My Kitchen Nook Reveal

Kitchen Nook with Manuel Canovas Wallpaper

Just off our kitchen, sits a nook where kids study, draw and eat snacks.  I’ve been drooling over the fresh green and white Trellis wallpaper by Manuel Canovas for some time and it was my starting point.

Simplified Bee Kitchen Nook with trellis wallpaper

To stand-up to my kids, I had the bench cushions made in solid Kelly green patent leather – it’s topped with a crisp Bali pillow by Thomas Paul.  The light pendant by Arteriors has a sunny yellow interior that pulls from the sunflower oil painting by my Grandmother, which hangs in the space.  A grouping of framed art that my kids created is also proudly hung in the space and can easily be swapped out to feature their latest masterpiece.

Kitchen Message Blackboard Kids

To add texture, but no compete with the heavy patterned wallpaper, I selected a simple tortoise bamboo roman shade.  To maximize the space, I also hung a chalkboard that displays my kid’s art, party invitations and school papers.

Simplified Bee Kitchen NookBench Seating Pull-out Drawer Storage

The bench and butcher-block table were custom built.  I love the pullout drawers because they provide so much storage.

DIY Art Tray with Wallpaper Detail

To corral the kids’ art supplies they use frequently, I painted a wooden tray and lined it with the Trellis wallpaper. Here’s how I did it and ideas for updating your own tray.

I love how this tiny space turned out. It’s now my favorite space in our home and one of the most used!

*Photo credit: Jen Jacobson

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27 Responses to My Kitchen Nook Reveal

  1. Michali October 6, 2012 at 11:28 am #

    This is beautiful! I wish I had it in my house so I can sit there with a cup of coffee:)

  2. Things That Inspire October 5, 2012 at 12:42 pm #

    It is wonderful – love the fresh Manuel Canovas wallpaper and the little touches that make the space both beautiful and functional.

    You will enjoy this for years!

    – Holly

  3. Melanie October 5, 2012 at 8:56 am #

    WOW! Just wow!

  4. Cathleen October 4, 2012 at 2:51 pm #

    Cristin – I LOVE it!!! I look forward to having coffee with you there at some point!

    • admin October 4, 2012 at 2:52 pm #

      you are always welcome my friend. xo

  5. Bromeliad October 4, 2012 at 1:37 pm #

    Very nice. Like your artwork.

  6. Donna @ A Designer's Perspective October 4, 2012 at 8:43 am #

    Love the Manual Conovas wall paper!! Your nook looks great and love that it is kid friendly!!!

    • admin October 4, 2012 at 12:10 pm #

      Many thanks Donna! xo c

  7. Clare October 4, 2012 at 8:40 am #

    This is brilliant! I love the colors, wallpaper, and framed artwork (priceless!). Did I see a child’s hand crafted clay bowl holding chalk? Fantastic job!

    • admin October 4, 2012 at 12:05 pm #

      Hi Clare,
      Thanks so much. And yes, you are right; that little clay bowl was made by one of my kids.


  8. Cathy October 4, 2012 at 7:18 am #

    Absolutely LOVE this! Every detail is perfect, from the colors, to the functionality to the light fixture! Fabulous!
    Cathy @ Room Rx

    • admin October 4, 2012 at 12:06 pm #

      many thanks Cathy!

  9. Laura Casey October 4, 2012 at 5:03 am #

    I love it! The green is so fun, great wallpaper! Super job Cristin!

    • admin October 4, 2012 at 12:06 pm #

      Thank you so much Laura! Means a lot coming from you. xo c

  10. Luci@BungalowAtHome October 4, 2012 at 4:20 am #

    Oh, I had to leave you a comment letting you know how much I love this! I’m a sucker for kitchen banquettes and this is just darling! Great choice!

    • admin October 4, 2012 at 12:07 pm #

      Thank you so much for your sweet comment!

  11. Jackie October 3, 2012 at 10:56 pm #

    I love this!! I found you via Iheartorganising. Thank you for sharing this, it’s awesome!! One question: how are you pinning on the chalkboard?? I’m curious to know. Thanks!! x

    • admin October 4, 2012 at 12:10 pm #

      Thanks Jackie! The chalkboard is magnetic so it’s easy to pin with magnets. It’s old school Pottery Barn about ten years ago. xo c

  12. DorynW October 3, 2012 at 7:57 pm #

    This is so fabulous and love your attention to detail!! Great work!!

    • admin October 4, 2012 at 12:10 pm #

      Many thanks Doryn. Means so much coming for you!!! xo c

  13. katiedid October 3, 2012 at 4:34 pm #

    Bravo! So fresh and pretty! And totally functional for kids. Love it!

    • admin October 4, 2012 at 12:07 pm #

      Thank you so much Katie! xo c

  14. CentsationalGirl October 3, 2012 at 2:33 pm #

    Oh my gorgeousness, that wallpaper is divine and the green seat cushions + TP pillow are the perfect touch, bravo my super stylish friend!

    • admin October 4, 2012 at 12:08 pm #

      Thank you so much my friend! xo c

  15. Michaela October 3, 2012 at 2:07 pm #

    You know I love this nook so much! So fun to see it up here on the blog! Great job, Cristin 🙂

    • admin October 4, 2012 at 12:08 pm #

      Thanks Michaela! I miss you already. Have a great time in La La land! xo c


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