Bench beautiful……..and a major giveaway!

Good morning! Things are moving fast and furious over at the house and I am going to go over today and take some pictures…will share with you tomorrow. I am also excited ?to announce a great giveaway tied into today’s post. ?Who doesn’t love a great bench! I mean this is kind of a staple don’t you think? At the foot of a bed, in a library or in a family room, out on a patio, maybe a small one in a bathroom or in a mud room, a bench is just one of those little must haves that is great to have around. Like an old comfortable shoe, its practical, it fits, and you need one (or two). Benches can be found in whole host of styles, a range of sizes and more colors and patterns than you can wrap your brain around.
?I love a great bench and I think virtually every manufacturer makes them and goodness knows they can easily be found in every price range, from the very very affordable to the extremely high end collectible pieces. There is no denying their versatility and with their relatively light weight they can easily be moved around, to make for ?impromptu extra seating when needed for last minute guests. Here is a look at the way benches are used in many different types and styles of rooms. I know when I move there will be benches found not only in a few of my bedrooms but in my family room and tucked beneath a console or two. Lets face it, a bench is a staple amongst a homes must have items….at least in my opinion. Just a practical little item. Do you have a favorite? ?
This leads me to my great giveaway!!?Safavieh?has generously donated this fabulous looking bench that not only is beautiful but also doubles as great storage! How good looking is this? Some lucky winner will win this great looking bench…..that can be used virtually anywhere!! Made of a cream linen material…it is neutral and has such an elegant streamlined shape. It measures 19H X 15WX 45D. (Retails for approx. $450.00)
Its easy to win, you have to do TWO things….1. Comment on this post and leave an email address if I am unable to contact you via your blogger name 2.Visit?Safavieh?at?www.safaviehhome.com?and then visit them at their?facebook?page by clicking?here?and tell them your favorite item…that’s it!! ?I will announce the winner of the bench on my Friday post! Good luck!!?

Moving onto my bench post………

?? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? Sleek white leather bench with silver legs, Decorpad
Ashley Goforth chose a small grey bench for this pretty bathroom
I like the idea of adding two smaller benches around a foyer table as was done here, Rinfret
A fun black and white bench was worked into this cozy seating nook in this kitchen, Garage workbench
Love a built in bench such as this one used as breakfast room seating, Decorpad
Twice as nice….a pair of pretty benches at the foot of a bed, Decorpad
A whimsical fun bench is added to a youngsters room…Decorpad
A bench can be most practical in a beautiful mudroom as shown here!
Kendall Wilkinson added an elegant French inspired bench to this elegant master suite
Love seeing a bench in a bathroom, two is even better! Timothy Whealon
A bench with assorted wicker baskets doubles as a practical storage solution! Decorpad
This sweet little bench is a great bench to have right next to the back door…..Country Living
Benches are just not for inside! Martensen Jones Interiors gives this patio an all white makeover
Scott Laslie design added a pretty tailored bench to this elegant transitional bedroom
A combination of benches being used as kitchen seating, fun!
Having an over sized bench in your bathroom is indeed a luxury, but then again this bath belongs to Ralph Lauren!
How about a fabulous high backed shaped bench like this one for drama? Rinfret
A cozy and sun filled space such as this one makes this bench seating a perfect choice
Love this elegant little bench that Phobe Howard tucked under this very elegant marble vanity
Phoebe Howard chose this gorgeous bench to add a little pizazz to this foyer
Something really cozy about a built in bench, like this one in this home by Robert Stern
A delicate bench was added to the foot of this luxurious master bed, Brett Design Inc
Pretty sided bench gets dressed up with trellis pillows, ?Studio ten 25
This charming little bathroom gets a zebra covered bench to add some zest! House and Home
Thomas Pheasant chose an elegant tufted gray bench for the foot of this masculine bedroom
Barclay Butera chose a gorgeous white tufted bench for the end of this pretty bed
A collection of benches to incorporate as kitchen seating is a neat idea too!
A delicate little silk covered bench with gold leaf is added to the side of this pretty bed, Decorpad
Suzanne Kasler thought outside the box by adding two pairs of benches to this farmhouse table in this kitchen and the result is fabulous!
Love a pretty feminine bench in a bathroom…..how decadent! M Elle
I like this built in bench in this kids playroom, practical, fun and doubles as storage!
A bench in a hallway is always a practical solution, Nathan Egan
Lucky little bench to be part of such an opulent bathroom! Photo by Andrea Trauttsmandorff
Shope Reno Wharton chose a pair of pretty benches in ivory to pair with the comfy chairs in this sumptuous master suite
Love the luxury of having a bench in a dressing room, S.R.Gambrel
An elegant bench doubles as storage for books and magazine in this beautiful bedroom, Veranda
Thornton Designs chose to put this bench at the foot of the main stair hall, love this look!
Love seeing the bench as wide as the bed….beautiful!
Gwen Driscoll chose a modern bench for this rustic foyer…I love the mix!
A bench that doubles as storage for extra blankets and pillows, Elle Decor
How luxurious….a bench in your boutique like closet! Traditional Home
Nancy Boszhardt used a narrow bench for the end of this very elegant and refined bedroom
Samantha Pynn designed this great functional and beautiful storage bench
A beach bedroom gets a wicker bench to keep the natural feeling of the bedroom, Coastal Living
Suzanne Kasler chose a pony covered bench for this living room setting to use as a coffee table
A storage bench that looks great too! Coastal Living
A leopard bench is quite luxurious! Suzanne Lovell
Love the slightly modern benches Elizabeth Dinkel chose for this traditional guest room! Great looking!
This is a neat idea, a low bench topped with colorful luxurious pillows on one end of a dining table to mix up the seating! CHM
Do you have a favorite? Is there a special way or place you like to use a bench? Any tips or creative ways you would like to share? Do tell!?Hope you have an enchanted day!!

