Mostly, though, I've been thinking in terms of benches at the dining table. I know that this is not a new trend by any means, as I'm sure you've seen the rectangular/square-table-with-a-few-chairs-and-bench setup before. One that I loved immediately, but then quickly realized that with our miniscule dining area it was not possible, because only a small round table will fit.
But then I stumbled across a few inspirational images that caught my eye:
Photo from Ballard Designs
I love everything about it. The round shape against the rectangle. And then I thought: could this be a solution for us?
Our round table is in the Dining Area - aka, our Eat-In Kitchen, but also it is the pass through to the garage and steps to the Basement, Guest Bedroom, Laundry, etc. And quite frankly, it is a bit of a tight squeeze with our current table and all four chairs, and while not in use we push the whole set slightly more towards the wall so we can walk by easier.
So I am envisioning a storage bench (yay for more storage!) up against the wall, with a few chairs. More room to walk by, hip style, and more storage - what more could we want? It would also be nice to use it to add a little more softness and pop of color to the dining and kitchen area.
What do you guys think? Should I give it a shot? Maybe post some photos with our storage bench that's under the window as a stand-in before I make the plunge? And then what sort of bench? One with a back that's padded? One that we build? I'd love to get your opinion!
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