IT GETS BETTER WITH AGE: LEATHER UPHOLSTERY

by Marisa Marcantonio

As I walked around High Point Market over the past few days, I was taken by how many great leather pieces I saw. Color is infiltrating upholstery, and when it comes to leather, the patina gets better with age. From sleek black to on trend peacock blue, there is a gorgeous leather to add some zing to your rooms. A few scratches and spills give leather lived-in personality, making it well worth the investment.

Regina Andrews had a deep seated Chesterfield-inspired sofa with tufted back and loose seat cushion.

A classic Chesterfield in black leather with a smaller footprint from Century makes this an ideal piece for apartment dwellers.

An arts and crafts Eliza settee from Thomas O'Brien for Hickory Chair, upholstered in a rich brown leather.

A cream leather sofa, The Brigitte, from Global Views in a slightly midcentury modern silhouette.

Wesley Hall's tufted leather sofa with high back and sides and bolster pillows for a more tailored look.

Chic! Instead of an antique, try a tortoise finished side chair with woven rattan back, chocolate brown leather seat and personality from Century.

A lush natural suede - covered chair with tight seat and tight back from Century.

Cherry red leather on an English reading chair with button tufting from Wesley Hall.

Global Views gets into color with vivid orange leather on a Louis XVI chair, The Marilyn.

A caramel hued leather on a modified French 1930's silhouette in The 9th Street Chair from Hickory Chair.

Lee Industries diminutive chair with small wings in a gorgeous french blue leather.

Andres Arbus designed the now iconic French 1930's furniture being reproduced by Baker. Here, the Paquebot Chair with sleek lines and reclining pitch brings sexy back.

Cherry red leather is cheery as well as chic on Baker's Plymouth side chair.

THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE

by Marisa Marcantonio

Whether using them to kick back and relax or as a coffee table, ottomans always come to the rescue. No matter what your style, there is an ottoman out there to fit your needs. Go luxe with leather or ethnic global with dhurrie- it's ottomania!

Photo courtesy of Horchow
These are so fun I want them all! Exclusively for Horchow, the Kilim Footstools are covered in a patchwork of Indian textiles dyed in rich hues.

The Chakki Ottoman from Serena and Lily has an intricately carved base and upholstery can be in one of 12 fabric choices.

Photo courtesy of Gabby's
From the moment I first saw this Gabby's Bellamy Ottoman, I have wanted it. Completely upholstered with tufting, the lines are just right and the size is ultra versatile.

Photo courtesy of Anthropology
Mixing warm wood and honey - colored leather, the Rhys ottoman from Anthropology gets better with wear and matches a variety of chair styles. Rather than trekking to England to find this at an antique store, you can get it at Anthro.
Photo courtesy of Elite Leather
Luxe leather surrounds this Moroccan inflected Candemir ottoman from Nathan Turner for Elite Leather. I think loden green is such a rich color that incorporates well with neutrals.

Photo courtesy of Ballard Designs
Little and lovely, Ballard Designs Delamere Footrest with British Colonial details is smart great for smaller spaces.

Photo courtesy of Hickory Chair
With an attached box edge cushion, this low Warner ottoman from Hickory Chair is comfy and refined. The small casters make moving it around a snap.

Photo courtesy of Bee Line
Multi functional pieces are always handy, like this Beeline Home Tray Chic ottoman by Bunny Williams with a built-in tray.

Photo courtesy of Baker
Some ottomans look great in pairs, like the Bamboo Ottoman from Baker. It is elevated, and the decorative frame has a lightness to it.

Photo courtesy of Lee Industries
An ottoman with a bobbin leg is classic and timeless. Covered in this cheery pink, you will have this piece forever. From Lee Industries.

Photo courtesy of Noir
Burlap with nailheads- chic! Noir's round Bullseye Ottoman with a circular nailhead pattern can serve as a table or footrest and look great while doing it.


Photo courtesy of West Elm
A dhurrie covered ottoman with turned white legs is sturdy and chic in the gray and white combo. From West Elm as a limited edition.

The Savannah Ottoman from Pottery Barn has a tailored kick pleat skirt. Carved legs on casters make it easy to move around.