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Monday, March 23, 2015

Adding A Bit More Black To My Family Room


"It is all in the details," someone once said, and in design it truly is. 

The details are what can take an ordinary room, or piece, and take it up a notch.

I have two ottomans in my family room, one I use as a coffee table/footstool. The other is used as a footstool for comfortable seating while watching TV.

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You can see it in front of the white chair, notice the simple legs? Well those had to go, they just were not fitting in my room.

I looked online at several different sites, to find different styles that might work with the overall look I had in mind.


Before ordering the legs I had to take a couple of measurements:

  • The height of the leg
  • The diameter of the leg…. I got this measurement by measuring from the original hole to the edge of the corner of the ottoman to see how large the diameter could be.

I had to do quite a bit of looking to find one that would meet the criteria of the correct measurements and the look I wanted, and of course there was price, there is always a budget for these things.


In my looking everything that I seemed to like was ranging from $25-$35 each. I am not sure the ottoman itself was worth that expense, so I kept looking.

I finally found a site with affordable choices that I could justify to myself, and hubby.


These were under $11 each! To be honest I was shocked at the price difference from other sites for the same look and quality.

 Ordered and Done!!!!

No matter what the finish was on the legs I had always intended on painting them satin black.

They look shinier here because of the lighting, you will also notice they have a bit of distressing on the finish.


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I love the way the legs look on the black and white rug.

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I am very pleased with how the new legs give the simple Ikea ottoman more presence in the room.

Once I get my new bobbin chair in the room the picture will be  almost complete.

Ethan Allen Brant chair

Yes, I said almost, I always have something else in this busy designing brain of mine. As always, in our home………….




Karena said...

Very good looking Kathysue and it sure pays to price shop!!

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Barbara said...

The new legs give the ottoman just the right amount of weight it needed. I love the blue chambray fabric on the chair, could you share where you bought it from please. I have an air force blue (my description) sofa & I am having a difficult time finding the right blue for pillows. I have an Ikat which works so I'm looking to add a small print/stripe in the right blues, this one looks like it might just work. Now if I can get the store in the USA to ship to Canada without taking out a bank loan I'll consider myself one lucky gal. Thanks Kathysue.

Kathysue said...

Barbara the pillow was purchased from a shop in Carmel Calif, called Tancredi and Morgen they purchase most of their fabrics from France. I do have a wonderful resource from England that will ship to the US so I am sure they will ship to Canada. Take a look at Ian Makin fabrics they have some wonderful blues, in fact the check on my little chair seat is from there. Good luck.

cindy hattersley design said...

Love the new feet!! Amazing what some interesting feet can do to a simple ottoman!

La Vie Quotidienne said...

Another excellent example of how details can make a difference! These look great. Perfect choice.

Lea @ CiCis Corner said...

Little touches can make such a difference and those little black legs certainly did. Love the look! Happy new week!

Donna said...

Very nice. Love it all.

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Love, love it!...great idea!!

Barbara said...

Thanks for the info Kathysue. Will check out Ian Makin.