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Small but Mighty

By: Monica Benavidez  Photos by: Lillian Reitz

Small spaces can have big style. A breakfast nook is the perfect place to bring together décor, color, and pattern to create a vibrant, high impact, but useful family space. 

Scale is especially important in small spaces. A small marble pedestal dining table provides a useful, stylish dining space for four, while a tall black and gold etagere adds some height, drama, and a place to showcase décor and vintage treasures of your choice.

Florals are always in style, and by using identical prints with one flipped upside down, you can create a focal point or accent wall that wows. Add some plush printed ottomans for extra seating, a stylish butler stand turned bar or serving area, plus a grand crystal chandelier for some glam. Put these tips to use and you’ll have yourself the perfect setting for eating and entertaining.

TIPS - Prints & Patterns

Corpus Christi is home to fabulous antique shopping. Start a collection of similar items to create a curated look. I put this tip to use with blue and white ginger jars. 

Facebook Marketplace is your BFF! These dining chairs were dated, and with new fabric and paint they were brought back to life. DIY can get you the luxe look for less. 

When styling a furniture piece, I try to always incorporate books in order to add height in comparison to smaller objects, place florals to add texture and liveliness, and source original artwork to add interest and color.  

Get the Look

Blue and White Planter with Faux Greenery from Chic to Chic Furniture

Blue and White Ginger Jars from Codi’s Collectibles 

Floral Glass Bowl (on butler stand) from Alexis Hunter Interiors 

Schumacher Chiang Mai Dragon Fabric in Ebony (on dining chairs) from