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Home Inspiration: Breakfast Nooks

Oh, how I love a breakfast nook. Cozy and practical, it’s wonderful to have somewhere to eat in your kitchen, even if it only seats one or two. Of course, a nook doesn’t necessarily have to be one of those built-in banquette types; in my view, any small table. Check out some of my favourite looks for nooks.

This space is from skona hem magazine, found via the photostream of coco+kelley. I love the touches of wood with so much white, and the abundance of natural light:

Home Inspiration: Breakfast Nooks

Design blog fans will recognize this nook as Holly‘s, from her old home in New Hampshire. I found it on her Flickr account, and fell for the soft colours and warm light:

Home Inspiration: Breakfast Nooks

I’ve always loved the eating area in this eclectic kitchen, from Marie Claire Maison:

Home Inspiration: Breakfast Nooks

A more traditional space from Living etc, this nook has built-in seating. I like how the floral rug draws your eye, picking up on the colours in the room:

Home Inspiration: Breakfast Nooks

A sweet table for two in a modern kitchen, from house to home:

Home Inspiration: Breakfast Nooks

I’m not sure an eating area this big quite qualifies as a nook, but I love this space from Country Living just the same:

Home Inspiration: Breakfast Nooks

Sabre

A post on my food blog Kitchenist had me thinking about Sabre, a French brand that makes brightly coloured, charming and modern kitchen products. I’ve never actually been to one of their shops, but have been lucky enough to receive gifts from there, and of course love browsing the selection online. Read on to see why I like this company’s look so much.

Sabre makes an incredible selection of flatware, including the colourful Natura range. I have this cake cutter in pea green:

Sabre

All the porcelain tableware is great, but my pick is the Rick Rack pattern. Maybe it’s the designer in me coming out, but this retro throwback is just so covetable:

Sabre

While there’s a range of tablecloths and other fabric items in the Textile section of the site, I like the White Dots tablecloth best:

Sabre

I love the look of the Gustave napkin ring, available in 12 colours:

Sabre

Cool Kitchen: black & shiny

I was thinking about my post on black kitchens when I found this room on Ideal Home. While the high-gloss units aren’t exactly my style, I love how the fun and bright the entire space feels, unusual for a space dominated by black.

Cool Kitchen: Black & Shiny

The two-tone tiled floor and the floral wallpaper should fight with each other, but they don’t. The addition of wood and lots of white keeps things bright and airy, and makes for a cheerful kitchen that doesn’t take itself too seriously.

Etsy finds: kitchen clocks

One thing every kitchen needs is a big ol’ clock on the wall. Luckily, whether your style is minimal industrial or vintage kitsch, there’s one that fits the bill on Etsy. Check out a few of my favourites here.

Made from an old clay pigeon target, I like this bright wall clock from A Well Dressed Bullet:

Etsy finds: kitchen clocks

PILOTdesign makes loads of modern clocks, but my favourite is the simple Petal Links design:

Etsy finds: kitchen clocks

In terms of vintage, I love this school clock from Mary and Grace. Circa 1960, it’s a style that can go from sleek to retro in a second:

Etsy finds: kitchen clocks

The victorienne clock from uncommon is one of my favourites. The ornate needles stand out on the simple background, which comes in nine colours:

Etsy finds: kitchen clocks

Flickr finds: Crazy, colourful

Umm… I guess I’m in a colourful mood today? And why not- it’s Friday, after all. Enjoy these lovely, vibrant photos and then have a happy weekend, everybody!

Colanders by catchesthelight:

Flickr finds: Crazy, colourful

trix by michaelatacker:

Flickr finds: Crazy, colourful

Rainbow buckets by tanakawho:

Flickr finds: Crazy, colourful

kochbuecher by kstenqnen:

Flickr finds: Crazy, colourful

yummy cupcakes by scpgt:

Flickr finds: Crazy, colourful

Home Inspiration: Coastal Kitchens

Obviously, any kind of kitchen can be coastal, just as a landlocked, big-city kitchen can be decorated with a nautical style. But there’s just something wonderful when the two collide, isn’t there? A bright open space, fresh sea air, maybe a seashell or two on the windowsill. So sit back and enjoy these gorgeous seaside spaces…

One of my favourite beachy kitchens of all time is this space from Coastal Living. I just love the mix of marble, blue subway tile and rattan roller blinds:

Home Inspiration: Coastal Kitchens

Come to think of it, I think rattan and wicker are particularly nautical. This kitchen from Sunset has a more modern, but still beachy, vibe:

Home Inspiration: Coastal Kitchens

This kitchen, from This Old House, positively sings seaside. It’s the weathered white wainscotting, the touches of blue and green, and the tiled countertop:

Home Inspiration: Coastal Kitchens

It’s the lovely green floor that does it in this space, from the photostream of sarahleeab. Oh, and the surfboards outside the window:

Home Inspiration: Coastal Kitchens

Big American kitchens don’t have a monopoly on coastal style; I like this seaside English cottage, too. Found via Apartment Therapy, the kitchen looks cosy and inviting, but still light and beachy: 

Home Inspiration: Coastal Kitchens

Three Potato Four

The other day, my boyfriend sent me a link to Three Potato Four, with the simple endorsement that “everything on there is amazing”. People, he’s not wrong. This family-run online shop stocks a fantastic selection of found vintage and art objects, from typewriters and card racks to bags of money (yes, really). Obviously, I’m most interested in the kitchen-y things, so here are my best picks. 

I like this glass Milk Bottle Carafe, useful for drinks or as a vase:

Three Potato Four

The Isak Tulip Cutting Board has the most beautiful print:

Three Potato Four

A Hovis English Bread Tin makes a great planter, and I think it would be good kitchen storage, too:

Three Potato Four

I love this vintage Kiwi Slices Ceramic Dish, as it’s just so cute:

Three Potato Four

There’s a selection of tea towels too, and I think this Utensils one is a good bet: 

Three Potato Four

These colourful Enamel Mugs remind me of camping. These ones are vintage and not recommended for drinking, but could be cute for storing things:

Three Potato Four