Inspiration: Burlap Covered Sliding Doors

Inspiration: Burlap Covered Sliding Doors

Abby Stone
Jul 10, 2008

Burlap's a fabric we associate with the 70s and the hippie dippie side of the disco era. But its rustic texture, neutral colour and home-grown associations are very much in keeping with a modern home. Witness these sliding doors from the Richard Neutra House in Silverlake we visited a few weeks ago (and where, coincidentally, we met Rebecca, one of the blogger's who's trying out for a position on our team)...

In a house full of still-modern ideas and things to ooh and aah over, these doors caused the most comment. Ironically, they're probably the idea that's the easiest to replicate in your own home. If you're handy, you can fit burlap, linen or muslin (the loose weave of these fabrics will allow them to stretch somewhat) to your existing doors, staple the fabric in place and then reframe them. The simplicity of these fabrics make them a natural fit with the bright cool metal. Riffing of the doors, consider them for reupholstering your furniture if other fabrics are priced out of your range. They warm up modern pieces and bring antique finds into the present day. If you're really brave, you can use it as a jumping off point.

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