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Our Custom Farmhouse Dining Nook Reveal (And What Makes It So Incredibly Durable…And Pretty:))

If every seat in our house competed in daily musical chairs, all of us would fight to land in our new dining/homework nook. I am so pleased with how it turned out and it’s making me love this room and home even more (like exponentially so). It’s so inviting, comfortable, and almost totally worry-free because all of those beautiful woven and highly durable cushions are Sunbrella, (more on that below). This corner really anchored this almost too big living room and created some much-needed function (sitting as a small family) AND beauty in here (the fabric, texture, pattern, mix materials – all of it). I love it so very, very, very much and on rainy writing days I often end up here because it’s so comfortable and cozy, (especially on the grayer days when I don’t want to necessarily see the rain all day in the “sunroom”).

But before we get into all the details and pretty photos here’s a fun video! (As always just wait for the ad to play before the video starts:))

But first, where are we in the house? This was a last-minute add to the floor plan (over a year ago, but after the layout was finalized). We had planned to float a kitchen table somewhere in the room (we’d just “figure it out” once the island came in). But after spending more time in the room (during construction) I thought, “Surely we can fit a more intentional, small dining situation in here for our family“. Everyone loves a cozy booth – both visually and while sitting, and I was going to try my hardest to get one in here. We have the island of course (for breakfasts), but we like to face each other for dinner and the sunroom was too far away for every night causal dinners (which we had predicted, the sunroom is more for work/dinner parties/gatherings). So we moved the door opening to the family room towards the kitchen and attempted to shove a little booth/nook into that corner. It was tight. There were naysayers. But BY GOLLY IT WORKED.

Instead of it feeling forced, it actually solved a lot of problems in the room.

We decided to wait to design the nook until we knew for sure that it would work – flow, color, etc. We lived with a round and then rectangular table there for months while I figured out how to make it work. What I hadn’t remembered is that ARCIFORM had designed the trim work so that at the bottom of the window, the sill sticks out and tops off the paneling (by over an inch). This actually gave us a great place for us to end the height of the booth – it would butt right up to the sill that wrapped around.

It was nice to A. see how often we used it (daily) and B. be able to visualize what colors/finishes we would want as well as C. to maximize the space and figure out the exact depth, length, etc.

I spent hours designing a seat and back that would be so simple, but really special – with cool lines, pretty wood grain, floating with the base angled back toward the wall, blah blah. But once we got it priced out it was far more than we wanted to pay (over 8k for materials + labor/install, pre-upholstery). I’m sure I could have gotten other quotes or reduced the amount of wood/skipped the back. But one morning I thought, “why not just build a frame/base, clad it with leftover paneling, paint it, and make the upholstery, table, chairs, and accessories the star?” It could look like it was always there, built-in to the paneling/window sill and so sweet. Jamie, from ARCIFORM, is a master carpenter and they thought it could take two days on-site, with no drawings necessary (and “no drawings” is really my specialty). I had already commissioned Nate Dinihanian to make the table because it needed to be very specific (narrow, long, racetrack shape top, trestle base). I probably should have waited to commission that til the bench was in because it could have been 6″ longer, but it actually works really great with the sofa placement, putting one chair at the end.

Sunbrella Fabric For The Win

Back Cushion | Seat Cushion (similar)

I chose two different Sunbrella woven fabrics, highly contrasting but in the same color family. The navy blue is actually a blue/black small check pattern and the light gray/blue is such a pretty weave. Sunbrella is no joke – literally made to withstand hurricanes, so the durability and stain resistance is HIGH. And the woven fabric I chose looks like beautiful interior fabric, not a canvas or something that you might associate more with patio furniture.

I hired Raleigh Hills Upholstery to customize the cushions. They came and templated, we talked through the tufting cadence, piping, etc., and installed it two weeks later (they did an incredible job, totaling $1800 not including fabric just to give you a cost reference).

The cushions and back had to fit perfectly into the corner and the tufts had to be spaced appropriately. I hadn’t even thought of tuft placement so I was very grateful that they made it look PERFECT. The cushions were upholstered onto plywood to weigh them down and secure them more (or they might have moved around too much since they aren’t huge nor thick). To finish them off they secured them to the seat and wall with heavy-duty velcro. They aren’t going anywhere.

