Family Room Favorite: John Derian's Moroccan Pouf

Maureen Doron of Bryn Mawr’s Skirt boutique owns a few of these handmade poufs herself. Here’s why they’re perfect for kids and adults alike.

In its September issue, House Beautiful featured the fabulous Strathmere beach house of Maureen Doron, owner of Skirt boutique in Bryn Mawr. Chestnut Hill interior designer Mona Ross Berman was the visionary behind the “1960s California-inspired surfer-chic” aesthetic, which incorporates lots of bright colors and practical, functional furnishings and accessories into a house where the Doron family entertains often.

It was Berman who chose the handmade Moroccan poufs for the living room. Available from John Derian Company in New York, the leather poufs are hand-dyed and -stitched in Morocco, and stuffed with kapok (a natural plant fiber) and Dacron foam. Though firm enough to double as an ottoman or coffee table, to Berman, a pouf is a place to sit.

“They’re a great way to maximize seating options in a living room or a family room without overcrowding a space,” she says. “The material is very forgiving with wine or food spills. It’s like a grown-up bean bag that’s sophisticated and comfortable.”

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Moroccan poufs come in a variety of bright colors, plus neutral hues like brown and gray.


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