Thursday, February 24, 2011

I love a banquette!

And....a settee!





While in Mexico last week, I became INCREDIBLY inspired by this month's issue of House Beautiful. First of all, the title of the issue itself makes me giddy- The Power of Pink!! I ran across a page (pg 38) entitled 'I'm looking for a banquette.' It showed all of these really cool banquettes (of course they were a little pricey) and I thought about how I love to sit on them and that it was a really cool way to bring some color and texture to a kitchen or dining table. Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams (mgbwhome.com) have a REALLY cool banquette for ROUND tables that I love love love, but alas, it is $1710 (depending on the fabric grade)-- not in my budget! Another option is to build a banquette, depending on the layout of your breakfast nook of course. Serena from Serena and Lily (serenaandlily.com) reinvented the breakfast area in her kitchen with a built in banquette and then brought in color and texture with fun pillows!

I decided my kitchen table would look good with a banquette and thus began my search. I certainly didn't have to go far. Little did I remember, I had one right in my own house- I just wasn't using it at the table. I decided to mix my wooden and upholstered chairs to make it more interesting. Don't be afraid to mismatch your dining chairs! Here is a picture of the banquette in my kitchen- fun, huh?

THE FYI:
Banquette purchased at HomeGoods $99
Kitchen table from PotteryBarn Outlet $299
Filagree Dining chairs from PotteryBarn Outlet $99 each
Parsons chairs from HomeGoods $79 each
Drum Shade fixture from HomeGoods $39.99

5 comments:

  1. So funny. I'd just come to your blog through the nester and then thought I'd have a quick browse through rate my space and here I am again! You've obviously got taste! I love what you've done here!

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  2. Thanks my friend! I am new to blogging (like didn't know what it was not that long ago..ha ha) but I am finding that it is kind of a small world out here in cyberspace! Thanks for looking! =)

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  3. Love your dining room! Love the chevron banquette. Awesome.

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  4. The fabric on that sette is amaze.
    oh no, this is what happens when I find a new blog and drink wine at the same time...I get comment happy. Don't worry I'm not a stalker when I'm sober :)

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  5. It looks fabulous! I love the chevron fabric and mixing it with your other chairs. Great idea! That looks like a real cozy area to sit.

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