I love that the darker base color pulls your eye over to that side of the room, while the back is lighter and quiet. In the context of the whole room, it works really nicely and I wouldn’t have done it any other way. Doing them both the dark color could look good but less interesting and doing them the light color I think wouldn’t be as powerful. Oscar agrees (as you can see up there).

It is pretty darn comfortable and easy over there. We always knew that this booth wasn’t going to be for long lounging dinners, but y’all I spend hours a day here writing, and the 18″ seat depth (not accounting for the cushion) works!

I added some of Max Humphrey’s pillows (a collection with Pindler and Sunbrella) which have such a sweet farmhouse vibe. He stole these back to take to Highpoint last week and I have missed them a lot. So you might see it styled differently soon, but only with Sunbrella as I want ZERO worries over here.

Left Art (vintage) | Right Art | Pillow Fabrics | Cushion Fabric | Large Sconce (vintage) | Small Sconce | Swithplates | Table (custom) | Chairs (vintage) | Candlestick Holders | Vase (similar) | Plantstand (vintage)

The whole nook works so well, honestly. It’s close to the kitchen making it so easy for meals/cleanup. It can seat up to eight (kids) but is more comfortable for six. But since it’s just for the four of us we are super pleased. The chairs are vintage Swedish from Etsy that has a really heavy round seat and has proven to be far more popular to sit in than my vintage Cherner chairs that everyone is scared to sit on.

The vintage light fixture is from Rejuvenation (their antiques and vintage department) and one that I spotted and have hoarded for two years. It marries the two finishes in the house (black and brass) so perfectly.

If you watch the video at the beginning of the post (or some social) you’ll see different paintings up there, but as we shot the photography they were bugging me a little (tonally and with the sconce intersecting them). So I moved this painting that I had over the mantel here and it was an obvious “YES”. It’s just perfect (vintage, sorry!). The art on the right is by Kirill Bergart, an artist in LA that I love.

The table that Nate built is so pretty and well made, from reclaimed Oregon white oak and we were able to customize the dimensions to make sure it was narrow enough for the space (30″) and with a trestle table to avoid legs in the corners that would block flow. He is now selling this table and you can customize it as well. He’s a lovely, talented Portland maker 🙂

I’m just so happy with how the whole thing turned out – with literally zero changes I would make. We are going to add a cafe curtain so stay tuned for that.

I can’t stress enough how un-stressful this corner is due to the fact that we used Sunbrella. When I was talking to my upholstery team they asked me if I wanted a stain treatment and I said I was using Sunbrella and they quickly responded, “Oh no you don’t need anything then, that stuff is impossible to stain”. Now that is NOT a direct quote from Sunbrella, but it is a pretty big endorsement from some experts.

We painted the drywall in the whole room this extremely pale blue called Mantra SW 9631 by Sherwin-Williams and it’s so calm and soothing – in a barely there vibe.

Sunbrella in Action…

We thought it would be fun to show you how we use the space and really highlight the ease in which life can be with Sunbrella fabric. I joke that I should turn it into clothes so I never have to worry about literally any fabric in my life (I’m joking but is that actually possible?).

Team lunches happen here (with Shake Shack or soup) on shoot days, in addition to our family dinners most nights.

The kids use it for arts and crafting. And I even let them paint in here on rainy days instead of in the sunroom (uh, no). Of course, we use paint that is ideally washable, but even if not we are fine because it’s Sunbrella, and everything just literally wipes off.

Sunbrella Is Pet-Friendly (Of Course)

We try to eat dinner with our pups at the table (this is a growing trend?). I’m joking, but we certainly did encourage them up on the dining bench for these photos and they happily obliged (because they are the sweetest pups on the planet). The point is, you do NOT need to worry about this fabric with animals – it’s extremely pet-friendly and durable. If I didn’t want velvet so badly on our sofa I would absolutely have used one of these Sunbrella woven fabrics. I hope more major retailers design more interior sofas with this fabric because it’s really beautiful, soft, and appropriate for all pieces of furniture.

