#TBT Throwback Thursday- My Bench

When it comes to furniture, I really believe that if you buy what you love, it can work well in any home.  As someone who is a bit of a rolling stone, (I’ve had 5 homes since starting this blog in 2009) I’m no stranger to fitting my stuff into new places.  I’m not one to do the same thing over and over again.  Instead, I really love translating and styling my furniture in new ways each time I’m in a new setting.  Case in point: My ottoman.  It was a bit of a splurge when I first got it, but it’s gotten lots of use and I still love it today.  In honor of #TBT, I thought I’d take a mini walk down memory lane with my ottoman/ bench…

Design manifest coffee table ottoman la fiorentina tan white geometric pattern{2010: I left it bare and mixed with my Martin Sofa, pre-slipcover}

design manifest la fiorentina simone ottoman

{2011: I used it as my entry bench in my loft.}

design manifest la fiorentina ottoman suzani

{2013: Back in use as an ottoman, I’ve layered it with a vintage suzani.  My sofa (the same as above) is slipcovered.}

For many of you who have asked:

The Ottoman/bench is the Simone by Ballard Designs,

upholstered in custom fabric (La Fiorentina by Lee Jofa.)

PS- the Naomi’s Stuff tag is a great resource if you are looking for a source for any of my pieces!

  1. Tiffany

    Loving that you’re keeping it real on the blog today! A new house doesn’t have to mean all new things. The bench looks perfect, yet different, in each of these applications! Keep up the great work Naomi!

  2. Yup…looks gorgeous in every spot- such a beautiful piece that gets to find a place in such beautiful rooms!

  3. patty blaettler

    I’ve recently come up with this adage: If you love it, pay up… Years down the road, you probably won’t say “I wish I had that $600.00 back”, but you will probably often think “I love my (fill in the blank)!

    • Naomi

      So agree, Patty!

  4. Elisa

    That bench looks good anywhere! Dang-it, now i need a bench!

  5. Love that you use and reuse, keeping it real! What a great piece. I’m so in love with your art in the second photo too!!

  6. Susan

    I was looking for a unique ottoman about a year ago and did a google image search for ideas. That search brought me to your 2011 image and I’ve been following your blog ever since.

    Fabulous bench! Fabulous blog!

    • Naomi

      Thanks, Susan!

  7. This is a really clever post idea, I love seeing things evolve. It’s like magazine speeds that show celebs different hairstyles over the years.

    • Naomi

      HAH! Totally. I would say I’d do it every Thursday but I’m pretty terrible with blog consistency.

  8. Blythe

    I love this! It looks like its held up really well, too.

  9. I’m desperately looking for an affordable way to get a slipcover for my couch! Where did you get yours or is it custom made?

    Things I want to avoid: microsuede, loose/baggy slipcovers

    • Naomi

      It’s linen and its custom. If you don’t want it loose, you’ll have to go custom. I love mine. Worth every penny.

  10. Yay, the site is back! I just wanted to tell you that I feel like you read my mind, I was about to ask you about this bench and then you posted this! So obsessed with it, and glad to know the source, love everything about it, such a huge bummer that they don’t ship it to canada :(

  11. Brandi

    I love seeing the same piece used in different spaces. I bet you have more items you could feature this way. I think versatility is an important element in design and by living in so many places you’ve perfected that. Beautiful!

  12. What a great idea for a post! Makes me think of my nailhead console table that we just sold. We had a good run with it (and it even wandered around multiple rooms the last two apartments!). Might have to copy this post idea 😉

  13. I love that bench…especially the black legs. Putting a neutral fabric on it shows how versatile it can be in different spaces with different accessories!

  14. malic

    I love this bench.absolutely gorgeous design! great job!Kids Car Beds

  15. Dalia

    Any idea were can I find the art picture in you’re second photo, maybe you have the name of the artist. Or of the art?
    Thanks for your help :)

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