I have made it no secret. I have wanted a dining banquette since we moved to The Country House. I first saw this linen sofa at Hunter Bee last Fall. Ever since then, I’ve been excited about my vintage “dining banquette” project. Dream decorating since 2010, and a vintage redo that is a year in the making? Sounds about right. Talk about the Slow Home Movement!
The ticking stripe dining banquette “mattress” was ready to go weeks ago, but it took a while for me to get up the nerve to squeeze it into my car and drive it from NWCT to the City apartment. Bringing this Hollywood Regency sofa cushion up to dining height was a really good idea, if I dare say so myself! Every single morning I’ve enjoyed my coffee in a cozy, comfy seat with my laptop on the dining table. LOVE! It is exactly the casual dining room vibe I have been dreaming about.I am still working on the vintage silk scarf/pillow idea that came along with the idea of a dining banquette in the #ABCDJewelBox. I need to decide if I am truly going full on neutral at the New Old Stone House or if I am going to start making exceptions to my rule. Until then, I am just using homeless scatter pillows that I have decorated with in the past. Have you known ABCDdesign long enough to remember the Zebra pillow from the Soho Loft? Speaking of way back when…I quietly marked ABCD’s 7th blog-i-versary this past month. My, my! Things certainly were different back then. It is fun for me to look back at old photos and see how I’ve re-used almost all of the old pieces in new places. If you follow me on Instagram, the cushion delivery should come as no surprise. (I posted a photo there last week.) And over the weekend, someone liked my photo well enough to post a “re-gram” on their feed. The dining banquette reached a new audience. At first I was excited – this almost never happens – and then it took a whole host of criticism. Ah, the joys of the internet! I like to share my thoughts about the look of our home and what I am dreaming on, how I think and live with design. Ruminating on it helps me make decisions by getting in touch with what I really think. If you find something on ABCDdesign that you are inspired by, that helps you to form an opinion – either good or bad – or you appreciate a point I make/something beautiful you see = GREAT! Please know if I happen to say something critical about a particular look/choice/design element on my site, it is purely because I feel it would work better for me and our home if I found a different way. When I voice my opinion in a blog post, my commentary is never said from a mean place, or meant to be an attack. I’ve never tried to be hurtful to others by sharing my opinion. Nothing personal, you know?Ticking stripe fabric is a classic. Besides being ultra durable, it gives the space a cozy and casual feel. It reads as a neutral. Not to mention it is ultra budget friendly at $6-$10 a yard! This dining banquette cushion is double sided with mattress ties on both sides. If it becomes soiled over time I can flip it over. And in the end, if I grow tired of the black and white stripe, I can reupholster the cushion with a different fabric without feeling bad about the initial less than $50 fabric investment.This re-upholstery project will flawlessly fit into my neutral, no-color color palette that I am longing to create in the New Old Stone House! The question is (having received a sample packed of Mally Skok’s new fabric designs) how I will EVER stick to a neutral palette? I’m loving Mally’s newest Sofia Multi and Sofia Minor…one of them may end up as Roman Shades somewhere, now that we’ll actually have neighbors!