The Cottage and Vine Banquette

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Not to worry, this isn't another post about "the plate wall".  No, this is about something else.  It's the thing under the plate wall.  I thought it was high time that I share this with you because so many people have commented on it and asked questions about it.


That black thing back there is not a buffet, it's a banquette.  

We had it built a few years back, before making the mortgage payment each month wasn't the main focus.  Boy what a difference a couple of years make huh?  OK, enough of that.


I kept seeing fabulous banquettes in magazines and shared my collection of tear sheets with the mastermind who did the design work.  Doug, was so excited and immediately went to work with drawings.  His inspiration came from storage on ships.  You see ships are much like small homes; use your space wisely because there isn't much of it.

The seat backs pull down from the top and on the inside there are shelves.  I store everything from cookbooks...

to school supplies....

and all things in between.

The bottom drawers open the full depth of the bench providing ample storage as well.  Here you see my son's supply of origami and potholder making supplies.  Other drawers contain hardly used appliances and the boys' schoolwork that I can't part with, etc.

Part of the the Cottage and Vine philosophy is making the most of a small space.  Space for one could mean a one bedroom apartment or for another could be a rambling ranch, but here at Cottage and Vine, we are just like everyone else, looking for places to put stuff, and this has been one of the best additions to our home thus far.

What do you do with your space?  Do you have any tricks up your sleeve?


  1. This is beautiful. My Da was a Captain and he always owned his own boat so I immediately thought of that when I saw it. Also, the seats I sat on many times commuting on the ferry. What a wonderful, versatile piece. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Too. Cute! I am so glad I stopped by...this is great!


  3. Hi,
    thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving such a lovely comment on my painting efforts!
    This banquette is gorgeous. The black really works here. Also want fantastic use of space - you can fit so much in there.
    We have a painted french bench in our kitchen where my daughter keeps her craft supplies and I had the lovely job of sorting that out yesterday - what a lovely/lengthy job that was. I was pleased with how much more organised it looked until I saw this post!

  4. What a wonderful piece. You did a great job with your design. The look is awesome and to have the extra storage is great.

  5. What a beautiful piece. I could *really* use something like this in my dining room. I love it!

  6. This is such a great idea! I love the functionality with beauty!

  7. Very beautiful! I have that same Southern Living Cookbook. We have space, but I feel like we just don't make the best use of what we have.

  8. Oh, I am sooo jealous! I don't have a real studio so storage like this would be ideal! What a wonderful piece to keep your craft supplie sin. Thanks so much for the idea.


  9. great idea... so happy to have found your blog... x pam

  10. What a fabulous spot ~ I love the storage options!


  11. I love it. Love the distressed look on the black and what great storage. I see you are in Greensboro. I was born there. Both parents, grandparents and a lot of other family members are all from Greensboro. Not many left there anymore though. Thanks for stopping by. I am going to follow your blog.

  12. This is my first visit but will now be addicted! I love LOVE the plate wall. I have so wanted to do this in my dining room! And I LOVE (fainting is not too light a word) the bench! I have such storage issues that it could be a blog of it's own. Thanks for sharing!

  13. Oh how great! I have a drawing of something like this I want to do in my dining nook, but I never thought of the back opening! So smart!

  14. Hi Rene- I love your banquette with the storage underneath. I also like the painted finish. It really makes it unique. Thank you for stopping by and directing me to come visit.


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