A Tuffet for a Greener Miss Muffet


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Little Miss Muffet was ahead of her time, eating those healthy curds and whey. She also knew that tuffets (a.k.a. poufs and ottomans) are very handy to have around.

Good at multi-tasking, poufs look cool without commanding a lot of space, can safely balance a tray of snacks, and function well as footstools to support your tired tootsies during a rerun of Gilmore Girls. Will Luke marry Lorelei? I don’t know. Pour some more coffee, eat some Red Vines and stay tuned.

If you’re like some of us and are tired of the stitched leather Moroccan editions that seem to be everywhere, try a few of these eco-friendly alternatives on for size:

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Go groovy with the real deal, Modern Shag poufs (up to $195) at Modern Dose (above). So shaggy you’ll want to feed and pet them, they come in three sizes and in shades of red, ivory and charcoal.

Or why not introduce a sophisticated, tactile organic fabric into your space with the stunning Urchin poufs of knitted wool by Flocks a fabulous Dutch design company (shown at top). You can order these cuties ($800 to $1,600) through Flocks or at Design Within Reach.

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For a firmer fit, try these Zeopod poufs, spotted on Design Spotter and at Crib Candy. They are designed in Australia and made of 100% biodegradable plastic with an eco-foam cushion and certified wool cover.

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You should also check out these marvelous felted wool “stones” we think are one of the coolest eco looks to rock. From VivaTerra, $298-595.

I suppose for purists, the proof of the pouf is in the lining. They vary from eco-friendly foam to more conventional fibers. Be sure to check the specifics before ordering.

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