Thursday, September 5, 2013

X-benches, ottomans, cubes, garden gnomes and client progress!

I think an ottoman/x-bench is a must for every family room.

They're functional because they add additional seating yet they don't take up much visual space. Also, they can be tucked under a console table.

Another bonus? They're loads of fun!! They can add...

 Wild color to your room

Mona Ross Berman
Did you notice in the picture above how the benches stick out from under the console?
 I love the extra layer and dimension they add as long as it does not get in the way of a traffic pattern. May not work if you have kids that use open space as a race track followed quickly by a barking dog chasing them at top speed ( in other words house!)
 Gnome he did-ent!
Ummm..... not a huge fan of garden gnomes but somehow this just works in Jonathan Adler's home

Jonathan Adler

They can also add pattern

Stephanie Kraus Designs, LLC

Softness? yep that too.

You can store stuff in them

 And complete a seating arrangement

all images via pinterest otherwise noted

These babies are the work horses in home design!

In other news, client progress .... 
We've got this total reno almost finished! Can't wait to put the finishing touches on this space for my most fabulous client!

Check it out below!

More details and pictures to come!
Thanks for reading!! xoxo


  1. Love that kitchen and family room project. I can't wait to see that finished. I would put a couple of gnomes around for some humor.

  2. Love your examples Stephanie
    One of my favorites pieces! I also love them at the end of a bed!

  3. I love all these benches; such great inspiration photos!! And I love seeing how your client work is coming along! Have a great week/end! :)

  4. I have a DIY planned for an x bench! And they will be going under a console table! Your remodel is looking awesome! It will be exciting to see it all styled up! I do like the gnomes... but maybe outside?

  5. My client just got two Wisteria beauties from Craigslist yesterday! They're on my list! That project looks amazing!

  6. Such great benches/ottomans! Love that yellow one especially!

  7. That renovation is gorgeous so far. Excellent taste.

  8. That house looks like it's got some great bones. Looking forward to seeing you make it gorgeous!

  9. I love those x-benches...and I'm glad you mentioned about it being ok that they peek from underneath the friend was having this now we know its ok. Beautiful images!

  10. Now I want a pair of x benches! You've got me obsessed!

  11. I love the combo of coral, white and gold in the second image. I pinned it!

  12. Love an X bench, the gnomes are hilarious (and if anyone can pull it off it's JA)and I'm having SERIOUS KITCHEN ENVY after seeing your client's reno!!! Can't wait to see the finished space. Great job!

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  14. This bench is fabulous. My crate seats didn't hold up this year but I think this would. LOVE it!

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