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Bench beautiful……..and a major giveaway!

Good morning! Things are moving fast and furious over at the house and I am going to go over today and take some pictures…will share with you tomorrow. I am also excited  to announce a great giveaway tied into today’s post.  Who doesn’t love a great bench! I mean this is kind of a staple don’t you think? At the foot of a bed, in a library or in a family room, out on a patio, maybe a small one in a bathroom or in a mud room, a bench is just one of those little must haves that is great to have around. Like an old comfortable shoe, its practical, it fits, and you need one (or two). Benches can be found in whole host of styles, a range of sizes and more colors and patterns than you can wrap your brain around.
 I love a great bench and I think virtually every manufacturer makes them and goodness knows they can easily be found in every price range, from the very very affordable to the extremely high end collectible pieces. There is no denying their versatility and with their relatively light weight they can easily be moved around, to make for  impromptu extra seating when needed for last minute guests. Here is a look at the way benches are used in many different types and styles of rooms. I know when I move there will be benches found not only in a few of my bedrooms but in my family room and tucked beneath a console or two. Lets face it, a bench is a staple amongst a homes must have items….at least in my opinion. Just a practical little item. Do you have a favorite?  
This leads me to my great giveaway!! Safavieh has generously donated this fabulous looking bench that not only is beautiful but also doubles as great storage! How good looking is this? Some lucky winner will win this great looking bench…..that can be used virtually anywhere!! Made of a cream linen material…it is neutral and has such an elegant streamlined shape. It measures 19H X 15WX 45D. (Retails for approx. $450.00)
Its easy to win, you have to do TWO things….1. Comment on this post and leave an email address if I am unable to contact you via your blogger name 2.Visit Safavieh at www.safaviehhome.com and then visit them at their facebook page by clicking here and tell them your favorite item…that’s it!!  I will announce the winner of the bench on my Friday post! Good luck!! 

