“it’s all in the details….windowseats”

by Erin Paige Pitts

I am an avid fan of window seats.  I just think they add a cozy appeal to a room that a chair can’t.  It is the perfect place to take a book and curl up while the world goes by.  I incorporate window seats in my projects whenever possible.  Window seats don’t have to be a “cottage” style aesthetic.  Depending on the style of the project, you can use a variety of upholstery details and styles to create a window seat that is unique.  Below are images of some windowseats from my projects and some that I have used as inspiration.

This window seat is in a home that has a view to the Chesapeake Bay.  The client is an avid reader and she and her husband wanted a cozy place to curl up and read while still enjoying the view.  The swing arm scones give the needed reading light.  On this window seat, I opted to do a fully upholstered base to give the extra warmth of more fabric. 

This windowseat is in my very own Master Bedroom.  It too has a view of the water and is a really great place for me to read my magazines or design books while my entire family (husband and 3 kids and 1 dog) pile in my bed to watch a movie!

This is a windowseat in a clients townhouse kitchen.  She loves being surrounded by windows and natural light and this space doesn’t lack light!

These window seats offer more than meets the eye (sorry for the less than perfect photo, it is the only one I have).  When you remove the seat cushion, these window seats open out to be a full size twin bed.  The front panel folds down and the mechanism pulls out.  It was the perfect solution for this client’s families farm-house that several times a year needs to accommodate a large number of guests. 

Any room can have a windowseat.  Notice the windowseats in this dining room, flanking the fireplace.  Photographer James Parker.

Lastly, this is a windowseat that was just recently installed in a clients kitchen/breakfast nook.  This space works not only as the clients casual dining area but also a place to work on the laptop or read. 

If you have any inspirational windowseat installation pics… I’d love to see them!

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