This bench makes my living room, tying together the entryway and the more formal seating area. Its distinctive style blends beautifully with the mix of North African, Asian, and vintage American pieces in the room. Everyone comments on it and "pets" it. It was easy to put together and is very well crafted. The gold color is actually a tawny cafe au lait, if that helps anyone. The icing on the cake is that this piece is fair trade; wish the co-op would also make a stool-sized version of this piece so I could fit more of them in elsewhere.