We all have an imaginary vision of what our dream home would look like—that made-up place with a wrap-around porch, hardwood floors, and original crown molding. (Come on, you know you daydream of these things, too!) But it wasn't until I was re-reading the story on Jen Albano's darling brownstone from our November issue that I realized my dream home wish list was in need of a kitchen banquette.
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Forget a kitchen island with bar stool seating, or a tiny breakfast table that barely seats four. If our latest December/January issue is any indication, it seems like the banquette is coming back in a big way. Emily Beares's pre-war, Upper East Side apartment features a small neutral tufted banquette for her frequent dinner guests, while Tamara Kaye-Honey utilizes a whole kitchen wall to fit a long built-in bench. Not only do these pieces bring a lounge-like feel to the most popular room in the house, they offer additional seating and storage space, simultaneously establishing a casual, comfortable ambiance and serving a practical function. What do you think of them?