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5/6/10

Can't Get Enough: Window Seats















Few architectural design elements appeal
to me as much as a built in window seat.
When we bought our home, almost a decade ago,
I hardly knew where to begin decorating.
I chose to have a window seat built in our bedroom.

It's still the best seat in the house.


{check out my guest post/ ideas @ Rikshaw Design today!}

images via:  Decorpad; CountryLiving; HouseBeautiful; TheNewYorkTimes; Domino







76 comments:

  1. Great post, as always! I love window seats. Love the first, third and last pics. I wish I had one in my house. I would use it to curl up with a good book or magazine... maybe even do some blogging, all while getting my vitamin D! xo

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  2. I am agree with you!! The best seat in the house!
    The one with the chandelier above is my favorite!
    xx
    Greet

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  3. Love them as well. My parents had several flanked with bookcases lining the upstairs hallway in our summer home ....many rainy afternoons spent curled up with a good book growing up. BTW, I love zebra rugs....still working on bringing my husband around to the idea!

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  4. There is something so cozy about window seats. I love the little blue and white one. It looks so inviting

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  5. Love window seats! And yours is beautiful! I actually have one in my bedroom that I was waiting to make a cushion for (had to wait till we painted the bedroom, which meant choosing a color, etc.) Now that the room's painted, I need to get on the seat. You've inspired me. Thanks!

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  6. I love a good window seat! These are all lovely!

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  7. I love a window seat too. You found some good ones ! The chandy is a nice touch.

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  8. I was trying to pick a favorite -- and just couldn't. these are all so great. i'd take any of them in a nanosecond!! xo

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  9. ooh yours is gorgeous. i too like window seats!!! theres some great ones in here too.

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  10. I can’t decide which one I like the most! They all are beautiful! I wish I could do that in my home :)
    Lovely..Kisses

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  11. dreamy dreamy, those just contributed to my unbridled laziness today!

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  12. beautiful and so inspiring! currently redoing my own house, its such a slow process, when we bought it the previous owners painted EVERY SINGLE WALL AND BASEBOARD beige..... where in a nauseating beige mess.... these pics are so lovely and inspiring!

    xo

    justyna

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  13. I love window seat! I wish I had one!

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  14. your home is gorg zush! i love all of these images too, window seats just give me big happy feelings. very 'nesting'

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  15. I couldn't agree more. It just screams "read right here in the sunlight and enjoy your awesome life." I love the last one.

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  16. window seats are a prefect spot to cozy up and read a book. Love it! I especially like the first one with the black and white striped window treatments.

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  17. oh my! this makes me want to knock down a wall in my house and install a window seat! these are soo lovely! i can just picture curling up with a book and hot cocoa on the seat while rain drops hit the window outside, ahhh soo lovely!

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  18. I'm obsessed with window seats and you have some of my all time favorites here - and some new ones too. I swear I have to have one put in somewhere.

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  19. I love window seats, something so dreamy about them

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  20. Sue, Your window seat is gorgeous! I have a similar one in my living room but it is natural wood. I think I may have a weekend project for my husband..... painting the window seat white! : )
    Health and happiness,
    Angela
    http://angelawalkerjewelry.blogspot.com/

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  21. Since I was a little girl I've wanted a window seat. Seems the perfect place to curl up and read and escape. Maybe one day...

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  22. OH MY GOSH. My favorite thing ever. I put one in cookies room... its so beautiful. We have all her little dolls lined up on it.

    I love!

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  23. I badly wanted a windowseat myself but couldn't have one.. let me say, yours is the loveliest I have ever seen!!
    xx Flaviana

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  24. These window seats are absolutely lovely!
    It's a great way of saving space.

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  25. What a wonderful way to pass the day - reading on a windowseat overlooking the garden! Great pictures and inspiration... now off to see Rickshaw Design!

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  26. the tufted seat rocks! i love it with the canary pillows.

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  27. UGH! I made roman shades exactly like the ones in your first photo for my bedroom. Well, exactly like those in that they were the same fabric. Not exactly like those in that they didn't look half as good. We have ikea curtains now.

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  28. Love window seats! Especially with a stream of sunshine coming through. I'm golden when that happens:)

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  29. Love to spend part of my weekend sitting in my window seat reading
    Nice collection of pictures

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  30. they are super cozy aren't they? Love it when its paired with a breakfast table!

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  31. love the window seat! it's the first design element I added to my new house 4 years ago -- in the mud room. still finishing the space, but can't wait to add a big fat down cushion to the top when it is finally done!

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  32. Oh, you've picked some gorgeous ones. And created a gorgeous one, too!

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  33. Love window seats, It is on my someday list for my living room. I will say the first image with the black white stripes is a favorite of mine. Oh by the way, I have my finished porch post up today if you want to see more black and white stripes. Also to be honest yours was truly my favorite. How charming to have that in your master. Love the tiny ruffle of the window treatment, great idea. have a great day,Kathysue

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  34. Gorgeous! I want one of these. I am definitely going to keep these in mind when we buy our house. Must buy house where I can build a window seat!

