Saturday, April 4, 2009

Lording over me.



Before we fixed up the kitchen, we had this weird, unused little area near the back of the house. We used to keep Rickey's dog bed and his food there. Well, even with the kitchen mostly done we still have that weird unused area. Until I decide what exactly to do with this area, I've parked my Craigslist-find chair there for now so we have a place to sit. Rickey seems to think that this means his bed has just been upgraded. Here he is lording over me as I begin to cook dinner. Look at his lazy ass! He's now begging for food from a blue throne. Fucker.

Anyway, about this area. Thoughts? I am thinking built-in bench with extra storage. The man of the house wants it to be more like a booth with two little built-in benches on either side and a little table in between. He wants to read the paper and drink his coffee near the window.

Ideas?


The wall color is actually The Right White from Restoration Hardware. It just looks yellow-ish because I can't seem to take a decent photo these days.

40 comments:

mamacita said...

Is your back door over there? If so, it would make an awesome mudroom. Otherwise, I'm with you: storage. I hate those little booth things. They're never comfortable.

Anonymous said...

Could you do a smaller version of this? (found on Patricia Gray's site)
http://lh3.ggpht.com/patriciagray1/R6lcIM1ZL-I/AAAAAAAADA0/YStYkg1ycL0/from+absolutelybeautifulthings%5B11%5D

Sarah's Fab Day said...

The shot of your dog on the blue throne is the cutest thing! I like the idea of storage too. You could always put shelving in there for your bigger serving pieces or kitchen equipment and cookbooks? Like a little butler's pantry.

jenny said...

i think just as it is - a chair for reading the paper, and for dog to rest in!

Amy said...

I think this would make a good area for a pantry/storage situation. You could have a counter-height cabinet in the area to the left - store dry goods, cans, or whatever inside this cabinet. Then install shelves above to display your favorite serving pieces, trays, and other objects. that usually fit awkwardly inside cabinets. You can make a little indoor herb garden on the counter top. I'm jealous of your area!

Another option would be to make this your landing strip area - if that's a back door that you would use as your main entry way on a daily basis.

Emily said...

I would just add a little side table for the cup of coffee and leave it just like that.

Love that chair.

Stephanie Neely said...

Is there a window behind(beside) the fridge? If not you should put one in. I would do a L shape bench/window seat, looking towards that new window. Upholstered bench seat and throw cushions. A small round table and a hanging pentant light above it. Put extra storage in the bench seat.

Wanderluster said...

Is there only the one door on the right? If so, I would do an L-shaped banquette along the left side wall and the window wall. One of the banquettes could house a dog bed and bowls that slide out and operate on a push latch. The other banquette could have a flip up top and house more storage. Add a little round bistro table that can be moved out of the way and you're all set.

ArchitectDesign said...

I agree -I like the idea of a cozy booth -it will become your favorite area in the house!

Anonymous said...

I would like to have a cup of coffee and read the paper there too. Although a side table to accompany the chair sounds nice, a table is better to lay the paper on.

Musette said...

Same question as mamacita - to the left of the refrigerator: door? If door, that would make a great mud(ish) room - you could do an l-shaped, movable banquette (w/ a slightly-angled back for comfort. agreeing with mamacita: those booths are never comfy, though banquettes can be). Shelving under the banquette can hold El Rey's dog stuff and some cool shelves above (high enough so you don't whack your head). A little table for two - you're good to go!

Anonymous said...

If it's his money, let him know that the freezer door is going to make a booth impossible. Comfortable booth seats require depth for springs - and naughabeast naugahyde for kitchen dining.

If it's your money, tell the bitch to eat at McDonald's. Throw a hoosier cabinet against the wall and put a long ottoman against the window. Ottomans are comfier than benches and they can be pulled away from the wall for extra seating. They keep people from getting under foot while you're cooking.

Anonymous said...

i'm voting with the l shaped idea...which allows for built in storage benches and a small table (MARRIAGE IS COMPROMISE). a nice would also give you the ability to lie down.

i'd also put in some mudroom ideas such as hooks or a peg board on the wall facing the door and cabinetry that is built from the ceiling down to whatever height still permits comfortable seating.

Matt said...

How big is this space? It looks too small for a comfortable banquette, as some have mentioned. I would say keep as a mud room, with higher shelves above the hooks for cookbooks/alternate kitchen storage. It is quite fashionable with that chair as is, however!

Dia de los diy said...

Maybe put a little table in there and make it a coffee nook. Looks like it would be a nice place to read the morning paper and relax.

Anonymous said...

I like your husband's idea. Storage benches and small table for coffee and morning reading.

I also think you need to take a lot of pictures of your house so we can see other parts of it. So far things look really good and interesting, and I think we'd all like to see the maestro's home.

-Chase

Averill said...

Any new chair I bring into my house is automatically taken over by our cat. Without fail she's attracted to the most expensive piece in a room.

mary said...

I can't tell if it is a door or a window behind the fridge.
If it's a window, How about a french bistro mirror facing the window, two comfortable chairs or one if you keep the craig's list and paint the wood chocolate and keep the aqua. A fun, but great table to the side.
and an ottoman--that way "the lord" could share with whoever doesn't have "the throne". I can't tell for sure, but you might have room for custom shelves. Window covering, keep it simple--bamboo slat blinds. Some cool photos or prints. Have fun!!!!!!