Too bad we don’t live in LA anymore – these pups could absolutely have a career in Hollywood. (make sure to watch the reel of them up there – the reason we put them up there in the first place)

A huge thanks to Sunbrella for making a product that makes our life less stressful, more manageable, and worry-free. And of course, thank you for partnering on this project. We have a few more coming up that I can’t wait to show you as well (the kitchen patio coming at you soon!). It’s my favorite corner in the house, I love every element in there, and it’s really informed the design of the rest of the room. Cheers to checking a big box. 🙂

All dining nook resources are below and ask any questions in the comments. xx E


Seat Cushion Fabric: Sunbrella (Back Cushion + Seat Cushion – similar)
Pillow Fabric:
Max Humphrey for Pindler and Sunbrella
Bench Seat: ARCIFORM
Upholstery: Raleigh Hills Upholstery
Table: Dinihanian Design Build
Lighting and Outlets: Rejuvenation
Wood Flooring: Oregon White Oak by Zena Flooring
Windows and Doors: White oak, Aspen Casement by Sierra Pacific Windows
Wall Color: Mantra by Sherwin-Williams
Paneling Color: Extra White by Sherwin-Williams

This post was sponsored by Sunbrella but all words and opinions are all mine🙂

*Design by Emily Henderson and ARCIFORM
*Photos by Kaitlin Green


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108 thoughts on “Our Custom Farmhouse Dining Nook Reveal (And What Makes It So Incredibly Durable…And Pretty:))

  1. Well this is delightful! It all turned out so beautifully and oh-so-functional. Double score on the indestructible, cute Sunbrella fabric.

  2. Love how the cushions fit so perfectly under the sill – like they were meant to be! I wouldn’t have thought to do the cushions in two different colors; consider me inspired! So glad the entire family (dogs included) is enjoying the space 🙂

  3. This is so so so good. I love the styling, the colors, THE FURNITURE! that table is beautiful (love that it’s reclaimed wood) and i want those chairs (yay! for vintage) soooo bad! such a great use of this nook.

  4. LOVE the two-toned cushions. such a great choice. BEAUTIFUL and looks so comfy.

  5. It’s lovely to see your family enjoying this new space all together! Really happy for you. Looking forward to seeing how the cafe curtains impact the space! Nice work.

  6. It’s beautiful! I love everything about it. I must say, in the early stages I really just “didn’t get” that vintage pendant. But now that the space is finished, it is absolutely perfect and I shouldn’t have doubted you haha.

  7. Nicely done. Such a cozy little spot in an otherwise open space. I really love that table, especially the narrowness of it. It is SO hard to find a narrow dining room table. The vast majority of dining tables being sold these days seem to be designed for McMansions. Manufacturers seem to forget that some of us live in older homes or apartments with small dining rooms (11X11 in my case) , so a narrow table like this one would be perfect.

    1. Agree 100%. I had to order a custom table for my kitchen (I wanted a center table rather than an island), because I needed a narrow table to allow enough clearance with the cabinets. It was a relatively affordable one from Vermont Farm Table if that is helpful.

  8. Longtime reader and never commenter, but this nook is gorgeous and so perfect for the overall space! It’s calm, cozy, grounded, yet interesting. And such an amazing example of how taking your time and trusting your gut pays off in design. This space feels so “Emily” and I can really see how the overall space (kitchen, nook, living room) is coming together into something lovely, cool, and so much more interesting than the generic “farmhouses” we see so much of. Absolutely love it!

    1. ah, thank you!! and thank you for being a long time reader (and for commenting). xxxxxxx

  9. What a beautiful, calm nook! One thing to note about sunbrella fabric is that it’s not completely indestructible. I bought a custom sofa from Mitchell gold and tested some blueberries, chocolate, etc on a few fabrics, including sunbrella, and found that a non-sunbrella fabric actually was easier to wash out blueberries than sunbrella. So I agree that sunbrella is way more durable than the average fabric, but it’s not indestructible and there may be other fabrics your store sells that are a better fit.

  10. Wow! This is perfect. The proportions, colors, fabrics, materials, etc. — it all came together beautifully. That light is a showstopper there.

  11. It’s perfect in every way and I love Sunbrella fabrics….hoping in the next two years there’s more retailers/couch options that use Sunbrella.

  12. What a great nook! I love seeing the process of how you got to this point, and the fact you’ve been designing it for real life, real use, and usability (chairs that can be sat on!). Art swap; check, thanks for pointing it out, it’s a great example of looking and tones and how position of lighting and artwork intersect. And blue…. I think I’d been missing it! The paint color is so pretty, so happy you are so happy with this great space!

