20.3.11

Ottomans, Benches, Foot Stools

Ottomans have become a favourite of mine to use in family/media rooms and dens. I like using them for several reasons. First and foremost they serve as the indispensable coffee table. I like to make mine with tight tops and rather flat as opposed to padded with a pillow effect. This way you can set things on top of them without worrying about them toppling over. Secondly you can comfortably set your feet on them and be in a semi-reclining position to watch TV, read or maybe even fall asleep. Thirdly I can have them made any size to fit the requirements of the room. This is a real benefit because large coffee tables are hard to find. In the space below the ottoman is made out of deep chocolate brown faux Ostrich. This family has two young daughters and they use the ottoman to color on and do their craft projects and have snacks. Spills can be wiped up easily, and the deep brown faux ostrich adds and a nice textural interest and makes a dramatic center focal point for the room. Patricia Gray | Interior Design Patricia Gray | Interior Design 

This ottoman is large by ottoman standards 5 feet by 3 1/2 feet. It is covered in Holly Hunt, Hair on Hide Leather, in a creamy butterscotch color. It was made long so 3 people sitting on the sofa could all put their feet up on it, and I made it deep enough to that there was still room at the back for the inevitable books, magazines, remote controls and trays for snacks and drinks. It also doubles as extra seating for parties. What coffee table has that much versatility?

Patricia Gray | Interior Design

 Patricia Gray | Interior Design
The Ottoman in this penthouse I had made in charcoal gray Beacon Hill "Pashmina". It is soft and luxurious like a Cashmere blanket and makes a nice warming contrast to the leather sofa. It sits on top of the same color of Belgium wool area carpet. Facing the sofa is the view with the TV hung and framed between the windows. Where else do you put the TV in a room that is all windows & view.

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Patricia Gray | Interior Design


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45 comments:

  1. The green painting in the top image is grabbing my attention so bad that it is hard to concentrate on the ottoman and the other lovely pieces in the room!

    That is one stunning artwork.

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  2. I love the oval ottoman in your living room - I wish you had a picture of that one too!

    Happy Sunday!

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  3. Totally agree with you, ottomans are so versatile. I like the explanation you gave for each one and I am looking forward to see more images of your projects with (or without) ottomans.

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  4. Hi, did you find a home for the dogs? I live in Norway otherwise I would take them:(( Really hope they got lucky!!!

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  5. These are great, very modern! My favourite is the top left black one.

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  6. absolutanebte precioso!
    felicidades

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  7. Everything looks really classic and timeless. Just my style.

    Mr. Goodwill Hunting

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  8. Beautiful work Patricia...thanks for sharing! Tracey xx

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  9. These are great. I like the flat ones too, much more practical!

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  10. I love design blogs. This is great!

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  11. They're great aren't they? Nothing grounds a room with comfort than these versatile additions for sure. Love the gray color cashmere textured ottoman. Comfort...it's a good thing.

    Bette

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  12. Love ottomans too, love to use them where ever possible. I think they are elegant as well as functional. Great choices there

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  13. that is such a nice interior. I just love the simplicity and elegance of the interior. I just love every single piece. amazing sharing.

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  14. Fash Boulevard23/3/11

    Hi. I'm a stylist in LA and I'm totally obsessed with your blog. I'm following you.

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  15. I have been shopping around for the right ottoman for our room. I like the dual purpose. Beautiful choices! xo

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  16. beautiful decorations

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  17. eames lounge chair and ottoman25/3/11

    This collection is very special to me because after designing behind the decor and ambiance is always such a major sensory experience. And the seating is always so fashionable, functional, and comfy. A really cool environment can always provide the most wonderful mood adjustment.

