Bring In the Sunshine
When redoing this kitchen for a young family in Dallas, interior designer Amy Berry transformed a previously unused window area into a bright breakfast nook with a sunny disposition. The biggest challenge? While the ceiling and windows are about 10 feet tall, the dining space is only about 8 feet wide. She knew she would focus her design on a round pedestal or trestle table. These allow you to squeeze in a few additional people when needed, since the centered base prevents awkward straddling of table legs. Berry also loves a builtin bench, which can always accommodate one more tiny diner yet, to the eye, reads as just one streamlined piece. “It’s important to tally up legs in a small space—between the table and chairs, you don’t want to have too many,” says Berry, who picked these retro Modway chairs with a simple base to balance out the busier crisscross design of the Redford House table. One area where more is more: throw pillows, which are many designers’ favorite way to add a nice touch of pattern and softness (even when there’s little room for furnishings). Don’t be afraid to pile ’em on, as long as you don’t overdo it. “You should be able to move around a bit without any of them falling on the floor,” Berry says. Meanwhile, go light when it comes to chandeliers. This modern geometric fixture from Mr. Brown is playfully juxtaposed with the round table. It doesn’t overpower the tight space, thanks to its lightweight corrugatedcardboard construction and washed-out shade.