I’m back to share with you more of my client’s mid-century modern project and this time we’re talking about their dining room and cozy breakfast nook. Last week I shared with you about my client’s love and appreciation for all things mid-century modern and how they enjoy clean lines and the amazing artwork that their daughter and her friend had created several years ago. Well, we brought together all the elements to make the spaces a fantastic place for eating and entertaining.
The dining room and breakfast nook open up to the living room, which I revealed last week in my post Project Reveal – Oklahoma City Mid-century Modern Living Room. In the living room we chose to work with the colors of blue, orange, black, and white based on the artwork displayed in the home. So it was important to spread those colors into the adjoining spaces so that we could achieve a seamless and cohesive design.
For the dining room, we needed to find a dining table that could comfortable sit up to six or eight people, but on a daily basis, could work with four chairs. They do love to host their family and friends and immensely enjoy sitting around the dinner table together. However, on regular days, they don’t want to have too many seats around the table so that the room could look and feel bigger.
We were happy to score on an expandable dining table that was a perfect fit with exaggerated, angular legs for a mid-century vibe. The table can comfortable fit up to 10 people and it also has a matching bench.
One of the things I love to do is incorporate chairs that don’t necessarily match or coordinate directly with the dining table. It’s so much better when you can introduce chairs that have a unique style, texture, color, etc. so that it doesn’t come across as expected. That’s why we chose to go with the sloped leather dining chairs. They add a pop of color and texture to the space.
For the added seating, we went ahead with the matching bench because it could serve two purposes. When they have guests, they can use it at the table or they can place it by the staircase for decoration and possible seating.
There are many ways you can dress up a dining table, but we went simple with this one. I found a matte and shiny black vase and purchased some faux succulents from a local hobby store and made the arrangement myself. Doing this helped save some costs since we didn’t have to buy a fancy pre-made arrangement.
Lastly, we finished out the space with a blue, grey, and white rug with a cascading vine pattern to best define the space as a dining area. We purchased an 8 x 10 so that it would be large enough for chairs to rest on the rug while someone sat and enjoyed eating or talking at the table.
Just next to the dining space is a nook area that could serve several purposes, but for my client’s it was the perfect spot for their prized piano. All we did here was add some accessories and wall art created by their daughter above the piano. Simple, yet beautiful.
One of their favorite spots in this new home is their breakfast nook with a built-in banquette. Situated just under a large window, the bench adds a new focal point to the space. To soften the seating, we had custom upholstered cushions created with beautiful textured fabric. Then added a couple of pillows to bring in yet another element of softness and bring color to the corner.
Working with an L-shaped banquette, it would be fine to have brought in a square table, but to give the space a little more mid-century vibe, we chose to go with a mid-century inspired tulip table. Using a rounded table with a center base in this case helps softens the space with smoother round edges and allows for more leg room.
Lastly to finish off the eating area, we added grey leather industrial chairs. These chairs have a modernist design style that is inviting.
For more on the Mid-Century Modern project, check out the living room reveal.