Hi Apartment Therapy, I wrote to you in February asking for advice on re-upholstering these chairs — Good Questions: What Color / Kind Upholstery? I finally got them back, and wanted to share the result with you, which I am really happy about! I actually ended up doing something completely different from what I had originally planned which was a bright jewel toned velvet. In the end, I figured I had enough "heavy" fabrics with the velvet sofa, leopard chair and in another corner I have a pair of very old leather club chairs. I wanted something bright and light, and in the end, went with my gut. I was hemming and hawing between the "safe choice" of a dark jewel tone or a beige, chocolate or grey, but kept coming back to this color and when I saw it in this fabric I knew it didn't really "go" with anything, but loved it anyway. I'm glad I did, I think it looks great! The bonus is with the extra fabric, I have a few pillows coming that I'll switch out on the sofa to have a little bit of matching.
• The wood was sanded and refinished. There were a lot of nicks and scratches, and I figured I might as well do it right. The wood is a touch lighter than before, but I think it came out great.
• The fabric is a heavy linen type fabric with a touch of sheen called "Houston" from Casamance. What I love about the fabric is that depending on the light (I have a lot of sky lights, so I get tons!) it looks brighter or darker, and in the evening the sheen comes out, without being metallic, and it looks beautiful.
Thanks again for all of your great comments back in February! Melissa
Thanks for sharing the results Melissa!