Nicole Hollis’s 5 Tips for Creating the Perfect Breakfast Nook

The San Francisco designer provides her best advice for making chic and comfortable dining alcoves.

Napa Valley, California, house by Nicole Hollis. Photo by Adrian Gregorutti

“Built-in bench or banquette seating paired with a round table for a nook makes the most of a small space.”

Pacific Heights, San Francisco, interior by Hollis. Photo by Laure Joliet

“Positioning your nook near windows or in a way that can take advantage of natural light is key.”

Russian Hill, San Francisco, home by Hollis. Photo by Laure Joliet

“Nooks have many uses — they provide a place for a casual breakfast, for projects or a cozy corner for an intimate dinner. Durable yet good-looking upholstery that cleans up easily is a plus.”

“A hanging pendant light helps anchor the space and add a touch of sparkle.”

Los Angeles home by Consort Design. Photo by Daniel Collopy

“For me, the finishing touch is adding some unique accent chairs.”