Small Home Style: Eat-in Kitchens

Welcome to another edition of the Small Home Style series, sharing inspiration and ideas for Small Home Dwellers to effortlessly maximize their spaces. One of my favorite spaces in my home is my kitchen and dining room. In my small 1950's rancher we don't have a dedicated dining area away from the kitchen. My kitchen and dining room are in the same room, one side is the kitchen and one side is the dining room. You can see my dining room tour here and how I've maximized my small space allowing us to seat comfortable seat eight! Quick fact about my dining room nook, its only 9 feet wide! 

Today on Small Home Style, I'm sharing ideas on turning a small eat-in kitchen into a well thought out space that you can cook and entertain in. I’ve always felt that kitchens are the heart of the home and feel most alive when you're cooking for loved ones and entertaining family and friends. They’re typically two types of eat-in kitchens, let’s tackle one at a time.

ONE Eat-in Kitchen Style Dining Table in Kitchen. The great thing about having your dining table right in your kitchen is the extra work space it gives when cooking and baking. It can almost feel like you have a kitchen island in your space. The design challenge, it can easily feel like your kitchen is too small to entertain. The solution, choose a dining room table that will maximize your kitchen layout.

Farmhouse Kitchen Table. For long narrow kitchens choose a long a farmhouse style table. Select dining room chairs that visually won’t take up a lot of space and can easily ‘push-in close the table’ skip big bulky chairs that take up too much space. A great alternative to using chairs is bringing long benches, I love how they can easily be tucked into a table. 

image via Greige Designs 

image via Greige Designs 

image via Dream Book Design

Fold-Out Dining Table. When your dining room is too small to comfortably fit a full size table, consider using a fold-out table that will double in size when needed and and easy fold back down to a small size.

image via Homedit

image via Homedit

image via 79Ideas 

image via 79Ideas 

Round Table. A round table can be tricky in small spaces and sometimes take-up more room, however if your space is wide enough a round table can be a great fit and look so charming. Select a table with a pedestal base or tulip table.

image via Casa Haus 

image via Casa Haus 

image via Kelly Elko 

image via Kelly Elko 

TWO Eat-in Kitchen Style the Dining Nook. The second most popular eat-in style dining in a small kitchen is the dining nook. A dining nook can be a huge challenge to 'make-it work' since they're on the small side.

Banquette Dining. However, adding a banquette to a small dining nook helps transform a small awkward space into a well-designed one. Banquette seating can be built-in going from wall to wall, or built into a corner or freestanding. Either way, they're space saving allowing you to sat more people around the table.

Bring in extra storage in a small dining nook, by adding a pair on small dressers / side tables on either side of the banquette. The dressers / side tables can hold extra dishes, silverware and kitchen linens. The easliy give a custom built-in look to a small dining nook. 

Benches can easily be transformed into banquette seating with cushions, the open space below a bench can hold baskets, giving you extra storage. 

image via Brico Bistro

image via Brico Bistro

The L-Shape built-in banquette below, looks extra comfy thanks to all the pillows and pretty farmhouse table. I love built-in banquettes have extra storage: either with drawers or hidden under the seat. 

image via Style at Home

image via Style at Home

image via KSara Designs

image via KSara Designs

If your also a small home dweller, what type of dining room does your home have? What ways have you maximized your space and given it style? Remember to share your small spaces on Instagram with the #SmallHomeStyle Need more ideas to take your small dining room from so-so to wow, check out this post

In addition, if there's a small space in your home your having trouble whipping into shape, feel free to send me and email and I can help you tackle your space send emails to Hello@chiclittlehouse.com for design dilemmas.

20 Modern Flush Mount & Semi-Flush Mount Lighting Ideas

One of the first updates we gave our home after buying was replacing all those tacky boob lights with modern flush mount lights. You know the boring building basic light ceiling light fixture with zero personality that gives off little to no light?  We literally had one in almost every single room of our house. Swapping out the basic ho-hum lighting for a new fixture really made a difference in our home. Plus, we actually have a light fixture that gave off more light win-win. 

A quick and easy update you can give a room, is updating the lighting! We installed a Semi Flush mount light in our living room a little over three years ago and I'm still loving it. Previously in our living room we had a ceiling fan, that hung too low and wiggled way too much. 

