(Image credit: Apartment Therapy )
Besides creating a nice spot for gazing out onto the world, a window seat adds unobtrusive seating for guests and room for storage. Best of all, you can easily replicate this look on the cheap...

These built-ins designed by Andre Rothblatt could be recreated with one or two LACK shelving units placed horizontally (they're sturdy enough to work as benches) and a few pillows on top for comfort. The cubbies below are just the right size for shoes, books or other storage needs.

(Image: Andre Rothblatt)