Gather: Bench Seating

Wood Bench In Entry - White Paneled WallsCountry Living

Testing, testing, hello? Hello! It’s Courtney here today! Wow, It’s been forever since I’ve done my own post on The Inspired Room. Summer, actually. I have been here behind the scenes, however :) For those who don’t know, I’ve been working full time with my mom for The Inspired Room about a year and a half now! It’s been a complete dream job for me and I’m so happy to be a part. I’ve done occasional “Gather” guest posts for years on The Inspired Room (which I love!), I have a blast scouring the internet to create round ups of furniture, accessories, gift ideas, etc. This year I hope to post more regularly here!

For today, I’ve rounded up some inspiration for bench seating. There’s something I’ve always really liked about simple benches in a home. I love having one in the entry as a little perch to put on shoes, and I’m also a big fan of the casual look of a bench tucked into one side of a dining table. Enjoy some inspiration below as well as a round up of great benches at the end!

Wood Entry Bench - OConnor and Houle Architecture
O’Connor and Houle Architecture via My Domaine

Wood Entry Bench with Hooks AboveEmma’s DesignBlogg

Cottage Tour - Designed by Caroline Holdaway - Photography by Simon BrownHouse and Garden UK (take a tour and see my takeaway tips here)

Small Entry with Bench and Hooks
House Tweaking

Wood Dining Bench - Cecy J InteriorsCecy J Interiors

Bench Seating Round Up - Wood and Metal - The Inspired Room blog

Gather - The Inspired Room

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Get To Know You: Design Trends

Get to Know You - Design TrendsGet To Know You The Inspired Room

Let’s chat today! Since we are just getting into the new year, I wanted to pause for a moment to thank you for your support and friendship over the years. Your comments and visits here (and on social media) always mean so much to me! Even if it is just a short update on what projects you are working on or a “me, too!” comment, it is so nice to know you are out there. It can be a little strange to type into this screen and have no idea who is going to be on the other side, so I really love reading your cheery hello’s, responses to my questions or even your questions back to me because they really do remind me that you are out there! You are such a positive and encouraging group. I just love that, so thank you.

I know there are so many people one can follow on social media these days, and millions of blogs offering inspiration and great content, so the fact that you take the time to visit here means a lot. Thank you.

One of my favorite things about blogging is having the opportunity to get to know YOU. In previous “get to know you” posts I’ve asked you to tell me about your home, and to share what your decorating style is. I really enjoyed reading through all the responses and hearing a bit more about where you live!

Today I thought it was a good time to ask your thoughts about current design trends. I enjoy so many styles (and I don’t really like to get pigeon-holed into any one style so I can keep my options open) but it is fun to at least be aware of what’s out there. I think it’s important to incorporate what you like, whether it is currently trendy or not. Fortunately there are many design styles, so we don’t have to all have a cookie cutter look. I love that there are many unique ways to express individuality and creativity.

I’m curious about your thoughts on the evolution of home decor and design styles. Do you feel like you are evolving along with the most current trends, or are you just sticking to what you’ve always loved? There’s no right or wrong answer, it’s just a fun discussion. What do you love most right now? What furniture style (or general look) appeals to you? What colors are you drawn to? What are some of your favorite design elements right now?

Even if your own home doesn’t reflect what you currently love in the design world, I’d love to hear what you think!

Let’s discuss and get to know each other better in the comments!

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