I love a good reupholstery project and this one has been on my list (literally!) for years. When my parents moved in with us, we brought this upholstered armchair and ottoman from my childhood home into our family room as it’s such a cozy spot to curl up with a needlepoint project or watch TV as a family. Several years earlier, my mom had reupholstered it from its original ivory stripe to a very bold orange and blue ginger jar print (longtime readers might remember the blue wallpaper version from our townhouse in Dallas!) that we both tired of over time, so I set out to find a more classic fabric that would better stand the test of time.

When Mark D. Sikes used this Brunschwig & Fils Colmar stripe in his villa at the Colony Hotel, I knew I’d found a winner! I went with the same French blue colorway and my mom and I both love the way it turned out. Reupholstered pieces are often the most inquired about items in our home and I always tell people you can find high quality chairs, sofas, ottomans, etc. for next to nothing on Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace if you’re willing to invest in fabric and upholstery for a piece that’s truly one-of-a-kind!

Reupholstering the Chair in Our Family Room

brunschwig & fils colmar stripe french blue fabric upholstered chair and ottoman

brunschwig & fils colmar stripe french blue fabric on upholstered chair and ottoman

reupholstering armchair and ottoman in brunschwig & fils colmar stripe french blue fabric

Brunschwig & Fils Colmar stripe fabric

Teddy’s half-zip pullover  //  sisal rug  //  wave photograph

P.S. Two more reupholstery projects here and here.

P.P.S. Details on the china cabinet you see in the background here!

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  1. The chair looks great! Thoughts on custom making a slipcover versus reupholstery? Considering both options. Thanks!

  2. I’d love to hear more about the nitty-gritty of upholstery–how do you choose an upholsterer? Do you need a designer to order fabric and trim? How much fabric do you need to order? I think these pieces look so great, and I love the stripe!

    1. Thank you + great questions! I have an upholsterer I’ve worked with on several projects now so I just send him pictures and measurements and he gets back to me with how much yardage I need to order. Most upholsterers have the ability to order fabric and trim if you haven’t already purchased, but I ordered this fabric on Decorator’s Best (where you don’t need a designer or trade number to order!).