It's a little tricky to see what's happening here, but I believe the lower half of the windows have either a cellular shade or window film on them. So you can still see outside but you get privacy too. This idea could work for the kitchen banquette.:

Why I love the color gray!

Entryway - white, hardwood floors, open, unique, charming ~ by designer Courtney Nye ~ via desire to inspire:

An Extra Rug

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Planked Ceilings