Lacquer Love: See This Mid-Century Credenza's Gorgeous Transformation


From the desk of Amy Frederickson: vintage enthusiast, revitalization fanatic and Revitaliste founder.

Having spent the majority of my life in urban environs (read: small apartments), I developed an affinity for multi-function furniture. One of my personal favorites is the credenza, or in my world, storage cum bar cart. I’m particularly drawn to the clean-line designs of Danish mid-century case pieces, with their sleek sliding door faces that conceal the clutter within. The Danish credenza that now houses my cocktail paraphernalia and off-season decor was the fortuitous by-product of a long search for the perfect dining chairs (you can read the full story of this amazing score, as well as gain some pro tips on being the ultimate Craigslist treasure hunter here).


After two generations of continuous use, the credenza had begun to show its age; the protective oil coating had mostly worn away, water stains patterned the top and the legs on the right side were loose. In other words: this credenza was a perfect candidate for a Revitaliste makeover.

Revitalization Checklist:

  • Repair and reinforce legs

  • Improve door glide function

  • Fill open grain of wood

  • Refinish with color lacquer


Design Decisions:

While the shape and scale of this credenza were perfect, the color wasn’t. In the adjoining dining room were a teak Hans Wegner dining table and chairs, thus maxing out my teak threshold for this area of the house. The piece was the perfect vehicle to bring a fun pop of color into the room. We decided to lacquer the body and door faces in a rich yellow semi-gloss and stain the subtle beveled edges, legs and drawer pulls a dark walnut color for contrast.


Because the piece would be used as a bar during cocktail and dinner parties, I wanted to add extra interest to the interior of the credenza. We decided to line the shelves with a whimsical fabric from Katie Ridder called “Attendants,” and the drawers with a white hair-on cowhide.

This yellow credenza has become one of my favorite pieces in my home. While the fun, brightly colored lacquer makes it stand out in the space immediately, its the details that we added that make it extra special. It brings a flicker of joy to my heart each time I open the and see that fabric! 

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Things to keep in mind for your next revitalized case piece:

  1. The foundation is key to a good lacquering: A lacquer finish is only as good as its substrate (technical term for base surface). If a furniture piece has an uneven or textured surface, lacquer will highlight those imperfections. Expert sanding (and wood grain filling when necessary) are critical to a professional looking finish.
  2. Don’t give up on weary legs! Broken or wobbly legs are easy fixes for skilled refinishers.
  3. Beautiful on the inside, too: Lining the interior of case pieces is an easy way to add extra personality. Drawers and shelves can be lined with fabric or wallpaper, or lacquered a different color.

Too much brown furniture in your home? Let Revitaliste help you find the perfect finish for your piece–colored lacquering, ebonizing, cerusing, bleaching–there are so many ways to customize your wood furniture! Get in touch for design guidance here. Or get a quote here

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7 Refreshing Fabrics For Spring


It’s time to spring forward! Here are 7 of our favorite spring-inspired fabrics for a sunny and vibrant refresh. From mint blue botanicals to dyed Easter egg-like swirls, these beautiful fabrics are contemporary yet instant classics, keeping your space fresh all year round.

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#1: 'Francesca' by Voutsa

In full bloom! We adore Voutsa’s bold ‘Francesca’ linen, which feels like spring roaring to life.



#2: ‘Lara’ by Lulie Wallace

This botanical print is the perfect balance: cheery yet subtle, soft, sweet and unique.

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#3: ‘Japanese Garden’ by Osborne and Little

Nothing says spring like cherry blossoms. We love this unique yet classic Japanese chinoiserie from Osborne and Little.



#4: ‘Fields’ by Flat Vernacular in Roseate

'Fields' in Roseate reminds us of beautifully dyed Easter eggs: the perfect sorbet-like swirl of pink, light violet and off-white inks.

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#5: ‘Lexington’ by Ferrick Mason in Dogwood

This neutral Dogwood flower pattern could work just about anywhere. 100% linen, it feels fresh, crisp and classic.



#6: ‘Dashes’ by Rebecca Atwood in Pale Marine

This pattern is reminiscent of spring rain: that kind of warm spring shower that promises to bring out the blossoms.

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#7: ‘The Flowering Gum’ by Utopia Goods

Springtime means chirping birds! This gorgeous pattern is full of life, and has a hint of the tropics.

