Shop The Room: Tropical Lounge

You don't need floating stairs, an open sliding door to the Brazilian rainforest, and sky-high ceilings to nail the look of this great room, designed by noted architect Arthur Casas as part of his residence in São Paulo. Even without said enviable amenities, there are three crucial elements that you can steal from this scene to add that certain something to your own retreat. KEEP IT LOW: Although there would be ample room here for tall tables, standing lamps, high-backed chairs, or the occasional stuffed giraffe--all of the furniture, from couches to a dropped fireplace, is kept on the same plane and close to the floor. This trick will increase the illusion of spaciousness, regardless of your ceiling height. SKIP THE CUSHIONS: Who says you need to match your sofa's back cushions to your seats? We love the idea of swapping in patterned pillows instead, as above. Riff on the same motif--in this case south-of-the-border-style stripes--with varied colorways to create textural interest against an otherwise neutral background. CLEAR THE TABLE: Bypass the curated clutter approach in favor of a ruthlessly ordered collection of stacked books. It gives you freedom to throw the focus to an unexpected focal point and go big on greenery--in this case, a lush Elephant Ear leaf in a decorative vase. shop-look
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Sicily Camel Leather Chair, $2185, Mecox

Vintage Kilim Pillow, $198, Second Shout Out

Wegner CH53 Stool, $595, Danish Design Store

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Emerald Vase, $328, Terrain

Llama Throw - Brown Stripe, $695, Jayson Home

Manila B Coffee Table, $349, HD Buttercup

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Fireorb, from $5900, Fireorb

Maxwell Upholstered Corner Sectional, from $4375, Restoration Hardware

Mini Pebble Wool Jute Rug, from $49, West Elm

Photograph: Courtesy Arthur Casas