Moving onto my bench post………

                                   Sleek white leather bench with silver legs, Decorpad
Ashley Goforth chose a small grey bench for this pretty bathroom
I like the idea of adding two smaller benches around a foyer table as was done here, Rinfret
A fun black and white bench was worked into this cozy seating nook in this kitchen, Garage workbench
Love a built in bench such as this one used as breakfast room seating, Decorpad
Twice as nice….a pair of pretty benches at the foot of a bed, Decorpad
A whimsical fun bench is added to a youngsters room…Decorpad
A bench can be most practical in a beautiful mudroom as shown here!
Kendall Wilkinson added an elegant French inspired bench to this elegant master suite
Love seeing a bench in a bathroom, two is even better! Timothy Whealon
A bench with assorted wicker baskets doubles as a practical storage solution! Decorpad
This sweet little bench is a great bench to have right next to the back door…..Country Living
Benches are just not for inside! Martensen Jones Interiors gives this patio an all white makeover
Scott Laslie design added a pretty tailored bench to this elegant transitional bedroom
A combination of benches being used as kitchen seating, fun!
Having an over sized bench in your bathroom is indeed a luxury, but then again this bath belongs to Ralph Lauren!
How about a fabulous high backed shaped bench like this one for drama? Rinfret
A cozy and sun filled space such as this one makes this bench seating a perfect choice
Love this elegant little bench that Phobe Howard tucked under this very elegant marble vanity
Phoebe Howard chose this gorgeous bench to add a little pizazz to this foyer
Something really cozy about a built in bench, like this one in this home by Robert Stern
A delicate bench was added to the foot of this luxurious master bed, Brett Design Inc
Pretty sided bench gets dressed up with trellis pillows,  Studio ten 25
This charming little bathroom gets a zebra covered bench to add some zest! House and Home
Thomas Pheasant chose an elegant tufted gray bench for the foot of this masculine bedroom
Barclay Butera chose a gorgeous white tufted bench for the end of this pretty bed
A collection of benches to incorporate as kitchen seating is a neat idea too!
A delicate little silk covered bench with gold leaf is added to the side of this pretty bed, Decorpad
Suzanne Kasler thought outside the box by adding two pairs of benches to this farmhouse table in this kitchen and the result is fabulous!
Love a pretty feminine bench in a bathroom…..how decadent! M Elle
I like this built in bench in this kids playroom, practical, fun and doubles as storage!
A bench in a hallway is always a practical solution, Nathan Egan
Lucky little bench to be part of such an opulent bathroom! Photo by Andrea Trauttsmandorff
Shope Reno Wharton chose a pair of pretty benches in ivory to pair with the comfy chairs in this sumptuous master suite
Love the luxury of having a bench in a dressing room, S.R.Gambrel
An elegant bench doubles as storage for books and magazine in this beautiful bedroom, Veranda
Thornton Designs chose to put this bench at the foot of the main stair hall, love this look!
Love seeing the bench as wide as the bed….beautiful!
Gwen Driscoll chose a modern bench for this rustic foyer…I love the mix!
A bench that doubles as storage for extra blankets and pillows, Elle Decor
How luxurious….a bench in your boutique like closet! Traditional Home
Nancy Boszhardt used a narrow bench for the end of this very elegant and refined bedroom
Samantha Pynn designed this great functional and beautiful storage bench
A beach bedroom gets a wicker bench to keep the natural feeling of the bedroom, Coastal Living
Suzanne Kasler chose a pony covered bench for this living room setting to use as a coffee table
A storage bench that looks great too! Coastal Living
A leopard bench is quite luxurious! Suzanne Lovell
Love the slightly modern benches Elizabeth Dinkel chose for this traditional guest room! Great looking!
This is a neat idea, a low bench topped with colorful luxurious pillows on one end of a dining table to mix up the seating! CHM
Do you have a favorite? Is there a special way or place you like to use a bench? Any tips or creative ways you would like to share? Do tell! Hope you have an enchanted day!!

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Green with envy

Good morning! I first want to answer a question which many of you have asked about my house and if there was a previous home on the property. Yes, there was….a charming one at that, and one we had originally intended to keep, work around and renovate. However after six long long months at the drawing board it was not proving to be cost or design effective so down it went. The good news is that the property, was already very mature with a beautiful understated mature landscape so fingers crossed that when our home is finally done, it will look like its been there a while!

Green……..I absolutely love green, enjoy occasionally wearing green, have touches of green in my home, love cooking with green vegetables and basically try to “go green” when I can but must honestly admit there is room for improvement on that front:) That said, one area I love seeing green in, is the home…..I love green rooms, green furniture, greenery, green wallpaper, green paint…you get the picture! I personally lean towards a paler, grayer green but very much appreciate different shades of green when done well. ?So today I pay ?special tribute to all the glorious greens, of which there are so many shades, from the palest celadon to the darkest jade green almost black, each with its own character and style…… green can be used successfully in just about any decor from the most opulent traditional homes to modern and transitional to fabulous outdoor space. Green is here to stay and is a gorgeous accent color…..let me know what you think, if you too like green and you know I always love to know if you have a personal favorite!

