If You Buy Anything from Small/Cool 2021, Let It Be These 10 Designer-Approved Products

published Jun 16, 2021
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The Small/Cool Experience is a shoppable online home design showcase and social event full of decorating tips and tricks from your favorite designers. Thank you to our sponsors BEHR® Paint, Genesis G70, LUMAS, Overstock, Tuft & Needle, Chasing Paper, and Interior Define for making this experience possible.

The coolness (and smallness!) continues: even if you missed our Small/Cool event on Instagram, never fear, the online experience still lives on. Quick recap: we tapped 10 designers to create their own ~120 square foot rooms, built them inside a content studio in New York City, and ended with results that look nothing short of amazing. Lucky for you, there’s still time to tour (read: obsess over) each space and get inspired with new furniture and decor finds. The best part? Everything’s shoppable, so you can instantly bring home any need-to-have discoveries.

Whether you tuned in over the weekend or just started browsing, it’s inevitably impossible not to have a favorite room — be it Bobby Berk’s “Warm Minimalism” look, or Noz Nozawa’s spin on “Classic Redux.” Or, maybe you’re really drawn to a mix of components from each. Regardless, every participant managed to pack so many incredible pieces into such tiny areas (hence the name Small/Cool!), and you can bring them all home for your own designer-approved allure.

So as not to feel overwhelmed (there are almost 250 products, after all), I picked 10 specific standouts that wow in both the style and budget realms. If you buy anything from the Small/Cool experience this year, let it be one of these. Act fast before anything sells out, and get even more room footage (plus designer tips and tricks) from our Small/Cool Teeny Tours series on IGTV.

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Jayson Home

Enter your new favorite conversation piece: it's all about the bust right now, and this sculptural version a la Bobby Berk’s “Warm Minimalism” space looks straight out of an art gallery. In fact, it’s actually inspired by the Cubist movement and carved from cement with distinct asymmetry. The white matte finish will mesh with any style, too.

2 / 10

It’s cool, quirky, and (most importantly) functional. As seen put to use by Natalie Papier in partnership with Overstock, this whimsical wall-mounted piece has rockin’ potential to hold onto hats, necklaces, and the like.

3 / 10

Found: the ultimate small-space-friendly (and versatile) piece from Estelle Bailey-Babenzien’s “Biophilic Beauty” Small/Cool creation. Thanks to its compact footprint, two drawers, and sleek wood finish, the Scandinavian-style desk can squeeze into any bedroom, living room corner, or entryway.

4 / 10

Modern light fixture, meet too-good-to-pass-up price. David Quarles IV put this Sputnik-inspired statement piece to use in his maximalist dining room design, but it’s a one-hit focal point worthy of the kitchen, bedroom, and beyond. Bonus: You can also adjust the overall height to fit your needs.

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Chasing Paper

It really doesn’t get much cooler than vintage-inspired peel-and-stick wallpaper, decked out with illustrated portraits and available in three different colorways. It’s bold enough to stand alone, but Noz Nozowa actually turned it into a backdrop for more wall accents, like prints and mirrors, in her "Classic Redux" room. Another quirky perk? You can let your (or your kids’) artistic talent shine and color in the white spaces.

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Serena & Lily

Although on the splurgier side, this sconce actually looks just as cool solo than in a pair, as evidenced by Jaclyn Journey and Amanda Jacobs’ “Moody Musings” execution. The wicker shade screams boho coastal trendiness and the perfect pop against any wall color (but the darker, the better!). You can also pivot its placement for instant illumination of any spot.

7 / 10

Small/Cool design duo Ayesha Curry and Parisa O’Connell hit the jackpot with this cool-meets-cozy wood bench — and you can, too. Whether it’s at the foot of the bed or an entryway, it doubles as extra seating (fitting up to two people), plus a new spot to style with a throw, tray, pillows, or all of the above. The cushions also come off, if you’re looking to swap them out for something more colorful.

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Ballard Designs

Bring something new to the table (or mantel or bookshelf) with a gilded, zigzag candle holder — trust me, your favorite tapers will never look better. Fit up to five candlesticks for a glam dining room vibe (similar to Michelle Fahmy’s styling iteration), and consider stacking two of these pieces end-to-end for double the luxe (and light!).

9 / 10
Tuft & Needle

Perfect your practice with an oh-so-soothing transportable meditation cushion from Adnan Anwar’s Small/Cool space. Designed with help from meditation experts at Calm, it doubles down on both style and comfort with a gentle blue cover and body-conforming filling. (Even if meditating’s not your thing, it’s still cozy enough to have on hand for extra entertaining seating or a kids’ hangout hotspot.)

10 / 10

No green thumb needed for a zero-maintenance plant addition you’d never know was faux. There’s plenty of bang for the buck, too: It’s a whopping seven feet tall with realistic plastic leaves and veining. You’re basically guaranteed a perpetual glossy, thriving look, minus the watering and upkeep. Take a cue from Liz Kamarul and add some height to the patio, or, if you’ve got the space, spruce up a living room corner.