Feeling inspired for a spring refresh? Revitaliste's simple, seamless service offering covers all these budget-friendly revitalization ideas: custom pillows, drawer liners and lampshades, mirror frame lacquering, and drawer pull upgrades. Plus, our design services ensure you'll be thrilled with the final product. Get in touch for a quote or design guidance.   

Holly Hollenbeck: HSH Interiors

Vintage chairs reupholstered in charcoal shearling hides with matte brass powder coated frames by Revitaliste

Meet Holly Hollenbeck, designer extraordinaire of HSH Interiors, collector of contemporary photography, antique taxidermy and unusual found objects and, most recently, purveyor of a fabulous new store in San Francisco's Inner Richmond neighborhood. We've teamed up with Holly to revitalize vintage finds and love her fresh, sophisticated vision for transforming these pieces. Read on to learn more about her views on buying vintage and she effortlessly blends furnishings of all eras. 

You are known for your stylish mix of vintage and contemporary pieces.  Any advice for striking the right balance between old and new?  

For me the right balance of old and new is very project dependent.  The architecture, the client’s preferences and practical needs help set the style.  We find that even in projects where clients want mostly new pieces, adding in a few select vintage finds adds soul.   I don’t think I’ve ever done a room that was all new, or all vintage, its all about the mix!

As an avid buyer of vintage furniture (and now a purveyor in your stylish new shop!), what do you suggest looking for when buying vintage?

I look for recognizable names, and my own personal preference is for the 60’s and 70’s, so I often buy Charles Hollis Jones, Milo Baughman, Vladimir Kagan, Paul Evans, De Sede, Sciolari, Willy Daro and others.  These pieces were well made to begin with,  will hold their value over time and this era is currently having a resurgence in popularity in the design world.

Holly Hollenbeck of HSH Interiors | San Francisco Interior Design

Do you have a rule of thumb for revitalizing versus buying new furniture?

If the piece is really well-made, still has good bones, and is by a recognizable designer and/or has a particular style that we just cannot find in a new piece, it’s well worth revitalizing.

Vintage cantilevered chairs ready to be reupholstered

What about revitalizing clients’ existing furniture? How do you decide which pieces make the cut and when to let a piece go?

We use the same criteria as the above. If the piece is by a well-known designer, and/or has the right look and lines for the room, it’s worth revitalizing it.

What made you decide to buy and revitalize these cantilevered chairs?

I ran across these chairs on Etsy, where I occasionally score fantastic pieces at great prices.  I loved the cantilevered look so similar to chairs in the era of Milo Baughman, but as these were by an unknown designer, the price was right!

We love the combination of brass with the charcoal grey shearling. Tell us a bit about your design decisions for these chairs. 

The frames were originally in chrome.  I’m not really a chrome fan, and wanted them to have a warmer feel.  We decided on the matt antique brass finish, and felt the grey shearling was the perfect compliment.  Warm and cool, chic and cozy.

Vintage chairs reupholstered in charcoal grey shearling with matte brass powder coated frames by Revitaliste | Design by HSH Interiors

You’re a seasoned interior designer with many design resources. Why did you decide to work with Revitaliste? How did you find the experience?

We have been in business since 2002 and have worked with many local artisans.  Revitaliste made the process of transforming these chairs easy (they even helped source the shearling for us); it was one-stop shopping and the price was competitive with other local sources.  And the chairs came out beautifully!

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Why did you decide to open your fabulous new shop? What types of treasures can be found there? 

When we decided to move our office location from Mill Valley to San Francisco in 2016, we started the hunt for a new studio space.  That search eventually led us to 7 Clement Street in the Inner Richmond. We love the location as we have 14’ ceilings and tons of natural light.  Our space is ground floor retail and we have big window exposure at the street level, so we quickly decided to give retail a try at the front of the studio.  

Most of the brands we carry we were already using in projects or we found while sourcing for client projects.  Our space is not huge, so we are more accessories-focused: lighting, vases, candles and candlesticks, throw pillows, blankets, soap, books, and art with some select vintage furnishings and lighting.  Some of our manufacturers, like Skultuna brass, are readily available but have such a great look and price point we thought they would do well.  With other lines, such as mirror artist Robert Sukrachand and ceramist Vincent Cutugno, we are the only stores in California to carry their work.  And we always have a fun smattering of vintage finds; my current obsession is vintage barware.  We hope to be a resource to the design trade as well as fill a niche in the Inner Richmond neighborhood for great home goods and accessories.

