Posts Tagged ‘ottomans’

Shopping Trip: Ottomans

February 24, 2009


As promised, here’s a round-up of my top picks for ottomans. This was a tough post to put together—you wouldn’t believe how many lovelies are out there. Choosing my favourites was difficult indeed! I would happily welcome any of these into my home…

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Button up! Traditional doesn’t have to mean boring; midnight blue velvet shakes up a straightforward cushion top. Handy castors make this oversized round ottoman pretty and practical, while sleek metal legs render white leather even more glamorous. Pistachio linen and spindly legs channel Victorian kitsch, and if I didn’t already have a tufted couch then this sexy limed oak piece would be in my shopping cart for sure. And doesn’t this nubby oatmeal number remind you of a very stylish marshmallow?


Perhaps you’d like your ottoman to have a little more personality? Stick with conventional shapes but push the envelope with funky colors, fresh patterns, and fabulous detailing.

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I don’t know if this zebra ottoman is black with white stripes or white with black stripes, but I do know that it’s absolutely gorgeous! Bright, punchy flowers summon springtime, and a chartreuse chain print lends preppy appeal to a familiar shape. A studded, patent leather bench gets an R-rating, creamy vanilla leather updates an ancient animal foot motif, and smoky grey velvet begs, ‘Put your feet up!’


Or maybe you’d like to walk on the wild side? Cozy caramel cowhide injects a ‘home on the range’ vibe, while the jumbo knit of these floor cushions offers irresistible texture. Handloomed dhurrie, woven wool kilim, and organic cotton Suzani all suggest a flair for the exotic. Finally, I can’t help but recall Little Miss Muffet and her tuffet when I see this outrageous orange pouf, though there was nothing in the nursery rhyme about tangerine vinyl!

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Image Credits: 1. Domino 2. Domino 3. Living Etc.

Absolutely Loving: Oversized Ottomans

February 23, 2009

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I’m not a huge fan of coffee tables; something about them seems so contrived, and I always bang my shins on their edges. But I need a surface for my dinner plate while I watch Big Love and Flight of the Conchords (yes, I am uncouth and eat in front of the TV) and it is nice to have a place to put your feet up. Perhaps a big ol’ ottoman is in my future?

This one looks so stately and regal; I adore the tufted leather, and the turned feet. The purple number below strikes a sweet feminine note. Plus the fun thing about an ottoman is it gives you an excuse to start collecting nifty trays!

I also love the idea of using an ottoman as an opportunity to bring some pattern into my space. The image below is one of my all time favourite Domino vignettes, due in large part to the panache of the damask. Look how they’ve repeated it in the pillows!

And speaking of pillows, this room as a whole is not quite my style, but check out that gorgeous suzani ottoman! It would pair perfectly with my brand new cushions , provided I was able to track it down in the right colors.


Another smashing example—is it just me or does a close inspection suggest that this fuchsia ottoman is actually upholstered in alligator textured leather? What a perfect way to inject even more personality into a room already brimming with it!

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One aspect that worries me about introducing an ottoman into my own space is the risk of going overkill on soft furnishings; we already have a tufted couch and a long, low daybed. I don’t want the room to feel ‘padded’ if you know what I mean. I think the key is finding a piece that feels structured and a bit airy like the one below.


Alternatively I could play up the low, loungey vibe that I’m already veering towards with a giant pouf! This one is especially sumptuous and louche. Decisions, decisions! Stay tuned for a shopping trip with some of my favourite ottomans!

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P.S. I’ve misplaced the source on a few of these images—if you recognize them please let me know so I can give proper credit!

Image Credits: 1. Ellen Silverman 2. Source Unknown 3. Living Etc. 4.Domino 5. Anna Williams 6. Source unknown 7. Source Unknown 8. Decorology