Posted: September 21, 2007

The best pieces for the home combine function with style. On top of that, these new favorites of mine are just plain cool.

- Joy Deangdeelert Cho

From Zeisel, with flair

Eva Zeisel's signature whimsical lines are displayed beautifully in the legendary designer's special-edition coffee table for Design Within Reach ($1,500). Order at 1710 Walnut St. or

Maximum cushion

When the occasion calls for additional seating, add a splash of color and wild florals with Missoni Home's Alice pouf ($380) and floor cushion ($565). Order at Kellijane, 1721 Spruce St.

Restful nook

Blu Dot's streamlined Nook bed melds an upholstered headboard and bed frame seamlessly ($1,299 for queen size). Order in late October from Foster's, 399 Market St., or now at

Cozy carafe

Eva Solo's Tea Maker accommodates any type of tea and brewing time ($110). Available at Premium Steap, 111 S. 18th St.

Modern motion

Julie Frith's Piccomo mobile adds a little movement to any quiet corner ($145). Available at Piccolini, 932 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr, and

All dressed up

This '70s-inspired dresser by Nurseryworks offers texture and shape, as well as a changing-table attachment for new parents ($1,350). Available at Gene's, 122 E. Lancaster Ave., Wayne, and

Folkloric touch

Serve up colorful Nordic motifs on Iittala's Taika dinnerware ($20-$38). Available at Foster's, 399 Market St., and

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