Lively Living Room

Clever storage and earthy colors turn this living room into a warm, lively family room.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionThis stylish bench does double duty — it's a comfortable seat and a convenient storage solution.
The Bullies' mismatched chairs are replaced with a custom-made bench composed of two end tables and an upholstered cushion on top. The drawers underneath provide extra storage, while the pillows add comfort and color. Some of the pillows are silk batik — an Indonesian method of handprinting textiles by coating with wax the parts that are not to be dyed — made by Kelly. Hanging over the bench are two planters made that Cooper created out of PVC pipes with PVC caps on the bottom and covered with sisal rope.