Friday, May 29, 2009

Burlap Mat

My sister and her husband were in town for the long weekend from California and we had a great few days. Whenever friends or family come to visit, I'm reminded of how many amazing things there are to do in this city and how lucky I am to live here. I of course couldn't let her leave without taking her to some of my favorite stores, and John Derian was at the top of the list. She and I both scored some great old pages, ripped from a garden design book circa 1757, for only $20 each. Which brings me to my burlap mat idea. 

Every time I paid a visit to the Charlotte Moss Townhouse, which is sadly no longer open, I'd admire the beautiful old prints lining the wall along the staircase. She had them mounted on a gorgeous grey linen and I decided then and there to do some print mounting of my own. I've had this big piece of burlap lying around my apartment for ages, just waiting for a lovely little print from John Derian to arrive. The linen would have been great, but burlap is (1) cheap, (2) super cheap, (3) a nice Belgian linen color, (4) rustic in a really chic way. The whole thing took about 15 minutes and cost about $5 for the burlap (also called jute), $20 for the print, and the frame I already had, but I  think it was around $25. I love the way the ripped edge of the page looks against the burlap. It's a quick and easy weekend project. Happy Friday!

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