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Leading the flock: a Baa Stool review

PUBLISHED: 11:57 17 November 2015 | UPDATED: 11:57 17 November 2015

"The British designs are handmade in a barn in North Wales - with a good variety of options and sizes to choose from."

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An eye catching design, gorgeously soft, and causing a few squabbles - Wayne Morgan on living with a Baa Stool in his Cotswold home

“We don’t need any more bar stools,” she said.

“No, this is a Baa Stool – a sheepskin covered foot stool.”

“… a what?”

These were the very first words exchanged with my wife when I announced we were soon to be the proud new owners of one of Michelle Bartleet-Greavey’s designs.

The foot stool, with four legs and a beautifully fluffy top, resembles a sheep and almost seems too novel to have in the lounge – mocking the farm animal that provides the opportunity just doesn’t seem fair. But in all seriousness, you can’t help but smile – the Baa Stool exudes character and has a treasured appeal.

The British designs are handmade in a barn in North Wales – with a good variety of options and sizes to choose from. I went for a stumpy sheep called ‘Anwen’, with eight inch legs complete with little feet carved into them and a nice plump cushioned sheepskin covering it. If you think sheep are soft, just wait until you rest your bare trotters on the back of one.

Naturally, not all sheep are equal and neither is the Baa Stool flock. I opted for a rare breed with an unusual grey and white coat – but the classic plain white is available for all styles. And she is certainly a head turner. My two children love her – she has fast become their preferred place to sit, causing scuffles with my wife for the foot space. Solid enough to be substantial but perfectly portable and I don’t think we have had a single visitor that hasn’t commented or enquired about where to get one; quite frankly, she has become part of the family.

If I were to suggest an appropriate genre I would say ‘country cottage charm meets contemporary’- and I have seen a number of them on my travels, from boutique hotels and to glamping.

George Orwell wrote “four legs good, two legs bad” – and he’s not wrong – so get off of yours and prop them up on hers.

Do you want to own a Baa Stool? Check out the range over at Great British Life.

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