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Montage: 32 Rooms with Blue Velvet Sofas

For a while I had been noticing gray sofas galore, but lately its been blue velvet sofas that have been standing out. Elegant but still cozy, they work in a variety of rooms, and seem just the touch of richness needed for this chilly winter week. There are some old favorites in here that I felt like I had to include (Frank Roop, Mary McDonald), but also plenty of new finds. Tomorrow we’ll take a shopping trip on the Interwebs to find blue velvet seating of our own.

blue-velvet-sofa-pillows-Lonny

Lonny
blue-velvet-sofa-with-white-Emily-Henderson

Emily Henderson

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 Rue Magazine

blue-velvet-sofa-colorful-pillows-Monica-Penaguião

Monica Penaguião

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 Home of interior stylist Jaime Lacasa
Photographed by P. Zuloaga for Elle Decoration Spain

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Aman & Carson
Photographed by Pieter Estersohn for Elle Decor

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Designer Frank Roop’s own home (also my neighbor in Boston)
Photographed by Eric Roth for Elle Decor

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Hecker Guthrie
Photographed by Derek Swalwell (via The Design Files)

blue-velvet-sectional-Vancouver-loft-architect Omer Arbel

Architect Omer Arbel • Photographed by Martin Tessler

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Victoria Hagan

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Architectural Digest Spain (via ECLECchic)

Blue-velvet-sofa-Amanda-Nisbet

Amanda Nisbet

blue-velvet-sofa-abstract-art-Petra Bindel

Photographed by Petra Bindel

Blue-velvet-sofa-home-of-designer-Ksenia Nikitina

Designer Ksenia Nikitina’s Moscow penthouse
Architectural Digest Russia

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Annsley McAleer
(Boston designer and my neighbor)

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 Brad Goreski’s home on The Coveteur

blue-velvet-sofa-cinderblock-table-via-REmodelista

 unidentified (via Remodelista)

blue-velvet-sofa-bedroom-via-MFAMB

 unidentified (via MFAMB)

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Photographed by Simon Upton for Elle Decor

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Photographed by Mark Boston for Heart Home Magazine

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unidentified (via The Brick House)

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Elena Letteron • New England Home

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D. Mesure Studio

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D. Mesure Studio

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Pauline de Rothschild’s library in House Beautiful

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Martyn Lawrence Bullard

Blue-velvet-sofa-Romy-schneider-by-Botti

 Actress Romy Schneider photographed by Giancarlo Botti

blue-velvet-sofa-pink-accents-Mary-McDonald

 Mary McDonald

blue-velvet-sofa-Todd-Alexander-Romano-AD

Designer Todd Alexander Romano’s apartment in NYC
 Thomas Loof for Architectural Digest

blue-velvet-sofa-shoot-factory

 Shoot Factory

blue-velvet-sofa-red-cross-Emily-Henderson

Emily Henderson

Blue-Velvet-sofa-Windsor-Smith

Windsor Smith

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M OR E on S T Y L E C A R R O T

Montage: 54 Living Rooms with Gray Sofas
Covet: 14 Blue Furnishing & Fashion Accessories
Get the Look: 37 Daybeds

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Fine Print: 25 Best Design Books of 2012

The constant stream of books into my home may be the best perk of being a blogger. While I’ve been aiming to pare down my possessions, I still revel in the glossy pages of beautifully photographed rooms. It helps that I have a rather grand set of built in bookshelves in my living room, which looks best when full. Then of course there’s the console table behind the sofa that needs a stack, and the coffee table (a Heywood-Wakefield with a top that turns, inherited from my husband’s grandparents). A couple of these don’t squarely fall in the design category, and I don’t actually own every one, but I did browse and love them all.

