Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Bench beautiful........and a major giveaway!

Good morning! Things are moving fast and furious over at the house and I am going to go over today and take some pictures...will share with you tomorrow. I am also excited  to announce a great giveaway tied into today's post.  Who doesn't love a great bench! I mean this is kind of a staple don't you think? At the foot of a bed, in a library or in a family room, out on a patio, maybe a small one in a bathroom or in a mud room, a bench is just one of those little must haves that is great to have around. Like an old comfortable shoe, its practical, it fits, and you need one (or two). Benches can be found in whole host of styles, a range of sizes and more colors and patterns than you can wrap your brain around.

 I love a great bench and I think virtually every manufacturer makes them and goodness knows they can easily be found in every price range, from the very very affordable to the extremely high end collectible pieces. There is no denying their versatility and with their relatively light weight they can easily be moved around, to make for  impromptu extra seating when needed for last minute guests. Here is a look at the way benches are used in many different types and styles of rooms. I know when I move there will be benches found not only in a few of my bedrooms but in my family room and tucked beneath a console or two. Lets face it, a bench is a staple amongst a homes must have least in my opinion. Just a practical little item. Do you have a favorite?  

This leads me to my great giveaway!! Safavieh has generously donated this fabulous looking bench that not only is beautiful but also doubles as great storage! How good looking is this? Some lucky winner will win this great looking bench.....that can be used virtually anywhere!! Made of a cream linen is neutral and has such an elegant streamlined shape. It measures 19H X 15WX 45D. (Retails for approx. $450.00)

Its easy to win, you have to do TWO things....1. Comment on this post and leave an email address if I am unable to contact you via your blogger name 2.Visit Safavieh at and then visit them at their facebook page by clicking here and tell them your favorite item...that's it!!  I will announce the winner of the bench on my Friday post! Good luck!! 

Moving onto my bench post.........

                                   Sleek white leather bench with silver legs, Decorpad
Ashley Goforth chose a small grey bench for this pretty bathroom
I like the idea of adding two smaller benches around a foyer table as was done here, Rinfret
A fun black and white bench was worked into this cozy seating nook in this kitchen, Garage workbench
Love a built in bench such as this one used as breakfast room seating, Decorpad
Twice as nice....a pair of pretty benches at the foot of a bed, Decorpad
A whimsical fun bench is added to a youngsters room...Decorpad
A bench can be most practical in a beautiful mudroom as shown here!
Kendall Wilkinson added an elegant French inspired bench to this elegant master suite
Love seeing a bench in a bathroom, two is even better! Timothy Whealon
A bench with assorted wicker baskets doubles as a practical storage solution! Decorpad
This sweet little bench is a great bench to have right next to the back door.....Country Living
Benches are just not for inside! Martensen Jones Interiors gives this patio an all white makeover
Scott Laslie design added a pretty tailored bench to this elegant transitional bedroom
A combination of benches being used as kitchen seating, fun!
Having an over sized bench in your bathroom is indeed a luxury, but then again this bath belongs to Ralph Lauren!
How about a fabulous high backed shaped bench like this one for drama? Rinfret
A cozy and sun filled space such as this one makes this bench seating a perfect choice
Love this elegant little bench that Phobe Howard tucked under this very elegant marble vanity
Phoebe Howard chose this gorgeous bench to add a little pizazz to this foyer
Something really cozy about a built in bench, like this one in this home by Robert Stern
A delicate bench was added to the foot of this luxurious master bed, Brett Design Inc
Pretty sided bench gets dressed up with trellis pillows,  Studio ten 25
This charming little bathroom gets a zebra covered bench to add some zest! House and Home
Thomas Pheasant chose an elegant tufted gray bench for the foot of this masculine bedroom
Barclay Butera chose a gorgeous white tufted bench for the end of this pretty bed
A collection of benches to incorporate as kitchen seating is a neat idea too!
A delicate little silk covered bench with gold leaf is added to the side of this pretty bed, Decorpad
Suzanne Kasler thought outside the box by adding two pairs of benches to this farmhouse table in this kitchen and the result is fabulous!
Love a pretty feminine bench in a decadent! M Elle
I like this built in bench in this kids playroom, practical, fun and doubles as storage!
A bench in a hallway is always a practical solution, Nathan Egan
Lucky little bench to be part of such an opulent bathroom! Photo by Andrea Trauttsmandorff
Shope Reno Wharton chose a pair of pretty benches in ivory to pair with the comfy chairs in this sumptuous master suite
Love the luxury of having a bench in a dressing room, S.R.Gambrel
An elegant bench doubles as storage for books and magazine in this beautiful bedroom, Veranda
Thornton Designs chose to put this bench at the foot of the main stair hall, love this look!
Love seeing the bench as wide as the bed....beautiful!
Gwen Driscoll chose a modern bench for this rustic foyer...I love the mix!
A bench that doubles as storage for extra blankets and pillows, Elle Decor
How luxurious....a bench in your boutique like closet! Traditional Home
Nancy Boszhardt used a narrow bench for the end of this very elegant and refined bedroom
Samantha Pynn designed this great functional and beautiful storage bench
A beach bedroom gets a wicker bench to keep the natural feeling of the bedroom, Coastal Living
Suzanne Kasler chose a pony covered bench for this living room setting to use as a coffee table
A storage bench that looks great too! Coastal Living
A leopard bench is quite luxurious! Suzanne Lovell
Love the slightly modern benches Elizabeth Dinkel chose for this traditional guest room! Great looking!
This is a neat idea, a low bench topped with colorful luxurious pillows on one end of a dining table to mix up the seating! CHM

Do you have a favorite? Is there a special way or place you like to use a bench? Any tips or creative ways you would like to share? Do tell! Hope you have an enchanted day!!