Friday, March 6, 2009

Favorite Window Seats















Window Seats. Whenever I see one, I just want to take my place -- to nestle into the pillows and daydream, watch the rain, gossip on the phone, nap or read. They're the most inviting niche in the house, I think. Romantic, practical, cozy.  

When my husband and I gutted our little island cottage, we designed a 9-foot long window seat with deep storage underneath the three cushions in the dining area, which provides great viewing since it's in the front of the house. Everyone who comes in makes a beeline for the window seat. It's a great place to watch people during party time! And Sam, our 3-year-old Aussie, always claims his spot. We placed a white round table in here, as opposed to a square or rectangular one, to allow easy access to the window seat.  You'll see it in this roundup; it's the simple and casual one. My husband takes up one end of it and our weekend visitor, John, is at the other end. Both reading the newspaper on a stormy morning. Sam sits between them. Not wanting to be left out. 

The other window seats are absolute beauties and, as you will see with most, convey more formality. I've found them in bathrooms, master closets, bedrooms, stair landings, offices, kitchens, game rooms and at the end of long hallways. 

Leslie Sinclair, owner of Segreto Finishes, showed me her dormer window located in their game room. And there, of course, a lovely place to perch. As an added plus, she shared an easy way to get a custom look inexpensively. So, for those DIYers: Get a store-bought blind (hers is cotton canvas) and stencil the bottom with a favorite design.  She applied a complementary pattern on the side walls. So easy; she invites others to do what she did. Anyone who wants plaster or decorative painting/design work knows Leslie and her talented crew. Her work graces the walls and ceilings of the most amazing places from Texas to Florida! (www.segretofinishes.com)

Window seats. Aren't they wonderful? They're also such a quick and easy face lift for any empty space below a window. Two pictured here actually show that a window is an added plus but not necessary. Take a look at the windowless niches I've added here as well.  One is in the mudroom of Leslie's home; the other is a bricked space next to a kitchen fireplace.



16 Responses to “Favorite Window Seats”

I loved your window seats...I wanted to get back to you and let you know that my daughter is building on some of our land!!! yipee!!! I will always have her close now. I am so excited about this new house. I try really hard not to be a me me me blogger, but I will certainly share some pictures with you guys!

Kris said...

Love this post. All of them are beautiful, but I have to say the ones with the exposed brick surrounding are my favorite.

Have a happy day

Kris

Cote de Texas said...

leslie's back door entry way is one of my favorite spaces! love it. your house looks sooooo cute. are the floors painted?

LaurenFaythe said...

I love the window seats. The one in the mudroom is too beautiful to sit on and take your shoes off! I also love the one with the bookcases surrounding it. How cozy to sit there on a rainy afternoon and read!

vicki archer said...

I love window seats and they really make a room feel cosy. Great shots, xv.

Tootsie said...

love them all....I am so excited to see my recently removed red toile bed set in a photo! It had a small accident at the cleaners and never came home...sniff sniff!

Lauren said...

i love window seats too. had one on my old house & miss it!!! (the perfect place to warm up in the sun & chat on the phone!!!) :)

MIMILEE said...

Oh, how I love window seats!! I have one in my den and love the charm it adds to the room. Loved all your pictures of these lovely additions to a room and love the usefulness of them too!.....The architect that designed my home, felt that a home needed a window seat and bay windows to make it a home! I am so glad she felt that way because I now have two bay windows and my lovely little window seat. Great post!

amariaf2000 said...

Oh, how I wish I had a window seat in my house to curl up in and read a book!!
~angela @ peonypatch

What a great roundup up window seats! I really like yours. I've always wanted one surrounded by built-in bookshelves. Maybe someday!

Thanks for joining my blog party--really enjoyed your post. :-)

Pam Kersting said...

I love them all and have always had an affinity toward window seats! Who doesn't like to sit in a window and watch the world go by?

Love, love them! Just don't have one..., great round up!

Suzy said...

Love those window seats...I have a few myself. Thanks for sharing!

modernemama said...

I love your window seat - it's even better when there's enough room for two and a super dog as well. Beautiful examples, thanks for sharing.

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