A Kitchen and Breakfast Nook With Open Door Architecture

We recently styled and shot a beautiful kitchen and breakfast nook designed by local architects, Sean and Sara Martin of Open Door Architecture. The firm’s incredible work coupled with their focus on bringing new life to old homes is right up our alley, making for an exciting shoot. Did I mention that they were also the architects behind the 2017 HGTV Urban Oasis? All that said, we fell in love with the space the first time we saw it and were thrilled to style and photograph such a beautiful space. After seeing the space, I think some of you may be really excited to know that they have created a new kitchen design e-course! If you are looking to renovate a kitchen and don’t know where to start or simply love reading and learning from experts in the architecture/design field, then run and check it out.

Let’s start with the kitchen. For the shoot, we came in and immediately cleared the space down to the bones to gain a vision for styling. ┬áThe black cabinets brought in an element of classic boldness, but since there were not upper cabinets on a decent portion of the kitchen and also a fairly open floor plan, the black did not feel too heavy, and the kitchen could handle a few pops of bright color in the styling. We were able to bring in a fresh and lively feel with plenty of flowers and greenery. The bright, beautiful flowers are actually straight from are yard! We wanted the space to have a lived-in warmth and thus chose to use primarily hand-made ceramic pieces throughout our styling. You know we love some good ceramics and boy do they make a world of difference in design. We also love styling kitchen vignettes with art. Art adds personality and depth to a kitchen. A nice, inexpensive sisal or jute rug fills up the open floor space and is a safe choice for a home with little ones running around or in any kitchen with a lot of foot traffic (is there a kitchen without a lot of foot traffic?).

The breakfast nook is literally the space dreams are made of. Sean and Sara designed the space to be functional and beautiful while also brilliantly making the space feel rich with character as if it has been in this historic home all along. Both the table and banquette seating were custom made for the space. I could stare at the rounded ends of each side of the banquette all day. Sean and Sara also added the trim at the top of the banquette area to match another area in the house with the same trim work that was original to the house. Again, what is not to love? Because the couple who owns the home has two small children, our minds immediately went to an idyllic but casual family breakfast in their newly completed banquette. Having some friends over and throwing together a simple breakfast with toast, blueberries, coffee, and orange juice while you let the kids run around and play seems like the perfect way to spend a lazy Saturday morning. We used one of our beautiful, vintage seascapes to style the left wall and brought in some kid art pinned to a string on the right wall to bring in some of the youth evident in this growing family’s home. The first time we visited the home to take a look at the project, we noticed a beautiful rocking horse in the homeowners’ living room and knew we wanted to incorporate it into the breakfast area where many family meals will undoubtedly be shared. After looking at the photos, are you as hungry for blueberries as we were while shooting the space?

Didn’t Sean and Sara do an amazing job with creating such beautiful bones in this kitchen and breakfast nook!? Have any questions about our styling or sources? Let us know in the comments!



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