Hi all! I am still here, I promise! I have had an amazing opportunity come my way with a brand that I hope to share and reveal soon that has been keeping me busy. Other than that this summer is all about making plans for the future projects I plan to tackle around my home, starting in the kitchen. Today I am sharing my DIY built in window seat plans and inspiration from other amazing bloggers and their beautiful window seats.
This summer has kicked my work from home booty with the kids also being home, Mom guilt is strong right now. I want to spend every sweet moment of summer with my kids, but I have this blog as well to maintain. It has been a juggling act and I am still figuring it out. Between running my kids to soccer camp, horse riding camp and baseball games I am daydreaming of the plans for our home.
I am always scheming of better ways to decorate, or even more exciting… ways to make our home function better. Our small eat-in area in the kitchen has always been a point of frustration for me. Eventually I plan to expand our kitchen to include this little area, getting rid of the peninsula, knocking down a wall into the dining room and adding an island. Big plans, huge! But not in the near future. So I am left with this weird eat-in area right in the kitchen, and right next to the actual dining room.
We are not “formal” dining room kind of people. Just one dining room will do just fine for my kids to ask how many bites of their vegetables they have to eat and for the knock knock jokes around the table to happen everyday. Up to this point this little space off of the kitchen has been where my kids have their art table and their books. A sort of big-ish kid play room.
Now that they are even older, all of their books are now in their bedroom. The old spool is resting beautifully in a corner in my bedroom, which is also getting a tiny transformation. I have a few details to add and then will reveal that as well. I have been busy around here, just not getting my words into this blog and the pictures uploaded. Bare with me!
Anyways, with this small eat-in area which we have dubbed the sun room being pretty much empty once we removed my kids books and most of their art supplies which are in their room now. Yay for no more two year olds and worrying about markers on the wall! I have a blank slate to work with in here. I am wanting to let this space slowly get taken back into the fold of the kitchen space. The big projects I have been working on with a brand will explain this more, and that will be revealed soon.
But what I can talk about is the plans for a DIY built in window seat! In order to maximize this space it will be a dual function zone and the window seat is a big part of this. One big function is more storage!!! I plan to have the window seat fill my entire three large window alcove, which gives me a ton of storage that I will utilize within the window seat.
The next phase of this will be a smaller breakfast table I am going to place here, which will come after the window seat is built. This smaller table will become a secondary eating space, which is perfect for when we have people over and this can be the kids table. I still plan to have some of my kids art supplies in this room, so the table can be used for art or homework. Lastly, with it not just being for my kids art table, and kids sized myself and my husband can also use the table!
This room gets beautiful sun streaming in and has a great view of our backyard. I am envisioning comfy throw pillows, a cushy seat cushion, and me working on my lap top or working on a craft project here. Making this space work for adults and kids alike will allow it to work better for the whole family.
We have a standard home, not too big or small. It has three bedrooms, two bathrooms and is 2,000 square feet. Which means it is big enough, but with three kids and all that comes with 5 people living under one roof making our home work in every nook and cranny is key. Capitalizing on all of the rooms and uses for them. This sun room is just another way to use the space better. Letting more of the kitchen prep seep into here, and allowing this room to be used for more than just my tiny artists at their small art table.
The wonderful thing about this DIY built in window seat is that it does not alter my long term plans for this kitchen. In fact, barring lottery winnings and moving the kitchen to a new location in my home; this window seat will stay as-is with the new kitchen plans. I have made up very unprofessional and not even a little close to scale drawings of my future kitchen and this window seat will be included. Just putting cabinets on the walls next to this window seat. A small seating area in a kitchen may seem weird at first, but really this is always where people hang out. My kids like to chat in here while I am cooking or doing dishes. When we have people over they always congregate in our small kitchen. So having this little window seat nook will be great in the long run too. Kitchen island and all!
Now that I explained my DIY built in window seat plans and inspiration, along with my reasons for wanting to do this it is time for me to get to work making it! My goal is to start it this weekend and since I do not like to waste time I am planning for it to be done within the week. Of course that is if my kids and our hectic life play along with my DIY plans. Since this post is just me talking about plans I wanted to share some eye candy with other window seats that have inspired me. We all need a little inspiration, and pretty pictures of stunning window seats is just what I need to get me amped up to make this happen! I will update you on the progress of my DIY window seat next week!
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