My New, Very Old Settee

I picked up this Napoleon III settee last week at Provenance. What can I say? It had me at “19th century.” As you can see, it needs reupholstering very badly and it’s a little rickety (you would be too if you were 150 years old!) but nothing that the upholsterer can’t fix.

So the fun (and agony) begins. Do I want to paint it? If so, what color? Or maybe I should just strip the wood? What fabric do I want to use? Do I want a pattern? Or do I want it solid? And on and on and on ……

One thought is to use that blue velvet fabric I still have. It would look not exactly but something like this one from Anthropologie I posted a while back:

Or this one from one of my old moodboards:

And remember this one I posted last year:

Again, not exactly the same but pretty close. Isn’t this lavender gorgeous – especially with all the orange? Anyway, these are just a couple of ideas. There are many more. As usual!

I want to thank everyone who came out to ADAC yesterday. It was great meeting so many of you and seeing old friends too. (Hi, Terry!)

Have a good weekend, guys and I’ll see you Monday. And don’t miss out on the Katie Ridder Rooms book giveaway. It ends tomorrow at 6:00 PM EST.


  1. oooh, dilemmas indeed. We have one that is 400 years old and we got it upholstered about 9 years ago but we left the wood as is. I couldn’t bring myself to paint it. I look forward to seeing what you will do, be braver than I am :)

  2. Meg says:

    Love that purple settee! Purple and orange is a color combination I often forget I love (as weird as that is). Congrats on your find — I’m sure it will be gorgeous when you’re done!

  3. Karena says:

    Ally I love it!! The lavender is scrumptious, however I adore the blue and for me would probably use that shade. Great find!

    I am doing well in rehab after the hip replacement. (grueling that it is!)


    Art by Karena

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