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STEVEN GAMBREL DESIGN BOOK RIZZOLI 2012

Steven Gambrel Time & Space, Abrams 2012

PLAYFUL HOME KIDS ROOMS ANDREW WEAVING

Playful Home, Rizzoli 2012

KELLY WEARSTLER BOOK RHAPSODY RIZZOLI 2012

Kelly Wearstler Rhapsody, Rizzoli 2012

DIANE KEATON HOUSE DESIGN BOOK

Diane Keaton House, Rizzoli 2012

CLASSICAL CHINESE FURNITURE COFFEE TABLE BOOK

 Classical Chinese Furniture, Vendome Press 2012

BROOKLYN MAKERS CRAFTERS HIPSTERS

Brooklyn Makers, Princeton Architectural Press 2012

SUSANNA SALK DECORATING BOOK 2012

Susanna Salk Be Your Own Decorator, Rizzoli 2012

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Jennifer Post Pure Space, Rizzoli 2012

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Cupcakes and Cashmere, Abrams 2012

HOME NOVOGRATZ COFFEE TABLE BOOK

Home by Novogratz, Artisan 2012

YOUNG HOUSE LOVE BLOG BOOK

Young House Love, Artisan 2012

AMANDA NISBET DAZZLING DESIGN RIZZOLI

Amanda Nisbet Dazzling Design, Stewart, Tabori & Chang 2012

THE ART BOOK NEW EDITION PHAIDON 2012

The Art Book, Phaidon 2012

THIS OLD HOUSE BEST OF BOOK

This Old House The Best Homes, Abrams 2012

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Alvar Aalto Houses, Princeton Architectural Press 2012

THOM FILICIA AMERICAN BEAUTY BOOK

Thom Filicia American Beauty, Clarkson Potter 2012

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Roman and Williams Things We Made, Rizzoli 2012

AM ATELIER INTERIORS DESIGN BOOK

Interiors | Atelier AM, Rizzoli 2012

THE ICONIC INTERIOR

The Iconic Interior, Abrams 2012

200 SMALL APARTMENT IDEAS BOOK

200 Small Apartment Ideas, Firefly Books 2012

ANN GETTY DECORATING STYLE BOOK

Ann Getty Interior Style, Rizzoli 2012

LARS  BOLANDER INTERIOR DESIGNER SWEDEN BOOK

 Lars Bolander Interior Design and Inspiration, TeNeues 2012

ERIC COHLER INTERIOR DESIGN COFFEE TABLE BOOK

Eric Cohler Cohler on Design, The Monacelli Press 2012

DARRYL CARTER WASHINGTON DC DECORATOR

Darryl Carter The Collected Home, Clarkson Potter 2012

FRENCH FLAIR MODERN VINTAGE DESIGN BOOK FLAMMARION

French Flair Modern Vintage Interiors, Flammarion 2012

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Giveaway: Win Amanda Nisbet’s New Book

I often feature rooms designed by Amanda Nisbet, so was excited to learn she has her first book coming out. (Stewart, Tabori and Chang, September 15, 2012.).  In celebration of “What’s New What’s Next at the New York Design Center this Thursday, I am giving away a signed copy. Just leave a comment on this post about a new interior design look you love, or one you’d wish would go away.

Stop by the NYDC for “What’s New What’s Next”

Designers, editors, and topics include:
Thom Filicia & Elle Decor editor, Michael Boodro
Charlotte Moss & House Beautiful editor, Newell Turner
 Simon Doonan on Jonathan Adler’s new collection for Kravet
Celerie Kemble on her new book Black & White
and
Amanda Nisbet on her new book Dazzling Designs

WHATWhat’s New, What’s Next
WHERE: New York Design Center, 200 Lexington Ave., NYC
WHEN: September 13, 2012 – 3-9pm
RSVP: Click here.

A M A N D A   N I S B E T
I love the colors and patterns she infuses into her classic designs, which lighten the mood.

To enter to win a signed copy of Amanda Nisbet’s Dazzling Designs, leave a comment on this post about a new look you love or a look you are totally over already. Be sure it posts with your email address so I can contact you if you win. Deadline to enter is Monday, Sept. 17 at midnight E.S.T.

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Montage: 43 Kitchen Counters + Islands with Stools

Now that Meredith & Daniel’s dining spaces are set, it’s time to choose the stools for the kitchen island. The kitchen is a large, sleek space with bamboo cabinetry and floor-to-ceiling windows along one side. It opens to the living room/dining spaces on either end.

