So, I’ve always been a fan of a little floof, both on my body and in my home, this has been established. There’s nothing more cozy and quintessentially boho to me then a perfectly placed faux or vintage sheepskin. These organic pelts add much needed fluffy texture and cushion to the other wise hard or cold surfaces we throw our feet and hineys on everyday.
Whether to cover up an old wine stained ottoman you were too intoxicated to spot clean or the claw marks in that old leather lounger from cats of yesteryear, a sheep skin throw comes to the rescue in many circumstances. I especially love them layered over an itchy wool or jute rugs for playtime, but that’s another blog all together…..
Single shearlings and hides aside, how about an entire chair made of sheep sheer???!! Enter, Scandinavian Designer Flemming Lassen and his Tired Man Armchair. I mean, how perfect is this whole scenario. A Danish designer making a furry chair, for a tired (wo)man, chic tired woman of course. I’m sold. High tufted back, sloping arms, deep seat and peggy wooden legs. Sofa or lounger, Lessen has taught us a lot about refined eclectic comfort and how to keep our hineys warm through those harsh California winters ; )
Similarly you’ve probably also seen Denmark’s Viggo Boesen’s Little Petra Chair or Sweden’s Philip Arctander’s Clam Chair popping up all over your feeds. Same soft idea but with a little lighter profile and smaller in scale, the ultimate reading nook anchor, cocktail sipping spot, long late night conversation station, basically the most sought after seat in the house.
Before you think, Cousin It furniture doesn’t really go with my motif, there are some parameters to stick to when incorporating a furry chair into the mix. For this to work stay clear of long hair shag! It has to be that tight curl, that close shave, that dense woolen hide huney! Keep the palette neutral and natural, only colors found in nature, no dye job sheep allowed! Next, pick one chair, or one pair of matching chairs, or one sofa to exercise this fuzzy look. Do not overload the room with floof. Everything in moderation applies here too Modhemians! Lastly, keep the profiles classic and the cushions clear. There’s really no need for a pillow or throw when you have sheep shear to land on. Find a place for your color, pattern and lumbar support somewhere else.
Take a look at some of these spaces and how GD chic they are and notice how these little wooly numbers steal the show but blend in beautifully to add the perfect amount of eclectic texture.
Vintage accent seating is one of my favorite ways to incorporate classic Scandinavian design into a space and the shearling element really brings out the fun approachable style that’s important to me. Things need to feel polished and sophisticated but still warm and inviting, never too luxe to enjoy. This is why I love vintage so much. A nod to the noteworthy designers of the past with classic style and incredible craftsmanship while never being afraid to really dig in and enjoy your home. For those of you that love good vintage, and can afford it, you can score amazing pieces on 1stDibs, Chairish, MidCenturyLA but don’t forget estate and yard sales. People throw out the best stuff! For a modern adaptation try the Finish Design Shop, Danish Design Store, Lekker Home, Shop Horne.
For those of you without an extra $16K lying around, here are some shearling situations that are in real people world budgets. You don’t have to be rich to be chic AF, just gotta know how to work it in.
Ciao for now!