The first time I saw the coffee sack-upholstered ottoman below, a light bulb
went off. While I'd seen the bags repurposed in clever ways as grocery totes and used as accessories, I had not seen them used to upholster furniture. Obviously, a burlap seat and short shorts are not a good mix, but that sort of rough hewn, unfinished linen, burlap look is popping up around a lot lately, and I love it.
The burlap trend is a great way to reuse items like old flour and coffee bean sacks on ottomans, throw pillows
, inspiration boards, and even around votives. The look can also be achieved by using natural, unfinished linen for your drapes, chairs, tablecloths, napkins, and other accessories around your home. It fits in well with the more polished Shabby Chic revival that's happening right now, using repurposed and/or organic goods gives you green points, it looks great in A Beach Cottage
, it adds character
to eclectic rooms and it gives that Paris flea market panache
to a room. Let's take a look at some of those who have mastered this aesthetic.