Dear Style Studio team,

I just discovered Ballard and I love your design!

I could use some guidance with a decorating dilemma that I have discovered.

I recently moved into a home that has a banquette seating bench that is built into the wall of windows off to one end of my kitchen.

This wall runs just short of 11 feet in length. The bench is approx 10-feed-6-inches. (See photo 4 for a close up of the fabric on the cushion. There are 3 cushions in all).

The table that I purchased from the Napa Wine store is a Tuscan Inspired trestle-style with an amazing floral carved detail all along the edges. (See photo #3)

The size is 42″ Wide X 80″ long. The table has a scalloped edge along the two ends (42″) (See picture).
The shorter length measures 64 inches.

I have looked at some of your on-line seating options and I am open to suggestions. Should I consider a long bench (upholstered) opposite the built in one? Or, is it better to use a tall upholstered chair for more impact?

I would like the space to have a casual elegance to it, but more traditional in style.

The space at the ends of the table is tight – 25 inches of floor space. Small one seat bench here?

I would love some suggestions of chairs/benches/fabrics that would work in my space. I have ordered some of your fabric swatches and I also will be using pillows all along the window banquette seating area.

Thanks you very much!!! Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Best Regards,


Teresa Table


Dear Terese,

What a fabulous find in your discovered trestle table!

Because of the limited space at each end of the table, we would recommend our Dorchester 2-seat Bench in Hickory Brown at each end.

You will be able to tuck the Dorchester bench under the table when not in use.

Next we suggest adding our Nailhead Parsons Chair in either Document or Chandra Celedon. This chair frame is will provide you desired impact to your table.  

Have you considered adding a rug? We think our Senneah Rug would look great under your table and for an addition suggestion, why not try our Leona Vases in Yellow Ochre. It would look fabulous to line up three on your table and then fill them with fresh folliage.

Nailhead Chandra


Dorchester in Hickory Brown

Senneh Rug

Happy Decorating!

Studio Style Team