Bare walls have plenty of advantages: ample surface area for finger painting, an absence of disapproving Churchill posters, and no mirrors reminding you that your hair is on fire. Fill rooms' middles with furnishings so you can keep walls clear with today’s Groupon: for $50, you get $100 toward furniture and accessories at From the Source. This Groupon is valid at the Brooklyn location.
Featured in a 2010 New York Times article, From the Source's 73-year-old owner, Bob Fireman, travels to Indonesia several times a year to salvage scrap lumber and aged-décor artifacts to fashion into furniture at the company’s 35,000-sq.-ft. warehouse and design studio in Greenpoint. Transform dull sitting rooms with a Big Wave bowl ($95–$105), or snag monolithic slab metal bases ($65–$275) to support a slew of tabletops or to create a convincing Stonehenge replica.
Finally, high rollers in search of chairside storage can secure a solid teak Salt Shaker stool ($225–$248) to hold up a collection of souvenir snow globes, and the smooth curves, metal hoop base, and cylindrical teak top of a Ring 15 occasional table fight back against right-angle tyranny ($225–$250).