While there are a lot of very cool counter stools on the market (stay tuned for a round-up of 72 tomorrow), we’re leaning towards the Bertoia. The simple design works perfectly in the contemporary kitchen and won’t interfere with any design details in either living space. Meredith also appreciates that they have seat backs, so they’re safer for squirmy toddlers, and they’re virtually indestructible. They’re a bit pricey, but we’ve only splurged once so far (on the Saarinen dining table).

Here are 43 kitchens with counter stools. Seven have Bertoias. I noted in parentheses the stool designer where I was able. If you can name any of the other ones, leave me a comment and I’ll add it in.

Bonesteel Trout Hall
(Bertoia for Knoll)

Metropolitan Home
(Last Minute Stool by Patricia Urquiola)

Bates Masi Architects
(Spoon Stool by Antonio Citterio for Kartell)

Elle Decor
(LEM Piston Stool by Shin & Tomoko Azumi)

Photographer Moris Moreno

Marla Schrank Interiors
(Cherner stool)

Winter McDermott Design

The Nesting Game
(Tolix knockoffs)

House to Home
(Tolix) 

Light Locations

Amanda Nisbet

Desire to Inspire

Wetizman Halpern
(Bertoia for Knoll)

Elle Decor
(K65 by Alvar Aalto)

Architect Fiona Winzar
(K65 by Alvar Aalto)

House Beautiful
(Bertoia for Knoll)

Jessica Helgerson

Steven Gambrel
(Emeco Navy  stools)

Christopher Gaona

Elle Decor

Steven Gambrel

Jessica Helgerson - Photographer Lincoln Barbour
(Tolix)

Jessica Helgerson
(Onda by Jesús Gasca for Stua)

Dwell

Linda McDougald Design

Michele Michael
(Bertoia for Knoll)

Elle Decor

Photographer Sarah Blee
(Bertoia for Knoll)

House Beautiful
(Cherner stool)

Midwest Living

Chelsea Atelier Architects

ZZ Architects

Photographers Gridley + Graves

Photographer Mark Williams
(Bombo Stool by Stefano Giovannoni for Magis)

Living Agency

This Old House

Elle Decor

Jess Loraas – Design Sponge
(Bertoia for Knoll)

 Randy Weinstein Design

MU Architecture

Foley Fiore Architecture
(Bertoia for Knoll)

Skona Hem

Craig Spencer

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Montage: 34 Work Spaces with Swivel Chairs

Now that my workspace has been relocated to the living room, I’m thinking of getting a new desk chair. The one I’ve been using from Hold Everything is literally falling apart. I’m uncertain whether to opt for a stylish dining/upholstered chair or for a more ergonomically-correct, but not as living room-y, office chair. I think a rolling swivel chair may be too office-y for my workspace (I’ll post a photo of it tomorrow), though some of these look lovely. I love the Eames Management chair, but at over $2,000, it’s not likely to make an appearance at my house.

via Live Creating Yourself

via Herman Miller Lifework

Gene Meyer

Cookie Magazine

Photographer Justin Bernhaut

Photographer Erik Johnson

unidentified

Kate Hume

Jessica Helgerson

Amanda Nisbet

Photographer Idha Lindhag

unidentified

Architectural Digest

Sara Story

Hus & Hem

Living Etc.

Elle Decor Italia

Marie Fisher  - H2hotel

Photographer Ngoc Minh Ngo

unidentified

Victoria Hagan

Photographer Marti HahnReal Living Magazine

unidentified

The Office Stylist

Michael Habachy

Palmer WeissTradHome

Matt Eastwood

Cassie Pyle  - The Veda House

Studio AV5

Stefano Tonchi’s home (editor of W Magazine) – The Selby

Photographer Kelly Ishikawa

Photographer Trent Bell

Photographer Magnus Marding

Lonny Magazine

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Montage: 40 Painted Built-In Bookshelves (Blue, Green, Black, Yellow, Orange, Red, Purple . . .)

I love the richness of the painted woodwork in these rooms. The tones are of course, much deeper than I would dare to go in my own home. Most of the time. A couple of years ago, inspired by such shelving, I actually had my husband paint the built-in bookcases in our family room a deep purple. It wasn’t awful, but it wasn’t great either. We’ve since gone back to white, with taupey greige walls, compliments of the whole family room re-do. But still, it doesn’t stop me from admiring the work of designers accomplished enough to pull it off, particularly Katie Ridder, who does it with great panache, in monochromatic and highly contrasty spaces, and also, Miles Redd. Which colors do you love best?

