Current Obsession | Banquettes + Breakfast Nooks

Banquettes are a great way to fit a dining space into a small kitchen, nestle in a designated breakfast nook, or even just a way to add a cozy element to a spacious kitchen.

Banquette 1

If only I could pinch this banquette out of this picture and plop it into our home… {sigh}.

Islands are all the rage, and they will be a constant staple in the world of kitchen design. But if you don’t have the space for an island, or you prefer a cozier seating option, consider a banquette on one wall or corner of the kitchen, it can give you just what you’ve been looking for.

Great use of the storage left & right, centering the nook on the window. Bravo. Jump to The House Diaries to see the full transformation of this kitchen (link below).

Great use of the storage left & right, centering the nook on the window. Bravo. Jump to The House Diaries to see the full transformation of this kitchen (link below).

Banquette 2

I love the colorful details and hidden storage showcased in this bold banquette! (Seen on Pufik.)

This jaw-dropping nook was featured not only on the Nest Studio Home blog but also in Women's Day magazine and it is easy to see why.

This jaw-dropping nook was featured not only on the Nest Studio Home blog but also in Women’s Day magazine and it is easy to see why.

I have been scribbling up very rough renovation plans non-stop for our condo. And although we may never renovate at all, it is fun to play around with the concept. The element, I can’t help but try to include is the banquette! In our small galley kitchen it would be such a great bonus niche! You can add storage into the benches and seasonally change out cushions and accessories to play with different colors. Really, what’s not to love?!

Photo Credit: 1, 2, 3, 4.

Spaces We Love {Cozy For Winter}

This is the time of year when we bundle up with as many layers as we can find and fit into before we head out the door, and when we make our way back in we want to hunker down and get cozy! Here are some great little cozy nooks we found that we would love to snuggle into.

I love lighting candles, and at this time of year, I find myself doing it as soon as I come home from work.

This nook is full of cozy contrast, and I love the small bold pops of orange.

Hanging a hammock inside?! With that comfy pile of wonderful on top, I don’t know who wouldn’t want to snuggle up here.

I love all of this cozy inspiration… makes me want to gather up some pillows and blankets and create a little nook of my own this winter! Do you have a cozy place you like to spend time after coming in from the cold?

Image Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4.