40 Elegant Home Furnishings
When decorators transform a room, what’s behind all the smoke and mirrors? Well, mirrors—and light fixtures and furniture and objects. Here, they reveal their secrets.
Bronze Gruyere Vase
Zanadoo Chandelier and Origami Coffee Table
A favorite of designer Jessica Becker: “It’s a little bit Jetsons, a little bit Studio 54. With a dark ceiling, it has the drama of a spectacular night sky.”
To buy: $1,920, zincdoor.com.
Origami Coffee Table
Picked by designer Tricia Huntley: “Especially considering it has a bone-mosaic top, this piece is a steal. The proportions are perfect for a small space.”
To buy: $399, westelm.com.
Orbit 7 Chandelier, Wishbone Chair, Fife Tripod Lamp, Brass-Knot Sculpture
Adored by designer Nina Freudenberger: “So playful! It looks phenomenal over a stair landing or a round kitchen table.”
To buy: $389, schoolhouseelectric.com.
Selected by designer Kyle Schuneman: “Architecturally stunning—the little black dress of chairs. I like it as the ‘off’ chair in a living room.”
To buy: $849, dwr.com.
Fife Tripod Lamp
Picked by designer Jon Call: “The 70s dome shoots light down, which makes a space incredibly intimate. Imagine it next to a sofa: You’ll just want to cuddle all night.”
To buy: $2,300, matthewfairbankdesign.com for info.
A go-to piece for designer Janet Simon: “It adds richness to any type of decor and works in nearly any spot: on a coffee table, a console, even the floor. You can’t make a mistake.”
To buy: $1,495, kellywearstler.com.
Uzbek Wool Rug, Hilliard Chest, Soho Rug by Safavieh
Chosen by stylist Olga Naiman: “Put it in an entry for a strong hello.”
To buy: $628 (5 by 8 feet), capelrugs.com for stores.
Adored by designer Kishani Perera: “I’ve used two as nightstands and turned one into a sink cabinet.”
To buy: $2,259 (39½ inches wide), neimanmarcus.com.
Soho Rug by Safavieh
Picked by Nina Freudenberger: “It’s not easy to find a hand-tufted wool rug for this price. And the pattern hides stains.”
To buy: $800 (7½ by 9½ feet), hsn.com.
Signal Zigzag Floor Lamp by Jielde
Faceted Mirror Side Table
Ives Mirror, Iron and Rope Mirror, Camille Tufted Linen Settee
Picked by designer Lynne Scalo: “This always gets compliments. It’s a star—don’t overaccessorize around it.”
To buy: $2,400, madegoods.com for info.
Iron and Rope Mirror
A just-right accent for designer Laura Bohn: “I have it in the entry of my loft. It’s exquisitely made and looks much more expensive than it is.”
To buy: $650, restorationhardware.com.
Camille Tufted Linen Settee
Loved by Jon Call: “In a small space, I like to keep things lean and close to the ground. I’ve used this as a coffee table in front of a long sofa.”
To buy: $1,725, restorationhardware.com.
Davis Gold-Leaf Side Table by Worlds Away
Francis Elkins-Style Loop Chair, Flame of the Forest Brass Pendant Lamp
Selected by designer Teressa Kowski: “Put it in the middle of a room rather than against a wall. The open design won’t block a view. Or go all out and use a set as dining chairs.”
To buy: $1,250, cbellfurnishing.com for info.
Flame of the Forest brass pendant lamp
Adored by designer Katie Leede: “This reminds me of a papyrus plant waving over the Nile. I love how the gold underbelly catches light. I’ve cut the stem and used it close to the ceiling in a bedroom.”
To buy: $5,000 ($3,500 for Real Simple readers with the code REAL), stephanieodegard.com for info.
Hand-Embroidered Mexican Coverlet
Ennis Antique Brass Web Sphere Lamp by Arteriors
Neal Coffee Table by Worlds Away
Lind Cowhide Ottoman
Fan Chair by Tom Dixon
Elephant Chair, Natural Sheepskin Rug, Feather Headdress
Chosen by designer Laura Kirar: “It’s an amazing chair-and-a-half: spacious for one, cozy for two. I’ve used it in a study.”
To buy: $2,600 (plus material), lostcityarts.com. Material shown here: Napoli Cashew leather, $23 a square foot, edelmanleather.com for info.
Natural Sheepskin Rug (on chair)
Picked by designer Tom Delavan: “It’s a great, affordable way to soften a boxy chair or camouflage one that you don’t really like.”
To buy: $118 (2 by 4 feet), shadesoflight.com.
Used countless times by designer Vicente Wolf: “This piece has the sense that it’s traveled, that it had a life before it arrived to you. I’ve mounted one on the front of a bookcase and, in a different space, stacked three over a side table. I also like it off-center above a bed, to add a little quirk.”
To buy: $1,500, tuckerrobbins.com for info.
Large Okura Kidney Table, Large Gold Bowl
A favorite of designer Grant K. Gibson. Midcentury curves with a high-gloss lacquered finish. Walnut legs.
To buy: $995, jonathanadler.com.
Large Gold Bowl
Picked by designer Scott Sanders. Handblown by artist Elizabeth Lyons in Rochester, New York.
To buy: $550, lyonsglass.com for stores.
The Albert Table by Liz O’Brien, Senufo Bench, Vintage Moroccan Boujad, Sapphire Mirror
Selected by designer Alex Papachristidis. This small-scale open cube, made of lacquered fabric, is inspired by malachite.
To buy: $2,975 (14 inches wide, 15 inches high), lizobrien.com for stores.
Picked by designer Sara Story. Each one-of-a-kind piece is hand carved in Ivory Coast.
To buy: $999, westelm.com.
Vintage Moroccan Boujad Carpet 458
Chosen by designer Callie Jenschke. A gorgeous wool rug that adds character and richness.
To buy: $1,250 (73 by 133 inches), redthreadsouk.com for info.
Sapphire Mirror BW3005
A go-to piece for designer Tobi Fairley. Metallic blue trimmed in gold is stunning and sculptural.
To buy: $1,390, mirrorimagehome.com for info.
Ro Sham Beaux Malibu Three-Arm Chandelier, Large Rubber Crocheted Bowl
Loved by designer Kishani Perera. Beachy and exotic at the same time. Made of resin beads and hemp.
To buy: $2,067 (24 inches wide), zincdoor.com.
Large Rubber Crocheted Bowl
Picked by designer Brad Ford. Handmade in Italy, it’s a traditional crocheted design crafted in a modern material (rubber).
To buy: $89, gretelhome.com.