  13. Absolutely beautiful dining nook! We have had a Sunbrella loveseat (in a cream color) for a few years and it’s so easy to keep clean! My husband even bled on it the first week we got it (cracked knuckles from all of the c*vid hand washing) and it WIPED RIGHT OFF. I’m a total convert – Sunbrella is black magic incredible!

  14. Gorgeous!!! Tell
    Me more about the decision to have the interior of the windows stained wood and the exterior trim painted. This might be the key to my kitchen dilemma that I can’t solve!!!

  15. Oh my goodness!!!
    It turned out gorgeous-ness-ly!!!!🤗

    The darker base color fabric on the seats makes the area grounded.
    Max should give you those cushions! They’re perfect for the space and very farmhouse-y.
    The light fixture crunkled up cord is jarring – shame it isn’t ‘hung’ centrally above the table.
    I really like the look of the Sunbrella fabric – it really doesn’t look like typical outdoor fabric at all.
    I can imagine a bunch of inside uses for it.

  16. Love the built-in banquette! My favorite photo is the one titled “More progress” where the bench seating and oak table are shown in elegant simplicity. I feel this works well visually and integrates the dining corner into the overall space. (Also think the banquette would be pretty with your white tulip table.) For me, the styling and other decorative elements added later are distracting and seem to make the area look smaller. To quote a wise person from the 1970s, “sometimes less is more.”

    1. This is a great observation. I love how the light-colored back cushion makes the the area feel bigger and more open, but it’s fighting all the “stuff”— plants, pillows, etc. Also, trying to fight this negative thought but the size of the table is bothering me. Totally agree with Emily that it should be a bit longer. Maybe now that the table is being sold by the maker, he can sell this one and Emily can replace it with a bigger one. I think it would really help the space feel even more intentional and harmonious.

      1. Agree completely on the table size. Emily mention 6” more, but I think perhaps up to 10”.

      2. you know, i even thought about having Nate redo the top. it was quite the investment (I received a discount for promo, but it was still an investment) so i’m going to try to make it work. I am going to wait until I get our final living room layout because it might start encroaching the sofa area and be hard to pass through. Sadly the pedestal table would stick out too far and also be in the pass through area – some things look so good in a shot but don’t work in real life. some days i like the amount of ‘stuff’ and other days I want less. literally depends on my mood 🙂

        1. IMHO (not a professional) the table is almost, if not the perfect, size for this banquette. I don’t think it should be longer than the banquette bench. In a tight spot with a door close to the end of each bench and where you have also created a stopping point with the wall, I would center the table on the long side of the L, leaving the same space on each end of the table. From the pics I believe this is pretty much where the table is although the RF space may be a bit longer. This allows the Swedish chair at the end to sit nicely in the “area” as in the pics; but also allows this chair and person sitting in it to move it back without being in front of the door. That table is gorgeous!

    2. I love a tulip table! I think they can work really well with banquettes, too, because they offer good space for feet shuffling in and out of the seating.

  17. It’s absolutely perfect. Not me now hopping over to the Sunbrella site;)

  18. Oh also the pillows would allow someone like me, who now likes a little more color and exuberance in her decor to use something like that Sunbrella Ikebana tropical flower fabric in place of plaid.

  19. Beautiful. Love all the photos—so nice to see the space at different angles and understand the layout. I also appreciate the price info on custom upholstery, am always curious about that. If only there was a source list for the clothes too! (Only half kidding, I know this is not a fashion blog but…)

    1. Finding things? How fun! Just guesses, but:

      • The navy/white striped sweatshirt looks like the Alexa from Sezane. The jeans look like vintage Levis and the shoes look like the Nisolo All-Day Heeled Mules.
      • The black ditzy floral top looks like The Boutonniere top from The Great.
      • The red top looks like the Red Vintage Sweatshirt with Custom Hand Embroidery from I Stole My Boyfriend’s Shirt.
      1. hahaha. wow, KJ. great job 🙂 the jeans however are vintage Khaite that I got on rent the runway then never returned during covid so had to buy them (I love the but boy $$$). otherwise you were spot on!

  20. Incredible! I can just imagine cozying up in that nook. I grew up with a huge banquette style dining table and love how it transforms a dining space into another place to lounge and hang out. I love how this room and the kitchen work together, that shot with peek of the kitchen *chefs kiss.* The blue wall color and tile work so well together.

