chest vs. console

5.07.2012

I've gone back and forth on this issue and I have decided that I like the look of both. I love an entry that has a big pretty antique chest to greet you. But I've also been loving the look of a console... espeically with a bench or basket layered underneath. That little bit of detail adds so much. And while there are some great looking entries that have a bench.... I personally want somewhere to put a pretty lamp!
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*I've traced this back to Cote de Texas but that's as far as I've found it. Anyone know original source? I'd love to know who designed this space!


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Do you prefer one look over the other? What do you have in your home? I'd love to know!

20 comments:

Interior Design Musings said...

I love both, but I have to say if your foyer is a bit cold, the layering of baskets or benches really goes a long way to warm it up. A rug can also accomplish this if you are going the chest route. But I think if you want even more warmth, go with the console layered look! M.

Boo Hazard said...

I love both but it depends on your needs - chests are great for "junk" drawers and stashing things but you can put baskets and storage for larger items with consoles... I personally have an antique console from my husbands family - it's got some personality that's for sure! Here's a link to it: http://bywaterboo.blogspot.com/2011/03/progress-foyer.html - Boo

Ioana-Carmen said...

Love your style! maybe we can follow each ohter?:X

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jamie @ [kreyv] said...

I've always loved a console with baskets under it, but then again, I love a good chest. (I'm no help!) I recently came across this idea, which I thought was a great option as well:

http://tocrave.blogspot.com/2012/05/kind-of-genius.html

lizziefitz said...

We have a bench and chest , both are waxed pine. Our console with 2 rattan stools are within close proximity in our living room:)

paula said...

I love them both. Depends on the house I guess. I am doing a console with a basket. Just featured it today. Ha. Oh, and that first image reminds me of that table that was in your entry/living room in your old house :)

Eleven Gray said...

Ok so off the subject. I love that mint green door!

designchic said...

I have two demilume commodes in my entrance, and I love that they are not too heavy, but weighty enough. A console with something under it would make the same impression. Gorgeous images!

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Caroline said...

I think both ideas would be beautiful! I really love the third inspiration photo above. Obviously, it depends on your floor plan and how you will (or will not) be using this room on a daily basis. In my entry, I have an antique chest with a pretty lamp and artwork above. I have a pair of occasional arm chairs that flank each side of the chest also. Our front door is the most used door in our home. It is not just a place for the occasional front door guest, but a room that my two young boys track dirt into everyday. We use the chest to drop keys and we use the chairs to put on our shoes before heading out. Fortunately I have a long console with a pair of pretty lamps in my dining room which is adjacent to my entry so I was able to incorporate both in my home. Our dining room is only used as a true dining room on special occasions. It really has evolved into a main floor play area/office so I've decided to skirt the long console so that it can serve a dual purpose. I will have a place to hide/stash toys and will also be able use it as a serving table for special occasions. I would love to incorporate a bench in my entry but I do not have room for it. I needed my entry to be very practical for everyday use but at the same time I did not want it to be too casual.

Moxie Maley said...

Tough Decision! I have a skirted table with a lamp. I'm like you...I like the soft glow that a lamp provides in the entry. Good luck on finding the perfect piece!!

Karena said...

Adore both looks. I personally have a console with a basket beneath and on top a Gorgeous tall Raku piece of pottery with an amazing glaze.

I do wish there was an outlet for a lamp..something I am checking out!

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Jennifer said...

I love all three! With a cute bench, you could always do art/mirror over it with sconces on either side. Though at my house a bench = place to pile crap :)

LUCY WILLIAMS said...

since i am a fabric lover im a big fan of consoles with the bench / ottoman underneath....also love how it warms up the space and gives so much personality!

Elizabeth@themustardceiling said...

I think both are beautiful, but I think I prefer the console layered with baskets or ottomans underneath. Mixing textures in an entry adds warmth.

a' la mode said...

I suck. I love them all. sigh.

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migglymax said...

You are such an inspiring soul. I love your pics. Wtg and thank you!!
We have a reddish brown console table with a mirror on top that was gifted to us (handmade) . Under the table there is a shelf that houses 2 lrg handmade baskets. On top of the table there are candles, bambo plant with a very rustic sand and seashell display in the case..Oh yes the most important, a tray for mail etc :) cheers and thanks so much

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