I think I may have mentioned that I proposed a plan for my current client's eat-in kitchen and she fell in love with the idea of a banquette. If you know anything about banquettes, you know that they're not exactly cheap. Most are designed custom and can be pretty costly. As usual, I'm working on a budget-friendly solution that will have the same feel as a banquette.
|via Ballard Designs|
We're going to achieve the same level of comfort and a similar look by transforming a vintage settee. I love a settee. In fact, I did a whole blog post on them called "Settee Pedigree" HERE. You've heard my opinion on vintage furniture before, but it's worth repeating. I think you get far more for you money when you restyle a vintage piece instead of opting for the "budget" version of a higher end piece. In the long run, you'll end up with a custom piece that will stand the test of time and still have something that's within the budget. Yes, it may be a little work, but it's worth it.
Here's the space we'll be working with. It has tons of potential and is currently underutilized.
I'm going to refrain from sharing pics of what I've selected, but this gives you a good idea of where we're heading. Now I just need to decide on fabric and the details. Nailheads, tufting, contrast piping... oh my!