Today I am channeling summer fun with a pink and green breakfast nook, a current edecor project I am working on for a client in the UK. I think it provides the perfect seasonal inspiration. Hope you agree.

One of the first things I like to do when working on a new project is to establish a ‘design tenet’, the story if you will, behind the homeowner and their goals for the space. It helps to keep the process focused and narrow down design choices, preventing that feeling of becoming overwhelmed when selecting furnishings. In this particular case, the project’s design tenet is:

You can take the girl out of the city, but you can’t take the city out of the girl.

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The Background: My client is a recently divorced mother with two grown-up sons. Having lived in London for most of her married life, she has recently moved to a renovated country house, and is ready for a new start. She frequently hosts family and friends for tea in her cozy breakfast nook.

With a beloved Saarinen table (among other mid-century wonders) written into the divorce (what a stylish, sensible lady!) and a desire to finally indulge in her favorite color – pink – our direction was set.

The Key Design Elements:

  • The London toile pendant with its country reference and modern color palette became our inspiration piece – the perfect jumping off point for a playful, yet chic gathering spot.
  • The room’s existing banquette will get a modern makeover with cushions in a crisp pink geometric, piped in a contrasting citron welt.
  • The classic Greek key in a bold up-to-date chevron pattern will repeat in a box-pleat valance above untreated windows, expanding the space by pulling your eye through to her lush green garden beyond.
  • Two lightweight chairs in chartreuse provide extra seating and allow for easy access to the banquette.
  • To temper all the bright colors and tie in to the adjacent white kitchen, the walls will get a coat of soft grey paint.
  • A dramatic oversized “station” clock in this corner of the space, will help balance the height of the kitchen cabinets.
  • Cushions in our statement toile and a simple vase of fresh-cut tulips (straight from the garden) will add the finishing touches to this modern classic breakfast nook.

Would you like to have tea in this space?



Please note that out of fairness to clients that have paid for my services, I will not be providing the accompanying furnishings source list in this post, but I hope the mood-board presentation provides some inspiration for your own space.

Need some design help? Although I do not currently offer edecor services through my website, I do take on a limited number of clients. Please feel free to email me at if you would be interested in an edecor package, letting me know your location, timetable and budget. I believe that everyone has an innate design sense and may just need a little design direction. Edecor services can give you that helping hand, allowing you to implement your unique design style at your own pace, and without expensive onsite designer visits

If my schedule meets yours, I would love to work with you to create a design that is livable (comfortable), lovable (uniquely you) and left brain (functional).

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