7 Things That Make Your Home Look Dated (and What to Do Instead)
Prevent any "What was I thinking?" moments a few years from now with these fresh —not faddish—ideas from Elements of Style
author Erin Gates.
Illustration: Marie Hélène Bilodeau
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The Stylish Pouf That's Better Off as an Ottoman
Moroccan poufs have been touted as the entertainer's standby for extra seating, but they're typically too low to the ground to actually be comfortable to sit on, Gates says. Swap it out for a pair of X benches—you can tuck them under a console table when they're not in use, and at 18 to 19 inches tall, they're the same height as most chairs and sofas. For a truly timeless style, try a pair in leather.