The Elephant in the Room: 24 Ways to Use Elephants in Your Decor

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A sacred animal in some cultures, the elephant is said to symbolize good luck, wisdom, fertility and protection of the home. With that in mind, it’s no wonder why elephant motifs are so popular in home decor. In feng shui — the ancient Chinese art of placement — the position of the elephant’s trunk is significant: a trunk pointed upward represents a showering of good fortune, a trunk pointed downward accumulates energy, and intertwined trunks signify love and friendship.

Whether you want to bring some positive energy to your home or you just like to admire this majestic animal, we’ve got 24 decorating ideas you’ll go wild for. In honor of National Elephant Appreciation Day (September 22), browse photos of elephants in designer rooms, plus find elephant-inspired goods you can buy for your own home.

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Tabletop Accessory

Living Room Entertaining: Sushi Party

Living Room Entertaining: Sushi Party

Entertain your guests in true Japanese fashion by hosting a sushi party at your coffee table while seated on the floor. If you go the take-out route, remove the food from containers and boxes, then plate all of the sushi on ceramic dinnerware. Skip floral arrangements in favor of potted grasses.

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Rustic White Photography, LLC

Pachyderm Pillow

Kid's Room Reading Nook With Blue Chair

Kid's Room Reading Nook With Blue Chair

Soft grays and baby blues are a soothing setting for this nursery's reading nook. The bold graphic prints—dragonflies on the walls, chevron stripes for the rug—keep the style fresh and contemporary.

Photo by: R. Brad Knipstein Photography

R. Brad Knipstein Photography

Design by Jennifer Jones

Whimsical Lamp

Blue and White Ceramic Lamp With Stacked Elephants

Blue and White Ceramic Lamp With Stacked Elephants

A trio of elephants stand on each other's backs to create this whimsical ceramic table lamp, a perfect fit for a kid's room or nursery.

Photo by: Kari McIntosh Dawdy

Kari McIntosh Dawdy

Storage Silhouette

White Changing Table and Custom Elephant Shelf

White Changing Table and Custom Elephant Shelf

To add more storage for this small nursery, the designers made an elephant cutout from plywood and added shelves to complement the room's animal theme.

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Laurie Perez Photography

Design by Nina Magon

Handy Hooks

Repurposed Drawers Pulls Used For Hangers

Repurposed Drawers Pulls Used For Hangers

Vern Yip hung a pair of elephant-head drawer pulls that he found on a trip to Bali as hooks for next-day clothes and special-occasion outfits. Any large pull with a solid ring will work for hangers. Pullsdirect.com has a good selection, from just $2.

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Sarah Dorio

Tropical Side Table

Outdoor Sculpture

Outdoor Sculpture

Design by Jeanine Hays

Elephant Parade Shades

Girl's White Bedroom With Globally Inspired Fabrics and Accessories

Girl's White Bedroom With Globally Inspired Fabrics and Accessories

All-white walls and furniture provide a chic backdrop for the brightly colored and globally inspired fabrics and accessories in this girl's bedroom. The elephant print of the roman shades and the bright pink pillow strike the right balance between youthfulness and maturity to create a look that will suit the room's occupant as she grows.

Photo by: Sarah Wittenbraker

Sarah Wittenbraker

Design by Sarah Wittenbraker

Glam in Gold

White Tabletop Vignette With Stacked Books and Gold Elephant

White Tabletop Vignette With Stacked Books and Gold Elephant

"When I think luxe, I think just a hint of shimmer or sparkle. It's the 'less is more' rule and making those little moments pop! Like wearing a little black dress, but the real element that makes it special is the jewelry. Bits of metallic accessories throughout can elevate any space." -Tyler Wisler, Tyler Wisler Home

Design by Tyler Wisler

Wicker Accent

Guest Bathroom With Floral Wallpaper

Guest Bathroom With Floral Wallpaper

Floral wallpaper and white accent pieces create a breezy bathroom vibe.

