Window Seat Season – Part One

Hi, there! I hope your week is off to a great start. We woke up to a nice surprise this morning – we finally have some snow around here. Nothing much, just a decent layer but I’ll take that any day instead of plain, gray, gloomy, snowless, depressing winter days. Thinking of winter topics to write about, cozy window seats came to mind because honestly, I have never met a window seat I did not like. They are the best, especially in the cold season when all you can do is stay close to a window and let your eyes wonder. A window seat with something pretty to look at, a good book and a hot cup of coffee – some days I couldn’t ask for more.

If you’ve been following here for some time, you’ve probably noticed that I am old school when it comes to architecture and interiors. Traditional homes with fireplaces, millwork and all the classical detailing get me excited and window seats are some of my favorite architectural features. I could never imagine our dream home without them.

I think a window seat adds tremendous charm to any room: it is a cozy addition to breakfast rooms and bedrooms, it offers extra seating for company in living rooms, a place to read and unwind in libraries. So what’s there not to love, right? Creating a window seat is also a great way to utilize unused spaces, like stair landings or tiny hallway corners. Over time, I have amassed a great collection of window seat inspiration, the work of some of my favorite designers, which I’ll have to split up into two, maybe three posts on the topic. Here are my absolute favorites:

benjamin vandiver

Benjamin Vandiver

{Possibly my favorite breakfast nook, ever! It is bright and cheerful, yet stylish and cozy -win-win! }

rita konig

Rita Konig

{I love the subtle colors in this built-in reading nook. It exudes that relaxed, casual elegance so typically Californian. Architecture and  interiors by Gil Schafer & Rita Konig}


Mark D. Sikes

{Speaking of window seats, I couldn’t pass the opportunity to include one of the most beautiful window seats ever designed}

bedroom 6


{I do not know the designer of this particular room but I appreciate the coming together of old and new. The architecture feels light and modern, grounded with a Louis XIV style chair}

beverley wesman

Beverley Wesman

{I’ve been head over heels with this easy-breezy breakfast nook for years. I particularly love the mix of high’n low details to create a fresh space: the two Ikea chairs in the foreground complement a beautiful antique oak table}

mark cunningham

Mark Cunnigham

{I love everything about this space. Coastal living at its finest!}

michale aiduss 3

Michael Aiduss

{Red Ralph Lauren plaid pillows bring life to this pretty breakfast corner}

mark d. sikes

Mark D. Sikes

{This Montecito beach cottage is my current design crush!}


Steven Gambrel

steven gambrel 3

Steven Gambrel

steven gambrel 4

Steven Gambrel 

{Steven Gambrel. Period!}

jeffrey alan marks

Jeffrey Alan Marks


Jeffrey Alan Marks

chloe warner

Chloe Warner

robert stilin

Robert Stilin

{Another home in the Hamptons I return to time and time again for inspiration, designed by Robert Stilin. This serene bedroom is equipped with a comfy window seat and Ralph Lauren upholstery}

sara story

Sara Story

sims hildich

Sims Hilditch

{I love the English country manor look of this kitchen designed by Sims Hilditch}


Richard Shapiro

lauren liess

Lauren Liess

michael aiduss

Michael Aiduss

nathan turner

Nathan Turner

{A traditional window seat with a modern twist, designed by Nathan Turner. I love the fun mix of color and pattern!}

I’ll be back tomorrow with more window seat goodness!



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  1. Bill
    January 30, 2017 / 12:54 pm

    Window seats are awesome! And if you want (and if you also like these sort of things!) you can build your own window seat. Not very complex woodwork will give you the basic frame and you can choose your favorite wood for the main support of the seat.

    • Eva Contreras
      January 30, 2017 / 1:00 pm

      Totally! Could be a fun project for the handy 🙂