. You go girl, you did a great job.

Lisa

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

I love everything about your breakfast room. I could happily spend a leisurely time sitting there over a Sunday morning breakfast, reading the Sunday paper and looking out at mother nature....

I am currently redoing my breakfast room. I hope if feels and looks as cozy as yours when it is done.
Penny

Denise@alloverroses said...

Your breakfast room is amazing! Well, your whole house is amazing! Where are you in California? It looks lovely through your windows. have a great weekend!
Denise

Shelia said...

Hi Ann-Marie! Oh, what a lovely breakfast room you have and the view! Oh, my goodness, it's gorgeous out those windows. I'd have a hard time putting anything up to mar that view! Your shades may be all you need. Your home is so charming and I'm so enjoying seeing it.
Be a sweetie
Shelia ;)

Divine Theatre said...

This is so lovely!!!
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Andie

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

It's beautiful!! I love it! You have such a stunning house. Each post you share, I fall more and more in love with it.

Your tv cabinet is one of the nicest I've seen. Such a great idea to hide it behind such pretty doors.

Sarahx

Julie Harward said...

I love your peaceful room, I have the same floor. I don't like curtains on my windows either, not when there is such beautiful views out side. Your creek that passes by is just pure dreamy, you could sit out back with a fishing pole! Loved it all :D

Teresa@oursoutherncountryhomeandfarm said...

OOOH Anne Marie, how I love thee too! I am in love with this whole area. Love it that you do not have curtains to hide the window/view. Love the checked floors, what are they? And I really, really love the fire place. I love your colors, your decor, I love everything about it!!!

Farmer's Wyfe said...

Oh, how I LOVE the creek running by the breakfast room. I could sit there for hours! I love the feel of having the wildness and ripplings of the creek so close to inside. We're enclosing our porch out back, and I know I will live so many hours out there after it is finished. I love the way you decorate: so cozy! Thanks for sharing your wonderful home!!!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

The breakfast room is divine like the rest of your home. I love looking at a beautiful creek.

Marianne said...

This room is just so pretty. I love the pretty shades on the chandelier. And I can understand your dilemma with the window treatments....it's a beautiful view. And I want that Trusty Chair in my home!
Marianne :)

Gillian Layne said...

Love the plaid on your chair. So cozy!

Chrissie said...

So pretty! I would keep the windows just as they are, what a beautiful scene to look out onto!

Dropped Stitch Knitter said...

It turned out amazing! I love the skylights and the lampshades!

Jem said...

Your breakfast room is so beautiful Ann-Marie, it's literally bursting with beautiful features with the stunning beams, the tiled floor, the gorgeous refrigerator and yet it isn't crowded and feels light and spacious :-) My kind of room! Hope you got the email I dropped you!

Jem xXx

Tammy@Beatrice Banks said...

Gorgeous! The beams are great. The chair looks so comfy to cozy up on. I also like the windows left open. Beautiful view.

Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

Love the beams and the skylights! The board and batten adds some lovely character, too. The space is very pretty.

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Ann Marie, What a beautiful breakfast room! I love the beams and the beadboard with moulding. It's wonderful that you can have your meals while enjoying such a pretty view.
Hugs,
Sherry

The fishermans cottage said...

What a very lovely home you have, that view from your dining room with the lttle creek, just beautiful x

Pamela said...

Beautiful breakfast room!
I love the windows unadorned!!

Terry said...

This has Cozy written all over it. You just want to roam slowly through the house and admire all the beauty around. I adore this space.

La Vie Quotidienne said...

Very, very lovely. Your black and white floor is wonderful and that beautiful view is amazing. What a charming space.

Hillcrest Cottage said...

I don't know if we are allowed to vote but.... no window treatments. the view is all you need!

P.S. Would you please talk about your floors. It is difficult to see the material used... real marble or linoleum or what. I love the floor!

The enchanted home said...

That is one heck of a cozy breakfast room overdosed with ooldes of charm. Love the floors, the beams, the banquette seating, the infusion of black..its fabulouso!!!!
Stop by, doing a great giveaway, ends on Sunday!
www.theenchantedhome.blogspot.com

Melanie {The Tiny Tudor} said...

