Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Good Pouf vs. Bad Pouf

As you know, poufs are ALL the rage. I rarely go along with trends, but I'm pretty charmed by these little Moroccan stool/ottomans. I've been looking high and low for an affordable and attractive one and I've seen some awful ones and some awful(ly) cute ones.

I've seen a ton of these types of poufs at Jonathan Adler and we actually bought two for a client in yellow. I sat on one yesterday at an installation and it was rather comfortable! This room is by Daniel Pafford from Lonny.

I love the old leather and kilim type poufs. I feel like they were put together with remnants--they feel casual and beautiful. From Bohemia Design. Good pouf.

I saw this on Style Hive. I'm going to go with a resounding BAD POUF. This is like taking all those felt rock that were so "cool" a while ago and mashing them together like a bunch of dirty socks and telling someone to sit on it. Was that too harsh?

Houzz. I LOVE these little crocheted poufs! They are like warm chunky sweaters in this cold scary room.

Katie Ridder's room designed for Design on a Dime has two raspberry poufs that are a fun pop of color and look tres inviting!

Christien Meindertsma designs these poufs. What do you all think of them? They are like the sweater poufs on steroids...

Besides the felt rock one from above, I think this one from Urban Outfitters gets my award for worst pouf. As Raina pointed out, it could work in a kids room maybe but I'm just not feeling it. It looks cheap and if you get that, you might as well get a small bean bag and call it a day, you hipster. BAD.

And for the last, this was absolutely the best pouf I have ever laid eyes on in my entire life. Guess where I saw it! Bunny Williams Garden House tour from Trade Secrets. Isn't it beautiful? You're one in a million, pouf, and Bunny has two of them!

I'm still mixed on whether I should go with a modern or metallic pouf for a bit of fun and contrast in my apt or go with a kilim style pouf as they look the most authentic and they are certainly less ubiquitous. Tell me what to do!!

Alicia B.


Lindsay [rookie's nest] said...

haha Pouf....what a cute name for them. I always just thought of them at cushy ottomans. Thanks for sharing, learned something new today :) & p.s. i laughed out loud when you said someone mashed a bunch of old socks together and told someone to sit on it, HA!

Raina Cox said...

Given my obsession with the little guys, I only have two. Mine are brown pleather from Target bought for patio use.

I wholeheartedly recommend them though. They're the perfect seats for visiting kiddos.

And some may call them a trend, but I think they're classics like an X stool or Parsons table.

P.S. Thanks for the link love!

Darcy said...

Alicia, I've always loved poufs from Serena & Lily (although the selection right now is not amazing):
http://www.serenaandlily.com/Soft-Seating. Enjoyed your post!

Decor Arts Now said...

Hi Alicia,
Tazi Designs offers the classic leather pouf in lots of colors at great prices. I just got two white ones with tan stitching for Montauk!
Xo, Lynn