Design Inspiration: Ottomans


Our current coffee table is something that I have been wanting to replace for awhile. We bought it about 3 years ago when I was still finding my home style and it just doesn’t fit my style now. Not to mention it’s not made the best. There are so many cracks in it that are pretty noticeable. Plus, with a baby on the way, when she is mobile those hard corners will not be ideal. At least, that’s one of my excuses for wanting to replace it. 😉 But it is true!

For years, I’ve really wanted to replace it with an ottoman. I just love how cozy an ottoman looks as a coffee table.

My dream ottoman? Pottery Barn’s Raleigh Square Ottoman. I love the legs, the size, and the fact that there are so many options for fabric. The only thing that I am not crazy about is the price. I’m just not sure I can justify spending that, but I don’t want to wait years to save up for it either.

Then there is this option. It is the Rittenhouse Tufted Cocktail Ottoman from Joss & Main. It has the legs that I like and it is also a good size. The price though is amazing at $185.

The only problem? The color. I was wanting something a little bit darker, more brown than tan. I’m also not crazy about velvet.


One thing I could do to solve this would be having a slipcover made for it. There are so many benefits to slipcovers. I can choose whichever fabric I want. If a stain gets on it, then all I have to do is take it off and get it cleaned. If I get bored with it, I can always have a new one made.

Even when factoring in the cost of fabric and having a slipcover made, it will still be cheaper than the Pottery Barn one.

So now I’m torn. Do I wait several years and save for the Pottery Barn one, or do I go with the cheaper one and have a pretty slipcover made for it? What would you do?

A Classic Baby Girl Nursery Inspiration Board

Now that I am in my third trimester, I really am starting to want to get the nursery finalized already. We have all of the main pieces in place. My parents gifted us her crib, this white Jenny Lind style. It is actually funny because when I showed my mom the crib I wanted, she told me that I had a crib almost exactly like it when I was a baby. 😊 For her changing table, we decided to use an IKEA dresser to save money and just put a changing pad on the top. I would have loved to do an antique pine dresser, but that just wasn’t in the budget. Maybe one day!

For her nursery, the item that we decided to splurge on was her glider. We wanted to get something that would be durable and last us for years and multiple babies, but still comfortable for all of the late night feedings and soothings. I think I probably searched every glider available, but finally settled on Pottery Barn Kids’ Comfort Swivel Glider and Recliner in Basketweave Slub Oatmeal. My husband is so excited about the recliner option, haha!

After getting those pieces down, it really is just a matter of color schemes and finishing touches now. I instantly knew when we found out that the baby is a girl the color scheme: muted shades of pink with creams, browns, and some touches of antique brass. Pretty much like the rest of our house, minus the pink. 😉

As for the “theme”, I decided on florals with small hints of bunnies. I found these vintage botanicals online that are going to look perfect as a grouping of nine above her crib in some antique brass frames. This Maileg bunny will look so sweet and will be a great little friend for her to cuddle with. To finish it up, a basket with a sweet scalloped liner will look perfect in the corner for all of her little friends.

I’ve got some things coming in the mail and then I cannot wait to share the finished product with you in a few months!