One of the best home purchases I made nearly nine years ago was a pair of two upholstered x-benches in a fun coral patterns. I initially purchased them to sit at the foot of our master bed. They then migrated down to our living room to double as seating in our living room — they do a great job of filling a vacant space in a living room, or flanking (or stowing beneath) a console, or serving as a kind of coffee table center point when lined up next to one another, or even just anchoring and adding warmth to a space, as seen in the library above.
In our first apartment in Manhattan, we used them as seating in our tiny dining room, tucked beneath our drop-leaf Room + Board table. They now sit in the entryway of our apartment, flanking a bookshelf, and serve as handy seating when removing shoes and a good resting place for an armload of parcels.
In short: benches and ottomans are good, versatile workhorses. (Bonus when they include storage!) A couple of favorite recent styles I like:
THE INSIDE ACHIEVES A CUSTOM LOOK AT A REASONABLE PRICE (04.), WITH LOADS OF DIFFERENT PRINTS AVAILABLE — I ACTUALLY HAVE MY EYE ON THESE SKIRTED STORAGE OTTOMANS OF THEIRS IN THE FLAMINGO HELE BAY PRINT
$129 RATTAN BENCH — ENVISION FOR AN ENTRYWAY, LANDING, OR LONELY CORRIDOR (07.)
Not shown in collage above, but this Etsy shop does gorgeous custom pieces I’ve seen in many professionally decorated homes, and you can select the dimensions, fabric, style (pillow-top, etc.)! These are probably the most similar to the style seen in the photo at the top.
A couple more recent home finds (can you tell I’ve been saving lots of inspiration for our new house?)…
THIS 7X10 RUG IS UNDER $200 AND SO HANDSOME FOR A STUDY/LIBRARY
BEAUTIFUL FLORAL PITCHER — GREAT GIFT OR MAKESHIFT VASE
AFFORDABLE SCALLOPED SHEETS – GET THE HIGH END LOOK FOR LESS!
FUN ALTERNATIVE TO A BASKET FOR STOWING TOYS, MAGAZINES, KNITTING MATERIALS, ETC