January 9, 2017

BANQUETTE'S, BOOTHS, BUILT-IN SOFA'S

BANQUETTE'S 
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Banquettes are sofas which are usually built-in or fitted to the wall, often armless which have a more tailored look.
They create a more intimate space.
I think they're sexy, practical and offer a sophisticated alternative to a standard sofa.

Pronounced: Bahgn-kette

Their Origins
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(Source: Royal Mansour, Marrakech)
Bedouins originally sat on pillows and carpets which after centuries turned into built-in banquettes filled with throw pillows in wonderful luxurious textiles. 


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This Villa in Greece is purely authentic and that's exactly what we like about it.


LIVING ROOM BANQUETTES

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(Designer: WADesign)
Fresh. Instead of cluttering this modern house up with the usual Design Within Reach stuff, this built-in banquette enhances the rooms clean lines. The ethnic pillows soften it and make it more user friendly.


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(Designer: Sarah Richardson)
A small living room utilizes a banquette for dining and extra seating. 
It creates a clean-lined look and the tufting creates texture. 


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(Source: Beautiful Habitat)
The perfect chiaroscuro effect with the white Saarinen table against the brown backdrop
  

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(Designers: Jacques and Agnes Cho)
A small French cottage has cozy banquettes flanking the stove; sofas and chairs would look cluttered and disrupt the clean architectural lines of the room. 


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(Designer: Barry Dixon)
Dixon knocks its out of the park with this delicious banquette tucked into a link between rooms... 
It definately beats the ubiquitous chest-mirror-lamp formula. 


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(Source: Pottery Barn)
Twin beds are used here as a banquette; they offer storage and two extra bunks for guests. The "French mattress" style cushions are definitely not from Pottery Barn. 



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(Designer: Toby Fairly)
Perfect, pull the curtains and git jiggy wid'it



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(Architect: Frank Lloyd Wright)
Wright used banquettes as he liked simple, built-in and organic. 



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(Source: Achados de Decoracao)
LOVE this alternative seating area in this living room.
Get a book and chillax up in here.



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(Source: The Brooklyn Home Co.)
Low-budge and beautiful; this inexpensive banquette is sooo simple - it is what it is, cheap and chic


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(Source: Nest Egg)
For the fussy southern gal who wants to live in Provence but is stuck in Little Rock... This pretty corner can be used for cards, small meals.



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(Designer: Melissa Rufty)
Banquette in a foyer? It works perfectly as large parties need more seating for guests. Also, it's nice to wait for your ride - or throw your crap on!



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(Source: Beautiful Habitat)
This handsome built-in is in a hallway...it fills space and looks cozy and inviting


DINING ROOM BANQUETTES
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(Designer: Phoebe Howard)
This small dining room feels like a private restaurant and it's not feeling crammed because the banquette dissappears and takes away the feeling of "too much wood."


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(Designer: Phoebe Howard)
Try getting this much seating in a room this size without a banquette!



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(Designer: James Michael Howard)
Who doesn't have enough storage, raise your hands? 



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(Source: Chicago Home and Garden)
Very Chicago, clean lined modern!
(would a seat cushion kill ya?)


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(Source: Traditional Home)
Want a place to sit other than the breakfast bar or in the dining room? This cozy banquette is swanky! 



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(Source: AJC Homefinder)
Perfection!
Monochromatic scheme, antique for patina and built-in upholstery, done.



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(Source: Cote de Texas)
A largely scaled armless banquette glances the scale of the room.



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(Designers: Keith McNally)
This old farmhouse's banquette scream relax!



KITCHEN BANQUETTES
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(Designer: Penny Drew Baird)
There ain't no way to get five chairs into that corner, but that built-in banquette makes it possible.


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(Designer: Tracery Interiors)
And for you country-lovin' folk... 
A sofa acting like a banquette provides a comfy seat for coffee and the paper with the TV on.



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(Designer: Toby Fairly)
This banquette with its back against the island eliminates the standard 42" needed between the table and island for chairs.



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(Designer: Bill Barr)
A Zen-inspired banquette? 
Modern simplicity is the point here; clutter is eliminated by not using six or eight chairs.


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(Designer: White Wave Design)
Old house with no room for seating? 
Carve out a small nook next to a window and use an old table for patina - its charming and cozy.



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(Designer: JPM Design)
You can seat four or six on the banquette when the kids bring friends over.  Antique chairs and table temper the crispness of all the built-ins. 


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(Source: Coastal Living)
This feels like a boat with the mahogany trim and white paint! Handsome, compact and very useful
(I mean the banquette, not him)...


INTERESTING SHAPES AND USES
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(Designer: Suzanne Kassler)
This banquette definitely looks custom! This isn't only a dining space, but a cocktail, coffee or tea space. 


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(Source: Barry Dixon)
Tuscany calling on line two:
This funky banquette is fun, it creates interest and works with the Italian-country flavor.



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(Designer: Amy Bergman)
LOVE LOVE LOVE


BEDROOM BANQUETTES
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(Designer: Joe Minton)
A sofa jammed in there would look 'tight,' but this custom banquette creates a broad, lineal spot of color and comfort. 



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(Designer: Schoos Design Group)
This architecturally interesting banquette is perfect for this small bedroom and can be a third bunk if guests have a kid.


OUTDOOR BANQUETTES
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(Source: Australian Home and Life)
Large open decks needs large pieces to make them fell less like a  'country club' with lots of furniture everywhere.



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(Source: Joseph Paul Davis)
These two semi-circular banquettes on this terrace in Capri are perfect for 'afternoon siestas' or seating 30 guests at a buffet dinner.