Thom Filicia

Lindsey Coral Harper

via Pinterest

Designer Eric Gartner  -  Photographer Tim Street-Porter

Collette van den Thillart of Nicky Haslam Design

Architectural Digest

Katie Ridder

Katie Ridder

Photographer Diane Sagnier  –  The Socialite Family

Jan Showers

Jonathan Adler

Miles Redd   –  Photographer Simon Upton

 Miles Redd   –  Photographer Simon Upton

Todd Alexander Romano

Katie Ridder

 Domino

Country Living

 Katie Ridder

 Miles Redd

Elle Decor Espana

Femina

Susan Sargent  -  Photographer Eric Roth

Martha Stewart Living

Techentin Buckingham Architecture

Katie Ridder

Amanda Nisbet

Angie Hranowsky - Domino

Martha Stewart Living

David Kaihoi  - House Beautiful

Charles Spada

Inès de la Fressange’s Paris office - The Selby

Corinne Gilbert, Mc&Co. –  Photographer Miguel Flores-Vianna

Photographer John Bedell

Michael RichmanMetropolitan Home

Domino

Hus & Hem

Traditional Home

unidentified

Raji Radhakrishnan  -  Metropolitan Home

Photographer Guido Barbagelata

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Montage: 47 Coffee/Cocktail Tables

Now that our living room is habitable again (aside from the two extra dining tables taking up half the space), I’ve decided to try out the Heywood-Wakefield coffee table with revolving top that we salvaged from my husband’s grandparents house. I had initially been thinking of an airy brass and glass piece, to work with the pair of atomic ball and brass-plated  vintage lamps from eBay and yet to be chosen future chandelier, but this one looks pretty good.

It works nicely with our Petrie sofa, which has similar lines to the original 1960s pieces his grandparents used to furnish the house. (Too bad our sofa is uncomfortable. Actually, it’s fine for cocktails, but not conducive to lying around with a laptop. Which do you think I spend more time doing?

Here are 49 living rooms with various styles of coffee table (or cocktail table, I guess the term is interchangeable). If you’re working on figuring out what type of design will work for you, these images will provide some ideas.

Jamie Bush & Co.
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Christina Yorkston, CY Design
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Rue Magazine
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Aerin Lauder’s Aspen house by Daniel Romualdez in Vogue
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via The Brick House
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via Design Traveller
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Aqua Vitae Design
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Jonathan Adler
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Philip Gorrivan Design
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Shelton, Mindel, & Associates
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Shelton, Mindel, & Associates
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Tricia Guild
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Angie Hranowsky Design Studio
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Photographer Simon Watson
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unidentified
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Photographer John Coolidge
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Katie Lydon
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Fernlund + Logan Architects
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Photographer Simon Watson
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via Poppytalk
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Muriel Brandolini
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Vita Designs
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unidentified
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Turnbull, Griffin, Haesloop Architects
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Dave Coote Interiors
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Photographer Jon Jensen
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Jonathan Adler
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unidentified
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Muriel Brandolini
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via The Glamourai
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Greg Natale   |   Aerin Lauder’s NYC apartment in Elle Decor
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Amanda Nisbet Design   |   via Lilac Silhouette
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John Loecke   |    Matt Eastwood
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unidentified   |   unidentified
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unidentified   |   Photographer Hoetze Eisma
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Greg Natale   |    unidentified
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Vanessa Bruno’s apartment   |    Photographer Trevor Tondro
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Tommy Hilfiger’s apartment    |    Shelton, Mindel, & Associates

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Montage: 47 Living Rooms with Chandeliers and Pendants

The renovations are finally finished in our condo, save for a few odds and ends and two extra dining room tables in the living room. I should also get around to sourcing a living room chandelier. I had the electrician add a box and switch for one in the center of the living room, between the rows of recessed lights. I originally thought I’d like a vintage sputnik, possibly in brass, but now I’m not so sure. Obviously a glittering crystal chandelier isn’t my taste, and a Lindsey Adelman fixture is way out of my price range. So, what shall it be? I found some gorgeous specimens on 1st Dibs, but I’ll save those until tomorrow. Meanwhile, let’s look at 47 different living rooms with various options, from contemporary creations and vintage sputnik to lanterns and Chinoiserie.


