I have to say I don't know that many people that have a built-in banquette in their kitchen, but the one friend who does have it, loves it. And can I say how adorable it is?! They are utterly charming, and along with things like dutch doors, are thought of as somewhat old-fashioned. But I'm all for bringing them back. They are practical, a great use of space, look and feel cozy, and work wonderfully with kids and families. The funny part is, I have the same model home as the friend that has one, and when we were in the process of remodeling our house when we first purchased it, we briefly considered adding one, but it would have involved turning some windows into doors and vice versa (read: more money) so the idea was abandoned. So now when I see them in magazines or on Pinterest, I have a moment of wishing we would've done it! Maybe in the next house.......
|I am in love with all the blue and green in this eat-in kitchen! Via Country Living.|
|Love these lanterns! Via Better Homes and Gardens.|
|Via New England Home.|
|So cozy! Via BHG.|
|Absolutely adore this! That table.. what great patina!|
|Really beautiful. Via Atlanta Homes.|
|Design by Dungan Nequette.|
|Not only do I love the banquette, I love that roman shade too! Via At Home in Arkansas.|
|One of my favorites. I have the original tear out and I still refer to it to this day. This was one of the first (if not the first) time I saw an oversized antique lantern used over a table. Design by Mary Jo Donohoe.|
|Really, just darling!|
However, for those of us (like me) who would love to have one, but either can't or won't do a built-in, the solution is to use a settee on one side of the table. This is a trend that I have seen increasing recently. It's the perfect compromise because it gives you the same look as the built-in banquette, without all the pesky building! This is one I may just do!!
|Love those plates on the wall too! Jenny Wolf Interiors.|
|Absolutely LOVE this!!|
|Via Ballard Designs.|
|This custom made settee is darling! Love that scalloped edge! Westbrook Interiors.|
|An all-time favorite (yes, I know I've shown this one before!) Lisa Luby Ryan.|
Wishing you all a lovely weekend!
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