Built-in bench in the foyer
Photo: Tria Giovan
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A Place to Perch

To capitalize on a nothing niche in the new foyer, Kurth asked Clancy to build in a bench made with the same easy-care distressed cherry. A recess along the bottom ensures the bench won't store dust bunnies and lost marbles. Topped with a cushion and plush pillows, it may look like a place to sit down while removing your boots, but anyone who knows Ellis knows it's an excuse for two capacious drawers, one just for table linens.

Shown: The built-in bench in the foyer, just off the dining room, offers storage for holiday linens as well as a spot to remove boots. The cherry's distressed finish withstands scuffs.

Bench pulls; myknobs.com
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