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(Source: House Beautiful)
This banquette rocks the Casbah with its stucco form and comfy cushions jazzed up with multi-colored pillows.



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(Source: Casa Diseno )
When you're next to the sea you have two constants; wind and salt spray. Here, the glass panels help keep the wind diverted while the deck and banquette are in California redwood which resists the salty weather. The seat and back cushions are covered in outdoor fabrics which can withstand anything nature throws at them,  and they're flat and large - thus increasing their weight so the wind has less ability to lift them. 


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(Designer: Lynn Morgan)
Porches need banquettes too!
A place to sit and pull your gardening boots on and off, or sit out of the sun while watching the kids play.


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(Source: Gap Interiors)
Got Roof? Do something with it!
The built-in banquette is perfect as it won't blow away and the large wicker trunk/table is for storing the blue pillows when not in use.


You can do it, I'm here to help!


November 22, 2016

NOTHING FEELS AS GOOD AS FUR

REAL VERSUS FAUX
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Around the same time the world seemed to turn against fur garments a huge trend began - fur blankets and throws for the home. 
I remember in my mom cutting up her old fur coats to make pillows which were chic and unusual accessories for our home - the disapproving comments at the time were more about how could she destroy her beautiful coats than about the animal who involuntarily donated his skin... 
My current concern is that using them "privately" still doesn't make it right.... There are amazing faux furs that are basically undetectable. Yes, some animals are culled (zebra, alligator) which makes their hides more acceptable, but most decorative furs are not. 
Give into faux....


REAL FUR THROWS & BLANKETS
These below are real fur, but
consider using faux ones instead exactly as used here
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This contemporary eclectic bedroom is made more chic by the use of the Silver-Fox fur blanket; it adds a warming to factor to an otherwise cool looking space.


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This fur blanket I can't identify but its pattern and texture make the room very cozy looking on a cold winters night


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This Sable blanket thrown over this sofa goes with the "poshness" of the room. It has a slight glam appeal - used so causally here. A sumptuous cashmere Hermes throw would've done the same thing...


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This Coyote blanket must be heavy, no?


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You cant fault people for having bad taste.  Losing the mink throw with the tails wouldn't make this room any more elegant....


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This big city apartment bedroom probably needs that Fox blanket with those old windows to stay warm. The look is preppy glam and it works.


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This coyote hammock is a tad OTT for Americans. However in countries like Iceland, Sweden and Norway it's not unusual.



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I'm not really diggin' this look at all; this very English bedroom with a Red-Fox blanket "casually" draped over the settee...really? Looks more like the Mrs. went to bed drunk and left her coat out..


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This banquette has a stunning raccoon blanket over it. Chic during the winter as it cozies up this "cool" palette 


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Outdoors in the Rockies or Dolomite's around a fire, apres ski - I get it, suburban Philadelphia...hmmm well....no 


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This Hollywood Glam bedroom with all its mirrored items and silvered bits is about 'luxe,' hence their choice of the pillows and blanket. Obviously, it's all pulled off at bedtime which makes it really all about show...

FAUX-FUR 
THROWS and BLANKETS
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This uber-smart looking modern bedroom has used the too-trendy cowhide carpets (a by-product) and a faux-fur blanket. It looks so warm and soft this time of year.


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This retro-Regency living room employs a faux-fur throw on the sofa - casually laid to break up the crispness, it's fun, useful and inexpensive.


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This amazingly delicious bedroom has a stunning faux-Fox blanket. Its colors blend and accentuate the blues, dove grays and whites.
I jus' wanna git nekkid and roll all around on it....


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A faux-Mink blanket adds snap to this subtle moderne palette, the thought of laying on it watching TV is sorta sexy...


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This minimalists eclectic bedroom looks more detailed with that faux-Mink throw, it adds a sense of luxury and a touch of glam


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A European feeling comes to mind in this bedroom with the beautiful antiques and contemporary finishes and accessories. The faux-fur blanket adds another, softening layer to the juxtaposition.


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As wintertime accessories - faux-fur throws are perfect!  They can take your house from summer to winter with one quick toss. Here, a reading chair looks inviting - whether it's ever used or not, it's a stage set that sets the rooms tone for the season.


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Warning: Glamster on the loose!  
This faux-Chinchilla is perfect in this room as each item is carefully chosen for its effect. 


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Another faux-Chinchilla in this English country house; all done up in chic lavender, magenta and gray...woof! 
Bet it gets reeeally hot in that nooky nook wit dat chinchilla baby! 


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Texture is important in contemporary rooms with 'flat' upholstery as they add interest, shadow - and a touch of whimsy in this case. The real Curly Lamb (a by-product) pillows and the faux-Leopard add a bump of sexiness to this room - always nice...


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To soften the expanse of brown 'flat' upholstery this faux-Mink throw is laid over one section, creating a break-up of the expansive brown and and a cushy place for your tushy.


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This contemporary bedroom has many layers, textures and tones. It's all brought together in one simple faux-fur throw bordered in the cinnabar to match the headboard!  Sweeeet, right? 


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This Greek Flokati is real wool which is woven into blankets, rugs, pillows, etc. It's a great piece and can be washed at home!



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Room after my own heart!
Mies daybed with Faux-Mink throw and pillows!
The combination of materials and design used in a primal yet modern combination.


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This teenagers room uses this white faux-Mink blanket, it's not trying to be real, its what it is - which is cool!


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This bedroom uses a faux-Mink throw in gawjus shades of creams and white. Now, this old Victorian bedroom is totally zhuzh'ed up!


BAD FAUX FURS

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REMEMBER, if it looks fake from far away,
it'll look even worse up close...



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You can do it, I'm here to help!