Another one of my favorites is the copper farm sink and the three windows that sit above it. I was back and forth between doing a single basin sink or a divided sink, but after reading lots of reviews we went with the single. After living with it for about 2 months I can say I totally love having a large single basin sink. I can fit so many things down in there (from baking sheets, to large pots/pans, or even just lots and lots of dishes). And, while the big bay of windows above it did take away from some of our upper cabinets, I do really enjoy having all of the natural light and the pretty view that I get to see when standing at the sink.
We knew we would be using my great-grandmother's round kitchen table and decided to add a bench seat. It has worked out perfectly and it's great the way the kids can pile in there and make the most of the space. Eventually I plan to have a cushion made for the bench, but it will be a while...like years...because my kids are just too messy when they eat right now. :-)
The light over the table is from Ballard and it was the one light I didn't find at their outlet. I had seen it hanging in their showroom though and knew it would be perfect over the round table so I waited for a sale before purchasing it. Hanging in our breakfast nook area is our family portrait. It's the favorite family picture of the five of us that I have to date, and it just makes me so happy to see it there.
The keeping room sort of got thrown into our plans by default. I loved the idea of a keeping room and we kept the existing brick fireplace from the original house, so we knew that it wasn't moving. It has become a great place for the kids to watch a show while I'm getting dinner ready and I envision football games playing in the fall when we have friends over. We ended up painting the fireplace the same color as the interior trim and I was nervous about that decision because I knew when it was done there was no turning back. I like the way it blends in with the rest of the house though and am very happy with the decision to keep and paint it.