The Ottoman Empire

Get expert tips for finding functional footrests.
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Ottomans add style — and versatility — to any living space. “I love ottomans because they’re multi-functional,” says Jillian Lepore of INspiration Interiors. “They make seating comfortable for anyone – no matter how tall or short. Plus, they accommodate a number of seating styles. From a design standpoint, they add a bit of spice.” 

Lepore says ottomans are ideal for Hawaii because they’re a great way to make the most out of tight spaces. “We are seeing fewer and fewer formal dining rooms,” she says. “So, a lot of times ottomans can act as an informal table for quick meals. Kids can also pull them up for video games and just hanging out.”  

Lepore, who has been a designer for more than a decade, says her favorite ottomans are no more than 18 inches — round or square. “Since they’re small, you can move them around easier and make the room work for you,” she says.

The Chesterfield ottoman’s abaca frame adds tropical flair, while the plush seat cushion promises ample comfort, 25”W x 21”D x 17.5”H, $480, from C. S. Wo & Sons Hawaii. Photo courtesy of C. S. Wo & Sons Hawaii.
Lift the Hodan ottoman’s two top cushions and discover two smaller ottomans upholstered in an ultra-mod geometric pattern. Entertaining? Flip over the tops to convert them into serving trays/table space. 40”W x 40”D x 20”H, $499, from Ashley HomeStore. Photo courtesy of Ashley HomeStore.
The Divine indoor/outdoor footstool can be used outside on your lanai as well as in your living room, 22”W x 22”D x 19”H, $495, INspiration Interiors. Photo courtesy of INspiration Interiors.
Customize your ottoman with the Jonathan Louis collection. The custom program offers three different shapes and sizes, storage or non-storage, and your choice of fabric or leather. Prices start at $399, HomeWorld Furniture. Photo courtesy of HomeWorld Furniture.
Golden Isle Ottoman by Tommy Bahama Home is relaxed and elegant, the oh-so-perfect respite at the end of another long day, 30.5”W x 21”D x 18.5”H, $845, from C. S. Wo & Sons Hawaii. Call for available fabrics. Photo courtesy of C. S. Wo & Sons Hawaii.
Top with a large tray and the Ayanna Nuvella oversize ottoman can double as a coffee table with space for setting drinks and accents, 40”W x 40”D x 20”H, from Ashley HomeStore. Photo courtesy of Ashley HomeStore.


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