The “X Bench” Style It Challenge

Styling an incredibly versatile bench in my living room
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Late last year I was asked by one of my favorite designers, Julianne Taylor, to participate in a little “X Bench Style It Challenge.”  The rules were simple; 5 bloggers/designers would customize her most popular TBH X Bench and style it in any room, and in any way they see fit.  The customized X Benches and room reveals would then go up on One Kings Lane’s site for two weeks where individuals would be able to see how each blogger/designer styled the bench in their home and could buy one (or two or three) of the benches for themselves.  And at the end of the two weeks a winner would be crowned and awarded a Room Refresh courtesy of TBH and OKL.  So now that you know the rules, let me tell you a little bit more about my X Benches. 

When it came to designing my benches I’m not one to really play it safe so I knew I wanted to do something a bit more on the bold side.  I had been eyeing Cotton & Quill’s foo dog fabric for some time now, and if you’ve ever seen a peek into my home you’d know I have a thing for foo dogs and anything blue.  While it may seem like a somewhat wilder choice in fabrics, don’t let a print ever scare you.  Mixing prints and patterns is one of my absolute favorite ways to decorate.  When done right it adds interest and a personal touch to any room, and if you’re scared of mixing it up just follow my golden rule; mix within the same color family.  And just remember these benches will be a staple in your home for years to come but that doesn’t mean you have to live with your fabric choice forever.  You can always have them re-upholstered and let them evolve with you and your decorating choices.

Another reason I adore benches in general is because of how versatile they are.  A good bench can be used as an extra seat, a foot rest, or an end table and these benches in particular are the absolute perfect size.  Not too big, not too small.  In fact I’ve moved them into several different spaces within my home and while you see them styled here in my living room I think they may end up actually living in the entry way.  How perfect would they be for a seat to throw on your heels before going out or to drop your bag and everything else you need on a daily basis?  Who knows though, that’s why I love decorating, it’s always changing.  

So tell me, are you feeling our bold benches?  Happy Friday Loves!  Truly, MKR

Photography, Rustic White  



…AS SHOWN…X Benches, Taylor Burke Home  |  Rug, Loloi  |  Sofa, Custom (similar HERE)  |  Sofa Pillows, Lacefield  |  Top of Aspen Moutnain Photo, Gray Malin  |  Fiddle Fig Sea Grass Basket, World Market  |  Blue & White Plates, collected (similar HERE)  |  Console Table, Bobo Intriguing Objects  |  Ghost Chairs, All Modern c/o  |  Trina Turk Ghost Chair Pillows, Bloomingdales  |  Large Size Brass Starbursts, WOM  |  Foo Dog Lamps, Barbara Cosgrove  |  Coffee Table, Restoration Hardware  |  Extra Large Bone Dominos, WOM  |  Muse Bowl, Jonathan Adler  |  Faux Python Tray, WOM  |  Japanese Calligraphy Brushes, collected (similar HERE)  |  Gold Rhino, WOM  |  Paper Weight, West Elm   |  Books;  The Hermes Scarf, Louis Vuitton 100 Legendary Trunks, The Louis Vuitton Cup, The Joy of Decorating, Jasper Conran County, The French Dog, The NYC Dog, Daniel My French Cooking, Vogue Living Houses & Gardens, The Big Book of Chic, Preppy, Allegra Hicks An Eye For Design

*This story was in collaboration with One Kings Lane, Taylor Burke Home and Cotton and Quill.  Brands I LOVE, adore, and count as friends.  Opinions, styling, and design are 100% my own.

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  • Fab! Love the blues in that room and especially the Cotton & Quill fabrics.



  • You rocked it, girl! Love how you styled our benches.

  • The foo dogs look fab! Love how bright and cheery your space is!

  • Kat Neunaber / 02.06.2015

    Thanks for giving me the guts to think outside the box with patterns! Such a good tip about staying within the same color family. Beautiful photos like always 🙂

  • I love a bold bench! I feel like if your looking to go bold in a room – that is one of the places to do it. I love what you did with yours! So fun!

  • Love when our favorite stylish women collaborate! XO

  • Dying to know the source (or similar source) on that sectional!

  • Love em! And really love the fabric choice and styling.

  • Thank you, the fabric is just too, too fun! xo

  • Thank you so much, means the world coming from you! xo

  • Ooops, forgot to link, let me get that to you stay tuned! xo

  • Thank you Lady, the fabric really is killer! xo

  • Thanks Lady for having me! xo

  • Thank you so much, it really was a blast! xo

  • Carrie / 02.18.2015

    I’d love to know the source of the blinds? Thx!

  • VERY cool and beautiful. We have a Project Design coming up that you would be perfect for…will email you.
    Mary Ann

  • Janet / 05.13.2016

    I love your room! Blue is also my favorite for decorating and have used it in my last 2homes.
    After seeing your use of the blue with the he orange oriental, I am inspired to do something similar in my present abode- a house which was our vacation home is now our only home. So after moving from the Midwest to the Florida coast, the house cries out for blue; and coral and orange are also favorites. Thanks for the inspiration and push. The benches are something I have thought about but not used to date. I think I will add them to my list as well.

    Thanks, Janet

  • Susie Crist / 08.20.2016

    This living room space is so fresh,airy and happy! Completely my style. I LUV the metallic trunk coffee table! Where to purchase?? Thx!!

  • please give details of the orange rug

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