  21. It’s beautiful. Perfect in every way. The table, chairs, the beautiful fabrics – especially the small check pattern. Enjoy!

  22. I love it! It’s functional and beautiful.
    Also, do you mind sharing where your jeans are from? Love the cut.

  23. I’d love to hear from anyone with a family larger than four that has a banquette. Is it super annoying to have to ask the person sitting next to you to let you out? And for anyone with a banquette: Annoying to climb onto the bench to wipe it down? Annoying that the table isn’t close enough to you if you sit on the bench? Annoying that you can’t lean back while you eat? Seems like a banquette is more form over function, but I’d love to be proved wrong- they’re so beautiful!

    1. I love me a banquette! I like this one, especially using Sunbrella fabric. I wish they would come out with fun patterns. I can attest to teenagers not being fond of them ( for some reason ) preferring to sit at the island counter when they reach puberty, maybe easy escape!
      As a side note, I like to see how Emily is rethinking ( or moving ) her art. Watching Nate Butkus and his husband’s show and how we can not take everything into a new home/new chapter.

    2. I don’t technically have a banquette, but my dining table is squished into a corner (only place it can go) with a bench against the back wall. I actually kind of like being able to contain the kids on the bench.

      1. In our last house we had what sounds like the same setup for our kitchen table as Kimberly. I too liked being able to contain the kids on the bench. The table had a chair on each end and two on the kitchen side, then the bench in a bay window, so we could seat six if needed but we’re a family of four. I think the bench helped the kids outgrow their squirminess in chairs while eating, maybe because they couldn’t lean back? We moved the table to the bench and not vice versa so the distance was always ok. Our new house just has a dining room and no eating area in the kitchen so the bench got repurposed, but I am very pro-bench especially with kids.

  24. This might be my favorite farmhouse reveal so far. I love the simple function and beauty. Breakfast nooks make so much sense with kids and you created something that feels very attainable to different budgets and spaces. Love.

  25. This is my favorite part of your house! Love the colors! I think if you use this same colors/style in your living room it would be fantastic!

  26. It’s perfect. Those two fabrics together… you really excel at that. Yay!

  27. This really is perfect! More than that, it is comforting and just whispers “family.” I really love everything about it- even the wrapped bench. I can imagine the two toned wood (table/chairs) is also perfect with the wood tones in your kitchen- the island and cabinets. I wish I could see a photo from the angle going in towards the kitchen or further back in the living room that catches both the nook and kitchen. You really nailed it. Now the painful part… your pocket door… I have ADD and my eyes see how the door isn’t hung straight or isn’t wide enough??? I sure hope your builder fixes that. And I really, really hope that wasn’t too harsh. It just appears to have a gap when closed.

  28. This is so lovely. What a difference it makes to design it once you were already in the house and able to play around with it, figure out exactly what you wanted and needed. I just completed a big renovation and understand the need to make all the decisions on the front end. But it was really fortunate that this was an add on that allowed you to design after the fact instead of in advance. It is just perfect. Simple and grounding and also looks like it really belongs.

  29. I love this so much and have been contemplating building this into my kitchen as well. Would you be willing to share the length/width of the built-in? If I missed it in your article, my apologies in advance. I’m just trying to visualize whether we have enough space in our kitchen corner!

  30. I’m curious about your decision to use a plug-in pendant. Since you were designing this area from scratch, did you think about using a hard wired fixture (or rewiring this one to be hard wired as opposed to a plug-in)?

    1. Yes, same. The plug-in choice for a plug position mid-wall is curious to me, too. I’ve seen plug-ins with the outlet near the baseboard where the cord hangs fairly straight down, but I’ve not seen this before.

    2. Purely a guess but maybe putting this fixture here was an afterthought, but Emily likes the random quirk it adds, cord and all.

