7th House on the Left


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Plates hung on the wall. Love it or hate it? This is one of those timeless decorating trends I’ve been noticing more and more lately… But I can’t decide if I completely love it.

My first memory of seeing plates hanging on the wall was at my great grandparent’s house in Indianapolis. My Great Grandma Henderson was the original Donna Reed – her everyday uniform was a freshly pressed dress complete with an apron and heels. Coincidentally, Donna Reed also had plates hung in her kitchen. These days plates hanging on the wall can come across as super traditional and a tad old fashioned, but it’s becoming an interesting eclectic “granny chic” trend that I’m falling in love with. Plus, I think they’d be a lot of fun to collect over time.

Mix matching colors and patterns is a great way to make a plate collection look collected and unique. Also, a random cascading pattern can bring a lot of softness to an otherwise clean-lined room. I especially love the turtle plate! Image found here.

I love how the plate designs pick up on the Ikat pillows – making this is a great example of tying in the plate designs with the other accessories in the room. Image found here.

Displaying plates in straight lines all the way up to the ceiling is a great modern variation! I love how all of the colors really pop against the white walls. By the way, check out that molding around the door on the right! Image found here.

I really like how this collection is so closely grouped together then there’s one on the top a little farther away. Oh, and did you notice the black and beige bulldog plate? Great modern touch! Image found here.

I love pretty much everything in this room! One thing I really love is the plates hanging on the wall on either side of the window. They really help add some height and makes the eye move up toward the ceiling. Image found here.

There are so many things I love about this photo… the colors, vintage vibe, painted brick wall and most of all, the plates! Image found here.

This collection of white and gold plates look very smart and dainty. I love the idea of mixing in a few “guest book” plates with vintage ones! Image found here.

Black and white plates on a black wall = love! Gotta love some great contrast. It ties in perfectly with the all-white bedding and stark white lamp. Image found here.

I love the look of this plate collection on the dark gray walls. It makes the plates really stand out! …and gives me some thoughts about doing this in our dining room. Image found here.

This group of all white plates is a really great traditional look but the placement makes the whole thing look really modern. I like how they overlapped a few of them here and there to give it a really staggered look. Image found here.

So, what’s the verdict? Yay or Nay?


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Okay, so there isn’t a homecoming queen in this post, but I couldn’t help but to reference the Monkees at any given chance — even though I was born in the 80’s.

Before we even began our house hunting search, we (well, mostly me) started collecting photos, floor plans, and house related clippings of what we wanted in our future house. One thing that always caught my eye, and still does, is kitchen banquette seating. I had seen banquette seating in magazines and movies but a few years ago, I saw it in person in a Martha Stewart KB Home model in Cary, North Carolina (after graduating from college, Greg and I toyed with the idea of moving there). I immediately fell in love with the idea and simply “had to have it” in my future home. I still have the photo I took that day…

Banquette seating, large windows, open shelving, crisp white wainscoting… swoon! From that day on, I started a file called “Banquette Seating” on my computer and collected photos to use as inspiration when we purchased our first home. Sadly, we don’t have an area for this but it’s okay to daydream, right? Here are my top 6 favorite inspiration photos from the file…

This image found on Decor Pad is one of my very first banquette seating inspiration images. Can’t you imagine having your morning coffee here?! The semetrical art work, sconces and flanking cabinetry tie everything together so nicely. The chandelier makes a huge statement without being too overpowering. I also love the powder blue walls. Heavenly!

This picturesque setting is in the home of textile designer LuLu De Kwiatkowski (image via Lonny Mag). I love the pairing of the crisp white bead board and the rustic farm table as well as the addition of the graphic print pillows. I also covet all of the natural lighting!

In this room, Martensen Jones Interiors took what could have been an awkward flex space in this beautiful kitchen and turned it into a perfect, what I like to call, “coffee nook”. The carrara marble table top ties in with the countertop and backsplash. By using the same material, this really ties in the two “zones”.

Surrounded by white cabinetry, backsplash and countertops, the gray and white striped fabric on the banquette seating in this kitchen (Gast Architects) is the perfect touch of whimsy! I also love how the black table in front of the banquette seating adds some needed depth and helps ground the room. A perfect combination of light and dark!

Yes, another white kitchen! Ya’ll should know by now that I have an obsession with white kitchens. Moving on… This kitchen by Jennifer Dryer (image via Lonny Mag) is another great example of using a potentially awkward space and transforming it into a perfectly thought out nook. This would be a great little space for kids (or in our case, Bentley) to hang out while we cook. The extra storage under the seating is a plus too. Oh, I envy this kitchen!

If there were a photo with practically all of my current obsessions… this one would be it. Neutral gray fabric, tufted banquette seating, wing back chairs, a pop of color by way of a simple floral arrangement, typography artwork, gobs of coffee table books… what do I NOT love about this photo? Nothing! Simply put, Kishani Perera outdid herself.

So there you have it… my top 6 favorite inspiration photos for banquette seating. Even though we don’t have a place for it in our house, a little daydreaming eye candy never hurts.

Just because I can’t get the song out of my head now, I must close with a tribute to one of my favorite Monkees songs:

Are you daydreaming about a certain architectural feature you long to have in your home? We’d love to hear your daydreaming stories…


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When it comes to customizing furniture, installing different hardware is the easiest and fastest way to make it unique. It’s kind of like jewelry for your furniture. In the same way that you can totally transform an outfit by just changing your jewelry, you can make a typical-looking piece of furniture unique and fun by changing the hardware.

We have a few furniture projects around the house (like the guest room dresser and the future kitchen cabinets) where we are thinking about replacing the stock hardware with something a little more custom. Since we have hardware on the brain, we’re rounding up some of our favorite decorative hardware pieces…

Left to Right: Toscana Knob / Maddox KnobMother-of-Pearl Knob / Sea Blossom KnobUrchin Test KnobRed Striped Ceramic Door Knobs

Left to Right: Ivory Ceramic Knob / Lace-Strewn Knob / Beaded Knob / Prismatic Spring Pull / Lucky Number KnobCalico Owl Knob

Left to Right: Galaxy Knob / Ring Around the Knob / Rosette Knob / Traditional Amber Glass Knob / Cartographer’s Cultured Knob / Bubbled Glass Knob

So. many. to. choose. from! Keeping in mind that we will probably be using multiple knobs in a single area, I think my personal favorites are on the top row in the first set. They’re unique, but not too busy. Greg really likes the bottom-middle and top-right knobs in the third set. We really wish we could use all of these, but that would probably be overkill!

Do you have some favorites out of all these? Do you have a favorite store where you go to find unique hardware? We’d love to add to our list, so let us know in the comments section!