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Robert Rufino's Picks for a Leisurely Morning Around the Breakfast Table

Our style director selects his favorite pieces to beautify your bacon and eggs.

illustration of two people having breakfast
Manuel Santelices

House Beautiful's style director, Robert Rufino, loves setting a breakfast table. "A beautifully decorated table setting can add character to your meal," he explains. Maybe you're hosting a big summer brunch, or just want to spruce up your breakfast nook so that Saturday morning eggs and bacon feel more sophisticated. Rufino loves hand-painted tableware for breakfast, to start the day on a whimsical note, a well as working in a cachepot or two for some greenery. ("What's better than breakfast in the garden?" he says.) Throw in a variety of plaids, prints, and patterns for your tablecloth and cloth napkins. Ahead, see our man-about-town's trendy picks for transforming your breakfast nook into a cozy alcove that the whole family will love.

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1 Hastings Large Pendant

I love the clean design of this pendant by Carrier and Company.

2 Chinoiserie Green Teacup & Saucer
Jasper Conran wedgwood.com

The perfect cup and saucer for coffee or tea.

3 2-Slice Toaster with High Lift Lever

This red toaster surely makes a statement.

4 Vintage Cherry Dot Cake Plate

I adore the cherry motif on this cake plate.

5 Special Checked Bowl

Such boldness in a retro design.

6 Pale Blue & White Serenity Collection
Studio Camera Obscura

The hand-painted lines are beyond.

7 Smeg Kettle
Armin Zogbaum

The shape and bright red color of this electric kettle are delightful.

8 Sicily Scallop Placemats, Royal and White, Set of 6

Enhance your table setting with a detailed scallop placemat.

9 Blue and White Lotus Flower Vase/Planter

A great cachepot for planting or arranging flowers.

10 Preppy Plaid wallcovering in Nantucket Blue

I am mad for plaid.

11 Vita Simple Decanter

A beautiful decanter for freshly squeezed orange juice.

12 Mezzaro Genovese Cloth – Blue/Orange on Ecru

Welcome to my garden.

13 Café™ Specialty Drip Coffee Maker

This stainless-steel coffee drip features a sleek industrial design.

14 Professional Heavy Duty Citrus Juicer - Manual Citrus Press and Orange Squeezer

This old-fashioned juicer will never go out of style.

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