Monday, February 6, 2012

Monday Morning Inspiration: Consoles+Benches

 Happy Monday, lovelies!  Today for my Monday morning inspiration I wanted to share with you one of my favorite interior decor looks- a console table with a bench or a few benches underneath.  



I love how benches or stools add such balance by filling in the "white space" underneath a console.  Opting for a bold pattern or fabric can liven up a standard black, brown or white console and give a space a little personality.





Having small benches underneath a table or console can also add functionality.  If you need extra seating when friends are over, simply pull out these benches and wa-la!  2 instant extra seats.  How fun are these snakeskin benches?

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I loved this look so much I did it in my first-floor entryway. My friend, Alexis, gave me the initial inspiration.  What do you think?





I am very excited to tell you my mom and I gave the X benches pictured here a makeover. We painted, refinished, and recovered the seats with this ikat fabric.  I'm a sucker for ikat prints. I promise to post a tutorial soon.  I really love the finished product!  

How was your weekend?  What's keeping you inspired this week?



45 comments:

  1. I love all of these images, but I think my favorite is your entryway! It looks fabulous and I can't wait to see your tutorial. xoxo

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  2. I love your console and benches. That table is so cool!

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  3. I couldn't be more obsessed with this look or YOUR ENTRYWAY!!! Holy crap I'm in love and already pinned this greatness!
    xoxox

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  4. I love these consoles! They're each so chic yet so different. Thanks for the inspirations!
    xo
    Sharon

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  5. Oh Sam, your entry is awesome! I bet it welcomes people in and totally leaves them wanting to run on in to see the rest. Great work.

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  6. You and your mom did a great job, those look really great!

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  7. love the second image-turquoise is such a fabulous color!

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  8. This is one of my favourite looks! Layering up on furniture pieces in a small space maximizes impact, perfect for the first impression of an entry way. I think you did an amazing job!
    Tiffany
    thedesignerlifestyle.blogspot.com

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  9. Love your entry!! Those benches are perfect. Especially the fabric. Can you come re-do my entry? k thanks.

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  10. This is such a great trend! I love the pink room the best! These give off such an elegant vibe!

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  11. You did such a great job! I loved seeing your inspiration and finished product.

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  12. Theses images are amazing. Love the look of stools under a console table, and the artwork in the first photo is stunning!!

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  13. absolutely stunning! inquiring minds want to know where you go all these amazing pieces!! xo

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  14. In love! This is stunning! Love what you did and all these images.

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  15. Yes Yes Yes! I love this post. I am ALWAYS drawn to symmetry in design and love me a good console. Storing the benches underneath adds visual interest and takes up the otherwise negative space under the table. I LOVE your IKAT stools you recovered, can't wait for the tutorial... XOXO

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  16. Wow! Love what you have done with your stools and console! Great inspirational post! Now I want to go get some stools to go under my console :)

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  17. Are you serious!!!!! This is major good stuff happening here...Bravo, I love everything, though simple,its got maximum effect. Come on by my blog and let me know how you feel about the fashion trend of mullet hems.

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  18. definitely with you on these- love them.

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  19. Oh my gosh, your entryway is gorgeous! I can't believe you guys did that yourself--so excited for the bench, recovering tutorial!:)

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  20. What a great idea! They look awesome. The print is great! (And great table!)

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  21. I'm in love with that black/white/gold combo and the lucite bench, so sleek and chic!

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  22. Oh I love this inspiration....the colors are perfect for each other!

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  23. I love what you did! It fits right in with all of those other photos-looks so professional! Great job. I love the look of little benches under consoles, and I love all of those mirrored consoles. Gorgeous!

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  24. gorgeous inspiration, and the benches you redid look amazing!

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  25. Love this look too! I have been thinking about how I will accomplish this is my own home. However, why do I see no cords. How do they hide them so well?

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  26. These are fun to look at. Our house isn't big enough for something like this, but would love to get one some time in the future.

    www.thegirlieblog.com

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  27. yeah totally love this look too- I need to try it. LOVE your DIY with the ikat - YES we need a tutorial asap! You and your mom did an amazing job!!!

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  28. Sam, I love what you did in your entryway!!

    And, this is a look that I love. Which has me wondering why I don't have this combo in my house. Need to change that stat!

    xo Elizabeth

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  29. Benches and consoles have to be one of my favourite vignettes in a home. I have a little console which I popped a stool under and it is so much prettier than the console alone. Love your entry too!

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  30. those benches with the ikat print look amazing!! love these images:)

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  31. I've been wanting to get a bench for my room! these are GREAT for inspiration!

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  32. Love those images, especially the black, white, and gold one. Bravo on your benches and the styling. Looks great!

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  34. Your benches look fantastic Sam! I love ikat prints too :)

    Abbey x

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  35. Cannot wait for the tutorial! So fabulous-you did such an amazing job! Loving the mirrored table + smaller tables underneath.

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  36. So pretty! We are LOVING this decor. It's really inspiring us to change things around a bit in our apt! :)

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    ox from NYC!
    -davie+erica

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  37. Oh I love your entry hall! So pretty!! If you'd like to come practice on my entry hall, I'd totally let you!

    www.frillylittledetails.blogspot.com

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  38. I'm bookmarking this post! I've been searching for a console and benches!
    thanks for this lady!
    xx

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  39. Wow wow wow! Love your redo! Those x stools are fantastic, great job!

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  40. Totally inspired!

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  41. Beautiful consoles, but I especially like YOURS! Would you mind sharing where you got it?

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