|hand-carved from mango wood|
A little Monday morning etymology....the word ottoman was first introduced into the English language in the early 1800s. It is synonymous with "footstool" due to its typical use in a reclining postion, a European association with the fashionable Turkish style. The original ottoman furnishings were tall and cylindrical, resembling the long, rounded hats worn by Ottoman government officials.
|original ottoman shape, modern color|
Currently we have a matching chair and ottoman, but I'm on the hunt for an ottoman true to its original form: one that can stand on it's own or can pull up to a chair. We also have an extra large dark leather ottoman (below) that serves a dual purpose as our coffee table with the wooden trays on them, or a very comfortable place to raise your weary legs. I love a multi purpose piece.
Ottomans can take so many different shapes and sizes. I prefer one in a bold color with plenty of room for big feet (I wear a size 10 afterall). Here are a few others I like.
|Candace Bushnell's living room with Morrocan ottomans|
|bold pattern, neutral color with carved dark wood legs|
|white alligator ottoman|
|round, white, crisp|
(Lucas Allen Photography)
|blue leather tuft|