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Max Kim-Bee

Playful Bedspread

Grace's Bedroom

Grace's Bedroom

Grace, 8, a voracious reader, props her current favorites on five floating shelves, transforming the book covers into a changeable, colorful art display. Mekea spray-painted the curlicue wicker headboard a pretty coral and paired it with a Serena & Lily elephant-patterned bedspread. An overdyed wool rug from One Kings Lane works with the room.

Photo by: Kim Cornelison

Kim Cornelison

Well-Styled Bookshelf

Contemporary Hallway With Artsy Shelf Display, Antique Double Doors and Black Stone Flooring

Contemporary Hallway With Artsy Shelf Display, Antique Double Doors and Black Stone Flooring

Black stone flooring leads into the living room and creates a bold contrast to the bright, white walls in the room. Antique double doors bring a beautiful rough texture to the room. Built in shelves in varying heights showcase an artistic display of framed photos and figurines adding personal style to the decor.

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gindesignsgroup

Design by Gin Braverman

Wild Wallpaper

Girl's Bedroom Brimming with Whimsy

Girl's Bedroom Brimming with Whimsy

This girl's room blends styles, patterns and colors in fun and whimsical ways. An allover pattern of elephants dressed in pink adorns a single accent wall, bringing attention to the bed. White walls, furniture and bedding allow the pink accessories to pop. A traditional rug continues the pink and coral palette.

Photo by: Amy Lutz

Amy Lutz

Design by Amy Lutz

GO SHOPPING

Throw Pillow

Laundry Hamper

Letter Holder

Garden Stool

$265, gilt.com

Kitchen Towel

Ring Holder

Table Lamp

Indoor/Outdoor Rug

$19.99-$199.99, worldmarket.com

Planter

$19.80, trouva.com

Wall Hooks

$14.99, target.com

Wallpaper

$50, gilt.com

Salt and Pepper Shakers

$14.99, modcloth.com

The High/Low Shopping List

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Blue Armchair: High

Hand-applied nailheads dot the entire outline of this linen chair. Mia chair in lenno seamist, $2,200, crlaine.com for stores

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Blue Armchair: Low

Fewer nailheads, but the upholstery is velvet. Abbyson Living Lauren chair, $192, overstock.com

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Animal Print Rug: High

A blend of luxe silk and wool forms this rug’s animal print. Gramercy Leopard Ikat 5' x 8' rug in maraschino, $700, katespade.com

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Animal Print Rug: Low

Pick flat-weave cotton for a price that’s not too wild. Spot 4' x 6' rug in red, $172, dashandalbert.com

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Green Flatware: High

Dress up a table with this malachite-inspired set. Kim Seybert Malachite resin 5-piece flatware set in emerald (price is for 4 place settings, sold individually), $420, graciousstyle.com

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Green Flatware: Low

Flatware for four for less than a steak dinner. Ginkgo LePrix stainless steel 20-piece flatware set in moss green, $37, homedepot.com

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Blue Pillow: High

This hand-dyed silk velvet pillow has a rich color. Kevin O'Brien Brocade 20" x 20" pillow in emerald, $350, bchome.com

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Blue Pillow: Low

Save big with a slightly smaller polyester version. Maria-So 18" x 18" pillow cover in green marble texture with insert, $36, redbubble.com

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Dining Table: High

With the included leaf, this table can expand to fit extra Thanksgiving guests. Studio 1904 30"H x 46"-diameter poplar and cherry-veneer table, $1,650, thomasville.com for stores

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Dining Table: Low

Check out the starburst-like base on this 50-inch table. World Menagerie Kateri 30"H x 50"-diameter poplar table, $394, allmodern.com

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Red Mini Fridge: High

A mini fridge with ’50s good looks and modern tech inside. Smeg Mini 16"W x 22"D x 28"H plastic and metal refrigerator in red, $999, westelm.com

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Red Mini Fridge: Low

Bonus: This one has a separate freezer compartment. Nostalgia Electrics Retro Series 21 ¾"W x 21 ¾"D x 33"H metal, plastic, and glass refrigerator in retro red, $600, amazon.com

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Pomegranate Plate: High

It’s melamine — ideal for those klutzy holiday guests. Pomegranate and Vines 10"-diameter plate, $30, zazzle.com

