KITCHEN NOOKS

Are you having BREAKFAST with your family or DINNER with close friends?Either way, the best setting will be a kitchen nook with a built- in bench and a dining table.

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Personally ,I am a big fan of the kitchen nooks, so, I will never miss an extra space to design one in any kitchen project.

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NOOKS will bring character to any kitchen with their individual designs and colors.The size and the shape of a nook generally depends on your spatial availability. Preferably, window sides are great to build nooks .Noone likes to block daylight with top cabinets, so, a nook is always a great solution in a kitchen with spare windows and enough room.And also, who can deny the charm of having a freshly brewed morning coffee in a window nook???

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No matter the size, a kitchen with a nook will always be more charming because, it will be a perfect gathering spot for all members of your family.So, make sure you tuck one and style it up!!!

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Mostly, nooks are designed with a bench and chairs or stools around a dining table. L shaped benches are very common as getting in and out is quite easy.But, I recommend using a U shaped bench if you have enough space to utilize.A spacious nook will always look GRAND.

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A TIP TO KEEP IN MIND:  Try to place a round , oval or a curved cornered table if your space is limited. 

AND DON'T FORGET:Round tables work best with square layouts whereas oval and rectangle shaped tables work best with more linear shaped nook spaces.

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I often design NOOKS with built-in benches as they are always great for storage! You can have drawers or cabinets under your cushions to pile away extras of any kind...

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Although,"Styling A Nook" is another great topic for a future blog, I will confess that my favorite nooks are designed white lacquered wood furniture and vibrant colored cushions ,pillows and accessories.

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BEFORE AND AFTER

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One summer ago, a friend of mine and her husband stepped into the office for a bedroom makeover. As I remember then, their major intention was to join the old balcony to the room. By the way, they were expecting their second daughter who was about to be born in a month and YES of course they were in a RUSH❗️

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The initial plan was to get rid of the old balcony walls and windows and plan a bigger space. So, we decided to keep the flooring to save ourselves some time and money to splurge on the wallpaper and fabrics...

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Another major concern was the poor organisation of their old wardrobe! Sliding doors were not practical for the working couple!Nothing was quite visible and morning dressing ritual was a burden !!!

Therefore, we designed an open walk in closet space for their individual needs.

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After planning the fundamental pieces of the bedroom, we still had more space to play around with!Balcony had a nice view and nobody could resist sitting by those windows.SO, we designed a built in seating arrangement and had it custom made to fit our new space.Frankly, I believe the comfy window seat is the reason why the young couple spend so much time in their new bedroom😊

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The old balcony floor had ceramics and no new hardwood floor would match the old one.

That is why, we went ahead and changed it with a wall to wall carpeting for a cosier feel.


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As the couple desired to sleep facing the windows, we designed a double duty closet door as a bed headboard with MDF backing.And then, we dressed it with the cutest wallpaper which I really fell in love with😍 Seriously,the YELLOW in the paper was our sunny inspiration for the remaining selections of fabrics and accessories.

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Despite the crazy humid and hot weather and strict working hours implied by the neighbors,we were lucky enough to finish every detail before the new member of the family arrived👏👏

WINDOW SEATS

"Even the prisoners have the right to have a window"

This quote once used by my architecture professor in college, has been so influential in my own experience over the years. No one can deny the  significance of a window as it is a major  link to the outside world in a dwelling. Besides its vital uses for fresh air and daylight, you might want to add a seating arrangement next to a window for more...

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------DAYDREAM, READ, NAP, DRINK, EAT, CHILL, PLAY, WORK------

Yes, all is possible in one window seat!

Keep on reading to see more examples categorized with room types.

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Don't we all have days when we scroll out of bed with eyes half open? A window side nook is a great setting to yawn and stretch for a bright day ahead!Plus you will pick your daily outfit better just by checking the weather sitting next to a window😊

Of course it will always be a Great curl up area for nite owls with less sleep ! Or if you are a book worm, you can decorate your nook with extra shelves for more books and bury yourself in them and enjoy a special night time reading.

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***KITCHENS***

On the weekends, after breakfast I can't wait to enjoy my morning coffee by a window. So, a bench by the window is an all time favorite feature in almost all of my kitchen designs.

Plus, you can easily sit down and relax even while cooking. A comfy and stylish nook is your perfect spot to read papers or surf the net for a new delightful recipe.

***LIVINGROOM***

Imagine yourself on a snowy day, wanting to settle by the window to watch the white flakes ! You can take your shoes off,  and get warm with blankets on a lovely window seat. It is a winner if placed next to a fireplace. Let's say you have more guests coming in, just pull a side table for entertaining.

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***HOME OFFICE***

Work work work and no play...NO WAY!!!

Your kids or even pets will love a window seat as much, because, they can easily come and curl up or play by your side. And you can always chill in a WINDOW SEAT for a coffee break .

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MORE TIPS FOR WINDOW SEAT DESIGN

 

 

*Have built in drawers underneath the seating area for easy pull out storage!

 

 

 

 

 

*Make the cushion thick and soft enough for comfort!

 

 

 

*Build shelving on the walls around the window for extra books, objects to make the space feel bigger!

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Choose easy to open shades or blinds to enjoy plenty of daylight!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Combine pillows ,curtains and cushions with similar colors and patterns for a stylish look!