Creating a comfortable living space can be as simple as incorporating a few key furnishings into a room that already showcases your treasured belongings. Don’t overlook items you already own; whether it’s a trunk that can alternate as a table, or a collection of books and frames that will make a statement when grouped into interesting arrangements.
Unify your collections and give them room to breathe with this stepped open bookcase. Used as a pair in the living room, they’ll pack in the visual punch.
Sonoma Bookcase, $499
Available at Ballard Designs
For a comfortable classic that can alternate between transitional and traditional, we prefer this spacious slipcovered armchair.
Ektorp Jennylund Armchair, $199 for white, price varies by color
Available at IKEA
We love the silhouette of this tripod cocktail table, which is reminiscent of a flea market find. A gold patina and antiqued mirror top make it look as if it’s been in your family for decades.
Jules Large Accent Table, $299
Available at Crate & Barrel
This sturdy leather trunk does double duty as both a table and a storage container—while lending a sense style and weathered patina.
Steamer Trunk Cocktail Table, $249.99
Available at World Market
Build in some support for your guests with a hard-working back pillow covered in durable outdoor fabric.
Lumbar Pillows in Twill Sunbrella Fabric, $29
Available at Restoration Hardware
Love the look of leather, but lack the time or the resources to start a collection? Let yourself in on a little decorator’s secret and buy leatherbound books by the foot.
Set of 12 Leatherbound books, $72.54
Available at Amazon.com