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Pomegranate Plate: Low

This porcelain pick is so pretty, it could hang on a wall. Red Pomegranate 8 ½"-diameter plate, $12 westelm.com

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Woodsy Wallpaper: High

A woodsy scene from the maker of Buckingham Palace’s wallpaper. Cole and Son Woods and Pears wallpaper in grey, price is for a single roll, $124, mahoneswallpapershop.com

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Woodsy Wallpaper: Low

No royal ties for this paper, but it has similar forest flair. Astek Silver Mylar wallpaper, price is for a single roll, $61, stevesblindsandwallpaper.com

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Colorblock Console: High

Choose from 11 colors to customize each panel of this fun console. Polychrome 02 39 ½"W x 15 ½"D x 19 ¼"H bamboo, powder-coated-steel and aluminum console, $1,140 modifyfurniture.com

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Colorblock Console: Low

This wider media chest boasts handsome oak hardware and legs. Diamond Sofa Tangent Tri-Color 47"W x 16"D x 28"H MDF and oak console, $349, hedgeapple.com

Feather Plates: High

Porcelain plates bedecked with feathers will tickle your fancy. Ralph Lauren Carolyn 5-piece dinnerware set, $195, us.amara.com

Feather Plates: Low

This pretty ironstone set is durable enough
for everyday use. Feather dinnerware (pieces sold individually; price is for a 4-piece place setting), $34, pier1.com

Stripe Rug: High

A blend of wool and viscose  makes this one soft and cozy. Genevieve Gorder Viking Stripe 5' x 8' rug in driftwood multi, $1,117, capelrugs.com for stores

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Stripe Rug: Low

A reversible version, so it’s like getting two rugs for the price of one. Seascape 5' x 8' cotton-blend chenille rug in gingerlily, $329, homedecorators.com

Stripe Lamp: High

A glass finial jazzes up this handmade pick. Stray Dog Designs 17"H x 16"-diameter tole and glass pendant in down pour blue, $395, shopcandelabra.com

Stripe Lamp: Low

Finial-free and really cute in a kid’s room. Pillowfort 10"H x 16"-diameter polyester and cotton pendant in navy, $60, target.com

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Console Table: High

A chalky white finish gives it a cool Swedish look. Dutton 47"W x 15 ¾"D x 33 ¼"H pine-veneer and fiberboard console table, $870, jcp.com

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Console Table: Low

A bit less wide, so it would be great in a smaller hall. Adeline 39"W x 16"D x 33"H mango wood console table, $497, dotandbo.com

Wool Throw: High

Made in Spain from fine merino wool. Zuzunaga Integrate 55" x 71" wool throw in light squares, $440, shophorne.com

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Wool Throw: Low

Similar pattern plus longer fringe! Circus 56" x 72" wool throw, $116, avoca.com

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Green Chair: High

Available in 76 colors and fabrics, this chair is built to order. Heath polyester chair in lingo key lime and mocha finish, $999, joybird.com

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Green Chair: Low

No button tufting, but check out the splayed legs that mimic the arms. Jorna polyester chair in grass green, $650, worldmarket.com

Red Lamp: High

Created in 1960 by design legend Arne Jacobsen
for a hotel in Copenhagen. Louis Poulsen AJ 21 ½"-tall steel and zinc lamp in red, $928, dwr.com

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Red Lamp: Low

An homage to the mid-century classic with
a desk-friendly price tag. Modway Flashlight 23"-tall metal lamp in red, $135, overstock.com

Blue Pillow: High

A feather-and-down insert and piped edges add polish. Design Legacy Atelier Exit Strategies 20" x 20" linen pillow in blue, $176, designerpillowshop.com

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Blue Pillow: Low

Ditch the down to cut the cost by more than half. Abstract 20" x 20" linen pillow cover in blue, $39, wisteria.com; insert, $12, pillowflex.com

Loopy Mirror: High

This loopy iron mirror is put-over-a-console-table big. Yosemite Home Decor Outer-Looped 41"-diameter mirror, $145, homedepot.com

Loopy Mirror: Low

The groovy loops are rattan on this more petite pick. Nate Berkus 22" x 22" mirror, $60, target.com