A gorgeous room by Ken Tate. features soft pale green walls…notice the darker green paneling on top of the tall ceilings..it works beautifully!
A fabulous green dining room in a soft sage color makes for a beautiful and serene feel by Ken Tate
Molly Frey used this antiqued green piece to add a subtle punch of color to this sun washed dining?room and pick up the color from lamp shade and art work
Thornton Designs chose this stunning bright green chinoiserie to give a bright light to this dining room….I happen to love it
Alexa Hampton designed this cozy and intimate study/den in a pea green color and carried it all the way to the built in wood color and upholstery
Pretty green and gold wallpaper in a bathroom by Thornton Designs
Rinfret designs chose to glaze this tub surround and cabinetry in a silvery green, quite pretty!
Alexa Hampton went with green paint and green window treatments to make a strong green statement in this dining room
Opulent chinoiserie in a rich dark green creates a lot of drama in this very decadent room
Meg Braff chose a pretty green slipcover for this chaise lounge
Stunning painted green French chest, taken at the Maison and Objet show in Paris
Love velvet…these chairs and loveseat get upholstered in rich moss green velvet, Arch Digest
Diamond Baratta designs painted the paneling in this room a cheery mint green to add a punch to the red and green room….lively!
Stunning patio decked out in green, Veranda Magazine
A dark loden green is used in this very traditional room beautifully
Beautiful Mint green chinoisiere by Paul Montgomery
Tobi Fairley successfully chose kelly green accents to give this beautiful room some life
Diamond Baratta used a bright green for this cheery dining room

This pretty mint green painted bedroom wall gives a fresh welcoming feel by Thornton Designs

Alexandra Ray chose a pretty pale green paper to add subtle color to this pretty sunlit bathroom
This pretty room in all its green glory, by House and Home, chooses the sofa wall to display a collection of botanical prints…love how it warms up the space
Beautiful old world paneling gets painted green in this elegant French dining room
Pretty green and white grid print paper gets accented with a pretty shade of pink
Samantha Pynn chose this pretty geometric in crisp kelly green and white to give a traditionally feeling chair a fresh take
This beautiful green and white vanity done in treillage is gorgeous by Diamond Baratta
Kathyrn Boyd went bold with these bright green walls and tiger print rug..but it works!
This seafoam green dining room gets a punch of color with the coral red chairs, by Ashley Whitlaker
Suzanne Tucker designed this elegant soft hued green room with?touches of soft gold
This traditional room gets accented with lime green accents by Eileen Kathryn Boyle
Pretty gray green painted paneled walls gives this elegant space a warm glow
A darker green kitchen gets lightened up with a stripped oak table used as an island
Gray green dining room by Amelia Handegan
Gorgeous glazed and painted pale painted green kitchen
Plain and Fancy kitchen went with a pale milky mint green in this formal feeling kitchen, I like the contrast of the black range
Pretty soft and tranquil feel in this living room of pale greens and cream by Decor pad
Kim Coleman designed this elegant space using a pale pea green against taupe and cream
Sherill Canet went bold in this dramatic living room….its quirky but it works!
Very pale green kitchen cabinets with a hint of gray by Style De View
Thornton Designs blends beautiful soft shades of aqua greens with neutrals…
Soft silvery greens are used in this pretty setting
Beautiful front hall gets touches of green and blue in just the right places…love the ikat pillows and the pretty objects placed on the center table

Beautiful crisp greens add pops of color to this sunfilled sunroom with white couches

Phoebe Howard went all green in the upholstered furniture in this causal sitting area
The Wiseman group painted this beautiful dining room a pale milky pistachio green…..
Soft hued green and white toile bedroom
Always loved this bed with the elegant green and white fabric crown..so inviting but rich and elegant at the same time
Beautiful wood paneling gets painted green in this traditional dining room
This opulent and formal dining room lets the focus be the fabulous bright green chinoiserie and keep everything else in the room quite understated
A dramatic large scaled room done primarily in green is sunny, cheerful and elegant
Beautiful green glazed cabinets are traditional and old world looking…the limestone floors and pine wood piece are beautiful accents here by Rinfret
So that sums up the green collection for today, lots of “eye candy”. What do you think? Do you like green rooms or just green accents? Do you have a favorite? Would love to know!

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Green with envy

Good morning! I first want to answer a question which many of you have asked about my house and if there was a previous home on the property. Yes, there was….a charming one at that, and one we had originally intended to keep, work around and renovate. However after six long long months at the drawing board it was not proving to be cost or design effective so down it went. The good news is that the property, was already very mature with a beautiful understated mature landscape so fingers crossed that when our home is finally done, it will look like its been there a while!
Green……..I absolutely love green, enjoy occasionally wearing green, have touches of green in my home, love cooking with green vegetables and basically try to “go green” when I can but must honestly admit there is room for improvement on that front:) That said, one area I love seeing green in, is the home…..I love green rooms, green furniture, greenery, green wallpaper, green paint…you get the picture! I personally lean towards a paler, grayer green but very much appreciate different shades of green when done well.  So today I pay  special tribute to all the glorious greens, of which there are so many shades, from the palest celadon to the darkest jade green almost black, each with its own character and style…… green can be used successfully in just about any decor from the most opulent traditional homes to modern and transitional to fabulous outdoor space. Green is here to stay and is a gorgeous accent color…..let me know what you think, if you too like green and you know I always love to know if you have a personal favorite!

