Is there any better way to start the weekend than with a breakfast like this? The only way I could make it better would be to throw in a bacon sandwich actually. But sitting in front of my French doors when the sun’s shining through is such a nice way to kick off a Saturday or Sunday morning, with an hour or two to just decompress from the week and catch up on some reading. And when I say reading, I obviously mean this week’s Reveal magazine.
Anyway, I know it’s only Monday but today I wanted to share my top 3 ingredients to the perfect weekend breakfast – it’s never too early to plan your Saturday or Sunday and I’d definitely recommend using this time for a little self-care. I know that term has become a buzzword amongst bloggers, but for good reason. We’re often on the brink of burning out, especially as we’re constantly trying to reach the next goal we’ve set, or keep up with what we think others are achieving on social media.
Create The Perfect Dining Spot
OK, yes, you could make some toast and take it back into bed with you, but where’s the fun in that? Plus, I’d end up going all Monica from Friends about “crumbies” in the bed. Even if you have a small pad, try to create some kind of dining “zone”. I live in an open plan apartment, so the kitchen, living room and dining room are all in one space. As soon as I moved in I knew it was essential for me to be able to create different areas for different aspects of living.
So with the addition of a smallish dining room table, perfect to fit into the corner of the room, but big enough to have four people over for dinner (if no-one stretches their legs or arms out too far), I added these gorgeous Victory chairs from interior design store, Cult Furniture.
With my Scandinavian inspired dining table already poised in front of the balcony, these solid wood dining chairs, in both natural ash and white, fitted in effortlessly. I absolutely love how simple but stylish the Danish-inspired silhouettes of these chairs are, and although the natural ash is ultimately my favourite, I do like how you can mix and match around the table.
I’ve been a huge fan of Cult Furniture for a while now, ordering an Eames-inspired chair from them when I first changed the spare room into my blogging office. The quality is always really high, and they seem to have some really cool, eclectic pieces I’ve not spotted elsewhere. And trust me, I basically shop for interiors for a living so I’d know.
Priced at £99 each, I feel like this is such a great price – especially for solid ash and beech wood. Available in natural ash and white as I mentioned above, the Victory chair also comes in both black and grey, which would look amazing teamed with a white table and black and white crockery. Totally Scandi right?
Prepare Fresh, Good For the Soul, Food
Now you could go all out and cook a fried breakfast – and if that’s what you what, then absolutely do it – but I like to use this time to make something a little more healthy like a smoothie, lemon water, peppermint tea, fresh fruit salad, poached eggs, avocado, sourdough toast and smoked salmon. Personally, if I’d cooked myself a big grill up ( I haven’t used oil since about 1956), I’d be back asleep on the sofa before you know it. Cooking up some brain food, as I like to call it, means I don’t waste half the day laying down. Plus, an acai bowl is much prettier on Instragram than a bacon butty right?
And while you’re at it, why not bring out all your best crockery and cutlery to eat? This is about having some time just for you, so bring out the fancy plates or give mix-and-match dining a go like me. I’m obsessed with collecting blue and white crockery and love to throw in the odd contrasting print to make the table setting much more “me”. Just remember when you’re mixing up textures and patterns to keep a similar colour palette throughout, look for pieces in charity shops that might fit in well (some of my best finds have been from the RSPCA shop) and don’t be too strict on the order of the table. Keep things relaxed. The beauty of a brunch is that it’s a much less formal affair than a sit-down dinner.
Dedicate The Time To Just Relax
Even if you just have 30 mins to have breakfast on a weekend – I suspect even less if you have children – use that time to just relax and decompress from the week. Turn off the TV and really taste the food you’ve prepared. How often do you wolf down your food and forget how it actually tasted because you’ve been watching Dinner Date at the same time? Read a magazine or listen to the radio, but just be in the moment and chill out.
There’s nothing I love better than having an hour on a Sunday morning to read through some of my favourite blogs over breakfast, eating something delicious and then listening to the radio as my peppermint tea cools down. I don’t necessarily get out of my PJ’s and dressing gown but it sets me up for the day once I’m up and out of bed.
You might think it’s silly to dedicate all this to breakfast, especially dressing the table when you’re going to be sat there for an hour max, but I can’t tell you how relaxed I feel after I finish. It’s a ritual I very rarely miss nowadays.
What are your favourite weekend morning rituals? Are you grab it and run kind of breakfast gal, or are you like me and really savour the time? Let me know your favourite breakfast below.
*The post is created in collaboration with Cult Furniture.
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