This Home Was Crafted to Gather, and the Built-In Banquette Is Just the Place!

family room with Christmas tree and colorful stockings
Photography by William Dickey

Text by Lauren Eberle

When you walk into the Jackson home, you’re sure to find a handful of friends or family at their built-in banquette. They not only enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner here, but they also share their days, their dreams, and perhaps a bottle of wine. More than a stylish focal point off the foyer, this beloved space was Patrick and Jenn Jackson’s first vision for their new house as the couple settled on a property for their custom build.

built-in banquette
Photography by William Dickey

“So much of this home was crafted with gathering in mind—Where would homework happen? Where would we entertain?” Jenn recalls. What started with a banquette grew into a carefully curated cottage that’s open and cozy, sunlit and warm.

staircase with garland and Christmas cards
Photography by William Dickey

“We wanted this home to feel like ours, not like a store showroom,” says Jenn, who turned to designer Alison Smith to achieve this goal. “We were intentional with each and every element we added, looking for unique pieces that would reflect us as a family.”