Banquettes: Where Comfort Meets Function

Banquette Affection We love banquettes! Built-in benches, also known as banquettes, are one of our favorite space-saving tricks for maximizing function in the dining room. Banquettes not only use space efficiently by providing a large amount of seating in a small area, but they are inviting, comfortable and multifunctional. They encourage lingering over a casual meal, working on a laptop, spreading out projects, playing games, or reading the morning paper with a hot cup of coffee. Below are a few examples from our portfolio which illustrate that banquettes are versatile enough to be included in any style of home. They fit especially well in a modern or contemporary style and reduce the cluttered look of so many chairs. The fabric adds warmth, texture and pattern to the space. Placed ... Read More »

Kitchen Backsplash 101: 7 Tips to Get it Right

A kitchen backsplash is a great opportunity to make a significant impact and/or to enhance your other design elements. Backsplashes are one of our favorite finishes to select for our projects. These seven tips will help ensure that you get it right: 1. Keep It Full Height We always recommend a full-height splash – countertop to underside of upper cabinets – usually 18-20” high. A 4”or 6” backsplash breaks up the space and is a missed opportunity. 2. Use One Material I've seen homes where 4” of the countertop slab was installed and then a tile or stone backsplash was added above. Instead, use the same material for the whole area. The same goes for adding a different material over the range. Unless you have a porous material you want to use, such as marble, or are a messy cook and ... Read More »

Video Tour of East Aspen Home

We recently filmed a video with clients who called upon Anne Grice Interiors to help design their dream mountain retreat in East Aspen. They were so pleased with the results that they called upon us again to update their Lakeside Seattle home. Watch the video home tour below to hear firsthand what our clients have to say about working with Anne Grice Interiors to design meaningful, functional spaces that fit their family's lifestyle. Video Tour of East Aspen Home A Mountain Contemporary Retreat Our clients wanted this new home to “blend with the environment” which led us to utilize natural materials and lots of textural features including the undulating wood family photo wall. A combination of wood, plaster, iron, glass and sandstone finishes create a warm ... Read More »