Published on August 24, 2020

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If you’ve ever wondered what it would feel like to sit on a cloud, wrap a sofa in bouclé. The nubby fabric, which translates to “curled” or “ringed” and is most commonly made out of looped wool, is so warm and inviting, you’ll end up like Gabrielle Union last Friday—all dressed up, ready to lounge on the couch. 

While white sofas tend to end up looking the same, Union’s option stands out as sprawl-worthy, thanks to the cozy upholstery. Her curved couch, which she showed off in a recent Instagram post, appears to be almost identical to the one Gwyneth Paltrow designed for her Goop x CB2 collection two years ago when bouclé slowly started crawling back on our radar. 

 

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All dressed up to sit on the sofa 🥰⭐🖤

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Lately, we’ve been seeing the surprisingly durable textile everywhere, from celebrity homes to designers’ spaces. Sarah Sherman Samuel recently dubbed it her material of the moment and Apartment 34 founder Erin Hiemstra brought a vintage chair from Amsterdam Modern back to life with the plush fiber. Textile houses like Pierre Frey are amping up their offerings to meet the demand for bouclé, which is only bound to surge this fall and winter as we all get back into the hibernating mode. 

That said, you don’t have to hire a professional upholsterer to get the look. DIYer Marisa Lumley-Holmes recently made a video showing how to cover an armchair in the soft stuff and, other than the fact that it’s super satisfying to watch in fast motion, the best part is you don’t have to be overly precious about the process. Once your piece is complete, dig through your wardrobe for something special to put on and take a seat.  

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