In these older pics of the nursery right after it was painted, you can see that there’s a big useless space just to the left of the fireplace. It’s partially blocked by the door, so not really a great spot for a dresser or anything like that.
I’m planning to use the space mostly to stow some of the clunkier baby gear (swing, bouncy seat, etc), but I also thought it’d be a great spot to stash a storage ottoman. So far the rocking chair is the only place to sit in here, and I thought it’d be nice to have at least one other spot for someone to plop down in a pinch. Plus I hear babies and kids tend to accumulate quite a lot of stuff, so the more spaces to store it the better.
Finding what I was looking for was so much harder than I thought, though! I didn’t want to spend more than $40 or so, which surprisingly eliminated most of the options on the market (why are these things so expensive?). I also knew I didn’t want one with a hinged top. The storage bench by our front door has one and I hate that you have to pull it out from the wall to open it. And I know this is completely stupid, but I hate it when the lid of the ottoman is wider than the base. It makes my eye twitch. Plus I wanted my new ottoman to be able to support at least 200-250 pounds so my 6’4″ husband could sit without fear. I searched high and low for the perfect candidate, and finally found this one calling my name from the virtual aisles of Target.
Isn’t it adorbs? And at $25 the price was perfect. The website said it was only sold in stores so I clicked to verify that I could find it at my local Target and, total bummer, it wasn’t available. In fact, I quickly realized these ottomans must be being discontinued because there were not any available within 100 miles of me. The closest one was in Monroe, LA, a good three and a half hours from here. I mourned the death of my ottoman dreams. But guess what! When I realized that Nick and I would be driving to Destin last weekend I checked the availability at various stores along our route and discovered that there was “limited availability” at a Target store we’d be driving right past between Destin and Pensacola (in Mary Esther, FL). We stopped there on our way home Monday morning and, sure enough, there were three ottomans lined up on an endcap. One brown, one black, and one pink. I was a little bummed to see that there wasn’t a green one because the color was just so peppy and fun, and even checked with an employee to see if they might have one lying around, but was totally happy to take home the brown one instead.
It now lives to the left of the fireplace, right next to the big woven basket my sister filled with smaller gifts and essentials as a shower gift. They’re like a small storage dream team.
Right now I just have a bunch of random stuff tossed in the basket and nothing in the ottoman, but as Jack gets older I’m sure both will come in handy for housing toys. Nick and I were both surprised to feel how sturdy it seemed under our bottoms, especially since it’s lightweight enough for my hugely pregnant self to easily pick up and move around (according to the website it’s about six and a half pounds, lighter than the average newborn!). I can’t believe that Target is discontinuing these. They seem very well made and the price is more than reasonable. Maybe they’re not making enough money from them? I was reminded on this recent trip to Target why I do most of my shopping online or at thrift stores/estate sales. Even just the short walk through the home decor department to locate the ottomans and then find an employee had me wanting to scoop half of the inventory off the shelves and into my arms. I seriously wanted to just throw my money at the big red Target and run away with all their pretty pillows and accessories. That place is dangerous.