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The pouf with a thousand faces

Footstool. Source : iStockPhoto

The first picture that comes to mind is the Moroccan pouf. Stars, colours, leather—Moroccan poufs add an exotic touch to your decor.

A bit of history.

According to the Grand Robert, the word pouf first appeared in 1458. The word is an onomatopoeia that evokes a fall. The modern definition of pouf is “A large firm cushion used as a low seat or footstool” (Canadian Oxford Dictionary). The ones with legs are generally called ottomans or footstools. The definition dating from 1829 might be more appropriate for today: “A large, low stool, generally cylindrical, and covered with thick upholstery.” Continue reading

Magic lamps

Two new types of lamps are attracting attention through their originality. They get a reaction from everyone and likely raise a smile on some people’s faces. One thing is for certain: they make good conversation starters.

Choosing a light fixture today is discouraging for those who experienced the 70s and 80s. They get the impression that they’ve seen it all before. Desk lamps or plated torchere lamps or lamps signed Stefano Cevoli come to mind. Their pure, long-necked style, which tilt 180° fit very well with today’s décor. You can still find these Italian designer lamps on the Internet. Many store models appear to be nothing but pale imitations. You can get a few surprises if you take the time to search the net a little. Here are the two we discovered: Continue reading