Before we moved into our home this past fall, I was hellbent on turning the one area of my downstairs into a breakfast nook. I envisioned my kids eating meals there and doing homework — a true hub for us all to reconvene around.
As soon as I got furniture in, this started changing fast. I knew we would be tight on space without a pantry, but it felt like even less once all the pots and pans, dishes and glassware made their homes in each cabinet.
Where would the food go?
From there I made the decision to buy a standalone pantry, except it was so incredibly hard to find what I wanted! I landed on a big white hall tree that would have been perfect except for the price tag. $1000 for one piece of furniture when you’re trying to furnish an entire house is hard to swallow! I almost gave up until I saw that the black equivalent was on sale for only a few hundred. Sure it would be the wrong color, but it still matched.
I bought it.
And ever since the day we built it I have hated it. The thing is, it’s beautiful but it’s like a big storm cloud that hovers over the room. I couldn’t decorate it, couldn’t hang things on the walls, it always had grubby little fingerprints on it, wouldn’t close right, and I struggled to get things out of the pantry with the table and chairs in front of it.
I decided to get rid of our kitchen cart and slide the pantry in instead, moving my front entryway console up and going to town with some bright decorations.
Blue and white felt right for this space!
Last fall I went all in on a blue fall tablescape and since then I cannot get that color out of my head. I mixed the decor with old and new to create that perfect modern farmhouse vibe I’m always going for.
I usually set my table but I just wasn’t feeling it this time around. Instead, I bought a wooden beaded tray to style with faux flowers, a vase, and decorative sphere.
I framed an image of Fox (I need to get a few of both boys printed!) and my wedding invitation which goes so well with the decor! I guess I’ve always had a similar style.
I haven’t quite figured out what to put in the little clips of the window frame. More pictures? Little blooms? Do you have any ideas?
Just for kicks, let’s see a side-by-side!
Which one do you like better? Before or after?
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