From Ray-Ban Wayfarer shades to the latest iphone case, nothing says classic chic like an accessory with a good tortoise-shell finish—animal friendly, of course. One easy way to bring this fashion-friendly look home**: the tortoise bamboo occasional table. Set it up as a bar on a living room or porch, pair it with a slipcovered chair for a cocktail-ready reading nook, or sub it in for a bedside table (as in the above photo). Long a mainstay of English country cottages, mint condition antique versions can cost a pretty penny, but these lovelies will do the trick without breaking the bank!
a) Tortoise Tray Table, $155; furbishstudio.com
b) Coastal Chic English End Table, $299.20; amazon.com
c) Tortoise Shell Finish Bamboo Grasscloth Top Table, $575; 1stdibs.com
**And for more tortoise shell-finish inspiration (and a sneak peak into its southern roots!), check out the August issue of Southern Living, on newsstands now!
Photo credits: top image, via Cottage Living September 2008; a) Furbish Studio; b) amazon.com; c) 1stdibs.com