    3. Just my humble opinion here. In a more formal space a hard wire may be more appropriate; however (to me) the plug in gives the entire space a more relaxed, a more laissez-faire attitude, that I think works well for this casual space. I also think it adds a bit of friction and movement to a space that is otherwise very buttoned up, neat and tidy. Being a vintage fixture, this is how (the fixture) was made and used in rooms of that period. The size and design of the fixture, especially w the modern artwork, and then also w the other vintage pieces (Swedish chairs), works beautifully – IMHO:-)

  31. Gosh! There are soooooooooo many details to consider in this bright and cheerful corner and yet, it looks & feels both interesting & EFFORTLESS + sweetly inviting with a healthy-sized side of comfort -well done : )

  32. I love this nook so much. Definitely an inspiration for our own soon-to-be nook. But mostly I love how much you love your dogs. All dogs should be loved that much (IMO)! So often dogs get demoted after families have human children. I appreciate how much you have integrated them into your lives. 🐶

  33. I was a little skeptical when you announced the plan for the nook, but I actually really like this. Love the table. Well done!

  34. It’s spectacular! Everything about it oozes charm. And so amazing the family comes together for an evening meal, or other activities. Bravo!

  35. It looks really cozy! I do think the table could stand to be 6-12″ longer. Remember when you did the Mountain House banquette and people were concerned about the boxy shape of the seat boxes (they are “supposed” to be angled back to allow legs to tuck under slightly I guess). Well looks like that was not a problem after all since these are built the same simple way! Nice to know for my own future banquette plans…

    1. I wondered that too, whether it’s an intentional design decision to not have the seat overhang the base or just nobody thought to do it. I do think it’s more comfortable when your legs/feet can tuck under slightly but as you say this is the same with the mountain house built in so maybe Emily likes the simple aesthetic more.

      It’s beautiful either way, and I love how it has a gathered feel, like something that has evolved bit by bit rather than been designed/purchased all in one go, I think that makes it feel more artistic and more homey (not sure I’m explaining that well but it’s sort of that avoidance of the all from one store/matching set effect. I can see the table couid have been longer but I think having the chair nestled down the end is actually a win. This has just pulled together perfectly and feel very familiar yet very unique.

    2. The original design was angled back (almost floating out) but it was just so expensive to execute and this was so much simpler/more affordable. definitely doesn’t bother us one second. And I agree about the table so we’ll see if we pay to have it made longer or if it ends up bothering us later!

  36. Turned out just perfectly! Could you please share the dimensions of the banquette and table? I see the bench is 18” deep but width of each side would be so helpful to know!

  37. I absolutely love the gorgeous narrow table and those vintage Swedish chairs! This is a great use of that corner of the room – it looks comfortable, stylish and very functional:-) Sunbrella is fantastic and the fabric choices are endless these days. Wonderful job!!! PS if you shop at Ballard Designs, they have offered performance fabrics for their upholstery in recent years and they have a large selection of them. They also sell their fabrics by the yard.

  38. So simple, pretty and functional. And that painting was made for that space! I am curious about the height of the banquette seating relative to the height of the chairs. Is it a couple inches higher, as it appears in the photos? Design wise it works as it is two full plank widths high, but wondering how is feels when sitting around the table?

    1. You’re right! There does appear to be a height difference between the bench and the chairs. Seems weird because most seating is a fairly standard height, at least that’s what I thought. Maybe it’s an optical illusion? Very curious about this now!

    2. IMHO:-) Today in the US standard dining room chair seat height is 18-23″. Banquette standard seat height is 18″ w a 30″ table leaving 12″ of space between them. Many vintage and most antique chairs are lower in seat height than 18″ and these are vintage Swedish chairs. You could add a high density foam cushion to add visual and practical height as a preference; however I would leave them as-is to highlight the beautiful wood and craftsmanship. For the small kids the vintage chairs will be too low, but they will likely be on the banquette bench anyway. The back height of the Swedish vintage chairs works well w the overall “room” and allows the banquette to be open visually. IMHO:-)

  39. Thanks for sharing! What a beautiful space.
    Quick question on the lighting (the swing arm one over the table). I have always avoided this type of fixture because I didn’t like the look of the hanging/jumbled cord. I’m sure it gets in the way for whoever’s sitting in that spot. Is this the final solution or do you plan to have it hardwired? Or swap out for a white cord? I’m just curious what the easiest or best looking design solution is. Thanks!

  40. now that is a Scandi-Farmhouse look! One thing I would like to point out – the stoneware taper holders at Overstock are big time overpriced (I own a shop and recognized them) They should be around $20 a piece. FYI

  41. The table is so pretty! There should be more tables that are narrow to fit little spaces—this one looks like the perfect dimensions.

