Furniture Makeover Story

We found this beauty several years ago with plans to make her the star was meant to be. She was NOT living up to her full potential.

Posted on: 
February 2, 2024
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Nicole S Ingram
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Furniture Makeover Story

Although we already we the color scheme, deciding on a pattern can be the trickiest part. There so many fabric choices.  Deciding to reupholster a piece or furniture, the last thing you want is to waste time and money choosing a pattern that doesn’t work.

The Plan

1. Paint Job:
I knew she would get a coat of gold paint. Those curves just deserved to get a metallic finish.

2. Fabric:
I had my heart set on a pale lavender fabric. I tend to change up accent colors often, but lavender is one of my favorite neutral colors.

3. Pattern??
The question I had to answer was what pattern. Walking into my design studio with a plan I felt would help me narrow it down…to only 3,338 choices. No exaggeration.

I decided to pull any fabric that jumped out at me, which totaled 30. I narrowed it down to the top 3 fabrics and ordered samples. Here’s the final three…

fabric selection. furniture makeover story

Why the "Pink Velvet" was my best bet...

Quite frankly by itself, this fabric was not my favorite. On this Duncan Phyfe Sofa however I could see it’s beauty. Here’s why…

1. The bright pink color adds a feminine touch that would be balanced by the woodwork and the gold color I would be using.

2. The velevet adds a bit of texture and sophistication and it's perfect for the base our pillows.

3. The small scale print is nice as it doesn’t compete with other patterns I already have in the room like my rug and black and white throw pillows.

4. This just felt fun. I’ve never used such a bright base in my house, so this was a risk that paid off in the end.

Asian Scenic Coral and Green by Thibaut Linen Blend
IF YOU'RE STRUGGLING TO PICK A PATTERN

1. Consider the other patterns already in the room. You want a nice variety of sizes and shapes.

2. Take into account the shape of the furniture itself. The pattern should complement, but not compete with it.

3. Ask yourself what you hope this pattern will achieve in the space:
-Add texture? (Opt for a small scale pattern.)
Add a bold shot of color? (Maybe a bright solid is a good choice.)
-Add drama? (Go for a large scale pattern.)
-Add whimsy? (Choose something with a circular, organic pattern.)
-Add formality? (Pick a classic pattern like a stripe, herringbone, houndstooth, or plaid.)

4. The size and price of the piece should dictate your risk on picking a pattern.


Small piece? You can take risks outside your comfort zone and even choose a bold color or pattern you might not have considered before. Try out a trendy pattern you’ve had your eye on. If you don’t love it in a couple years, you won’t have wasted to much.

Large piece? This is the time to make sure you will be ok to live with this fabric for a while. The investment of fabric and the reupholstery deserves a more conservative approach.

Custom  sofa and pillows. Asian Scenic Coral and Green by Thibaut Linen Blend

Ok, let’s hear it for our new Duncan Phyfe Sofa…Isn’t she gorgeous?

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Nicole S. Ingram, Founder + Principal at Stacy Nicole Interiors, Inc. is a self-described West Indies born and American raised educator, a family therapist by training, event designer by skill, philanthropist by grace, and an interior designer by trade. However, she is most recognized as a sophisticated Interior Designer. Her design visions for interiors are both captivating and warm. Nicole brings a fresh mix of Caribbean flavor with classic style, and an emphasis on the placement of light, proper scale, and function. 

Your space has never looked this good.  Nicole S. Ingram, Founder, Principal Interior Designer at  Stacy Nicole Interiors, Inc. - Interior Design Studio - Residential Interior Design and decorating services.  Serving Cary, NC and surrounding counties near you.  Call (919)650-6401 for a free phone consultation

Furniture Makeover Story
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Caribbean-born, American-raised. Educator and interior designer. Family therapist by training, event designer by skill, philanthropist by grace. Creating beautiful things that make life more meaningful.

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