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  35. You know, I have always wanted a window seat, since I was really little. Did I get one? No, of course not! Now, as an adult, did I get one? Of course not! I might have to add that to the list of musts for a future home! In the meantime, I'm enjoying your pics here! XO!

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  36. oh I love so much these window seats! why is it that I don't have any at home? well, maybe next time... have a nice day! thanks for the comments! xo

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  37. Such a wonderful post. They truly are the best place to sit, relax and reflect.x

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  38. I love a great window seat - and this is a great collection. They're just so darn inviting, aren't they? I've got two "faux" (i.e., very shallow) window seats in my current house but I'm determined to decorate them as they they were wide enough to function!

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  39. i completely agree. window seats are my absolute favorite architectural feature, perhaps tied with exposed ceiling beams :) i LOVE yours — definitely a good place to start!

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  40. I agree that they add a ton of interest to any room. Any built-ins make a room design feel more permanant and lived in.

    Great choices!

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  41. Great post! I love window seats! Maybe in my next house :o)

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  42. I can so see you sitting there! mx

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  43. I love window seats -- I always think they look so cozy :)
    xxoo Josie
    http://winksmilestyle.blogspot.com

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  44. One day when I have my own house I want to have a cuddly window seat where I can sit and read till my heart's content.

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  45. the first one is my favorite. lordy, i could sit there all day reading a book, or staring out the window like a mental patient. sign me up, please! :)

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  46. I have two and I love them. I would have more if my husband would let me. They just say curl up with a book and stay awhile don't they?

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  47. I don't have one but would love to be sitting on one of those beautiful seats right now!

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  48. You can't beat a window seat!!

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  49. LOVE these and I have a perfect spot in my house for one of these... hmmmm... must bookmark this post for future inspiration!

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  50. Me too! And you have one! Great collection of images, so many I have never seen!

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  51. I too love window seats. They are a nice place to sit and enough the views, a good book or to keep an eye on the kiddies.

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  52. I adore window seats - they're such cozy, wonderful spaces to curl up in and feel the warm sunlight streaming in... We use the one in our kitchen nook all the time. One of my favorite spots in the house, too!

    I love your round-up here. Beautiful job!

    warmly,
    -maria

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  53. i've always been on the fence about window seats but i may just reconsider after seeing this post

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  54. OH how I love window seats! This is such a beautiful round up. And how great is your window seat over looking your backyard! I want it!

    Marija

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  55. Adore them!
    ...the stripes add great graphic element~LUV!

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  56. Gorgeous inspiration pics! And I am LOVING those striped window treatments in the first pic!

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  57. I love this blog post. I totally agree about window seats, they are the best! I have a bay window in my kitchen breakfast area that is begging for a window seat to be built. I know it would add so much charm to our kitchen and give me a chance to bring in some fabulous fabrics for the cushion, pillows, etc. Time to call my carpenter and get it done rather than just thinking about it!

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  58. There's really something comforting about a window seat...something that slows life down and allows us to stop and take a break from the crazy. Love this post, Sue....
    Oh, I have a surprise for you. check out my latest post!

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  59. great line up... window seats are classic and timeless... they always make me think of little girls reading or playing with their dolls that grow into young ladies looking longinly at the moon

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  60. I have always wanted a window seat! These are fabulous...I especially love images 2 and 5. You have done a great job with your own window seat...it looks so inviting!

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  61. oooooOOOO, can't pick just one. I love them all.

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  62. totally swooning! I've always wanted one and these are all perfect! And yours is fabulous!

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  63. I've always loved window seats - it always brings to mind afternoons daydreaming while the sun shines in. I recently put one of our extra double beds into our screened in porch to create a lovely daybed with lots of big pillows and it's so great to lie there with a book and listen to the breeze rustling through the leaves. xx

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  64. I love the little single seater. Great fabric and what a spot for a morning coffee!

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  65. One of my favorite design elements! Love them!

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  66. Great post! I love window seats !!
    Marce

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  67. These are great... i've always wanted a window seat ;)

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  68. so happy to share the same obsession...! and your window seat looks fabulous!!

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  69. Love them too and love this collection! I linked to this post in a recent post - hope that's ok.

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  70. some of those look super comfortable--wish i had one!

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  71. when i was a wee one, all i wanted was for my mother to knock out the wall on in my 2nd story room and build me the perfect window seat. the home design lust started wayyy early. love love these. especially the velvet tufted one - so luxe.

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  72. Oh, I have always wanted a window seat where I can drink blueberry herbal tea and read for hours. I am having a great time in your archives!

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  73. I love it! Thank you so much for entering your window seat into the "My Favorite Place in my House" competition :)

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  74. I have a window seat but it isn't as fun or as pretty as these you have featured. I can see I need to step it up. Thanks for the nudge and inspiration. :)
    Pam

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  75. Just dropping by to your awesome and lovely window seat :) Thank you for posting it, i have an idea! Cool!

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