Potato-Sack Chic

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: