In our "it's killing me slowly that it's almost ours but not 100% ours yet" house the living room and dining room are open to one another and are longer than they are wide. At the far wall in each of the rooms is a window, very symmetrical since it's a cape cod and that's how the houses are made with pretty standard layouts. Since the living room is long, I'd love to take advantage of the far window wall and (one day in the hopefully not-too-distant future) surround the window with built-ins and add a bench seat to create a nice cozy nook. This can be done most frugally by flanking the window with two bookcases and either building a bench under the window or simply placing an Expedit bookcase long-ways between the bookcases under the window for additional storage. Add a couple curtains and maybe two swing-arm sconces and we're in business. Here's what I'm envisioning:
Have you ever created a window seat/nook like this? Or maybe you're lucky enough to live in a charming old house with real built-ins? I hope you all had a nice Father's Day!