Inspired By: 8 Charming Banquettes

Banquette and breakfast nook in the kitchenBHG

My lifelong dream is to have a banquette.

Nantucket Dining Room Banquette - Threshold interiorsThreshold Interiors – New York City

So far, my dream has not been realized.

Banquette Dining Bench in the Kitchen - Wood Dining TableBHG

Every house I’ve had, I have tried and failed to figure out a way to add one.

Breakfast Nook - White Tufted Dining BanquetteBHG

But I will dream on.

Dining Banquette and Breakfast Nook IdeasBHG

And never give up hope.

Cottage Style Banquette BenchHouse & Home

That one day…

Dining Window Banquette - Breakfast NookHGTV

A banquette…

Dining Banquette with Coastal Brass Lantern - Breakfast NookBHG

WILL BE MINE.

Happy Monday!

PS. My side dream is to have a polar bear painting like in that top picture. :)

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Beautiful Kitchen - JS Interiors Kitchen Trent Bell photography

I was sitting by the fire last evening, pretending I had nothing to do (you know when you are REALLY busy but can’t take a day off so you just pretend you have nothing to do? Or is that just me…). I REALLY needed to get some work done.  So naturally, I found myself on Pinterest. And while sometimes I can justify that as part of my job, last night it was just a way to be a work-avoider. Or so I thought.

JS Interiors - Kitchen with Teal Subway Tile
Then, I spotted this lovely waterfront home (via House of Turquoise), designed by the talented Justene Spaulding of JS Interiors (photographed by Trent Bell). There are a lot of houses on Pinterest. A LOT. But every once in awhile I come across one that has something special about it. Something worth taking another look at. This was one of those houses.

JS Interiors Living Room

It’s tastefully done, a beautiful combination of rustic, traditional, coastal and cottage. And I love the color palette in the kitchen and living area (on the ceiling, too!). The water color shades of teals and greens mixed with the dark and lighter woods, white woodwork and beautiful gold fixtures is fresh and pretty but still warm and cozy. My favorite combinations. Love.

Coastal Bedroom JS Interiors

I adore that rug and the barley twist legs on that cute bench!

Cottage Bathroom - JS Interiors

That cabinetry. The lights. The walls. The wood work. The tub.

Planked Hallway JS Interiors

Of course, I’m all about the planked walls. Mark my words, my house will be all planked some day. Or at least mostly.

Planked Stairwall - JS Interiors

And so much texture on those floors! Beautiful.

So, I guess that is the hazard of having a job doing exactly what I love. You just can’t stop yourself. Even when you are trying with all your might to be a work-avoider, what do you do? You scroll Pinterest and end up dreaming about houses again. If you want to follow along with my housey pinning sprees, you can find my Pinterest boards here.

Happy Monday, my house-loving friends. Do you find yourself daydreaming on Pinterest when you should be working, too?

5 Take Away Tips {Southern Living Idea House 2014}

Southern Living Idea House 2014 Open Living Room

1) Calm Colors

The soft colors used in this home inspire rest and relaxation!

Southern Living Idea House Loft Sitting Area

2) Pattern and Texture

Layers of texture and pattern bring a charming coastal charm to this loft. I think this would be a perfect spot for a cup of coffee in the morning!

Southern Living Idea House Gray and White Kitchen with Open Shelves

3) Ambience in the Kitchen

I love a lamp on a kitchen counter. It adds such a nice homey ambience, don’t you think?

Southern Living Idea House White and Wood Farmhouse Style Dining Room

4) Open Storage

Pretty white dishes and wicker baskets are displayed so beautifully on the open shelves in this casual dining room. It’s all too pretty to be behind closed doors!

Southern Living Idea House Burlap Bulletin Boards

5) A Mix of New and Old

Nothing beats the look of new and old pieces mixed together in a home. It creates that perfect and comfortable lived-in look I love so much!

Photos are all from the Southern Living Idea House 2014, found on How To Decorate (Ballard Designs Blog)

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