Wednesday, April 18, 2012





There are just
some spots in your home,
where you just cannot find
the perfect piece of furniture to fit.

And when that happens....
it's nice when you can bring in
your trusty carpenter to build 
something perfect for you.

Take a peek at some of these
fantastic built-ins that 
make the room.



living rooms - Urban Electric Co. Lillibette v1 Pendant tufted velvet walls blue beige pillows built-ins velvet storage bench  toby fairley

Some of these make me
want to grab a book or a magazine
and just get comfy 
and settle in for hours in them.

Do they effect you that way too?



L Shape built in Banquette seating


Do you have a built-in 
bench seat or window seat
in your home?

Flea Market Fabulous



If so, do you take time to enjoy it?


AntiqueChase said...

I don't have one but I have always wanted one!!! I am in my living room typing this and looking around...geez, where can I put one!!!

Calypso In The Country said...

I just love all the photos. They all look so cozy and inviting. I wish I had a place to put a built in like that!

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Flea Market Makeovers said...

Wonderful benches....I would love to have a window seat bench...

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Oh, I love these. Especially the one with the dark wood round table and low chandy and farm tools on the wall. So me.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Gorgeous. I love them all. None here, but I would love one and maybe even that fabulous bed. Hugs, Marty

Designing Domesticity said...

I do love a built-in bench. we used one in our breakfast room. And my pre-schooler truly loves it! Thanks for sharing, liz

Karena said...

Alison, Artie from Cross Bottle Guy has copied me on emails he sent for your Giveaway and how to use the Gift Cert; I wonder if the wrong email address is listed...that is why I wrote you here.

Email me at or better yet; directly to, he wondered why he had not heard back from you. He is excited for you to pick your gift(s)


NanaDiana said...

Oh- I love them all. We actually have two of them. One in our dinette area that is built into a big bay window and the other one is in a small sitting room in the front of our house-xo Diana

Sarah said...

Alison, I love the look of a nook for relaxing or a banquet for dining. My grandmother had a banquet in her kitchen when I was a little girl. Such fun memories of that spot! We have a bay window with seat in our living room, but don't use it for a sitting area. I have it filled with blue and white pieces filled with plants. If we ever build a house, I plan to include a cozy window seat in which to relax in the sunshine. Great images. Thanks for sharing them. ~ Sarah

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I love window seats, Alison! I had a nice long one in our great room at the old house. When we added that room on it was one of the things I asked for, plus it provided extra seating in that room.

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Oh my gosh Alison I LOVE them all! How sweet that last one would be for a little girls room!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Oh my gosh Alison I LOVE them all! How sweet that last one would be for a little girls room!

Bliss said...

I have several window seats and a kitchen baguette, and none of them look as nice as the ones in the pictures.


Karen said...

oooh, there are so many dreamy rooms here!... I love the neutrals best.

michele said...

my husband built the window seat in a guest room but i forget to use it!

i am sitting at a non-built-in seat right now overlooking the backyard and forest feeling grateful.



5th and State said...

hi allison

i was doing well today, going about my merry way, when suddenly......i need a bench! i need a nook, cozy please. then i need time, to sit and enjoy. looks like i now need a magic wand!
great post

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

I adore window seats...My carpenter has already been here to give me an estimate of a window seat in my dining room....Just need to make the decision and get it done!!...They are all so beautiful...

Karen said...

We have a window seat that we had built into what used to be our dining room. We used to put the kids at the end of the table using the window seat as their seating for large family dinners. We switched the rooms (living room became dining room) and the window seat now provides a great place to sit and read or watch the rain. The final image in your post is my favorite, wouldn't it be fun to have a built in bed with bookcases and window available without leaving bed? That's the best.

Rebecca said...

Great assortment - I especially like the ones with thick & soft-looking cushions...

We don't have a built-in window seat presently (DID have one in a former home).

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

If I ever get to build on my family will have a window seat!

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Alison, Not only are these fabulous photos of benches and banquettes~ but there are so many other element in each photo that are noteworthy!
I'm with Kim, I love the farm table image.
I need to look at these again... of for round two!

The enchanted home said...

LOVE this post. I do have a small window seat/bench in our back stairhall which I am having fun working on. The actual seat is nearly ready then I get to work on adding pillows, and trim, my favorite part!
SO many fabulous examples here....wish I had more benches!

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

I would love a window seat.....and I would use it for reading! :D Such a lovely post, Alison....have you called the carpenter yet?


Sue said...

I've always wanted an old Victorian house with lots of nooks and crannies and windowseats! All perfect for my favorite pastime of reading. We have made the decision to stay put in our modern, no character, house so I am planning at this very moment to add a wall of built ins in my granddaughter's room - to include a small window seat. I hope it turns out half as good as some of these pictures.

The Old Farm Bell said...

Allo! Alison,

I wish I had a banquette. They look soooooo nice tucked away in a cozy little corner. Very inviting.....I agree! I would chose a banquette with a storage area...multi-purpose.

I love all of them in the photos lol :o)

Thanks! for sharing.

Have a sunny day!

Blessings & Hugs,