Mon Coeur Francais! (Work in progress) and a hungry Pac Man.
Amazing 5 days spent at @schoolofupholsteredfurniture under the expert tution of Mr @armand_verdier making French Squabs and friends!

🔥🔥🔥£5 per metre plus vat🔥🔥🔥 #fauxleather #traditionalupholstery #upholstery #vinyl #flameretardant call now on 01316694455

Just picked up this gorgeous chair today for my Stage 2 love the carving on the frame now for some serious fabric shopping to make this old lady beautiful again 😍#upholstery #amusfstage2 #nursingchair #traditionalupholstery #britishcraftmanship #gemmastoneupholstery

What lies beneath!!! @nadinebaggott bought these beautiful Halabala 1930's ArtDeco bentwood chairs from a reputable antique and interiors shop in Chiswick.
The H-269 Lounge Chair designed Jindřich Halabala for UP Závody Brno, is arguably the most well-known Czech design, instantly recognizable for its exaggerated, curved arms.

Czech industrial designer Jindřich Halabala is known for his modernist, industrially manufactured furniture in Czechoslovakia and had a huge influence on the interior design of many postwar Czech homes.

This pair of Halabalas were sold as fully restored however every time Nadine sat on them she felt something was wrong as they were very uncomfortable, so they were relegated to sit upstairs hidden away.

On 1st viewing I could see an appalling reupholstery job, staples visible on the outside of the fabric, the beautiful bentwood arms were wobbly & painted with chalkpaint 😩. The seat had a very saggy bottom with the coil springs protruding from the top & bottom of the seat. A bonafide bodge job.

I knew they needed a rebuild, no quick fix for these beauties, so we started looking at fabrics.
Nadine's home is a monochrome marvel, black and white with a smidge of grey
Rarely am I asked to source white velvets, but for this client and these chairs, it was very much the right choice.
She opted for a lush velvet from @osborneandlittle called Addo, a velvet elephant hide design with contrast black piping.

When I stripped the chairs the “bodge job” revealed itself even more.

I uncovered the original webbing that had snapped away from the frame, newer webbing hand sewn onto the original worn and torn webbing to try and keep the springs in the seat.

The original fabric had been left on so no new padding had been added in over 80 years.

After some proper re-upholstery and restoration, some amazing new fabric, the arms stripped back to the bare wood and sprayed a soft sheen black paint, secured with new fixings, the chairs were back to their original glory.

They now sit beautifully in her living room, and are not hidden away as a bad buy.
Now that's what I call re-upholstery and restoration.

I'm always on the look out for new stockists and suppliers of furniture so that I can advise my clients on what's out there. I was thrilled to hear that the fab @arloandjacob have now opened a store here in #bristol 😁
They make and carefully deliver designer sofas. From traditionally made sofas and armchairs to footstools in a diverse range of fabrics. Check out their #instafeed for pics of the new #whiteladiesroad #clifton store.
#interiordreams #traditional #interiordesign #madetoorder #arloandjacob #bristolinsider #Bristolinteriordesigner #roomgoals #yourhomemagazine #hometrends #interiorboom #dailydecordetail #traditionalupholstery #interiormilk #sofa #sofadreams

It's finally finished! I've been working like mad to get this beautiful chair finished in time for @edwardpaine's birthday today. Swipe to see a final few progress shots and a photo of the birthday boy sitting in his long awaited present. Fabric, as ever, from the fabulous @themillshoponline
#upholstery #traditionalupholstery #wingback #armchair #chair #interiors #countryliving #pheasent #woodcock #partridge #vintage #retro #handmade #handcrafted #interiordesign

Lovely old chairs given a new lease of life for another few years! #traditionalupholstery #visitcumbria #furniturerestoration #antiquechair

Blast from the past....lovely to see one of our dining chairs looking fresh after 4years in our clients home. Need to use this William Morris print again! #williammorrisstrawberrythief #traditionalupholstery #morrisandcochair #antiquefurntiure #antiquediningchair

This small #FoundByHowe settee uses our exquisite antique walnut-dyed linen for the inside back and arms, paired with a subtle vintage French ticking on the seat. ⠀

Dyeing fabric using walnut husks is an incredibly unique and unusual technique, whereby the linen is dyed with the husks in a great vat above an open flame 🔥This method gives the linen a beautiful uneven marbled pattern which we adore as it looks so fab on upholstery!⠀

Springs, stuffing and sewing. This old Lady has a new bulbous base - gently, gently with staples rather than smacking in tacks keeps her from shuddering! #antiquechairs #springsandlashingdown#upholstery #traditionalupholstery

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