Good Lookin Breakfast Nookin

Rounding out our downstairs updates after our first year, we’ve also got a breakfast nook with a few changes. Really the main changes to this part of our house was adding furniture, since it was empty for nearly half of the first year (if not more). I tried to stay true to buying everything for this house used, and waiting for it to come along on craigslist or thrifting – really, it’s never a rush to add a second table to your house – kinda embarrassing to me that we have a house that fits two tables. It’s a bit excessive IMO…


We found the table for $40 on craigslist and I really love how much it matches the chairs! These 3 cross back chairs are probably the only piece of furniture (that I can think of) downstairs that were purchased new – turns out it’s really hard to find (3) matching chairs used. I’m obsessed with these beauties though. They’re extremely sturdy, good looking and not wobbly at all (does anyone else have a problem with chairs having a wobble?) Between buying used or cheapo furniture most of my life … I feel like our chairs are usually defective, lol.

The banquette was $100 on craigslist – Jay always grumbles that the people before us stripped the screws assembling it, haha, so he thinks it’s going to come crashing down on us sometime we’re sitting there eating our ice cream bars. I’ll keep you updated on that one 😉 I love that it sits a few people at once though and it’s been a perfect locale for sharing popsicles and ice cream when it’s time for a post dinner snack 🙂


So, rookie parenting mistake, but when H started bringing his artwork home from school I didn’t really know what to DO with it. Our fridge doesn’t take magnets well (stainless) so I would just recycle them after they sat on the counter for a few days and I felt the need to declutter. You guys – this kid was literally dying when I first put up his art. He is so darn proud of it that it makes me feel pretty bad for recycling the rest of his artwork master pieces. He loves telling you all about his art when you point up at them and ask about it – he’ll tell you an entire story (more and more) about what he did that day, and who he made the artwork with. You guuysss – it’s so, so cute. So anyway – don’t scar your child like I did mine. Just hang up their artwork y’all, apparently they like it.

The table actually perfectly matches the chairs, which was a happy mistake, but they look really nice together. As you can see, the table has a few nicks and scratches, but it just gives it a little bit of a vintage touch. 🙂


This room is right next to the kitchen, and you can see through into the Dining Room as well, so it feels nice to have the space a bit more finished.


This light fixture was actually one of the very first things I bought for the house, before we had even closed on it I grabbed this on craigslist! I remember it sitting in our 1-bedroom apartment, waiting for moving day. 😉 I just couldn’t wait to get back to designing a space for us – after being out of a house for a year, you’re usually ready to go!


Overall, I really like how this room (can you call it a room?) came together! I’d love to add some lumbar pillows (similar to the ones in our master) at some point, but there is no rush, and I should probably avoid spending the money anyway 😉


The Big Box Duel

Buying cabinets – it’s quite the adventure. I have to add – especially here in the south. I’m convinced that people work at just a bit of a slower pace down here. This northern girl that sprints everywhere is still trying to adjust 😉

In the name of being thorough, we decided that we’d scope out both Home Depot and Lowe’s this time around and report back on which one was our favsies. A big box duel, if you will. Are you ready to rumbllleeee???


Since we got our cabinets for our Michigan house from Lowe’s we figured that it was a logical place to start. We weren’t bowled over by the process the first time, but things went smoothly enough and we thought that we might as well start there again. Plus, Home Depot makes you pay in advance to come out and measure, and that seemed like a bit of a hassle to us, too.

So we set up an appointment and found a few cabinet styles we liked. When we started the planning process, we were leaning toward this style (Culver), which is pretty much a traditional shaker style, with an extra inset panel. Nice.

Gray Diamond Cabinets

This is what the Culver cabinet style looks like in a full kitchen, and in white (which is what we’d be doing). Swanky, right? I’m a sucker for traditional cabinet styles, so I’ve always been partial to a nice shaker door.

Diamond Culver Cabinet

This is another, similar, door style that I had in mind as well. Just a hair different than our kitchen in our last house – thought we’d mix it up just a little since we liked how these door styles provided a bit more visual interest.

Diamond Reflections Shaker

We went through the entire planning process (laying everything out, customizations) and then we got a zing-zing-zinger. The cabinets we picked out at Lowes we’re going to cost us about $11,000. WOAH. Now, for context, our first kitchen from Lowe’s set us back just under $5,000 and this one is certainly not twice the size. Herrumpph.

Initially, we had it in our heads that we wanted to go through Lowe’s since last time we got some pretty sweet Memorial Day savings, including 10% back as a gift card to Lowe’s. Now, when you’re moving into a new pad, any bit of $$ is helpful, so that was pretty enticing. Needless to say though, once we got that big fat total from Lowe’s we decided it would be worthwhile to at least look at Home Depot. I remembered last time we were on the hunt that I really liked the Martha Stewart Line – so I decided to start there.

And wonder of wonder’s I found a cabinet door that made my heart go a pitter patter. Martha just came out with a new door style, called Wellston and it might as well be called the key to Mary’s heart – cause I love it.

Wellston Martha Stewart

What do y’all think?! I was really liking the more updated take on the shaker cabinet door. Yummy. Note, the photo above is of the cabinet in cream – we will actually be getting “Picket Fence”

Here is another, side angle shot. Classy!

Martha Stewart Wellston Cabinet

Now, unfortunately this cabinet style is so new that there really are not any examples of it online. Boo.

That being said, Holly over at Life in the Fun Lane has an awesome Martha Stewart kitchen, also in picket fence which provided a general idea of what ours would look like once installed. Truth be told, I’m officially geeking out looking at these photos 😀

Martha Stewart White Kitchen

We loved that in addition to being beautiful cabinets, that the Martha Stewart line also carries lots of nice (optional) upgrades to make your space that much more user friendly. Considering the cabin style bases we had before, we are beyond excited for sweet details like pull-out shelving and spice drawers. To optimize space, we’ll actually have a drawer like the one below, but just for spices (it’s only 3″ wide!). It was so much nicer to be able to use that 3″ for functional storage though, vs. a filler piece.

Martha Stewart Kitchen

We also decided to upgrade and get the pull-out drawers, to make our stored pots and pans that much more accessible.

Martha Stewart Cabinets

Lucky for us, the Martha Stewart line came in $2,500 less than the Lowe’s counterpart we had selected. Bam.

Added bonus, since we ordered the cabinets during a Memorial Day sale – we got an extra 10% off our total, bringing our total out of pocket cost, with tax and installation, to $7,200. Now in my book, that’s certainly nothing to bat a stick at, definitely not chump change! But since we knew we’d want to invest in some key features in our new home when we first moved in, we set aside some dough from the sale of our last house to help us pay for all of these initial renovations up front. We definitely feel like this will be money well spent!

Overall, here are the pros and cons we found for each location.


We officially ordered the cabinets last Friday, so now we just wait! It’s going to be close and truth be told, we may be kitchenless for a hot second when we first move in. At least we’ve got the grill, in a pinch! 😉 Next up, counter options!!