  42. So glad you’re happy with the space, Emily! Any way at all we could convince you to hard-wire that light fixture? The final little detail finish?

    1. HA. the original concept was not hardwired – the fixture doesn’t have a space for a canopy/junction box. but we could have done something. Anne (the lead ARCIFORM) had done this a bit in her house and it honestly looked so good, but admittedly I don’t love it as much here. The cord has to be able to move to go up and down (which is a feature of the lamp), but what I could have done is taken it behind the bench. I doubt I will do this because it doesn’t bother me. its one of those things that in the full context of the room you don’t notice it, but when only shooting one vignette you totally notice it. stay tuned 🙂

  43. Love this! How can non-designers buy the Max Humphrey fabric? I’d love to make some pillows!

  44. What a lovely cozy space! Thanks for sharing your process!
    By the way, as a daily reader, I noticed a HUGE (maybe at least 20 plus in a row) string of down votes on (to me) very positive, or neutral, generally innocuous comments (and my own may even be downvoted). I tried to click the “+” where I could! I am not sure if this is response to your recent comment policy, but wanted to let you know. (OR, someone doesn’t realize the “minus” is negative?). Either way, great space and thanks for sharing!

    1. Oh weird! ugh. yes I think some people still want their opinions felt 🙂

  45. I echo many of the other comments praising form and function. Just wanted to add that that I think the paint color offers the perfect finishing touch in the background: just a touch of contrast to the trim and ties together the other blues in such a lovely way.

  46. We did our screened porch cushions in sunbrella 8 yrs ago – worth every penny. And their colors coordinate so it’s easy to pattern mix for a more custom look than a matchy patio set.

    I love a breakfast nook. We’re planning to add one though I wonder if you wish you had a slightly angled back? The table though lovely looks quite narrow. But I can see from the footprint the design fits the space, which of course is always the starting point. I’m hoping to have a bit of a toe kick area under my bench for visual space and extra foot clearance when folks scooch in. I bet you have board game storage nearby – many memories will happen at that table!

  47. I think it’s a great workable space! With three children it would never have worked in my home because I know they would have been fighting about who got stuck in the middle!! I just have a question about the disclaimer at the end. I have a website and a blogger who was helping me make it more user-friendly mentioned that, by law, I should always disclose somewhere on the blog post if it involved sponsorship. I think (I could be wrong) that this is the first time you have actually added “This post was sponsored by Sunbrella but all words and opinions are all mine🙂”. Is this a new approach? It helps clarify that what I was told was correct – but, as a blog reader, I really appreciate the transparency on sponsorship/partnerships etc.

    1. hi! We’ve always written this at the end of partnered posts 🙂 I think you probably just didn’t notice it. Good luck with it all!

  48. The nook is awesome. I love then in general and yours is lovely. I’m also looking at putting in a wraparound bench seat like that in my kitchen living area, although I’m a bit worried now, as I will use an existing table (my grandmother’s) which has four legs. I can see the benefit of trestle base for space reasons.
    For a range of reasons, this project has been on the back burner a while but I had stored always stored up in the back of my mind the Crypton fabric you highly recommended for your friend’s white couch (modern organic home) ages ago, and would be very interested to know how the Sunbrella compares? What are the main differences between the two in terms of cost, range, function etc. Many thanks

  49. I’ve been looking forward to the finished report on this area for a long time! My favorite thing is the table design, which fits in with the wooden Kitchen cabinets and floors & the farmhouse style perfectly.

    I’m slightly puzzled about why you didn’t keep the base of the banquette seating wood, which would have hidden the scuffs from the bottom not being angled back, better than any paint, but particularly white paint. The color blocking of the white base, navy seat, then grey backs, and then pale blue walls is kind of a lot for such a small area.

    The vintage art and light fixture work so well! This is such a cute and functional family area. I’ll save some of these ideas for a future opportunity to create a dining banquette.

    1. ah, thank you. we wanted it to look built in with the paneling that was on the wall. we had leftover wall paneling (which wasn’t stain grade) and just wanted it to be more streamlined 🙂

      1. I should also note that in Oregon no one has shoes in the house, and i’m not just saying that. our kids robotically take them on and off all day long every time they go in and out (something they never did in CA) because the mud in the winter is so real. so we don’t worry about scuffs at all (I was wearing shoes in the shoot of course, but mostly because my bunion has ruined my foot modeling aspirations :))

    2. I was wondering why the bench was not designed to be open underneath, which would have given the look of the paneling but the fr!eedom to be able to have feet be a bit under the bench and also avoid scuffing.

