Long time no talk! The last five weeks I’ve been taking the time to settle into my MBA program and find my new norm schedule wise. Now that I am feeling more settled, I built out the editorial calendar for the remainder of 2020 for the blog. Where has the year gone?! Today I’m excited to bring you a mood board for Home Sweet Servello since we’ve made so progress on our breakfast nook area.

Our home is an open concept New England Cape. This means all living areas are downstairs and all bedrooms are upstairs. Due to this, our living, kitchen, dining and breakfast nooks must all flow together in a cohesive and complimentary manner. Now that the dining room and living room are complete (sharing the living room and updated dining room on the blog in October!), we’ve moved on to complete the room that joins our kitchen and dining room. We started by replacing the sliding door as it was going the wrong sliding direction and throwing off the working area of the entire room. Now that this is done, we’re going to make our casual dining area that we’ve been referring to as the ‘breakfast nook’.

When thinking about this space, I knew I wanted it to be mainly circular (table, rug, etc) since our dining area, in eyeshot of this space, is all rectangular and having that shape in both areas was not complimentary.

As with every space, I focused in on the “must have” piece first. I think this is a great way to start building out a space because it allows you to pull in a focus point piece that you really love – whether something vintage you already own like a china cabinet or something new you really love like a modern sideboard. I strive to have every piece in my home bring me happiness whether it’s an investment piece that will last a lifetime or affordable Amazon accessories.

Starting with the focal piece or the item you love will also help you manage your overall budget for the room. You’ll find that you don’t go super out of control or stay vastly under budget resulting in all pieces you don’t really enjoy. If you really want a certain table, but it’s a pretty price tag, by having an overall budget you can work around that large price tag by sourcing chairs, shelves and more all for a budget-friendly price.

For this room, the pieces I knew I wanted were these Serena & Lily Sunwashed Riviera Dining Chairs. The shape will tie into our nearby barstools without being matchy-matchy as the materials, texture and design are different. The rattan wood of these chic dining chairs has the same undertones as our wood floors which helps blend the look together. I also enjoy that they have a casual feel (my husband’s request since the dining room is formal) and pull in the living room rattan accents, like this side table and this storage ottoman. Additionally, they don’t compete with anything in our dining room. Overall, I knew they were the perfect chairs for this space!

The rest of the room came together easily after the hair decision was made. Another reason why it’s a great starting point to source the item you really love first!

Here are the rest of this room’s details –

1.Round Wood Table: After searching the depths of the internet everyday for a week, I found the table we will be purchasing. To make the space look sleek and be livable, I really wanted a pedestal base over multiple legs. I also like that this table is real wood, has an extender when we need additional seats while hosting and is well under price when compared to similar products.

2.Earthy Vases: I love this vase trio due to the textures, color palette and varying sizes. They will look super cute in the middle of our table. You could also style them on a bookshelf or built ins.

3.Artwork: I always look to Minted for artwork because of the print variety, frame selection and because it’s a one stop shop. I am the type of person that when I get a frame, it sits without a picture for months. This service delivers the framed artwork straight to your door which is ideal! I loved the design and color scheme of this one.

4.Textured Pillows: I love coastal blue hues and will place one of these accents pillows on the four chairs when dining isn’t in use. Pillows will also add a soft touch to the area and tie in the accent colors. While a splurge, Serena & Lily pillows are my favorite because they feel substantial and the quality is superb!

5.Round Rug: Sourcing a round rug that isn’t jute was a task. That said, I found this company which makes LOTS of round and rectangle rugs in many dimensions, super cute prints and colors. Plus, they are budget friendly and machine washable. I’m opting for this one as it’s a bit more muted in person than the one displayed in the mood board.

6. Olive Tree: And finally, no room is complete without a touch of real of faux greenery. I am going to snag this olive tree for this space. This one is wonderful if you need it to be a bit larger for a bigger space!

Check out this blog post all about faux greenery for the home.

I hope you enjoyed taking a look into the design concept for this space! So many of you frequently inquire about design services for your home. I’m so excited that in 2021 I have something launching for you 😉 More on that in the coming months! Xo Mindy

PS – Here are some other room boards from our home.


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I'm a Maine native residing in the Boston 'burbs sharing my love of interiors through decorating my husband and I's first home.

Through this experience, I discovered I have a knack for curating spaces that feel warm, cohesive and inviting. That passion turned into friends and family asking for interiors help and now we are here! 

Home should be a place you love to be. I'm here to help you achieve that!