Decorno said...

Chase - my house is a wreck! Believe me. I am a better blogger than I am a decorator, that is for sure. (And still isn't saying much.)

For everyone asking - no door in that space. Just another window behind the refrigerator.

Thanks for all the suggestions... please keep them coming.

Anonymous said...

OK, Throw one of these (links to remodelista)-

http://www.remodelista.com/2008/10/06/accessories-melin-tregwynt-wool-blankets/

against one wall, hang a table from the window area (you know there's framing there to support it) and go with a bench for the other side (facing the wall).

That way you won't obscure the view out the windows, you'll be able to put your feet up on the bench, you'll be able to clean under the table, and you'll be able to fuck around with different textiles on the back of the bench.

Anonymous said...

Is there room to use this space for modern-day conveniences like a charging station for phones/iPods, recycle sorting, mail/bills, etc? If I had an odd-ball space in my house, especially one adjacent to the kitchen, that is what I'd do with it.

holly said...

I would love a little desk there unless you already have an office. That would be my own little coffee cave.

I love the idea of a breakfast nook- with the window there it would make for a cozy little place for coffee and the paper.

Jen Fu said...

um, I think you've already found the perfect use. Every house should have a pug throne.

Kara said...

How about the booth thing with comfy cushions?
"Rickey." Could you have picked a better dog name? I'll answer for you: NO!
Is that Rickey's nasty blankie baby thing I spy in the photo? I bet that smells AWESOME. My dog has one of those too.

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Anonymous said...

Great chair...gorgeous color! I'd look for another comfy chair to compliment that one...kind of a his/her throne vibe. Then I'd add a small table or console in between with a nice lamp and then I'd call your newspaper/coffee nook done.

Vanessa said...

No comment about the weird area in your kitchen, other than your dog is wicked cute, but here's some advice for photo correction:
If you're on a Mac, in iphoto, you can hit the "edit" button (pencil-image-icon in the lower left corner), then select "adjust", and use the saturation, temperature, and tint sliders to correct wonky colors. Save changes, and you're good to go.

If you don't have iphoto, perhaps you use flickr? If so, you can use their new Picnic program to do the same sort of simple color adjustments.

Sorry, I'm a cinematographer and lazy photographer, so I thought I'd throw in my two cents!

Nikki said...

I too have no advice for your little area. I just wanted to say your ebonized floors are beautiful!

puck said...

I'd kill for a space like that to build a sweet English-style larder. Seriously.

Lolo said...

Used to live in a house that had the set up that your man wants, only with windows on three sides. It was never quite comfy enough for maximum enjoyent however, we had an enormous rose arbor outside the windows that made it intoxicating to sit in. If I could do it over, I would go for more comfortable seating, like Rickey's throne, and a small table. Maybe a perfect mirror on the one wall and some repeat blooming roses and a fragrant honeysuckle so that the scent can drift into your kitchen on those perfect spring mornings?

BTW, Ricky really shows off the gorgeous floors.

Effie May said...

We had exactly the same breakfast nook in our kitchen before we took down the walls and made one big room. I put two Ballard Design French country armchairs (low with rush seating and a high back) at angles in the corners with a small shallow chest between them under the window (w/lamp), and a matching rush hassock in front to share. We had built-in cabinets in the inside corners and we put a small TV in one of them. It was very cozy! The person who just came home from work (that would be me) and needed to chill could chill and still chat with the person cooking dinner. I miss that little room. Sitting at the worktable in the middle of the bigger is better kitchen just isn't the same.

Iheartfashion said...

I'm too distracted by the cutest thing on 4 legs to notice the rest of the space!

Ivy Lane said...

Like the booth idea... coffee by the window sounds good to me!

Rickey is the LORD of the manner ey?!! too cute!

Hanako66 said...

I love the booth idea...your floors look stunning, nice work Decorno.

Anonymous said...

Indoor herbs baby! (If you have enough light).

Gypsy Lynne said...

i love fun little areas like that. the best thing would be to get some extra seating in there somehow. the kitchen seems to always be a main gathering area in any house and i never seem to have enough places for people to perch with a drink...

Samantha said...

That chair! Oh. Dear. Me. I am in lerve.

Newell said...

It's so pug of him. Of course it's his chair!

Jamie Goldberg, AKBD, CAPS said...

I can't tell from the photo if that's a door to the right of the fridge or a window... If it is a primary entrance, I strongly suggest a landing zone, as Amy suggested.

If I were designing the space, I'd include built-ins with drawer storage for each occupant; closed storage for each person's purse, briefcase or backpack; a basket for each person's mail and keys, and an electrical source for everyone's chargers.

There could be wall cabinets for extra storage, as well, but I'd rather walk into a space and see art or a mirror rather than cabinets, if there was sufficient storage elsewhere.

Jamie Goldberg, AKBD, CAPS said...

I can't tell from the photo if that's a door to the right of the fridge or a window... If it is a primary entrance, I strongly suggest a landing zone, as Amy suggested.

If I were designing the space, I'd include built-ins with drawer storage for each occupant; closed storage for each person's purse, briefcase or backpack; a basket for each person's mail and keys, and an electrical source for everyone's chargers.

There could be wall cabinets for extra storage, as well, but I'd rather walk into a space and see art or a mirror rather than cabinets, if there was sufficient storage elsewhere.