This is the first post I've read here and I'm already in love with your blog- Looking forward to reading more! Great room- love the floors!

Cozy Little House said...

What a lovely and cozy home you have! And to have that view right out your window as you dine is wonderful. You have very good taste and style.
Brenda

saltbox treasures said...

Hi Ann-Marie, I am so enjoying your home tour. It is all so lovely! I do love your breakfast room. We have a bay window also, and I did not want to take away the light from the windows. I made a balloon scallop type valance which added a softness to the space and didn't block the light or view of our back yard and bird bath outside the window.
Can't wait to see more of your wonderful home and gardens!
~ Julie

Linda said...

What a beautiful room! With such a lovely view...I wouldn't want to cover those windows either!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Oh I can see why you love this room. My own heart is going pitter patter.

Ann's Quilting - Journey said...

Hello Ann Marie, I am new to your blog and from Australia. I just love your pictures. Kindest regards, Ann ~ Australia.

Cindy said...

Your breakfast room is beautiful Ann Marie!

Lakota [Faith Hope and Charity Shopping] said...

Wow, your house looks stunning - let me know if you ever tire of California and fancy some South London living for a while!

How wonderful to have running water just outside your window, I would love to be able to see otters whilst drinking my coffee. Guess I will have to put up with watching next door's cat under my bird feeders!

Thanks so much for commenting on and following my blog, it's nice to meet you.

Kathy said...

Oh Brambly house Oh- How I love thee!!!
Wonderful breakfast room, love the floors, light shades, the view is breathtaking, every detail is wonderful!

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Hi Ann-Marie- well your breakfast room is just soo charming! Love the colors and the bench is perfect there. The beams area amazing and the floor- divine!! I love the window as is without covering too. Thanks for sharing at FNF!:)

Maura @ Lilac Lane Cottage said...

Hello Ann-Marie!
Well there's not doubt about it...I'm in love with your home...your setting...your style. I love that your husband insisted on carrying on the beams into the breakfast room and I'm sure with you on the sky lights...for me the more light the better. It must be absolutely wonderful to sit at that table at any time of the day and look out on the creek...it's like a little oasis. I love privacy (I guess that's why we moved to the country) and your back yard is perfect. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful home with us. BY the way...that chair is just perfect....as I mentioned in another comment..I can see Alice sitting there sipping tea and swinging her feet. I hope you're weekend has been a good one so far.
Maura :)

American in Bath said...

Here they do windows with in built shades, so when the shades are up you don't see them at all. We've simply left ours without shades. Thanks for sharing.

At The Picket Fence said...

Just when I think I couldn't like you any more than I already do Ann-Marie, you go and tell us that you watch "Masterpiece" every Sunday night! You know what? Me too!! I can't wait for the second half of Downton Abbey! This room is so lovely and so charming and I love every single thing about it. Thank you so much for sharing it with us at Inspiration Friday!
Vanessa
P.S. It was so great to see the number of folks you now have following you who get to see all of your gorgeous inspiration!

bloominganne said...

I love your breakfast room too. The outside of your house is precious - LOVE the red!

Jillian said...

Oooooh, your house is fascinating! The view from your breakfast area is awesome. We live in the woods so we too have all kinds of critters to watch.

I too like Masterpiece Theatre! Although only recently. I feel like I've missed so much.

Thanks for stopping by to visit!

Jillian
Bella Rosa Antiques

High Street Cottage said...

Hi Anne Marie, what a beautiful home you have, the Breakfast Room is gorgeous. I love all the plaid touches you have throughout your home, and the Reds too! I had to go back and look at every single post you've made. You've such a lovely blog. And a big welcome to you too! I'm following now so I won't miss a thing, xxx tami

♥ Miss Tea said...

I'm in love with your breakfast room, so bright and cozy, love the shades, and the creek outside the window, love the view from inside, you have a beautiful home!! so envious!!

Crystal @ Ordinary Days said...

Thank you so much for visiting my blog and for your kind words!! I love love love this room! I especially love the black and white floors!! Wow. I am a sucker for black and white checks. You have done a SUPER job!! :)

Delightblog.blog said...

