The last time I plopped myself down on a bean bag chair it was freshman year of college—and to give you an idea of my and my roommates decor scheme then, our other furniture consisted of a “coffee table” made from salvaged plywood and cement blocks and sorta-stained slipper chairs that a roommate talked the campus health center into giving us rather than throwing out. It wasn’t exactly the stuff of Elle Decor photo spreads. I’m thinking a lot of us don’t really think of bean bag chairs in the fondest light. Well, get ready to reconsider your decor stigma, because the 2009 version of the bean bag will shock you—Pottery Barn Kids has a go-with-everything, wide-striped bag, it’s actually an in- and outdoor chair so you can throw ‘em out in the backyard for instant seating. West Elm has it’s own very modern-looking version. And my favorite is from Serena & Lily—it’s a bit more structured, will cost you 45 bucks and could even double as an ottoman or low side table.