Tuesday, October 9, 2012


According to Wikipedia, a Bergere chair is defined as "an enclosed upholstered French armchair (fauteuil)[2] with an upholstered back and armrests on upholstered frames".  According to me, a Bergere chair is perfection.  I can't find a single thing wrong with this vintage french design from the exposed wooden framing to the air of elegance they bring to any space. Basically y'all, I'm obsessed.

Last year, I was lucky enough to score one of these beauties off Craigslist and it was obvious that the guy didn't know what he had.  The structure was rock solid, the cushion was super firm, and the carved detail was unbelievable.  The seller asked for $40, I offered him $25 and bam...we had a deal! Sucker;)

"Are you going to recover that thing, or is that the look?"  I get this question from The Boyfriend about once a month.  For someone who possesses zero opinion on home decor, he sure does worry himself to death about reupholstering this chair.  Unfortunately my bank account has seen a lot of recent activity lately due to an upcoming trip (3 days people!!!!) and these monthly things called bills so my chair has been put on the back burner.  I keep telling The Boyfriend that he is more than welcome to complete the project on his own dime but as you can see, the chair still sits untouched.

Here are some of my thoughts for Mr. Upholsterer:

Classic Khaki

Swanky Stripes

Or how about some loud prints

After choosing our living room paint color, Benjamin Moore's Kendall Charcoal, I stumbled upon this little gem and thought it would look gorgeous draped on my bergere.

Problem is, I can't find it anywhere!  Ugh!  The print is Ikat Ochee Feather Grey by Braemore, but after an hour of searching high and low, I've come to the conclusion that the fabric is either:

1.) sold out 
2.) discontinued
3.) a figment of my imagination

I found the swatch on one of my favorite online sources for design, DecorPad, but that's where my search ended.  If you know where I can buy this fabric, PLEASE help a sister out!  


  1. 25 bucks!!! insane deal!! Dying of jealousy over here!!!

  2. This could be a close second. at $7.48/yard much better deal! Can't wait to see the results!

  3. Hi Kendal! I found your blog from Richmond Thrifter. Have you checked U-Fab? A client of mine recently found a similar fabric to the Braemore one above there - not sure if it's the same or one similar. Good luck!

  4. I just realized you might not live in Richmond. If not, email me and I'll try to check it out for you.

  5. Y Mama- I bookmarked the link and have moved the suggestion to the top of my list. Thank you so much...I must have been living under a rock because the website is news to me.

    Cathy- I currently live in Raleigh, NC but my parents live in Richmond. My mom uses U-Fab all the time. She is a seamstress for interior designers (and me!) and she buys a lot of her fabric there. Thanks for the suggestion!