From the Balcony


What a difference some hessian and a hot glue gun makes! Necessity (and a well and truly blown furniture budget) being the mother of invention, I made these patio seats by gluing burlap covers taught around 'found' milk crates and topping them with simple cream cushions. I'm thrilled with the tailored-yet-rustic effect (and lets be honest, there was a some risk that the combination of hessian and milk crates would not come out looking chic) plus they've turned out to be super versatile. These cubes are pulling a lot of design weight around our places as side tables, footstools in front of the couch and as extra chairs around the large dining table. But mostly they're out on the little sun-trap of our balcony set around the bistro table brought from the Spring Cottage garden. Which is exactly where the new baby herbs and I are hoping my notorious black thumb has been left behind.

Catherine Roberts