Grad Design Guide: Furniture From CB2, Crate and Barrel, Pottery Barn, West Elm

By Terri Sapienza
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, June 18, 2009

We asked national retailers to recommend furniture for first-time home decorators. A few of their picks:

Pottery Barn's PB Comfort sofa (from $999) has deep seats, eco-friendly construction and an easy-to-clean slipcover.

Add color to your space with the red lacquer Halogen credenza ($499) from CB2. It's the perfect hideaway for just about anything and can be topped with a TV. CB2's Harmonica bed ($799) has built-in storage with a two-tone surface.

Use a pair of Stow storage ottomans ($149 each) from Crate and Barrel in place of a coffee table: Lift the lid for storage, then flip it to use the underside tray.

With its classic shape, the versatile Parsons desk ($299) from West Elm is ideal for small spaces. Use it for desk work or dining, or as an entry or console table. Stash two stools beneath for extra seating.

Add glamour and warmth to your rental space with the sheepskin rug (from $149), also from West Elm. Lay it on top of a hardwood floor or layer it over otherwise drab wall-to-wall carpeting.

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