A gorgeous room by Ken Tate. features soft pale green walls…notice the darker green paneling on top of the tall ceilings..it works beautifully!
A fabulous green dining room in a soft sage color makes for a beautiful and serene feel by Ken Tate
Molly Frey used this antiqued green piece to add a subtle punch of color to this sun washed dining room and pick up the color from lamp shade and art work
Thornton Designs chose this stunning bright green chinoiserie to give a bright light to this dining room….I happen to love it
Alexa Hampton designed this cozy and intimate study/den in a pea green color and carried it all the way to the built in wood color and upholstery
Pretty green and gold wallpaper in a bathroom by Thornton Designs
Rinfret designs chose to glaze this tub surround and cabinetry in a silvery green, quite pretty!
Alexa Hampton went with green paint and green window treatments to make a strong green statement in this dining room
Opulent chinoiserie in a rich dark green creates a lot of drama in this very decadent room
Meg Braff chose a pretty green slipcover for this chaise lounge
Stunning painted green French chest, taken at the Maison and Objet show in Paris
Love velvet…these chairs and loveseat get upholstered in rich moss green velvet, Arch Digest
Diamond Baratta designs painted the paneling in this room a cheery mint green to add a punch to the red and green room….lively!
Stunning patio decked out in green, Veranda Magazine
A dark loden green is used in this very traditional room beautifully
Beautiful Mint green chinoisiere by Paul Montgomery
Tobi Fairley successfully chose kelly green accents to give this beautiful room some life
Diamond Baratta used a bright green for this cheery dining room

This pretty mint green painted bedroom wall gives a fresh welcoming feel by Thornton Designs

Alexandra Ray chose a pretty pale green paper to add subtle color to this pretty sunlit bathroom
This pretty room in all its green glory, by House and Home, chooses the sofa wall to display a collection of botanical prints…love how it warms up the space
Beautiful old world paneling gets painted green in this elegant French dining room
Pretty green and white grid print paper gets accented with a pretty shade of pink
Samantha Pynn chose this pretty geometric in crisp kelly green and white to give a traditionally feeling chair a fresh take
This beautiful green and white vanity done in treillage is gorgeous by Diamond Baratta
Kathyrn Boyd went bold with these bright green walls and tiger print rug..but it works!
This seafoam green dining room gets a punch of color with the coral red chairs, by Ashley Whitlaker
Suzanne Tucker designed this elegant soft hued green room with touches of soft gold
This traditional room gets accented with lime green accents by Eileen Kathryn Boyle
Pretty gray green painted paneled walls gives this elegant space a warm glow
A darker green kitchen gets lightened up with a stripped oak table used as an island
Gray green dining room by Amelia Handegan
Gorgeous glazed and painted pale painted green kitchen
Plain and Fancy kitchen went with a pale milky mint green in this formal feeling kitchen, I like the contrast of the black range
Pretty soft and tranquil feel in this living room of pale greens and cream by Decor pad
Kim Coleman designed this elegant space using a pale pea green against taupe and cream
Sherill Canet went bold in this dramatic living room….its quirky but it works!
Very pale green kitchen cabinets with a hint of gray by Style De View
Thornton Designs blends beautiful soft shades of aqua greens with neutrals…
Soft silvery greens are used in this pretty setting
Beautiful front hall gets touches of green and blue in just the right places…love the ikat pillows and the pretty objects placed on the center table

Beautiful crisp greens add pops of color to this sunfilled sunroom with white couches

Phoebe Howard went all green in the upholstered furniture in this causal sitting area
The Wiseman group painted this beautiful dining room a pale milky pistachio green…..
Soft hued green and white toile bedroom
Always loved this bed with the elegant green and white fabric crown..so inviting but rich and elegant at the same time
Beautiful wood paneling gets painted green in this traditional dining room
This opulent and formal dining room lets the focus be the fabulous bright green chinoiserie and keep everything else in the room quite understated
A dramatic large scaled room done primarily in green is sunny, cheerful and elegant
Beautiful green glazed cabinets are traditional and old world looking…the limestone floors and pine wood piece are beautiful accents here by Rinfret
So that sums up the green collection for today, lots of “eye candy”. What do you think? Do you like green rooms or just green accents? Do you have a favorite? Would love to know!

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