Hello, Thank you for visiting my blog and for your kind comments and for introducing me to your blog. I love everything I see...especially the black and white floor. My dream home will have that kind of floor! I am a new blogger and have so many ideas to share that I hope others will find enjoyable and inspirational. I am YOUR newest follower.
Linda

Gloria (The Little Red House with the White Porch) said...

Greetings. I found you from another blog. Oh my, what a gorgeous home you have! I love your breakfast room. I love the windows... with the little shades atop, it looks perfect. If you don't want to add curtains/valances, how about a faux or dried flower swag in red/pink tones for above the middle window? I LOVE swags and garlands! You might HATE faux flower, if so, disregard my idea! LOL! Anyway, lovely home, I enjoyed the tour.
Best,
Gloria

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

Hi Ann-Marie...this is a lovely post. I am a Masterpiece Theatre fan too...I'm looking forward to Upstairs Downstairs. Congratulations on how well your blog is doing. I look forward to your posts and it's obvious everyone else does as well.
Hope you had a good weekend...~Ann

⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜ said...

Just gorgeous! Your home is like a charming story book, I just adore the charm. Thanks for joining my newbie party.

Val said...

Your home is fabulous! New follower. I can't wait to return =)

Sue@creativetryals.blogspot.com said...

Thank you for the lovely tour of your breakfast room. I like the bay window the way it is with simple treatments, except maybe a small valance to hide the rollers. I love everything - the things that popped out for me were your fridge, the huge pine cones, the beams, the vaults and the gorgeous view out your bay window with the mossy trees and creek. Awesome place!!
Thanks for stopping by my blog re:baking soda eggs. See you soon - NF

Dee said...

Such a beautiful looking room. I would not cover the view. It's so pretty! It must be wonderful to watch all the activity outside.

Dee

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh my, this is absolutely stunning. I could move in and be totally inheaven. I love it all. Love the checkered floor also and the walls and beams set off your gorgeous accessories perfectly. Stunning home. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

Karie's Chic Creations said...

Your home is absolutely gorgeous. Love it. Thanks for sharing the beauty. Karie

Traci said...

Your breakfast room is adorable. My breakfast room is my favorite room too but I only have our pool to look at.
Traci

Pamela said...

I stopped by from over at Savvy Southern Style and am your newest follower. You have a beautiful home!! Those beams are what dreams are made of!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

What a cozy spot, Anne Marie! I love it and I'm really taken with your floor. I am determined to have a black and white floor when we downsize! I don't blame you for not wanting to cover the windows with those views and visitors. What about a cuff valance? It's not a lot of fabric and would just frame the tops of your windows nicely.

Brambleberry Cottage said...

I've only said this one other time in my entire life, but I could live in your house and not have to change one thing! The other time - over twenty years ago - involved a house decorated by another designer. She and I became close friends and ended up working together. ;)

Thanks for linking your lovely cottage to my party. I enjoy every post you link!

Have a terrific weekend!
Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage
http://thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜ said...

I am so happy you linked to my newbie party. I never tire of looking at your beautiful spaces. Could you add my lil link as well:) Thanks.

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Ann Marie! I just had to drop by again and thank you for sharing some of your beautiful home at my Open House party.
Hugs,
Sherry

CalypsoInTheCountry said...

What a gorgeous room! Love those Pierre Deux shades too! I have been paging thru your blog and love it! Thanks for stopping by mine!

Michelle said...

Wow, I have to become a follower right after I post this. Your home is so cozy... it's so me - it's everything I adore, light, simple, comfortable, traditional, not fussy, lived in. The bow back chairs are to die for - I have one and am on the lookout for more. I am a window treatment & custom home furnishings expert and I have done many banquettes - most of which tend to be just the cushions, but if you hang the valances (whatever style they may be) high enough, and not use too bold of a print on the fabric, they will only enhance your view, not distract from it. I can't wait to see more of your blog. I'm adding you to my sidebar of favorite blogs! Stop by and visit my blog anytime!

Michelle
www.newengland-style.com