If you’ve ever sat on a sofa or chair upholstered in burlap (or hessian if you’re in the UK) you’ll know they are horribly scratchy and uncomfortable. My cousin’s got a hessian/burlap wing back chair that I love to look at but it’s never my first choice to sit on when I’m over there for dinner.
Is that going to stop me from covering a loveseat in the stuff? Probably not. I just love the way it looks – it’s an interesting neutral that works with any scheme. Although, I might go for a rough burlap-look linen so as not to torture my whole family.
I found an adorable little two-seater sofa on the street a couple of weeks ago and we happened to have hired a car for the day to look at houses. It was actually a mini-van (or people-carrier as they say here). Perfect! My husband’s used to me bringing home junk but even I was a bit worried about this one because it’s got some really tacky fabric on it. Faded red with Italian words on it in a curly font. Really awful. I can’t imagine what the previous owner was thinking.
Anyway it’s got a nice shape to it and it’s comfortable. I also found two chairs on that same trip. Thank God for minivans! (I’d never own one, but damn they’re useful). My kids were crammed in the back with a load of dirty old chairs. Nice. They’re probably going to grow up wanting everything shiny and new and it will be all my fault!
Here’s what I’m going for:
(Minus the ruffled pillow and candelabra)
Home of Jenna Lyons/J Crew Creative Director
But since I’ll be upholstering it myself, here’s what I’ll probably end up with:
Plonked down next to this beauty below it’s going to look fabulous!
Of course I don’t actually own this Anthropologie chair, but it’s bloody amazing. Next time I’ve got a spare £2000 I know what to do with it.