Thursday, January 10, 2013

Reupholstered bergère

 

A lot of us have an old furniture piece somewhere that we either don’t like anymore or that doesn’t match with the rest of our décor.

A client of mine had an antique French small Louis XV bergère that didn’t fit their new, more contemporary, home interior, and asked me what to do with it.

The floral damask fabric was totally damaged, so we needed to reupholster the bergère. At this moment we are finishing the interior design of the house and for all of the fabrics we prefered to choose for tones of blues and greys.

The antique bergère with damaged damask fabric.10

 

The framework of the bergère is painted in white/gray with a shade of blue.11

 

Because I knew that my client had her doubts about choosing to reupholster the bergère with either a classic or a more contemporary fabric, I suggested to use 2 different fabrics.

A floral patterned fabric for the frontside and the seat cushion and a checkered fabric for the backside of the bergère.

In the composition of both fabrics, 30% to 50% linen is used.

12ARISTIDE Flax Cedar Sky

 

13ARISTIDE Flax Vancouver Sky

 

We finished the upholstery with a traditional trimming.

14JAB trimming Engadin

 

The reupholstered bergère, ready to move to our client’s home!

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I have always loved the small French bergères, they have a feminine look and they fit in several rooms.

I show you a few examples of small bergères placed in different rooms of the house.

 

In the entry hall.16Source here

 

In the kitchen.2Source here

 

In the living room.17Source here

 

In the bedroom.3Source here

 

In a dressing room.18Source here

 

In a library or study room.1Lefèvre Interiors Source here

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There are many different ways to embellish a French bergère.

You can choose for a more feminine and romantic fabric as the one here of the KATE FORMAN collection.Kate FormanKate Forman Source here

Or you can opt for a plain fabric in combination with a patterned fabric.4Source here

Or a velvet upholstered bergère.19Source here

Do you love the French bergères? I do hope I inspired you to make the right choice to upholster yours !

xx

Greet

28 comments:

  1. Hello Greet,

    This looks fantastic,I particularly like the fabric on the backside. However, I know from experience that it is always verry difficult to choose a frabic. verry well done Greet!

    XX
    Jérôme

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  2. Suvh a lovely chair and an excellent choice!

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  3. Oh, Greet, this is exactly what I needed today! We have a beautiful old cabriolet bergere which has been in my bathroom for years, it still has the original upholstery which begs for recovering. Your post is just what I need to finally get permission to re-do the chair. I love what you did, the chair looks even better than original. Sending love from Texas, darling one....

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  4. The 2 fabrics together give the chair such interest.
    I love a single bergere in the bedroom.

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  5. I love bergères and have several. I like to upholster them in either solid coloured cotton or a beautiful floral chintz.

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  6. Oh Greet !
    Que c'est difficile en effet de choisir un tissus...
    J'aime bien la photo du bas : le velours violet !

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  7. Hello my friend, Yes, I really like the French bergères chairs. I have two that are repros, I guess, but they have the lovely lines of those chairs and they are very feminine. I made a chenille slipcover for one and the other one is still unfinished. If I ever get a sewing room I would like to put it in there, with a nice linen upholstery. I have the fabric, I just don't have a place for it.
    Your idea to reupholster the chair in the two linen fabrics was truly brilliant and made for a very beautiful finished product.
    Have a wonderful weekend, dear lady.
    Hugs, Cindy

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  8. i would love a bergere or three here--they would be right at home.

    gorgeous reupholstery, greet.

    smiles.

    michele

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  9. Sold. Can't believe I don't have one and you did quite the perfection on your chair! Love the blue gray tone on beige gray surface... Just stunning.

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  10. I love its classical design. Perfect for a reading corner in the bedroom.

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  11. I love its classical design. Perfect for a reading corner in the bedroom.

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  12. Love the colors and the chair! And the inspirational examples are fabulous especially how they are used in the kitchen. Genius! xo

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  13. Wow! Gorgeous fabric you've chosen and the woodwork on this piece is stunning. I agree, perfect anywhere and always a classic!

    leslie

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  14. I love the French bergères chairs + use them when ever I can. You did a lovely job! xxpeggybraswelldesign.com

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  15. Gorgeous Greet! I particularly like the unexpected check on the reverse, a witty and clever touch. Warmest of wishes - Glenda xxxx

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  16. The chair is wonderful. I really enjoyed your blog today, as always.
    Faith B

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  17. Greet-
    The bergere looks amazing! I love the fabric and trim.
    Gorgeous images, as aways, friend.
    Happy Saturday.
    Teresa
    xoxo

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  18. yes I too love these sweet french chairs. Purchasing them new are costly though, I would love to find one in a thrift store and upholster myself.

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  19. I do love these chairs. Your client is very lucky to have such a beauty! I love that velvet Bergiere. Thanks for coming over to comment Greet! I wish you the best in the New Year!
    Xo Nancy
    Powellbrowerhome.com

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  20. Excellent...I just offered the same suggestion to one of my clients for her make-up area. She loves it now. Just a matter of seeing things a little differently. These chairs are so sweet and classic.

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  22. Thank you I got lucky and got the full upholstery Berger Chair for 75.00 but it was already stripped and disassembled so was not sure how to do the back part......but after seeing yours I have it now...Thank You I know I got a steel on this chair.....been looking up the cost of one complete around 1500.00 and more if I could find the ottoman that goes to it........Thank You Again Diane

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