Simple built-in to create a mudroom and/or storage anywhere from an entry, to kids room or in a laundry room by adding shelves or a deeper bench for sitting. Put drawers under bench or have the seat lift up to store things.
Cordyline 'Festival Grass' underplanted with variegated Ceanothus griseus var.' The ceanothus is dependably hardy; the cordyline needs protection from freezing weather. Container gardening, notice the different textures