I spend an insane amount of time sitting on this couch with the laptop on my lap. The wire sculpture above the couch is a carousel horse that I bought at a garage sale. It's one of those things that my guests either like immediately or hate so much that they start making suggestions about what else I might be able to hang there.
The coffee table is a Syrian copper tray on a stand that once belonged to my grandparents. Family lore has it that my grandmother would clean out the engraved design with a toothpick while she waited for her teenagers to come back from their dates. It doesn't get that thoroughly worked over anymore.
Here's a closer look at the objets d'art on the shelves over the fireplace, back when they were a little less messy:
At the top left, you'll see a jaguar eating a human heart. On your top right, a beautiful vase depicting an elephant being attacked by a tiger. So now you know everything you need to know about my taste in home decor in case you'd ever like to get me a present.