To make room for 14 people at Passover, I moved the small dresser upstairs to the spare bedroom. I've always intended for it to go up there, I was just waiting until I found the right replacement.
Well, now I'm loving not having a bulky piece of furniture as I enter the house. I have a straight chair there for now because I do like it as a place to put my purse when I come home. Plus if I got a real dresser to put there, it would be that much more difficult to make room for my next dinner party for 14.
So my current brilliant idea is a bench. Something with a bit of interest. Maybe tufting? Maybe nailhead trim? Maybe a fun fabric? It should be high enough to be a normal seat (sometimes benches are more footstools in height - not a fan) and just wide enough to fit along my dining table, possibly wide enough to fit three people (we'll stick the skinnies over there). I also would not turn my nose up at a bit of storage space, though it's not necessary.
Now, I haven't measured any of these, but this is what's going on in my head.
Horchow's Peacock Bench on sale for only $878! (btw - that's sarcasm. Though I do adore the fabric. Hmmm - maybe when they have one of their near-weekly sales?)
Ballard Designs' Simone in Celeste taupe easy-care fabric $329 (much better)
Or maybe in Domino green $345 (would have to check the color against my curtains)
Crate & Barrel's Colette in lilac linen $599 (I've liked this one for a while)
Anyone see any others I should check out?