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.

MARY MCDONALD DOES VEGAS

by Marisa Marcantonio

A few weeks ago, interior designers went to Las Vegas Market. They went to be on the Ahead of the Curve panel, that for the past few years has been moderated by author and all around in the know Susanna Salk. Darryl Carter, Kishani Perrera and Mary McDonald toured the show followed by a camera crew, and then spoke about trends they saw emerging at market. I asked the uber - chic Mary to be my tour guide, and pick a few favorites. Here is what she came up with:

"We had a blast together on a two day laugh fest during our shoot. We are all so different that it fueled our jokes with each other as well as opening up our perspectives on new things. The Vegas Market is so enormous that you really have to have a plan and a focus to see things you want to see or you would never get through it. I would have to say the biggest trend in it's height right now is the weathered reclaimed wood mixed with industrial materials such as old wood tables with beat zinc tops etc.. It is all very Axel Vervoordt for the mainstream. Ikat and Suzani patterns are big and going strong still as well as a bunch of glitzy glam over the top stuff that is not really my thing, but it looks like people still want it."

My favorite showroom was a line called Noir. Absolutely everything in the showroom was chic-- especially this exaggerated upholstered chair which is actually a copy of a regency antique chair.

They had the copper hanging fixture which was so authentically vintage looking it was perfect and the use of copper instead of the expected silver made it even more stand out.

Of course, I also love my own vintage inspired 40's brass lamp with the black shade I designed for Robert Abbey . Here, I am visiting another lighting resource.

The chest with pulls had a pretty cerused finish for a very reasonable price point. It is from Global Views.

Kishani and I both liked the pattern on the Global Views coral and ivory rug and could see it in other colors being pretty. We saw a lot of coral.