As I may have mentioned, I’m in the midst of redecorating my bedroom and the room formerly known as the playroom. (Once kids are 8 they don’t need toys anymore, right?) This weekend the floors on our the main level are being refinished. The paint colors are chosen and the main pieces of furniture ordered. There are even a few key accessories waiting patiently to be placed. But I still need a couple of medium-sized items, like side tables and poufs or ottomans. I snagged three microsuede storage cubes at Target for $17.99 last week, in my exact colors (turquoise, violet, chartreuse). Super cute and totally cheap. (Plus, the Star Wars costumes all fit inside one. Take that Vader.) To accompany the bedroom sofa, I’m debating between two of the same cubes in charcoal, a metallic silver leather pouf, or two X-stools covered in crisp white cotton duck, just like the sofa. An X-stool is incredibly practical – it’s an extra seat, an ottoman, or topped with a tray, a side table. It’s also one of the earliest forms of furniture. In addition to its versatility and portability, I love its symmetry. It works in pretty much every room, and never fails to look great, and sometimes even pulls together an otherwise faltering space. Have a look at these rooms to see what I mean.
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