Monday, June 30, 2014

Movable Window Seat

A few years ago, LJ built this wonderful wood bench with a bottom shelf.

I have used it in many a spot around our cottage
and it's seen several colors of paint.

This newest fresh paint finish is a soft neutral with added distress.

Most recently I discovered it was the exact width of
my center bow window in the dining room to fit between the curtains.
Perfect to create a movable window seat.

Since I change the decor up so often,
being able to move it to another spot is perfect for me.

To the top I added a wonderful French hotel graphic
stenciled in a dark charcoal. 
I often use this color for stencils as it is a lot less harsh then black
but still looks dark enough.

To the front I stenciled the address of the hotel.

Then comes the fun part of adding a few accents.
To the shelf I added a few of my favorite design books along with
a vintage house mouse my mother created about 30 years ago.

This French box is perfect to hold extra napkins or even a stack of dessert plates.

This large floor bunny stays out year round.
 He wears a glossy black ribbon.
You never know where this fellow will be. 
I move him around often.

The light weight crocheted throw is perfect for summer and softens the bench a bit.

A little spot to read or watch the rain.

So sorry all these pics are a bit gloomy. 
We've had so much rain and overcast for days.
It was even raining while taking these photos.

I like being able to move this bench when needed since I
put a tall Christmas tree in this window for the holidays.

Now this wasn't a big deal, but just a cute little window seat idea.
Maybe you have a bench that would fit perfectly in a window.

With the dining room complete, I'll be looking around for another 
room for change!!

See you next time.

Have a wonderful last day of June.

Celestina Marie


Anonymous said...

Good Morning, I love the idea of a movable window seat. You both did a great job. We had heavy rain last night and it continues this morning; quite dreary!
Wishing you a day filled with many blessings.

Nancy said...

Your Bench is adorable Celeste!! and your Dining Room is Gorgeous!! I hope the Sun comes out for you today!!

Huggs, Nancy

1CardCreator said...

What a cozy spot you have created, perfect for reading a book or watching for friends to arrive. ~Diane

Anonymous said...

What a pretty and inviting area, Celeste! The graphics are perfect addition to your bench. Your accessories make this such a welcoming area that says,"stop and sit a while"!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

I am having so much fun watching your "moveable feast" of interiors this summer, Celeste! What a great way to cozy up what is already an inviting observatory with the bowed windows, and the softening up of the bench with the pillow is my favorite. AND, your bunny....we have a metal rabbit that I love to move around. My husband never knows where he will see "Gabbert" next!

We had another downpour the other day that just about finished my basil. But, thank goodness we do have water!

Enjoy your day! Anita

Jan Hermann said...

I love what you've done with your bench and where you've used it as a window bench in your dining room. Love the graphic!

I've often thought your lace is so pretty on your windows. With this pretty close-up for the window bench, I see it's the same lace panels I have on my windows. I love them!!


LJS said...

Celestina, It was fun making that bench for you. Your artistic creativity made it look fantastic. XXOO

Donna said...

What a perfect spot for your bench, Celestina! LJ did an awesome job building it, I love the lower shelf he added. And your stenciling makes it tres chic! Your lace panels are just gorgeous!! The bunny is a cutie, and that little mouse that your mom made is adorable. Have a great day!

Little Miss Maggie said...

I love your sweet little bench and the typography adds so much. Your cream and black decor is stunning.

farmhouse-story said...

i really love the graphics you've added to the cute bench, celeste:) you gotta love a handy guy! the lace curtains are so pretty! we've had a lot of rain and gloomy days, too. enjoy your week!

White Lace and Promises said...

Wow! The bench is great within itself, but with the added graphics, it is fabulous! The bottom shelf vignette is nicely pulled together and I love the photograph of the book open and the pillow. You room looks like it belongs in a French Chateau.

TexWisGirl said...

such beautiful windows! and a lovely bench to add to it.

Liz@ HomeandGardeningWithLiz said...

I like the stenciling you did- you are so talented! That's a great spot to showcase things. Love the pretty lace on your windows.

Stephanie said...

Oh Celeste, I swooned when I saw your beautiful windows and lace - my, what beauty! And so inviting too :)

The bench is simply lovely, dear friend. Have a wonderful week! Hugs to you!

Dorthe said...

