(Source: Photographed by Seth Smoot for Lonny.)
Sneaky Storage
For added function (and visual interest!), consider using a bench with open shelving. Fill it with a variety of vessels, like closed containers to hide unsightly items or baskets for things you want easy access to. But be sure to keep the type of area in mind. This trick could look great for a window seat or entryway but would probably be too busy in a dining nook.

Lost & Found Rainforest Baskets.
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