Good Questions: Reupholstering a Family Heirloom?

Good Questions: Reupholstering a Family Heirloom?

Colleen Quinn
Apr 28, 2009

ATDC reader Jordan needs advice remaking a family heirloom: Hello. I am about to move into a new apartment in Charlottesville, Virginia, and I need help! I was recently given a chair that is a family heirloom and I am looking for some ideas on how to make it work for my space. The only piece I am locked into is a Pottery Barn Square sectional in a neutral tan color with very simple lines (pictured below), so the chair needs to at least "go" with that. These will probably be the only two pieces of upholstery that will fit in the living room, and I plan to bring in color (probably bright green) with pillows and either a rug or an ottoman because I can't paint the walls...

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I am in my twenties and want something that will look good on this chair for years to come but will still feel young. My style tends to be pretty casual, I generally like Crate & Barrel type stuff with a little bit of Anthropologie shabby chic mixed in. What kind of fabrics would make this chair work for me without taking away from its charm? Thanks for your help!

Jordan,
We actually like the current fabric on the chair, but understand it might be stained or torn and in need of replacement. We would look for a graphic print to add an element of interest given the plain lines of your sofa. Some possible inspiration for your project:

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