Ottoman Empire - 405 Magazine

Ottoman Empire

Whether you call it a tuffet or a hassock, the season is right for these decorative places to rest feet or seat extra guests – become the monarch of your own ottoman empire.

 In the never-ending season of "eat, drink, and be merry," I can’t help but confess that sometimes I just want to pull up a chair and take a load off.

Holiday parties are great. Love them. But sometimes standing in heels for a couple of hours can get tiresome. Solution? Sit! But where? If there is ever a time to have some extra seating around, this is it. An ottoman can be just the ticket. The funny thing is, not many people seem to use that word anymore. During a few preparatory phone calls for this article I found myself repeating it … “Ottoman. OTTOMAN.” Then I started to improvise: Pouf, cube, bench  … Ahhh, yes, we have those!

It's true that the ottoman seems to be a much more stuffy word than pouf or tuffet – a holdover from the days of "Leave It To Beaver." That is, unless you put some fabulous adjectives in front of it – and of course the description must deliver. Could anyone resist a sunset orange tufted leather ottoman? Not me.

So, here's an array of ottomans to help expand your seating options when your guests need to land for a bit, or if you just simply need a stylish place to prop up your feet after all the holiday cheer!

Top: Alligator embossed off-white leather tapered ottoman from Mister Robert Fine Furniture & Design, Bottom: Striped stone-washed twill Maxim swivel ottoman from 30A Home


Cranberry upholstered ottoman and Normandy cross leg bench from Mister Robert Fine Furniture & Design


Top: Brown linen square ottoman ith dark stained legs from Home Goods, Bottom: Modern houndstooth fabric covered ottoman from Mister Robert Fine Furniture & Design


Top: Zebra cube with nail trim from Mister Robert Fine Furniture & Design, Bottom: Cream fabric bench with  greay wash legs from Home Goods