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The Essential Ottoman — Three Ways


I am constantly shaking things up in the jungalow.  I’m usually either making room for new stuff, moving furniture around to adjust to Ida’s next stage of growth, or just changing the look because I get bored of staring at the same stuff all the time.  I find that when I use simple, stylish and durable pieces in the home as a foundation, it’s easier to make them my own and adapt them to new settings and new functions as my family, my tastes and my mood grow and change.

Last week I shared with you some of my favorite pieces from Target’s Room Essentials line and today I’m going to share with you three ways to use this simple $39 ottoman. It was love at first click for me with this piece. It’s simple but not boring and super versatile.


I use this little desk at my bedroom window-seat as a creative station. I don’t work here all the time, but I like to sit here and write (a lot of my book was written at this very spot) and I also use this desk to sew when I’m working on DIY projects. The ottoman works perfectly here as a stool — it’s small enough to slide right under the desk when not in use, it’s very comfy and sturdy to sit on, and the modern lines work really well with the mid-century style of my window seat. I put a colorful vintage Berber textile over the cushion to kinda make it my own and I love the way it looks and feels.


Another functional way I use this ottoman is as, well, as ottoman–a comfy spot to kick up my feet after a long day. I’ll plop down a tray with a snack while I get cozy with my favorite magazines.

I’m gonna be honest–I only have time to do this about once a month–but for those few zoned-out dreamy minutes I feel super relaxed.



The last way I use this little dude is as a side-table. It could go next to a chair or a sofa, and in this little space, I’ve used it in a corner of our house that is always begging for a little action–a plant, or some flowers–a little somethin’ somethin’ to liven up the place. I added a pile of books and a bamboo situation and came out with a cute little vignette.

We don’t have a dining room at the jungalow, but the ottoman would also make great additional seating for a dining area. It’d be perfect for a vanity stool, or a piano bench, too. I can think of a lot of perfect places for this little dude. Did I miss any ideas? How would you use it in your home?

This post is sponsored by Target. Shop Room Essentials to make modern life easier.
All Photos by Justina Blakeney. 


Alternative Text Justina Blakeney

Designer, artist, stylist & mama. Founder and CCO at The Jungalow. Crazy for color, pattern and plants!

11 responses to “The Essential Ottoman — Three Ways”

  1. Lacey says:

    I love the way the little desk is set up in the first picture. I used an ottoman for the longest time as a desk seat!

    • Justina Blakeney says:

      ya thanks! I was actually surprised how comfy it was–it kinda forces you to sit up straight instead of hunching over, right?

  2. Deana says:

    I have one that I got for next to nothing at a garage sale and a free one too. I have painted them and added cute fabric. Usually vintage. We have a small walk in closet I put one in. It has wooden legs and a bit taller like the target one. We use it to sit on to put on our shoes. Very mr rogerisc

  3. Jillian says:

    Love this! Gorgeous styling. I’ve been looking for an ottoman just like this one, thank you! :)

  4. DABITO says:

    What a great ottoman! Love those legs. I actually never lean back on my desk chair so I feel like an ottoman is my ideal chair and it tucks nicely under the desk too!

  5. Sylvia says:

    I too love ottomans. I prefer them to coffee tables. I like the bigger round ones that are tufted. They look luxurious. You could pimp one out with some nice fabric. I could see several of these covered in funky brightly colored oilcloth for seating for a tea party for beautiful Ida. :-)

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  7. Amanda says:

    I am in LOVE with that orange rug. May I ask where from?

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