Hosta House Kitchen: Floating Banquette Inspo

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Hi friends!  I hope everyone is doing well considering current events.  When the world feels heavy, I tend to withdraw and become completely unmotivated and drained. Yesterday, I worked really hard to pull myself out of this rut by doing something I had been thinking about doing for a really long time: adding some curtains to the kitchen to soften up the breakfast nook area.  I shopped my house and used the curtains I previously had in our living room.

Breakfast Nook Before/After

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As you can see, this space has seen a few changes since we moved in.  We’ve carried the oak hardwood floors from the living room area into the kitchen for a better flow, we removed the penninsula, and we opened up a doorway to the mudroom.

But as much as we’ve done, there’s still something I’ve been dying to do . . . and that’s to build a banquette.  I’ve had a vision for banquette seating in this kitchen from the very first time we viewed this house.

Banquette Seating Inspo


Via Katie Leclercq 

I mean, is there really anything cozier than banquette seating? I love everything about this space? It’s so warm and inviting with all it’s textures and earthy tones.

In order for me to make it happen, our baseboard heating is something I know I need to take into major consideration.  So I’ve rounded up a few floating or open style banquettes that have caught my eye lately.


Via All Sorts of

I mean that wicker banquette is so dreamy!!!!! I’m also kinda obsessed with that dining table–Amber Lewis can do no wrong in my eyes!


via Pinterest/Unknown

I found this a while ago on Pinterest and absolutely fell in love with it, so much warmth, coziness and character.


Via Bespoke Only

I saved the image above, because I like how the bench style is very minimal but also offers a little extra support.  And my goodness that ceiling😍!


Via Jen Samson Design

I’ve also considered creating a simple bench like this and using baskets underneath for storage.  Isn’t this space gorge?


Via The Schmidt Home

And this floating style bench takes the bench above a step further with shelf underneath– it has definitely given me some inspo for a way to create some additional storage above the baseboard heating.



Lastly, I needed to include this image above, because I rarely see banquettes with curtains above, and now that I’ve added curtains,  I don’t think I’ll want to go back.

Which one do you like most?


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  1. Cheryl
    March 9, 2022 / 10:27 pm

    That wicker banquette is fabulous – wish it would work in my house!

    If you use a simple shelf-like bench then repeating the shape of the decorate supports below your range hood will provide a subtle continuity that will elevate your project above the ordinary.

    • madebycarli
      March 10, 2022 / 7:37 am

      Hi Cheryl, I couldn’t agree more! I’ve considering using those corbels on the sides as well, might have to bulk them up a little, but I think that could defy work!

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