Okay, I admit it, I am hooked on Top Design! I never, ever watched reality shows until Top Chef came along! Last week's episode really got me! When India Hicks came out with the comment that she had not seen a sofa used as seating around a dining room table while judging Eddie Ross.. He was shocked as was I !
Really, does anyone believe that?? Daughter of famed designer David Hicks has not seen a sofa used as seating in a dining room?! Well, my dear India here's a few examples of this concept.
I rather like the use of a sofa or banquette in dining room. I feel it changes things up a bit and adds dimension to the room. In most cases, it is unexpected...well of course it is! India Hicks has never seen this before!
Photo by Erik Johnson
If the room is not very large, using a sofa against one wall gives the room a little extra breathing room.
The sofa in this dining room sort of wraps around the table. I think it is very elegant! The blue seat covers add a subtle pop of color and what appears to be a Murano glass chandelier adds the "Oh, La, La" effect perfectly. Many may thing this room is too dark. I really like the contrast between the dark and light/white.
Now, India my dear, this of course is not a sofa, but a banquette. Great way to tuck in some seating when space is at a minimum. I feel that banquette seating is very cozy and comfortable. Your guests are sure to sit a spell and enjoy!
So there you have it, the concept of a sofa as seating in a dining room. Do any of you readers really believe that India has not seen this before? I sure don't!
If you haven't see Top Design, check it out. It is nearing the end of the season where they pick the winner. It is amazing how inconsistent the judging is! Margaret Russell, Jonathan Adler, India and Kelly Wearstler are the usual judges...they all seem to want the contestants to be just like them...they make up the "rules" as they go... so when Ms. India was so shocked to see a sofa by a dining room table..I just had to comment!
If anyone currently has a sofa in your dining room and would like to send me a picture, I will feature in an upcoming post. Wouldn't that be fun? The holidays are fast approaching, and entertaining and parties and dressing up our dining rooms will soon be in the fore front of our minds !