Saturday, October 20, 2012

Bistro banquettes ...

Would you prefer a booth or a table? What a strange little question, when you actually give it some thought. It sounds like the restaurant's choices lack seating. "I would prefer a handsome, tufted leather banquette with a rustic, hand-carved wood table by the window, please!"

Image via Flor.

While every night can't be spent in my favorite bistro, I would love to bring that atmosphere home to share with my family and friends.

Image via Kim E. Courtney Interiors.

For me, the mystique is in the banquette seating. I've eyed every inch of my breakfast area and dining room to come up with a plan.

Images above and below via Coco + Kelley.

The photos above and below capture the modern beauty of banquette dining.

Every bit of this space is picture perfect in my mind, and I'm hashing out every scenario that would allow me to duplicate this look at home.

Banquettes present some versatile options in staging a dining space for entertaining. Just pull up some extra chairs, add another table and cover for additional guests.

Image via House Beautiful.

If it's not a built-in unit, banquette seating can do double duty in the living room. 

Image via Inspiration Guide.

I'm a sucker for the modern vibe, but traditional looks have a charming attraction, too, with Country French a favorite among less formal styles.

Image via Southern Hospitality.

I love to see sofas and benches added as banquettes. Charming! Now, if I just had someone else willing to prepare our dinner.

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