  50. The nook turned out really lovely and looks perfect for family meals. I was wondering however, is there any other dining space planned? I didnt’ see anything on the floor plan. It seems that nook would be way too small for big family gatherings or hosting friends.

    1. The “sunroom” is both a large dining room & room where Emily works and has a long table in it.

      1. Thanks, Jessica 🙂 Yes for larger parties during the winter/spring we might eat in the sunroom but we mostly entertain in the warmer months and plan on eating outside with big groups. We don’t really have dinner parties – more family gatherings so this is for day to day and then likely outside (or sunroom) when more people come over.

  51. I have to say, I love it! I was definitely one of the naysayers and you proved me wrong. Its just perfect. I love the table, the chairs, and the cozy sunbrella covered bench. It suits your family perfectly.

    1. ah, thank you! i love proving a naysayer wrong 🙂 there are a lot of things i also have doubts on so when they work you can’t imagine the relief. I was worried about this nook for sure, but honestly it turned our pretty perfect considering the constraints. xx

  52. Sunbrella is a great choice for this situation and am happy you finally have a great place to sit for meals. am very curious about why the table is so small, given the large open living /dining area you are working with. I love oval tables, but this space seems to call out for a regular old rectangular dining table that could go almost to the glass doors- would provide seating of course, but it would also provide balance for the large amount of furniture that will be in the living area.

    1. it encroaches into the living/seating area pretty quickly (specifically the pass through that we would want between the two) . that being said we all agree that the table should be longer but at this point we are living with it until we get our final living room layout one and then we might course correct 🙂

  53. Hi! I know you said the bench is 18” but could you please share the length and depth of the dining nook space? Would love to see if we have enough room to do something similar. Thank you!

  54. Beautiful – love it!! Such a warm addition to this space. Love all of the choices.

  55. Love this nook and especially love the sunbrella pillows, but it looks like the Max Humphrey collection is to the trade—do you have any tips on how people who aren’t working with designers can get this fabric (and other to the trade fabric)?

  56. Love it! Any chance we could see measuremints/dims for the space? I’m trying to work-out a similar space. THX

  57. Lovely design as usual, but I’m always surprised to see banquettes designed with a vertical front–and they almost always are. It is much more comfortable to sit with heels tucked in a bit, and the box shape looks very static to me. But then, the inward-slanted front looks too much like a diner booth. I really like the look of the banquette seat held up with shapely wooden brackets.

  58. I always love a new farmhouse reveal, but goodness I am not at all a nook person myself. The scooching in and out! Eep! And while I’m all for cozy spots, I can never quite figure out how to relax in bench seating like this—to such an extent that when you say you opt for this spot over the sunroom to be cozy and comfortable, I almost want a more detailed explanation of how, ha. I think the contrasting bench back/seat is a really nice touch, and the rejigged art in these photos is indeed worlds better than the video. Like others, I really struggle with the visual distraction of that Rejuvenation light. Especially juxtaposed with the on-table styling in these shots. Nonetheless, I’m forever learning from your process posts, Emily. Thank you as always for letting us in on it!

  59. I love this so much and have wanted to do this in my home! You are inspiring me to do it! I am curious how wide the shorter of the benches is.

  60. Thanks to your recommendation, I’m having a cushion made and finished for a rocking chair fashioned by Raleigh Hills Upholstery. I’m excited to see how they do.

  61. Silly question, but I know from Instagram that you changed around the art. What do you use to hang your art with? Nails make me nervous because they are permanent and create holes. Command strips make me equally nervous because I’ve had them mess up my paint. I’d love to know your trick!

  62. Perfect timing as I’m working on the design of a new dining nook and banquette. I’m either going to float the banquette base on legs or have the bottom half or so set back a few inches to avoid constant heel scuffs. We’re also looking at a modified oval … amoeba, kidney, or somthing like that just for visual interest. The $1800 for fabricating your cushions gave me a big dose of reality as I was thinking more like a $1000. Yowsa.

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