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April 29, 2015
We wouldn't mind losing ourselves in a book in one of these window seats.
One of the coziest nooks in the house is in the living room, a window seat where Cohen sits and reads. Because the large glass window in the living room is fixed, the smaller one opens to allow cross breezes and ventilation.

Resident-architect Peter Cohen incorporated a number of nooks when designing a spine-and-module home for him and his wife in Ellsworth, Maine. One of the coziest nooks in the house is in the living room, a window seat where Cohen sits and reads.

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Reading nook facing glass wall facade in converted garage

In this vacation home's renovated garage, reclaimed-fir floorboards prop up with Sugatsune hinges to result in an unordinary window seat, which resident Bill True reads in. We wouldn't mind his view. 

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Originally appeared in A Former Garage Hosts the Best Parties
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Modern home in North Carolina with built-in benches in the reading nook

Two West Coast transplants, priced out of San Francisco, built their North Carolina dream home. Resident Amy Clark requested a quiet, sunny reading nook with a view; In Situ Studio obliged with a built-in bench housing her collection of books.

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Originally appeared in Minimal North Carolina Home Built for a Tech-Forward West Coast Couple
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The exposed wood and raw concrete throughout the house are offset by bold colors, chosen by Shelly and the children. The house's warm hues can clearly be seen in this window seat in Ray's office.

Los Angeles architect Ray Kappe built a multilevel house for his family back in 1967, and the results still resonate today. The house's warm hues can clearly be seen in the window seat in Ray's office.

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Modern timber house kitchen with blackbutt wood flooring

A modest kitchen addition to a cottage outside of Brisbane proves that one room can revive an entire home. To enhance the warmth and intimacy that the owners desired for the kitchen, architects placed an adjacent stair-stepped lounge area that looks out onto the surrounding landscape.

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Alicia Taylor
Originally appeared in This Kitchen Brings It All Together
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Floor-to-ceiling maple sheathes the storage cabinets and the bottom of the Murphy bed, at right. The concrete ribbon continues as a window seat before becoming a desk.

After only three years in the field, architectural designer Alan Y. L. Chan renovated a wreck of an apartment in an early 1900s building on the Upper East Side. Chan unified the spaces with a "concrete ribbon" that runs throughout the apartment, forming a window seat and desk here next to a stored Murphy bed. 

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San Francisco architect Cass Calder Smith transformed his cramped, inefficient kitchen into a bright, joyous place where he can cook, eat, relax, and, if he so chooses, get some work done.

San Francisco architect Cass Calder Smith transformed his cramped, inefficient kitchen into a bright, joyous place where he can cook, eat, relax, and, if he so chooses, get some work done.

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Cesar Rubio
Originally appeared in Open Kitchen
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The master bedroom opens up to the sea “like a maw,” says Callahan, who is delighted with the high ceilings and expansive space. Callahan and Hayes’s full-time residence in Fairfield, Connecticut, is a 1734 farmhouse with, as she puts it, “small, dark roo

In this boat barn–inspired second home in New Haven, Maine, rolling drawers under the bed and window seat allow for considerable storage while keeping the room clutter-free. His-and-hers desks flank the window seat.

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Modern Brooklyn renovation has elm window sill in living room

A creative couple flipped the script on their family home, a former workman’s cottage on the northern edge of Brooklyn. An ample sill made of English elm was built into two front windows to create a gathering spot that is visually connected to the street.

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The pitched-roof main living area, with generous banquette seating continuing around the perimeter. “My 23-year-old daughter has taken groups of university friends up for relaxing weekends,” says O’Sullivan. “And during school holidays I took my son Henry

In Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia, James and Sue O’Sullivan asked an architect they admired to help them create a beachside family compound in Diamond Beach. The resulting structure easily accommodates the couple and their five children, ranging in age from 23 to 16, as well as extended family and friends.

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Originally appeared in Adventures in Oz
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Bedroom in Brother and Sister homes by Anonymous Architects

With a maximum footprint of 600-square-feet for two cantilevered side-by-side homes in L.A.'s steep Mount Washington neighborhood, the architect found ways to incorporate small projections outside their envelopes. Five "bumped out" bay windows add an additional 100-square-feet in the form of bench seating and sleeping space for guests.

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The living room is a mélange of vintage Moroccana, a Philip Agee coffee table, the Eames rocker in which Michael was nursed as a tike, and a window seat whose fabric is Paul Smith Stripes for Maharam.

Driven by the death of several appliances, a San Francisco family found that a spanking new kitchen delivers an excuse to execute a complete home makeover. The living room is a mélange of vintage Moroccana, a Philip Agee coffee table, the Eames rocker, and a window seat whose fabric is Paul Smith Stripes for Maharam.

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One of the coziest nooks in the house is in the living room, a window seat where Cohen sits and reads. Because the large glass window in the living room is fixed, the smaller one opens to allow cross breezes and ventilation.

Resident-architect Peter Cohen incorporated a number of nooks when designing a spine-and-module home for him and his wife in Ellsworth, Maine. One of the coziest nooks in the house is in the living room, a window seat where Cohen sits and reads.

Photo by Mark Mahaney.

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