Botanic print, wicker sofa

From the high street to the home, botanic and tropical prints are totally ‘en vogue’. So whatever way you fancy injecting a spot of the tropics; more subtly with leaf prints, or going bold with dramatic wallpaper, you’re sure to be inspired by our recent project.

This beauty not only combines botanic prints, but we’re embracing grandma chic with this wicker two-seater sofa.

Some of you may associate rattan and wicker with your grandparents’ conservatory, but believe it on not, it’s back and with a bang and you definitely don’t need a summerhouse or a conservatory. Newly styled wicker and rattan is no longer bound for recycling centres, it’s made for modern, sleek homes.

This piece is a Jay Blades project for series four of BBC’s Money for Nothing with Sarah Moore. It was destined for landfill, Jay rescued the sofa from a recycling centre and tasked me to work my magic on transforming it.

It arrived in a poor state but with a bit of Reloved magic I think this unique piece is a winner and definitely one of a kind.

How I restored an unloved conservatory piece into a botanic wonder

I restored the chair using two coats of midnight chalk paint – a blue/black, before sealing it with clear wax for durability. I decided to enhance the natural colour of the side panels, as a nod to its original style.

Then came my favourite part, the bespoke covers. Made from sumptuous velveteen fabric, this is a new range of fabric designed by illustrator Guy McKinley. It’s beautiful and was printed just in time for this project.

The sofa is complimented with cushions in ice cotton velvet by Kirkby Design.


  • Seat width 64”
  • Depth 24”
  • Height 28.5”
  • Seat height 15”

Sofa is priced at £895.00 for sale in the Reloved online store.