breakfast nook needs TLC

We started with this: the first built in we took out.

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We tried several options of art and finally settled on this piece. It was a wedding gift from a very creative friend so many years ago.

And yes, it is not centered in height – on purpose! And yes, it hangs really low – on purpose!

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So here we go in dire need of a light fixture before we get used to the bulb. Because I know that can happen. We “forgot” we had only a bulb in our last house in the living room for almost a year! Yes, really, after a while we just seem to not realize it anymore.

The light fixture in the nook has to be airy to not obstruct the view to the backyard.

Also this table is our patio table. Thanks to the Texan heat we can not use it outside at the moment anyhow. The chairs are all antique from Germany and might or might not stay in the room. It all depends on the future table. Either modern table and those old chairs or rustic table and then some new funky modern chairs.

I was into concrete for a while but am afraid of getting tired of it. Although I really, really love how versatile it would be and how elegant all my white dishes would look with a concrete table top.

My lovely friend had the most beautiful concrete table in Beijing.

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We might consider that kind of table for our dining area later. But for the nook, there is something else on my mind. Think: turquoise!

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I love to entertain and to host big cooking events at my home. My current kitchen accommodates around 15 cooks with lots of action going on between prepping, cutting, chatting and actually cooking. Occasional glass of bubbly…

But after the work is done – we like to enjoy our food together sitting at one big table. My regular table seats only 10. So for some occasions I bought this antique French pull out table. Amazing technique from 1880!! It seats 15 food lovers.

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It holds our bounty better than our regular table – here overloaded after an Asian cooking event.

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Collecting chairs is not too bad, right? See my post here.

But for the Texas house I would like a new big table. As big as possible for the space. My major concern here is the weird layout of windows and doors in the dining room. Nothing really aligns the way I wish it would. I will take some pics next time I will be around!

I have to admit – I collect chairs

I guess I inherited this trait from my mother. She always likes to decorate with chairs. So when I moved into my very first apartment she was fast in joining me with the furniture shopping. We hit several antique stores to find accent pieces – that was what she taught me. Anchor the room with great antiques. We found some really nice stuff and had some really nice fun together, but this is a post about chairs. So we bought chairs and she also sent me off with a pair from her collection. I did not have a bed yet, nor a sofa – but at least 4-5 chairs. In the meantime those chairs had moved around with me 9 times and my collection is still growing.

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Whenever we host a large group of people I am always glad to be able to find extra chairs in different corners of our home. They live in the bedroom, the kids rooms, the bathroom, the hallway, everywhere.

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In my chair collection craze there was even a time when I thought I MUST have a Ghost Chair. It was one of these moments when you have looked at so many pictures online and you are suddenly so sure that you always wanted to have exactly this ghost chair. Well, I am glad I ordered only one. To be honest, it scratches easily, it collects dust super fast, shows fatty fingerprints – and it is not really too comfy to sit on during a longer dinner party.

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Same with the white Panton Chair. I thought I would need it, but was wise enough to order just one. It looks cool, it sits in our living room now. Perfectly fine! But it is way too low for our dining table and even adults need to sit on a pillow to be able to eat in a kind of proper way. We had it sit outside for a while with our patio furniture. But after every storm it was glad in mud and leaves.┬áThere were times when I thought of getting rid of those two additions, I even felt embarrassed to have been such a trend follower. But you know what? I don’ t care! They are fine, they will fit in – a single chair always fits in.

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My favorite chair of chairs so far: the Elm Horseshoe Ming Chair from China. The best story about this chair is that I found it in China on vacation and we had to find a way to bring it back to me as a “souvenir”. Rocky Road, I can tell you! But so worth it.

Update: after reading this post my husband wanted to make sure you knew that he schlepped the chair around Beijing, he found the one taxi out of over 30 that finally took us back to the hotel…. thanks, hubby!

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What do you collect? Big or small? Old or new? Please do tell!