New Year, New Me! Updated Kitchen Breakfast Nook & a GIVEAWAY (Closed)!

Rug Pad: // Table: Ikea // Chairs: Ikea // Rug: Urban Outfitters // Blanket: Hygge & Wool

When we first moved to Chicago, our landlord was kind enough to ask us what paint colors we wanted for the rooms in our apartment. We had Deyrolle green in mind for years for our living room and dining room, and for the bedrooms and office, I wanted something simple and calming, so we went with a light grey. The only room that wasn't painted was the kitchen, because I couldn't decide.

Last winter, I spent some time painting the trim around the doors and the windows in the kitchen white, to match the rest of the apartment. You can see a cell phone photo of our kitchen when we first moved in, here. Being that I disliked the beige, drab walls in the kitchen, I decided on a moody blue for the wall where our little breakfast area is. Even after a defined breakfast area, it still wasn't complete. We left it that way over the summer, being too busy to do any home improvements. It appears that painting is my favorite winter nesting activity. Over the recent winter holiday we painted the rest of the kitchen a light grey over the beige. It's incredible what a fresh coat of paint can do for a room!

The last piece to completing the kitchen was sprucing up our rug under the breakfast table. reached out to me about their rug pads. After walks, Mort is always running into the kitchen for a treat or his meal, and he often kicks up the rug! I went with the Anchor Grip rug pad, being that my kitchen rug is so thin. It's currently on tile, but I can still use the rug pad on wood or laminate flooring if we choose to rearrange things in the future. The Anchor Grip was an awesome option since it's quite thick, adding more comfort to this rug than before. Steven and I are finding ourselves eating both breakfast and dinner in here more often together rather than at the large dining room table, or in front of the TV. It's so much cozier!

Growing up, I remember spending a lot of time in the kitchen when my dad or grandmother were cooking. It was a place where the family gathered because both my Italian and Brazilian families focus a lot on food. I can see Steven and I continuing to spend more time in the kitchen together since it's so cozy now, carrying on the tradition of our families. is generously offering one Hygge & Wool blog reader a rug pad of their choice up to 12'x12'!

Giveaway closed on January 15th, 2017
The winner is Heather!

In order to qualify you must:
  1. Be living in the United States
  2. Be following in some way such as following Hygge & Wool blog on Bloglovin, or following @YelleTK on Twitter or Instagram
  3. Comment below letting me know what makes your home cozy! 
I will be selecting a winner at random on January 15th. But no worries, even if you don't win, is giving blog readers an extra 5% off on their 15% off sale. Use the discount code HyggeandWool for 20% off your total order. Good luck!


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