Alisberg Parker Architects


Julie Bowen’s home by Molly Luetkeymeyer of M. Design Interiors


Jenna Lyons’ NYC brownstone by Levenson McDavid Architects


Kelly Behun


Delphine Krakoff of Pamplemousse Design


via New York Times


Jean Louis Deniot


Frank Roop


Brad Dufton of Color Theory


unknown


via The Aestate


Shaun Jackson Design for fashion designer Michelle Smith of Milly


Tilton Fenwick


Amanda Nisbet Design


Design Within Reach


Jamie Drake Design Associates


Elizabeth Kimberly Design


Photographer Peter Margonelli


via Skona Hem


Melanie Turner Interiors


Photographer Francesco Lagnese


Jessica Helgerson Interior Design


via The Aestate


Photographer Susan Gillmore


John Willey of Willey Design


unknown


Clarisse Demory


via Living Etc.


via Living Etc.


Architects Found Associates


Julianne Moore’s NYC brownstone


via Inspace Locations


via Homes and Gardens


Photographer Simon Watson


Roman and Williams Buildings and Interiors


Photographer Francis Smith


Bolig Magasinet   |  Photographer Mark Roshams


Weitzman Halpern Interior Design  |  unknown


Steven Gambrel  |  unknown


Stylist Rosie Brown  |  Amy Butler’s home


via Living Etc.  |  via Inspace Locations


Abington Gallery  |  Photographer Simon Watson


Orrick & Company Architecture & Design  |  Photographer Philips Ficks

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41 (More) Rooms with Poufs

My pouf post,  34 Rooms with Poufs,  has proven the most popular on the site. So, seeing as the trend is still going strong, I’ve curated a whole new batch of interiors featuring Moroccan leather, knitted, and even wicker poufs, plus a couple of bean bag varieties.

Daniel Pafford in Lonny

Lindsay Bentis in Boston Home

via Bo-Laget

via Decorpad

via Decorpad

Photographer Simon Upton in Elle Decor

Tineke Triggs of Artistic Designs for Living

Jonathan Adler

CB2

Desire to Inspire

The Parker Palm Springs, Jonathan Adler

Alexandra Angle

via A Piece of Toast

via Pinterest

via The Aestate

Cebula Design

Domino

Jayne Wunder

via Decorpad

Adore Home Magazine  |  Jeffers Design Group

Ana Ros  |  via Jokemijn

via Designhund  |  via Desire to Inspire

via The Aestate   |  Zid Zid Kids

via The Aestate  |  via Design Sponge

Amanda Nisbet  |  Apartment Therapy

Heart Home Magazine  |  House Beautiful

Finnian’s Moon Interiors  |   via Mugutu

via Zay and Zo |  photographer Anna G. Tufvesson

Lee Ann Thornton  | Stylist Selina Lake

American Fashion Designers at Home book | Angie Hranowsky

Looking for a pouf?
Get the Look: 31 Poufs
Get the Look: 25 (More) Poufs

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Montage: 54 Kitchen Banquettes

Our Boston condo is under renovation. One of the features we are adding is a banquette adjacent to the kitchen area. It seems to me that there’s been a proliferation of built-in seating recently. Unlike the booths of the ’70s (I grew up with an orange and white vinyl booth in a kitchen with oversize floral wallpaper that had a gold, brown, and orange plaid border), today’s specimens are sophisticated and sleek.

Ours will be U-shaped (not ideal, but we’re dealing with a tight space), with a pale blue and taupe chevron upholstered seat-back and pale blue faux leather seat cushion. The custom table has a walnut herringbone-pattern top on a restaurant supply style stainless base. I’ll post a photo when it’s complete. (If I’m not dead first.)

In the meantime, here are 54 very fabulous banquettes. In addition, check out my piece “The Haute Seat,” in last Sunday’s Boston Globe Magazine.





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