Last year we did a light makeover on our combined kitchen/family room which involved painting everything a glorious white and bringing in color through furniture and accessories. Our bright little breakfast nook in particular is one of my favorite corners of our home and the space we primarily eat in as a family. It’s the place where I tap away on my laptop in a pinch, and where my son does homework right after school. We’ve colored, crafted, and cooked all over this little corner and I have so many happy memories here. We went with a vintage Saarinen-inspired tulip table which comfortably seats our four Tolix chairs. But there’s definitely still room for more seating, which is one of the best perks of a round table. There’s always room for someone else! Which got me to thinking – what about doing a banquette against the window to offer more seating and a dash of drama to the room?
And inevitably I fell down the rabbit hole over on Pinterest…
While most people seem to go the built-in route, we probably wouldn’t be able to do a built-in due to the arrangement of the kitchen and the air conditioner vents. And to be honest, I’d prefer something a little more flexible (read: less permanent) like a long bench or upholstered piece of some kind. In fact, this photo just below from BHG was one of my inspiration pics when I was designing the space. I LOVE that freestanding banquette!
How fun is this pair of whimsically upholstered banquettes in a clean, modern space?
I think we definitely have the room to do something somewhat substantial, moreso than just a backless bench. I envision something cozy because despite how much I love the look of our red Tolix chairs, they do sit a little bit cold, especially in the dead of winter when you’re trying to wake up over that first cup of coffee. I envision something cozy but practical. And fabric choice is obviously a huge consideration as we have little ones and would need it to be ultra durable – maybe a Sunbrella option would be best?
Here are some of my top picks for what I’d put in the space. I really love the whimsy of that striped option.
I’d love some input on this. What are your thoughts? Upholstery? No upholstery? Arms? No arms? The sky’s the limit, isn’t it?
Mid-century modern furniture is such a style shape-shifter. It can go retro, modern, quirky, or classic; it’s all in the pairing. Even when paired up with other iconic pieces from the era, as in the breakfast nook above, updated surroundings can still bring it very much in line with today. You can get the same look with these items below, including a budget version of the table.
- Sea Life Dessert Plates
- Criss-Cross Saucer Lamp
- Tabla Hand-Embroidered Pillow
- Fiberglass Eiffel Arm Chair
- Saarinen Round Dining Table (or a lookalike)
– Nicole Balch, Making it Lovely