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Blue Table in Dining Nook - by Amoroso Design via Houzz by cassandra

great open shelving so all books are displayed face-front

Real Life Redo: Stylish & Functional Cottage Kitchen {breakfast nook} Source Guide Sconces: Serge Single Sconce Curtain fabric: Smokebush in silver Sofa fabric: Beach Strie (BST3) Chevron chair fabric: Alan Campbell’s Zig Zag (AC302-16) Table: Eero Saarinen Style Tulip Table in White Side chairs: Louis XVI side chairs (FC010-4) by Zentique

From tot to teen: "Good storage space never goes out of style. And, if you aren't worried about them getting destroyed, a Togo chair and FL/Y Pendant are modern icons sure to stand the test of time."

Chic boy's room with beadboard cathedral ceiling, chair rail & wainscoting, white built-in daybeds with storage, turquoise blue cushions mattresses, white lumbar pillows, stainless steel ceiling fans, turquoise blue painted rustic wood floors and taupe bean bags.

another mix of patterns, textures & colors from Sarah Richardson's country house - stock cabinets create the seating and storage under the eaves with padded cushion and pillows, victorian chair made modern with striped fabric, striped rug like Dash & Albert, brass bed with red and white quilt, sconce lighting with red shade -

I love your idea of custom built-in bookcases on each side of the window. If a custom price is your husband’s only objection to bookcases don’t give up! Instead, consider buying inexpensive ready made book cases from someplace like Ikea, Target, WalMart, thrift shop, yard sale or flea market. Just be sure to take your measurements with you when you plan to purchase them. Try to find a bookcase(s) to fill each side of the window from the window trim to the end of the seat. Since the window is not centered you won’t be able to use the same size bookcases on each side so either fill from the end of the seat all the way to the edge of the window trim OR leave the same amount of empty space on both sides of the window between the trim and the bookcase edge.
 Feldman Architecture modern kids
 modern kids design by san francisco architect Feldman Architecture, Inc.
 via houzz.com
 
 Paint the bookcases white if you do not purchase them that way. A designer tip is to install painted crown molding on the top of them and add a base molding to tie them into the bench so they give the appearance of being built-in.
 
 Then use a cushion under the window and top it with gorgeous toss pillows. Mix and match a lot of different textures and prints for the pillows, drawing the colors from your walls and rug and adding a few surprise color hits. Add a pillow to your slip covered furniture too so the color is spread around the entire seating area.
 Niche Interiors: San Francisco Interior Design Services traditional dining room
 window seat & bookcase design by san francisco interior designer Niche Interiors via houzz.com
 
 This photo illustrates what a bookshelf might look like (closed or open shelving) combined with your idea of beadboard or similar part way up the wall. Notice how the crown of the bookcase is the same height as the beadboard treatment for continuity. Also, note that flanking bookcases wouldn’t necessarily have to go all the way to the ceiling if they have a finished molding edge.
 
 Open Shelves
 
 Another option is to use open shelves instead of bookcases to fill each side of the window. There are lots of interesting, decorative brackets from which to choose – some stand out and some blend in. Since you can’t put shelves all the way down to the top of the window seat place the last shelf so it allows you to slide a row of wicker baskets under it for added texture and concealed storage. Then place a cushion and toss pillows under the window.

I love your idea of custom built-in bookcases on each side of the window.  If a custom price is your husband’s only objection to bookcases don’t give up!  Instead, consider buying inexpensive ready made book cases from someplace like Ikea, Target, WalMart, thrift shop, yard sale or flea market.  Just be sure to take your measurements with you when you plan to purchase them.  Try to find a bookcase(s) to fill each side of the window from the window trim to the end of the seat.  Since the windo...

I love your idea of custom built-in bookcases on each side of the window. If a custom price is your husband’s only objection to bookcases don’t give up! Instead, consider buying inexpensive ready made book cases from someplace like Ikea, Target, WalMart, thrift shop, yard sale or flea market. Just be sure to take your measurements with you when you plan to purchase them. Try to find a bookcase(s) to fill each side of the window from the window trim to the end of the seat. Since the windo...

Hm. Replace closets with cabinets & shelving. Turn opposite side of room into a shallow closet? Hmmmm

A built in bench seat with drawers for storage below is the perfect complement to the bay windows. The bench seat looks so inviting with all of the pretty pillows and throw. It never hurts to have a statement piece like the wing chair in a gorgeous fabric.