to decorate / a splash of gold

I am not the biggest fan of wedding registries. I’m always excited when I think of an off-registry ‘perfect gift’ — an orange Moroccan pouf was one for a 2012 bride (and irenelikes reader)!

I started developing a gold craze last quarter… I could’ve been boring and gotten the matching ottoman for my leather couch for an L shaped configuration, but it was expensive (especially since I got custom leg replacements) and boring. Then the stars aligned in my head and I decided I wanted a gold ottoman to warm up the modern (and cold) elements of my black and cream living room. It’s slowly getting there and I’m ecstatic to finally be able to put up my feet.

This pouf was purchased from an Amazon marketplace seller. I got another discount because there were a few tiny flaws when it arrived. Amazon has decent prices. If you purchase from it, make sure you read reviews for the different sellers and differentiate between stuffed/unstuffed. It compliments my Target x Altuzarra tray perfectly (which I’ve put on a stand to act as a side table).

to decorate / {high and low} design within reach platner coffee table

Top: Design within Reach Platner coffee table ($1,421), Bottom: Stainless Steel Coffee Table from the Foundary ($477)

The photo quality of the Foundary table isn’t great, but it looks just like the DWR one in person. And that’s how I convinced myself it was ok to buy this blindly online. I have a typical small NYC apartment. During my coffee table search, I was looking for a glass or acrylic coffee table because they evoke airiness. While I would’ve preferred something with gold accents, all of the ones I liked were way out of my price range. I subscribe to many flash sale websites but don’t check them daily. I found this coffee table back in October, thanks to CopyCatChic.

If you are in the market for a coffee table, the sale is open for another half a day. It comes shipped in two packages. It’s best to have moving gloves on hands (splintery wood is used in the packaging), cash (to tip the delivery folks to carry it up x flights of stairs), and some strength (to rip open the crate). Here’s a grainy pic of my table after I “assembled” it.

to decorate / {high and low} striped rugs, fluffy rugs

Pretty early on in the decorating process, I decided I wanted a striped rug. I had my eyes on the Ikea Stockholm Rand, which is a knockoff of a much more expensive designer, but it was hard to nail down in stock. And I wasn’t sure if I liked flatwoven. In design blogger reviews, it looked thin and wrinkly. Upon Googling the Ikea one, I found the Rugs USA Homespun Blocks Navy Rug. It was on backorder for ages, but I finally got it right after Sandy! The price dropped so I ended up with two, but shipping back the more expensive one via UPS was pretty cheap since the warehouse is in Long Island, NY. The rug is manufactured by Nuloom and is so plush and soft. I’m also not that bothered by the navy versus black since the stripe is pretty dark.

My size is OOS, but other sizes are available for 75% off through today. In fact, most of the rugs are 75% off. My friend tipped me off that the sheepskin rugs are back in stock to order (even though it’s backordered until late Dec…). With the 75% off discount, the price is so affordable you can’t justify going for a faux one from Ikea!


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to decorate / {high and low} the leather butterfly chair

Visions of a rich, buttery caramel leather butterfly chair draped in white fur

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Ideas for the chair:

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