Bench vs. console table/Which would you choose?

Today, I have been working on a new project, a small foyer area.  In the beginning, I immediately thought of the classic look, table, mirror, lamp.  But, I wasn’t inspired at all, so I decided to think a bit out of the box.  (Okay, I know it’s a foyer, there’s not a whole lot of out of the box, here, but work with me!)

This look is classic and beautiful, but it just wasn’t doing it for me.


Now if the entryway looked like this, who cares what the table looks like! Gorgeous!!  Unfortunately, the foyer I’m working with is not quite this grand.


I opted for a bench instead of a table for my foyer project.  It will also soften the foyer area and create a welcoming entry for guests.  Here are a few of my inspiration shots and a favorite, just because it’s my blog and I can…


Love this warm, casual feel.


Too formal for my client, but what  a beautiful space.


A built in bench is a great use of space.  (I am such a fan of an oval window.  When we remodeled our home, I had to have one!  It adds a great deal of character for very little money.)


Love this space.  I want my client’s bench to feel this inviting.


Last, but certainly not least, this is my favorite inspiration photo.  I love how they have combined the console table and the ottomans.  It would be so easy to grab these pieces when you need extra seating for guests.  It won’t work for this client, but I’ll keep it for future reference.


This is the piece that I have chosen for my client’s traditional space.  I love the bentwood design and the woven seat.  I think she’ll love it!

What do you think?  Bench or table?  Which would you choose?




Blogger meet up with Caroline



Caroline and me

I love to meet fellow bloggers, especially when they turn out to be as nice as my new friend Caroline from A Flair for Vintage Decor.  I met Caroline on Saturday at her little shop inside Gas Lamp Antiques mall in Nashville.  After my crazy day on Friday, a short road trip was a welcomed distraction.  After loading my new dresser into my car, we took a quick tour around the antique mall.  Here’s a rundown of the things we saw…

Here’s a shot of Caroline’s beautiful shop.


I sooo wanted this table.

Here’s a closeup of the top.  I can’t remember what the stone was, but it was gorgeous!


How’s this for a festive booth?  You can’t help but feel patriotic standing here.


Thought about buying this little guy, but he was a bit steep for my taste.  Love the color though.


A beachy booth…


These lovelies came home with me!


Too bad this gold bamboo shelf wouldn’t fit in my car!


Caroline and I both stopped to stare at this fabulous creation using silverware.  How creative!  My picture really does it no justice.


After our tour, we had a yummy lunch at The Yellow Porch.  It was a pleasure to spend my day with Caroline.  Can’t wait to do it again, friend!

And thanks to all of you for the amazing comments from yesterday’s post.  I can truly feel your warm thoughts and support.  We are taking things one day at a time and today was a good day.  Hope it was for you too!