This Is the One Tiny Design Detail That Makes All Decor Look More Luxe

published Dec 25, 2020
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When it comes to home decor, leather, whether real or faux and vegan, certainly isn’t anything new. Lately though, it’s showing up in unexpected ways that go beyond just sofas and recliners: as drawer pulls on dressers, looped handles on fabric ottomans, as a decorative wrap on lamp bases, and more.

It’s the restrained use of leather in details that makes these accents modern and relatively affordable. Leather also brings a little edginess to an otherwise ordinary object like a plain wood shelf or basic round mirror, too. Think you want to try the trend? I’ve rounded up my top 10 picks, starting at just $43.

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1. BJÖRKSNÄS 5-Drawer Chest

With top-grain leather pulls—two on each drawer—this IKEA chest looks practically hand-crafted, especially because it’s made of Scandi-style light birch wood. Prefer more of a color contrast? It also comes in a black-stained version (with the same cool leather loops, of course).

Buy: BJÖRKSNÄS 5-drawer chest, $249.00 from IKEA

2. Nayla Leather Mirror

Etched and carved details can sometimes make a mirror look dated, but sleeker features, like a leather- and faux suede-wrapped frame, turn a mirror into a work of modern wall art. Try this one in a bedroom, living room, or entryway. It doesn’t ship until the new year, but it’ll be worth the wait.

Buy: Nayla Leather Mirror, $328.00 from Anthropologie


3. Vassio Leather Handles Basket

A leather-handled basket is a chic catchall anywhere in the house, from the kitchen (corralling bottles, vegetables, and fruit) to the bathroom (holding rolled towels or extra toilet paper). This decently large design, from a family business based in Tuscany, is crafted from durable and ethically-produced washable paper, and it comes in eight pretty pale or neutral colors.

Buy: Vassio Leather Handles Basket, $89.00 from UASHMAMA

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4. Dearborn Leather-Wrapped USB Table Lamp

Whether you choose the aged brass or polished nickel finish, this large lamp was inspired by the leather-wrapped stair banisters some European architecture is known for. It’s a timeless, elegant touch for a living room side table, home office desk, or nightstand in a bedroom, and it even boasts a USB charger at its base.

Buy: Dearborn Leather-Wrapped USB Table Lamp, $499.00 $399.00 from Rejuvenation

5. Gold Metal and Leather Strap Wine Rack

Wine storage is often either super basic or really extra, but this rack is just right. Faux leather straps give it an elevated look at a decent price point. It’s countertop-sized, too, so it works well in a home bar area or even just the kitchen.

Buy: Gold Metal and Leather Strap Wine Rack, $150.00 from Living Spaces

6. KroftStudio Leather Strap Shelf

Space-saving floating shelves are always a good move—and even better when they hang from handcrafted leather straps that look just as artsy as the objects on display. Etsy customers who bought this shelf raved in reviews on the site that the “craftsmanship is perfection,” and it’s stylish “without being too bulky.”

Buy: KroftStudio leather strap shelf, Starting at $80.80 $72.99 from Etsy

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7. Seneca Pillow Cover

Hand-stitched in Brooklyn, this striped pillow cover gives any sofa a quick hit of style with its cognac-colored, faux leather paneling. Looking for a little less of an edge? The company offers beautiful versions with smaller faux-leather strips, too.

Buy: Seneca Pillow Cover, Starting at $43.00 for 15×15-inch pillow cover from Coterie Brooklyn

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8. Threshold x Studio McGee Pouf

Designer Shea McGee’s line of gorgeously textured (and affordable!) pieces for Target is full of timeless accents you won’t get tired of with artful touches that make them feel special. Take this cotton pouf, for example, which comes in two colors. The leather loop is a chic detail that’s also a helpful handle, making it easier to move this piece anywhere you need extra seating.

Buy: Threshold designed with Studio McGee pouf with leather loop handle, $69.00 from Target

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9. Danish Paper Towel Holder

Is there anything that can’t look sophisticated when given the Nordic design treatment? Case in point: This natural oak paper towel holder with a leather loop handle, which is a big step up from the usual utilitarian-looking models. Crafted in Denmark by a family-owned company that’s dedicated to sustainable design, it makes a great housewarming gift, too.

Buy: Danish Paper Towel Holder, $68.00 from Schoolhouse Electric


10. Tina Frey Ice Bucket

For something splurge-worthy, I’m a big fan of Tina Frey’s hand-cast resin pieces and their smooth, sculptural aesthetic. With its threaded leather handles, this cement-hued ice bucket, in particular, is just about chic as you can get when it comes to barware. (Available in white and black versions, too.)

Buy: Ice Bucket with Leather Handles, $140.00 from PARCI PARLA