#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. 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 🙂

  2. malic

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

  3. 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!

  4. 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 😉

  5. 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!

  6. 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 🙁

  7. 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.

  8. Blythe

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

  9. 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.

  10. 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!

  11. Totally worth the splurge! Looks fab everywhere.

  12. 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!!

  13. Elisa

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

  14. 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!

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

  16. 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!

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