Zooey Deschanel's designer-approved window seat is (almost) too good-looking to be functional

The actress' window seat creates the perfect sunlit reading nook – here's why everyone will want this look in 2024

Headshot of Zooey Deschanel
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If reading more is one of your New Year's resolutions, building a cozy reading nook is absolutely essential. Photos of Zooey Deschanel's home reveal that the actress has done just that using one clever accessory: a window seat. 

The window seat is the ideal cozy spot for reading, soaking up the sun, and lounging, and Zooey's takes it to the next level in a light green velvet with a scalloped back. 

Design experts swear by the benefits of this interior design trend. Vivianne Chow, interior designer and co-founder of Viv and Tim Home, states: 'A window seat creates a cozy and inviting feeling in any space and allows you to embrace natural light in a reading nook.' 

We can see this versatility in Zooey's space, where the window seat functions as both unconventional dining room seating and a daytime reading nook.

Vivianne and Tim Chow, Viv and Tim Home
Vivianne Chow

Vivianne Chow is an interior decorator and the founder of the home decor blog Viv and Tim Home. Vivianne, along with her husband, Tim, recently built a dream custom home and are tackling decorating room by room and sharing design tips and everything they’ve learned along the way.

Jennifer Ebert, digital editor at Homes & Gardens, continues: 'The window seat is a timeless home accessory. Furthermore, interior design in 2024 is all about embracing personal style in interior design. Therefore, creating spaces to celebrate your hobbies like a window seat for someone who loves to read is perfectly on trend.'

Aside from the general benefits of a window seat, designers especially like the material and style of Zooey Deschanel's kitchen seating. Vivianne says: 'The light green cerulean color contrasts the black windows and patterned wallpaper. It’s an unexpected pop of color that brings unique character to Zooey’s home.' This is especially impactful in their vintage Brentwood abode, built in 1938 and designed by the iconic Hollywood architect Gerard Colcord (no less).

The velvet texture of the actress's seating is also appealing to experts. Jennifer adds: 'The softness of the window seat contrasts with Zooey Deschanel and Johnathan Scott's modern table and floral wallpaper, creating a cozy and warm feel.' Vivianne continues: 'The fluting on the window seat creates warmth and texture that adds to the cozy feel of this space.'

Zooey Deschanel's window seat provides much-needed inspiration for interiors in 2024. As per usual, her timeless style puts her far ahead of the trends.

Sophie Edwards
News Editor

Sophie is a London-based News Editor at Homes & Gardens, where she works on the Celebrity Style team. She is fascinated by the intersection of design and popular culture and is particularly excited when researching trends or interior history. Sophie is an avid pop culture fan. As an H&G editor, she has interviewed the likes of Martha Stewart, Hilary Duff, and the casts of Queer Eye and Selling Sunset. Before joining Future Publishing, Sophie worked as the Head of Content and Communications at Fig Linens and Home, a boutique luxury linens and furniture brand. She has also written features on exciting developments in the design world for Westport Magazine. Sophie has an MSc from the Oxford University Department of Anthropology and a BA in Creative Writing and Sociology from Sarah Lawrence College.