Brrrrrrrr! It’s been miserably cold here! Granted we are not suffering like Atlanta, but still! This is Virginia and we should not be so, I don’t know, COLD.
We have been having lots of fires in the fireplace at our house – sometimes all day long! And flanking the fireplace in our family room are two inviting window seats where the kids like to curl up with a book and a snugly throw.
And this got me thinking about window seats in general and what makes them so appealing.
Ignoring the Christmas theme (aren’t you completely OVER it?) imagine curling up with a book and a cup of tea (or glass of wine) here. Add a small cigar table –
like this one from Worlds Away
and a couple of sconces from Circa Lighting – (Divine!) – and one might never leave.
So as I was going through my inspiration folder selecting images of window seats to share with you, I started thinking about what drew me to some and not to others. For example:
I absolutely LOVE this cozy bed. Although I have no way of knowing for certain, I would guess this was a room without closets. Add them, and you end up with a space just begging for a window seat – or in this case, a built-in bed! What child would not want to sleep here? Heck, I want to!
But then I came across this one. And as cute and happy as the colors are, that is all this room has going for it. That long seat is pointless. Not cozy, not practical. I’m sure the children who play here love sitting on it – or dancing, or using it as a stage. But then what?
See the difference? This window seat makes sense. It is tucked into a confined space, feels and looks cozy, and offers (presumably) some storage. There is context to this seat.
And you may disagree, but I don’t see a point to this one either. Beautiful as this room is – and it is – so much more character and interest could be added by using an actual bench – or small upholstered accent chair.
Very creative use of a small space. It almost looks like it is at the top of a staircase. Love! Love!
Wow! Look at the beautiful panels flanking this darling seat. Note the wall color and how it lends depth and warmth.
And here is a close-up of this. I believe that may be an upholstered wall. See the trim along the edge? Swoon.
As you can see, there is a matching window seat on the left side of the fireplace too.
(Are 3 photos of the same room too much?)
How sweet is this?? The whimsically painted wooden valance creates architectural interest in a room which seems to have none. Add panels with Alice in Wonderland size tie backs and the fringe trimmed pillows and you have a sweet princess hide-away.
Loving the wall of storage softened by those puffy down-filled cushions and simple unlined panels. Oh la la!
It is clear the window seats holding the most appeal for me are those tucked into small cozy spaces, or at least those made to feel like small spaces.
The use of fabric and texture and color also lure me in.
So what about you? Which window seat do you covet?
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