Leaf Fabric: High

The leafy pattern was designed by one of fashion’s
favorite artists. Konstantin Kakanias Paradise Lost hemp fabric in umber, price is per yard, $149, templetonfabrics.com for stores

Leaf Fabric: Low

Make your sofa seasonal with a pillow in this
fall-colors fabric. Diane555 Simple Leaf cotton fabric, price is per yard, $18, spoonflower.com

Dotted Pillow: High

This pillow’s dotty pattern is hand-embroidered. Paint Chip 20" x 20" cotton pillow, $142, pineconehill.com

Dotted Pillow: Low

A polyester version with the pattern on both sides. Natalievmason Rainbow Brushstrokes 20" x 20"pillow, $35, society6.com

Twig Table: High

A marble top elevates this side table. Twig 24 ¾"H x 20"-diameter marble and iron table in gold and white, $498, scenariohome.com

Twig Table: Low

More branches don’t mean more money. Safavieh Treasures Tara 22 ½"H x 18"-diameter glass and iron table, $179, overstock.com

Bamboo Dresser: High

A Carrara marble top and drawers with hand-turned bamboo trim are standout features on this alderwood dresser. Hampstead 68 ½"W x 20 ½"D x 38 ½"H dresser in honey, $3,950, wshome.com

Bamboo Dresser: Low

This one’s bamboo-style detailing is wood veneer, but the drawers are deeper. Hayden 64"W x 18 ½"D x 37"H dresser, $1,000, pier1.com

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Red Rake: High

A cushioned grip makes raking a little more comfy. Corona 24"-wide aluminum and steel rake, $26, acehardware.com

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Red Rake: Low

Wet leaves won’t rust its reinforced plastic tines. Bond 24"-wide wood and plastic rake, $8, kmart.com

Tri-Top Table: High

Mid-century-modern good looks in solid walnut. Lori 32  ¾"W x 30  ½"D x 21¼"H walnut table, $799, dwellstudio.com

Tri-Top Table: Low

Brass-finish accents give this one a pricey look. Clover 34"W x 28"D x 20"H wood and metal table, $249, westelm.com

Yellow Sofa: High

Deep tufting on the back makes this sofa cushier. Dania 79"-wide polyester sofa in papaya yellow and natural finish, $2,199, nyekoncept.com

Yellow Sofa: Low

Four times the button tufting for almost a third of the price! Ida 75"-wide polyester sofa in papaya yellow and natural finish, $750, allmodern.com

Brass Pendant: High

Created by A-list designer Thomas O’Brien, this pendant has pedigree. Hicks 15"H x 12 ½"-diameter metal and glass pendant in bronze and antique brass finish, $735, circalighting.com

Brass Pendant: Low

Try a squatter version (or two!) in the kitchen to
save some dough. Murray Feiss Cadence 13 ¼"H x 13"-diameter steel and glass pendant in dark antique brass and matte black finish, $306, 1800lighting.com

Gingko Leaves Rug: High

This soft wool gingko-pattern rug is hand-tufted in India. Chandra Jessica Swift 28905 5' x 7'6" rug, $748, yliving.com

Gingko Leaves Rug: Low

Easy-to-clean polypropylene means no stains to worry about. Gingko Leaves 5'3" x 7'7" rug, $129, frontgate.com

Blue Backpack: High

A luxe leather pull tie and straps deck out this backpack. Sandqvist Hans Cordura nylon backpack in blue, $199, sportique.com

Blue Backpack: Low

Lots of leather-like detailing gives this bag a rich look. Merona nylon and polyurethane backpack in navy, $30, target.com

Gold Mirror: High

Its convex mirror makes it look like a piece of art. John-Richard Collection Abstract 48"-diameter iron mirror, $1,295, horchow.com

Gold Mirror: Low

With a larger mirror, it’s pretty and functional. Uttermost Vector 50"-diameter iron mirror, $368, lampsplus.com

Copper Pendant: High

A faceted cage makes this pendant a hallway gem. Charm 14 ¾"H x 11"-diameter metal pendant in copper finish, $184, homedecorators.com

