Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Banquette cushions installed!

My banquette cushions were installed this week! I've mentioned before that when it comes to kitchens I highly recommend a fabulous looking vinyl. Todays selection of durable vinyls range from ostrich to crocodile, from snakeskin to shagreen...diner looking vinyl isn't your only option. You could also shake up a solid with a different color piping to create a stylish look. Your options for function, style and durability are endless. Wipeable vs washable is key in a place where you eat several times a day and most days of the week!

 The Kravet crocodile vinyl I picked to have the banquette cushions made.
The kitchen the day when we moved into our home.
Since the kitchen is the heart of the home, I immediately made some changes to the seating area to suit our family's needs.  If you notice in the above photo your eye stops at the top of the green (lowering the height of the room), I wanted to create an open and airy feeling in the kitchen. Since, the ceiling is high, on a diagonal and has six sky lights I had the walls and ceiling all painted one color. It's crisp, clean and soothing to the eye.  In additon to painting, I had the banquette built around the perimeter of the wall to maximize seating capacity.  I also moved the electrical up the wall and switched out the lighting fixture. I added all new trim work around the windows to enhance the appearance. The photo ledge was hung to showcase family photos and my kiddies artwork.  My goal was to create a welcoming, comfortable and functional nook for our family to dine and do projects.

Before the banquette cushions.
 
And, now the banquette cushions to finish the look. 
A close-up of the crocodile vinyl.

Kitchen paint color: Benjamin Moore's Bunny Gray
Crocodile vinyl: Kravet (Trade only)

Reservations for comfortable and casual dining now available!

23 comments:

Living In Art said...

Just super, what a transformation, so much fun!

Ann said...

Sharp, chic and very you!

Love the whole room, especially the light fixture.

Well done, Lisa!

The Zhush said...

Love the photo shelves, reminds me Aerin Lauder's kitchen! Its all so amazing...I need to redo my kitchen chair cushions with something waaay more practical than what we have...and when I do, I am calling on you!

Debby said...

Very, very fun and child proof too! Love it! xo

Kate from Party Resources said...

Love! Love! Love! Such a fun modern approach!

Kathysue said...

Chic, stylish, practical and kid friendly!! That is what I call good design. They are wonderful Lisa, great job of designing your space, Kathysue

Susie @ Maddie's Nest said...

The area looks great. Love the family photos and the vinyl is a great idea. I think in our new kitchen I am going to get our next cusions vinyl coated. What a great idea of a banquette.

Style Chronicle said...

Looks fantastic and so family friendly!!

Style Attic said...

Love the red and your choices are all tres chic!

EJR said...

incredible! Vinyl is such a great idea.

Andrika King said...

Looks wonderful, love the artwork and photo ledge too!

pretty pink tulips said...

Oh, so chic, Lisa! The banquettes look amazing. And, I love your light fixture and photos. What a happy spot to have a cup of coffee in the morning. I'll be right over! ;)

Heavenly Housewife said...

Another wonderful makeover daaaahling, you've done a beautiful job. What a lovely living space.
*kisses* HH

Gramercy Home said...

That's one good-looking vinyl! The room came together wonderfully.

dovecote Decor said...

The space needed that sharp punch of red! It is perfect, you will be enjoying your morning cup so ever much more.
Liz

Love of the Sea said...

Oh my -just gorgeous!!!

Kim@Chattafabulous said...

Love it! The light fixture is divine!!!

Wendy said...

Very smart looking!

eddieross said...

It looks amazing!! We love it!

xo

E+J

HAMPTON HOSTESS said...

great photos--so modern and fresh--enjoy!!

Cashon&Co said...

first, i am in serious lust with that light fixture.
second, i am a big fan of using banquettes. funny you chose that kravet white vinyl, as I had just said that I bought a swivel tub chair for a client, and we are doing this exact kravet vinyl on them!!! we must think alike friend!

mytidbitz said...

Love it. Im in the process of having a custom made banquette made for our kitchen and never considered vinyl cushions. Im also in the NYC area. Where can I buy them or have them made?

Thanks.

Johnson said...

The space needed that sharp punch of red! It is perfect, you will be enjoying your morning cup so ever much more. Liz