I’m a huge lover of drum shades and love the double drum light fixture in my living room, it feels like its floating in the ceiling (in a good way). The double drum light fixture in my living room is from Lamps Plus (here) We put the light on a dimmer, because dimmers are a must. Dimmers help control light and set the mood in the room. 

When to Use Flush Mount Lighting 

Flush Mount & Semi-Flush Mount lighting can be used pretty much anywhere in your home. I love flush mount lighting in Hallways, the laundry room, entries and kitchens. The right pretty flush mount light fixture can bring drama in room, and if you have eight foot tall ceilings like I do they’ll quickly become your bestie. In fact, we replaced our too large Sputnik inspired bedroom light in our bedroom with a simple Linen Drum Flush mount from West Elm (here) I'll share a few of the updates I've been working on in my bedroom soon. Before I share my favorite flush mount lighting picks, let’s look at some more inspiration.

In Kitchens 

Above sinks and as the main lighting source in the room instead of recssed lighting 

In Hallways 

Pretty lighting helps breakup the monotany of a long hallway 

image via My Domaine

image via My Domaine

Mudroom & Laundry Room

Add a touch of gold in a room, or a modern take on the schoolhouse lighting, eiter way can't go wroing. 

Today I’m sharing 20 Modern Flush Mount & Semi Flush Mount Light Fixtures that won’t break the bank. Honestly, Sarah Jessica Parker said it best, "Fashion Is Not a Luxury." 

All the light fixtures I'm sharing are under $200.00 bucks and trust me you’ll swear several of the lights cost way more. 

20 Modern Flush Mount & Semi Mount Lights

I hope you enjoyed this round up of modern flush mount and semi-flush mount lighting to inspire you to quickly update any drab lighting you may have in your home. And if you're a renter, swapping the basic renter lighting is a total Yes You Can! Just make sure you safely store the old light fixture and re-install once you move.

Are you also a fan of flush mount & semi-flush light fixtures? Any favorites from the above 20 lighting Ideas I shared? 

Small Home Style: 3 Go Big Artwork Ideas for Living Rooms

I’m so excited about my first Small Home Style post for 2017! As a quick reminder to all my new faces around here, every Monday I’m sharing design ideas for small homes. 
I started the series last year to celebrate small homes. As a small home dweller myself, I have a soft spot for sharing creative ways fellow #SmallHomeDwellers can maximize their small spaces and give them style. 

Adding artwork in small space is a must, I personally love the look of over-sized artwork in a small room, especially a living room. Think of extra large artwork as the perfect punctuation in a room. In my own living room, I have a large canvas above my sofa, that packs a pretty punch of color in my room.

Gallery walls are so pretty and while I love the look of them in a living room, they can be tricky when it comes to small living rooms. The placement and size of each frame has to be well thought out, otherwise the look can come off as busy and just feel off.  

Instead of having 20 postage size pieces of artwork on a wall, consider going big with large statement artwork. I love either one large piece of artwork (canvas or framed) or two large scale prints side by side. Large artwork in a small space helps draw the eye up and out making the room height and width appear larger. Today, I’m sharing Three Go Big Artwork Ideas that will add impact in a small living room. 

Three Go Big Artwork Ideas for Small Living Rooms 

  • ONE Abstract Artwork. I love abstract art and honestly it gets prettier and more interesting on a large scale.  Colorful or Subdued abstract work in a room is a pretty and calming in a living room. The two large abstract artwork paired side by side, bring so much interest and warmth in the space. 
image via The Everygirl

image via The Everygirl

image via Mark & Frantz

image via Mark & Frantz

  • TWO Graphic Art, thank big bold black and white artwork or a bold black and white photo. Big graphic artwork adds that 'wow' moment in a room. 
image via Domino 

image via Domino 

image via Adore Home 

image via Adore Home 

  • THREE Beach / Ocean artwork is so soothing in a living room. The pretty colors of the ocean or a beach scene go perfectly with all most any shade and pillow combinations in a living room. 
image via The Zhush 

image via The Zhush 

image via Gray Malin

image via Gray Malin

I hope you enjoyed my Three Ideas for Adding Big Artwork in a small living room. Are you also a fan of big artwork in small spaces?

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