Bring In the Sun­shine

Southern Living (USA) - - Home & Garden -

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.

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