Potato-Sack Chic

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Fabric trends come and go, from last year's boldly colored zebra stripes to perennial favorite Marimekko. And now, born from the recession, comes the latest must-have upholstery material: burlap.

Yes, the fabric of potato sacks and coffee bags has suddenly become de rigueur on such items as French reproduction chairs and swanky pendant lighting. Upgrade your apartment and stretch your design dime further by taking inspiration from these burlap pieces:

  • ApartmentTherapy:San Francisco showcases a stunning burlap curtain, dressed up with a heavy nautical rope tieback.
  • ApartmentTherapy:Chicago declares the return of "Natural Glam", with home furnishings featuring a variety of natural materials. The burlap-and-driftwood lamp is especially nice.
  • PoppyTalk rounds up the season's most inventive uses for burlap, including a slip-covered headboard and a holiday wreath accent. They also feature a stenciled mustache pillow, proof that two great trends can go great together!
  • TinyGlutton shows off some adorable hand-made burlap pillows, softened with feminine details like floral fabric and lace.

Widely available for less than $3/yard, burlap is a great choice for covering yard-sale finds, or even refreshing pieces already in your home.
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