Built-In Benches in an Entry

By Kate Riley December 18, 2018

I have a client in San Francisco who is knee deep in a full scale top to bottom home remodel. Presently we’re in the framing stage so I’ve been keeping on top of the progress during the lighting/electrical placement, the plumbing, and the framing of the windows and doors. I’ll be sharing progress reports from time to time as this project moves along, and will have several new spaces to share in the spring.

During a recent inspection, there was a problem with part of the old foundation that couldn’t be removed. Some awkward chunks of cement were jutting into the entry. I saw this as an opportunity and had the contractor frame a 18” high bench in what will be a mudroom when finished. I’ll trim it nicely with molding (similar to the Jenn Feldman example below) once the drywall goes up.

Today’s post is a break from the holidays and a glance at some well designed entry and mudroom benches. Not only do they look great, but built in benches are also practical, it’s that one spot you can set your handbag and groceries while you take off your shoes. The built in bench is one of my favorite elements to add to any space but it’s especially useful in an entry or mudroom, amiright?


tiffany weiss design






bria hammel interiors


chango & co


jenn feldman



lauren leonard interiors



jennifer radakovich



cruz custom homes



chango & co


bria hammel interiors


Don’t want to hire a contractor? No worries, here are some DIY ideas for building your own entry or mudroom bench:


designing vibes


ikea hemnes hack by house of hoff


little red brick house



just a girl and her blog


Weekend Reading

By Kate Riley December 15, 2018

Holiday hellos friends! Tonight’s is the last of the holiday parties to attend, then I’m going to settle in for a week of preparation before Christmas arrives.

My brother and his family will be visiting from the east coast next week, and I’m really excited to see them since they live so far away. No one makes me laugh harder than my older brother Tim so I’m looking forward to hearing his stories and sharing meals with him, his wife, and his teenagers.

Favorite links:

Perfection: the scale of the tile and touches of black in this bathroom.

So serene: this minimalist modern home in sunny Spain.

Kitchen trends that are “in” and “out”. (I disagree with #8).

She’s so interesting and one of my favorite icons: Dolly Parton.

The “Christmas Comet” is blazing past our planet this weekend.

New habits: taking 10 minutes to change your perspective.

Well said: consider a new standard of measurement.

Maintain that waistline through the holidays with these lettuce wrap recipes.

Rediscovering my daughter through Instagram.

Ha ha, great idea Alaska Airlines.