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Copper Pendant: Low

Try this as accent lighting. Add a 25-watt bulb and enjoy the soft glow. Geo Diamond 15"W x 13"D x 12"H iron pendant in copper finish, $69, urbanoutfitters.com

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Paisley Pillow: High

Artisans created this paisley pillow with intricate embroidery. Amelie 20" x 20" cotton and acrylic pillow in white, $153, pineconehill.com

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Paisley Pillow: Low

Slightly smaller, but this one is edged in tiny turquoise ruffles. Rizzy Home Paisley 18" x 18" cotton pillow, $43, hayneedle.com

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Light Pink Chair: High

The pretty pink slipcover can be removed for dry cleaning. Softline wool-blend and copper chair in apricot, $1,895, abchome.com

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Light Pink Chair: Low

Pleats on the arms and back make this chair stunning from all angles. Roar + Rabbit cotton velvet and metal chair in blush, $799, westelm.com

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Yellow Bench: High

Looks like a Parisian park bench, and it’s available in 22 colors. Fermob 1900 41 ½"-wide powder-coated-steel bench in honey, $828, bistrofurniture.com

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Yellow Bench: Low

A cheerful spot to enjoy a sunny day in the yard. Mainstays Hello Sunny 43¼"-wide powder-coated-steel bench, $69, walmart.com

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Garden Stool: High

Made of marble, just like fancy entryway floors. Made Goods Caspian 18"H x 14"-diameter garden stool, $1,200, claytongrayhome.com

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Garden Stool: Low

This ceramic version has a cool crackled look. Emissary Ice Ray 17"H x 15"-diameter garden stool, $260, burkedecor.com

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Floral Vases: High

So pretty, this grouping almost doesn’t need flowers inside. Mixed set of 3 ceramic vases (largest is 6 ½" tall), $85, atwestend.com

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Floral Vases: Low

Similar floral decorations on this set, plus the trio is taller. Mixed set of 3 Imax Baylee ceramic vases (largest is 8 ½" tall), $62, overstock.com

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Southwestern-Inspired Beach Towel: High

One side of this beach towel is absorbent; the other is super soft for poolside naps. Star Wheels 40" x 70" cotton beach towel, $50, pendleton-usa.com

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Southwestern-Inspired Beach Towel: Low

A Southwestern-inspired jacquard design at a buy-a-bunch price. Caro Home Tuscon 36" x 68" cotton beach towel, $15, tjmaxx.com

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Floral Plate: High

You can use these dishwasher-safe, rosy melamine plates perennially. Noemi Rose 7"-diameter plates (sold individually; price is for 8), $68, johnderian.com

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Floral Plate: Low

Flowery paper plates instantly make any gathering a garden party. Set of 8 Camellias 8"-diameter plates, $5, casparionline.com

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Patterned Suitcase: High

Made from the same tough but lightweight material used in many NFL shoulder pads. Tumi Tegra-Lite 20 ½"W x 11"D x 29"H Tegris suitcase in cayenne tile, $945, bloomingdales.com

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Patterned Suitcase: Low

Soft fabric sides expand to fit all those vacation souvenirs and purchases. Happy Chic by Jonathan Adler Lattice 18 ¾"W x 13"D x 28"H polyester suitcase in red and navy, target.com, $170

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Green Salad Servers: High

This elongated salad serving pair is cast from a hand-sculpted mold. 12 ½"-long resin salad servers in green, tinafreydesigns.com, $80

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Green Salad Servers: Low

Snap the ends of this set together and it becomes a pair of tongs. Good Grips 12 ½"-long Tritan salad servers in green, oxo.com, $8

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Shagreen Desk: High

Even the pulls on this three-drawer desk are covered in shagreen. Interlude Home Atherton 60"W x 30"D x 30"H shagreen-covered-wood and iron desk, stephaniecohenhome.com, $2,138

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Shagreen Desk: Low

Metal hardware and one fewer drawer shave a digit from the price of this narrower version. Geometric 39"W x 16"D x 32"H faux-shagreen-covered-MDF and iron desk, shadesoflight.com, $398

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