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  18. as always.
    stunning.
    when i grow up....
    i wanna' be just like you.
    xxx

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  19. Patricia I really love the Pashima Charcoal Grey!! Genius idea for the Television as well!!

    xoxo
    Karena
    Art by Karena

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  20. interesant

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  21. Auntie Anne26/3/11

    Hi Patricia; Your work is fantastic and I am so proud of you. Love Auntie Anne

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  22. I absolutely love your style. I love your site. So glad I found it. I just painted my room gray and I love it. It feels like your taste a little. Thanks. newest follower.

    http://timelessexclusive.blogspot.com/

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  23. Any ottoman that will survive "two young daughters and they use the ottoman to color on and do their craft projects and have snacks." ROCKS! :)

    Totally unrelated, love that you use over sized canvases in your designs! That green abstract is a great complement to the plant, wall, lemons, blue pillow and blanket! Love it!

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  24. I really like the view that outside. love the sunlight enlightening the whole house...and the painting in the room is too too fabulous.

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  25. I never met an ottoman I didnt' like. LOVE them pretty much in any room. We were at my aunts house outside of Paris, she was lucky enough to have Jacque Garcia decorate it and he is big with really huge ottomans, i mean room sized ottomans, but they looked amazing and held so much,they were decadent and over the top but sooo added a lot to the room. I think every room can benefit with the multi functional ottoman.

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  26. I love your interiors design!!!
    Have a nice week!! :-)
    Kisses!!!
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    In-teriors Design
    http://in-interiorsdesign.blogspot.com/

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  27. Anonymous3/4/11

    Love the first photo. Great design
    here.

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  28. Molly3/4/11

    I love the ottomans in this room. They really warm up the space and provide texture.

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  29. Beautiful rooms! ottomans add character

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  30. Whatever you call them,
    I love them.
    They help me relax when I'm reading or watching tv/movies. And I love the different gorgeous styles that are coming out these days.

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  31. diana18/5/11

    i like your informative post. agreed with you, Ottoman are unique and useful in variety of aspects.love the gray Ottoman.classic interior.

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  32. furniture shop melbourne18/5/11

    Plain white design can always make me feel that they look like the cloud surroundings,the same of what you said the heaven.Hope that I can see more cute angels.

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  33. Definitely the best blog about interior decoration.

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  34. I really like your blog and i really appreciate the excellent quality content you are posting here for free for your online readers. thanks .

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  35. Awesome photos particularly the first one. One of the best blogs I have ever seen especially the design is great. Great Blog.

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  36. Wow, I love these pictures, wish I had a home like that:)

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  37. Patricia, your blog is one of our "favourites." You're very generous with your resources and expertise, and it's a joy to see a master at work. Well done, and we're writing a column for Williams Sonoma's Designer Marketplace that puts you on our list of favorite interior designer blogs.

    All the best,

    Jay from Design2Share.com

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  38. The set up with the transparent chairs and table is really nice!

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  39. thanlks for sharing

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  40. What a great idea where you have hung the TV between the windows. Understanding the surroundings is key to a great interior design.

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  41. Richard Baker29/9/11

    Patricia love your blog! I have followed you from Ireland and now to Singapore, the lines are clean the attention to detail is sharp and the overall end result is very calming and sophisticated, your style is consistent throughout every project, Regards Richard Hotel Designer Singapore

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  42. (This makes me think of Dick Van Dyke tripping over the ottoman in the intro to that show....)
    Beautiful blog. Nice dogs.

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  43. SUCH gorgeous rooms! I really love the ghost chairs, but the ottomans lend a sleekness to the space.

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  44. I love benches - they are so versatile: as a seat, as a table, as spatial divider. And ottomans just quiety whisper "relax, relax"! I love this post!

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  45. These rooms are stunning, my favourite is the first one as it has a homely feel about it. I agree that ottomans are fab, to have an item of furniture that is a stylish centerpiece but also serves many purposes is a bonus. They are great in large rooms where an empty space just needs that something, but equally in smaller rooms where a table is needed, but storage is a must - I have 2 children and am always needing ways to keep the house tidy but still retain a sense of style.

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