3 Ways with Banquettes

When it comes to space-savers in your home, it's tough to beat the beloved banquette. But this classic breakfast-nook feature does more than let you tuck your table close—it can serve as a style focal point for the entire room. Read on for three ways to make this work for you.

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Idea 1: Double Trouble
The duality of this sun-drenched setup at the Los Angeles home of textile designer Lulu de Kwiatkowski is reinforced by matching pillows and stools. Beadboard panels and white paint add a certain nostalgia; slipcovered cushions with zippers come in handy when toddlers are part of the mix.

(Photo: Patrick Cline/Lonny)
Idea 2: Cornered
Interior designer Jennifer Dyer is a master at kitchens—and this chic and functional Los Angeles space shows why. The corner seat propped with pillows provides a handy place to survey the action around the central island and beyond. 

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Idea 3: The Book Nook
Who needs a library when you have a reading nook this cozy? At Topping Rose House in Bridgehampton, Long Island, this combination of built-in window seat and bookshelves is both space-efficient and utterly inviting.

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