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3 Tips for Cozier Breakfast Nooks

Question: Do you need an actual <em>nook</em> to have a breakfast nook? Ah … no. You most certainly do not. But, it’s easy to see why a person might draw that conclusion, given all the gorgeous nook images plastered everywhere – especially when it comes to New England. Does every home in New England have a breakfast nook, or what? If so, we don’t blame 'em. <a title="Breakfast Nooks" href="http://www.atgstores.com/Dining%20Sets_996.html?option0=157565|9345" target="_blank">Breakfast nooks</a> are awesome. They’re much cozier and more intimate than standard dining areas, even if you don’t have a beautiful view of a lonely lighthouse perched upon a windswept rocky shore … But, how do you get a nook without the nook? Well, you definitely need some space; it just doesn’t have to be in a corner. It also doesn’t necessarily have to be adjacent to the kitchen, although that’s an obvious bonus. No, your nook can be anywhere that’s convenient for you to have it. The key is that it’s <em>cozy</em>. You can begin by keeping in mind that … <strong>Tip #1: No nook is an island.</strong> You don’t need a corner, but you should at least have a wall or an out-of-the-way place in mind. A <a title="Casual Dining Tables" href="http://www.atgstores.com/Dining%20Tables_1001.html?option0=256427|18378" target="_blank">small table</a> tucked up against a wall can serve as a cozy little stop for a cup of coffee and a muffin. Good nooks create a kind of closeness, and just a bit of space off the beaten path can suffice, especially when you … <strong>Tip #2: Add light colors and fresh décor.</strong> You can set your nook apart from the rest of its surroundings by adding a splash of color and some light accents. For example, a simple <a title="Tablecloths" href="http://www.atgstores.com/tablecloths_1613.html" target="_blank">tablecloth</a>, <a title="Placemats" href="http://www.atgstores.com/placemats_1616.html" target="_blank">placemats</a>, <a title="Napkins " href="http://www.atgstores.com/napkins_1614.html" target="_blank">nice napkins</a> and a vase with fresh flowers is an open invitation to sit down for a hearty farmhouse breakfast. And, you can make it even more inviting when you … <strong>Tip #3: Offer comfy seating.</strong> Breakfast is (or should be) all about relaxation. Don’t let that Shaker design stop you from putting seat cushions on those chairs! Of course, if you’re using benches then all bets are off, but otherwise you should try to encourage the kind of idle laziness Sundays were made for. We hope these ideas help if you’re of a mind to add a nook to your nest.
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