January was our two year anniversary of living in our little cape in Connecticut. We were quick to make a lot of changes to the home right when we moved in. I couldn’t wait to paint the entire house, rip out the carpet in our upstairs, update both bathrooms and tackle the outdated kitchen. We did all of it within the first few months. I really wanted to add some sort of banquette style seating in our little eat-in kitchen. But I was tired of spending our savings on this house and just wanted to be done with the projects. So I made our settee work and created a little banquette with what we had.
It has done the job of what I imagined a banquette would do- a cozy spot to sit and linger longer in the kitchen. It has been my blogging spot, a spot to squeeze over 10 little girls for multiple Birthday parties, homework station and where I sit to watch my husband do the cooking. I shared more about this space HERE. But I have the itch to change it up. So I thought I would share my idea with you. We are weighing the options of having our handy-man do it or tackling the project ourselves. We have made friends with this great guy who actually hung our sliding track door, hung the wallpaper in Finn’s nursery and helped install our new front porch. Everyone needs to find someone like Marcin. I will share what route we decide to go with. He is coming over today to give us a bid.
For now these are some of my inspiration photos-
I love the fluffy cushions and casualness of this banquette. It screams cozy, lived in and just fun. (source)
I love all the pillows in this banquette. Great use of space in a small house (source)
I loved this banquette because it shows that it can still work underneath windows, like we have. (source)
This is my friend Annie’s home. I love the shiplap above her banquette and all of her tone on tone pillows. Really this is my FAVORITE. (source)
I love banquettes for the fact that you can squeeze so many more around the table (source)
And one of the BIGGEST reasons I want the banquette seating is for the extra storage. I plan on having the top open to fill it with kitchen supplies. We need any and ALL the extra storage we can get in a small space. I am already imaging our crock pot, pressure cooker, extra plates, napkins…basically it will be like Mary Poppins bag.
We have our chalkboard above our settee now and I want to take that down and do some floating shelves to replace the bookcase we will be missing once we add the banquette that wraps around the corner.
Next we will be switching out our dining chairs. I want to do either a white chair or a black or possibly the fog gray on THESE chairs. Below are some of my FAVORITES that I am having a hard to deciding between!
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Love to know your favorite chair and what you think of me changing up our kitchen for a built in banquette. Hoping it will add some value for resale too.