Thursday, February 2, 2012

Faux Bamboo Stool, Mirror, Vanity and More


Faux bamboo is the focus today, with several ways to get the look for less. I found a faux bamboo stool, mirror and vanity to share with you, along with a few fretwork decor items and a couple of other finds…


blue and white bedroom with faux bamboo stool

Above: I featured this beautiful bedroom by Cindy Rinfret in a recent post on blue and white decorating ideas. One of the things about it that caught my eye was the great bamboo stool in the foreground. Stools like these are versatile and coveted additions to any Asian-inspired room, but they’re pricey and hard to come by.

A couple of years ago JC Penney carried a good-looking metal version of it by Cindy Crawford that quickly became the $99.99 decorating darling of the blogosphere. Alas, it’s no longer available, but if you were smart enough to snag one back then (I wasn’t), you’ve probably found a hundred different uses for it.


Akanko faux bamboo vanity stool

If you let that one pass you by, at left is another $99.99 faux-bamboo-stool opportunity. This one, from Touch of Class, is round and done in a dark bronze-finish metal – with a chenille cushion that you can easily recover in any fabric of your choice.

Intended as a vanity stool, it would make great pull-up seating anywhere. I like the idea of buying a pair and keeping them under a console table.

I ran across some other faux bamboo finds at Touch of Class as well…


Akanko faux bamboo vanity table 


At right: Here’s the matching 36” vanity table, also with faux bamboo metal legs. It would be great to use in an entryway as well as in a bathroom or dressing area.


faux bamboo mirror





At left: From the same Akanko collection, a faux bamboo beveled wall mirror. At 35” high and $160, it’s half the price of similar ones I’ve seen online.


faux bamboo metal luggage rack 




At right: A faux bamboo folding metal luggage rack. Haven’t you always wanted one of these for the guest room? I have.


asian harmony wall mirror




At left: Another $99.99 find from Touch of Class – a black wooden Asian-inspired wall mirror with gold fretwork. It stands 35” high and can be hung vertically or horizontally.


meiko fretwork end table





At right: More fretwork, this time on the Meiko end table. At $119.99, it’s 20” square, with a mahogany finish. An inexpensive place-holder for that antique Chinese table you want to buy someday.


contours modern asian-inspired table lamp



At left: Here’s an interesting contemporary table lamp with an Asian feel. The geometric base has a bronze finish and the stacked linen shade has a copper center.


tall laughing Buddha table statue




At right: I have a small porcelain Laughing Buddha, but I love this 19”-tall resin version. Representing contentment and happiness, he makes me happy just to look at him. And at $28.99, the price is happy too.


friendship and generosity buddha sculpture




At left: Here’s a lovely Buddha done in a dark gold-finish polystone. A great symbol of friendship and generosity to place anywhere you want to make guests feel welcome.




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