Getting Nookie

March 16, 2011

Well, today was day 2 of two weeks of Spring Break and, after a leisurely weekend away with the girls, I must admit I felt a bit outnumbered by my 3 kids. It’s amazing how attempting simple errands with all 3 takes triple the time…it very often feels like I’m herding goats rather than children through the supermarket aisles! Do any of you other mothers ever feel the same? Luckily, we’ve got a couple of activities and play dates lined up for tomorrow so hopefully they’ll burn off some steam before I attempt to take them out in public again!

Dinner time with young kids is always a struggle. My brood, for whatever reason, seem to love being reminded to sit down. Every. Night. I was thinking about ways, other than seat belts on our dining chairs, that I could possibly get them to stay in their seat for at least one meal a day and I think that a corner nook would be the perfect solution. My husband and I would just have to sit at either end to keep the rascals from escaping! Our dining space doesn’t work for a nook or banquette, but if our dream of building a home one day ever comes true, it’s something that would definitely be on my list of must-haves…


Architect Ken Linsteadt via Remodelista via Canadian House & Home

Dijeau Poage Construction via Houzz

Canadian House & Home


I am really loving the use of custom upholstered sofas as dining seating. Dinner parties would be so comfortable lounging on one of these glam sofa-style benches…the only downside would be getting your guests to leave! Although, I suppose they could just lie down and stay all night…

Seattle Homes Magazine

Teatro Verde

Style At Home

When living in a small space, it’s important to utilize every little nook and cranny. It takes a little creativity when trying to make room in your home. Use a corner alcove as a home office or build a custom sofa for a narrow room. Older homes and lofts often have quirky bits…don’t be afraid to think outside the box and use these quirks to your advantage. Wouldn’t a reading nook like the last image be divine?

Living Etc.

Style At Home

Emily Henderson, HGTV’s Secrets From A Stylist

Apartment Therapy

I’m off to rethink my home’s nooks, crannies and closets yet again! And for those of you who are curious about our weekend thrift scores, stay tuned because Rachel and I will be taking pictures of them en masse tomorrow…until then!


1 Angela Steyn { 03.16.11 at 12:52 am }

Gorgeous! I adore those dining nooks… particularly the ones tucked into bay windows. Great inspiration, thanks.

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2 Hannah { 03.16.11 at 4:01 am }

i agree with you! dining nooks are so cute! our dining area doesn’t allow for that either…but we do have french doors…so it’s an even trade! :) thanks for the pretty pics!
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3 the enchanted home { 03.16.11 at 4:26 am }

Gorgeous….love especially the Canadian house and home and Lonny pics..I personally love the look, it can be made to look and feel so inviting and cozy….these pictures do it justice…fabulous.
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4 robyn { 03.16.11 at 9:40 am }

I LOVE sweet little nooks! I have my own if you’d like to check it out… I LOVE all of your inspiration photos but the yellow and grey bed in that cozy little spot has stolen my heart! I ADORE IT!

5 colleen { 03.16.11 at 7:22 pm }

Such beautiful practical ideas!
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6 Danielle {fresh quince} { 03.20.11 at 5:26 am }

I have so often thought about using my bright orange vintage sofa as a bench for my dining table, but I think my biggest concern is ruining it. I have 10 who sometimes thinks that using a napkin is so outdated, so guess where he wipes his dirty little paws…yup my dining chairs. He has gotten better, but his friends come over and they are messy as well. Fabulous images…thanks!
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7 kate { 03.22.11 at 11:46 am }

oh how i want a sofa in my kitchen- i love this look. so great to find your blog through desire to inspire where we were both featured this week!!!!