Dear Celestina Marie,
this is an absolutely wonderful idea. The bench your husbond made, fits so beautiful between your windows , and I love the graphic
stenciled in charcoal, on top of it and in the front.
Decorated with your sweet things, and the lovely throw it looks gorgeous.
Thank you my friend for your so sweet comments alwayes ,and for being so understanding.
Warm hugs, Dorthe

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Very pretty, Celeste! I love the stencil you used on the bench seat. I will have to remember that tip about using charcoal colored paint instead of black. I actually do that with eyeliner so why not paint? : ) I really like your window treatments in here and love the iron piece you've put above each window. I see you've got some great design books in your collection, too!

Mari said...

What a great idea sweetie, it's such a nice place to sit and read or just enjoy the view ;-) love how you gave her a pretty paint job, I adore bunnies and the one you have place by the bench is a beauty. How special that you have a sweet little mouse in your your dear mom made ;-)....
Your dining room is gorgeous Celeste, but so is the rest of your lovely home...


Unknown said...

Hi Celeste,

Your idea about the bench is wonderful. I love how you staged it too. Your home is always so gorgeous.


Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

What a sweet bench, and I love the graphic! xoxo

Heaven's Walk said...

What a beautiful room, Celeste. Love the idea of a movable window seat. It's so charming. You are brilliant. :)

xoxo laurie

Debbie Harris said...

Celestina, your bench was just darling, especially with that lace throw and near those beautiful lace curtains. Lace and more lace, that's my love!
Thank you for the little peek into your home, it is lovely.
Have a beautiful rest of the week and 4th of July celebration.
Blessings my friend.

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

Your bench fits perfectly in front of your pretty windows! I'd love to have 3 big windows like yours in my dining room! Your room is lovely!

ArtisticRomantic said...

Oh what a perfect piece for the room. Love what you did with it and I really love that bunny!! Hugs,

cynthia lee designs said...

Love the idea of a moveable bench. It looks so pretty by the window. I love those pretty!! What a cute bunny too!!

Deborah Montgomery said...

The bench with your graphics is such a pretty addition to your room. I love what you did with it. Beautiful windows and lace curtains, too. A lovely room!

Deborah Montgomery said...

I think I lost my comment? anyway, you might get two from me! Love your bench and your pretty room. The graphics you added are perfect, and I love those lace curtains! Beautiful Celeste!

Dorthe said...

Hello dear Celestina Marie, I suddenly can`t comment on your blog, I tried ceveral times yesterday, trying now again...
I love the bench your husbond made you, so very lovely in front of the windows, and with your sweet pieces on the shelf, and the throw on top, there in your beautiful room.
I hope I succed now, --happy tuesday, fromDorthe with hugs.

Creations by Marie Antoinette and Edie Marie said...

How adorable Celeste! It's a perfect finishing touch for your window area. And so special that your sweetie made it for you! Love the graphic on it, ooh la la!

Have a blessed 4th and be safe!
love & hugs, Edie

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

I love benches! You can never have too many. SO easy to scoot around to use as a seat or table. I adore your beautiful design of course! I wish we had your rainy day. We so badly need it!

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Love your bench...Thank you for the tip on using grey for the stencil, you are right, black is sometimes to harsh and dark....Hope the sun is out today!


Valerie-Jael said...

Another wonderful remake, just fantastic. Hugs, Valerie

Aims Pyrex Passion said...

I love wood projects. You did a wonderful job, you have a very lovely home.

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Celestina Marie,

I enjoy seeing all your gorgeous projects you do - love the bench and it fits perfectly in your bow window.
Beautiful windows.

Happy July dear friend and thanks for the kind visit to my blog.

Lea said...

That looks perfect on that spot! I am inspired by your posts. I don't have time and all the resources so I just visit your blog and see your lovely projects!

chateau chic said...

Your bench is adorable. I love a piece like this that can be moved around and used in different places. Looks so pretty in front of your dining room window.
Mary Alice

Sola Scriptura said...

I love your curtains! The bench is so functional and pretty. Lovely.

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Celestina, I've missed a lot of posts. Life has been really hectic lately, but it's always so nice to slow down and relax with the beauty you create. I love this little bench. Did you make or buy your stencils? I love those. laurie

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Welcome To Rose Garden Market from Celestina Marie Design. It is so nice to meet you. My name is Celestina Marie named after my grandmother and my friends call me Celeste.My creative journey extends over 30 years enjoying the love of painting and redesigning vintage and new treasures. I love to go treasure hunting and the fun of finding great vintage pieces to redesign..