10 Sunny Breakfast Nooks To Start The Day Off Right


Don’t overlook the ever-present dining banquette popping up in homes all around the country, from city apartments to sprawling second homes, from modern interpretations to bright little enclaves.


Photo by Brantley Photography

The kitchen nook called for a banquette, so designers Jackie Armour and Marcus Schult dreamt up a custom piece with wall-bracketed benches covered in woven navy fabric by Perennials from Lee Parker. The Roman shades are in a Quadrille fabric, and the porch-blue-painted chairs are by Palecek. (Tour the home.)


Photo by Molly Culver

The breakfast nook features wishbone chairs, a built-in banquette upholstered in Manuel Canovas material and a table fabricated by Blue Ocean Traders. The pillows, sourced through Page Home Design, are made of Turkish, Moroccan and velvet fabrics. Design by Suzie Page. (Tour the home.)


Photo by Eric Stiffler

The sunroom, by Joanna Jones, serves as a flexible indoor-outdoor family space with all-new custom woodwork. The pillow and cushion fabrics are John Robshaw, and the wallpaper is Hygge & West. Above the space is a custom lantern by The Urban Electric Co. (Tour the home.)


Photo by Michael Robinson

Designed by JamesThomas Interiors, the open kitchen includes a glass-enclosed breakfast nook punctuated by a custom oak trestle table with a zinc top and RH Windsor chairs. McGuire chairs from Baker Furniture line the island. Selected for its character, stone flooring from Artistic Tile lends a gently antiqued feel. (Tour the home.)


Photo by Aaron LeitzAlong with the designer Alison Pickart, architect Stephen Sutro helped place every piece of artwork, including the painting of oranges by Charley Brown in the breakfast nook. A custom banquette covered in Manuel Canovas fabric is positioned at a vantage point from which to enjoy sweeping city vistas. The sculptural table is from Hewn, and the Halo pendant is by John Liston. (Tour the home.)


Photo by George Ross

Reclaimed-wood walls line a niche outfitted with a bench in the breakfast nook by Amy Hirsch. The seat cushion is covered in Holly Hunt’s Great Outdoors fabric with striped tape trim by Rogers & Goffigon. The iron chandelier over the existing dining table is from Circa Lighting. (Tour the home.)


Photo by Annie Schlechter

The breakfast nook doubles as a place to do homework. A custom banquette from Dune, upholstered in Knoll Textiles fabric, surrounds a Michael Berman Limited table from Profiles NY. The pendant fixture is Lee Broom, and the sconce is by Jason Koharik from Lawson Fenning in Los Angeles. Design by Anik Pearson. (Tour the home.)


Photo by Joe Schmelzer

Tammy Randall Wood’s design studio includes a small kitchenette. Palecek counter stools join a Hickory Chair table with a bluestone top. Vintage McCoy ceramics are arranged on the shelves. (Tour the home.)


Photo by Mark Roskams

Amie Weitzman places a round table with a black marble top by Eero Saarinen from Design Within Reach and black chairs by Hans J. Wegner from Suite NY, juxtapose the crisp white walls and cabinetry in the newly renovated kitchen. (Tour the home.)


Photo by Aubrie Pick

In the breakfast nook, a Gubi pendant dangles above an RH table made with reclaimed wood. Opposite the custom window seat is a pair of Charles and Ray Eames molded plastic chairs from Design Within Reach, which provide a classic modern counterpoint to the rusticity of the table. The painting is by Joseph Adolphe from Simon Breitbard Fine Arts. Design by Thorpe Designs. (Tour the home.)