Inside Holly Hollenbeck's new San Francisco store | Vintage chairs revitalized by Revitaliste

With Revitaliste’s one-stop service (including upholstery, refinishing, lacquering, powder coating, and much more) you can transform your furniture into one-of-a-kind treasures or simply give beloved pieces a quick refresh.

To make revitalization a breeze for you, we manage the entire process—from pick-up to delivery and every step in between. Our network of skilled artisans are the best in their trades, so quality is 100% guaranteed. We welcome you to get in touch for an estimate!

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Photography by Poppy Lynch

An Iconic Vintage Sofa Gets a Makeover

Edward Wormley gondola sofa reupholstered by Revitaliste

Evie Simon knows a thing or two about collecting covetable objects. Co-owner of Simon Breitbard Fine Arts, an uber stylish gallery in San Francisco's Jackson Square neighborhood, Evie is an avid collector of both art and vintage furnishings. We were thrilled when she turned to Revitaliste to transform an iconic sofa for her art-filled home. 


Evie and her husband had been searching for the perfect sofa to create an inviting seating area in the large front hall space of their home. As lovers of great design, they had long been drawn to the clean, timeless designs of mid century masters like Edward Wormley and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Aside from the provenance of iconic pieces, they're drawn to the sense of history and soulfulness that vintage pieces lend their new, modern home. 

During a late night web-surfing session, Evie stumbled upon a gem; an Edward Wormely Gondola sofa that was not only the perfect size (slightly smaller than the standard 110" Gondola sofa) but also in her ideal condition–meaning it had not been touched in years. Because it had yet to be revitalized, the price was reasonable AND Evie could redesign it to perfectly suit her aesthetic. Parfait!  

Vintage Edward Wormley gondola sofa ready to be reupholstered

Revitalization Checklist

  • Fabric: reupholster. While the blue fabric was pretty, it had extensive (ahem) mystery stains, fading and fraying. 
  • Foam cushion: time for an upgrade. The sofa had not been reupholstered in nearly two decades.
  • Wood base: leave as-is, it has a great vintage patina.
  • Frame: masterfully crafted and in structurally excellent condition. 
 photo: brian byllesby

photo: brian byllesby

Design Decisions

Evie worked with interior designer Elizabeth Cooper (read our post about this talented interior designer here) to select a sophisticated yet cozy fabric in a light neutral color that would pop against the dark walnut walls. Because the entrance to the home faces south and has a floor-to-ceiling glass wall, the fabric needed to withstand intense Evie's three children and frequent red-wine sipping guests. A tall order, perhaps, but Evie and Elizabeth settled on a subtly textured upholstery fabric, "Melody" in tenor color way from Holly Hunt. 

To show off the Gondola's gorgeous curves, they chose to outline the frame and seat cushion in a chic navy leather welt (piping) from Samuel & Sons. Through the reupholstery process, they maintained the original button layout and opted to cover the buttons in the Holly Hunt fabric (rather than navy leather) to keep the focus on the lines of the sofa while honoring its original design. 

Button tuft detailing on Edward Wormley gondola sofa - reupholstered by Revitaliste

Things To Keep In Mind

  • Adding a contrast welt (piping) is a great way to draw attention to the lines of a piece. The contrast can be bold, like Evie's dark welt with light fabric, or it can be subtle, like tone-on-tone fabrics with very different textures (our favorite is a silky welt with a richly textured fabric).
  • When an upholstered piece has not been revitalized in 15+ years, it's prudent to upgrade the cushion inserts when reupholstering. While new foam increases the price tag, you certainly don't want the foam to wear out before the new fabric!
  • In the world of mass-market mid century furniture knock-offs, consider maintaining some of a piece's vintage patina as a nod to its rich history and authenticity. 

Our master upholsterers and refinishers can restore covetable pieces from any era–antique, vintage or nearly-new...quality guaranteed! Get in touch here for an estimate

5 Budget-Savvy Revitalization Ideas

Craving a decor refresh in the new year but the effects of your generous holiday spirit are hitting home (and the bank)? We’ve got you covered. Here are five affordable and impactful ways to revitalize pieces you already own, adding instant chic to any room.

1. (Custom) Pillow Power

Budget-friendly decor refresh idea: custom pillows

If your neutral colored sofa is making your room feel neutered, throw a pillow (or ten!) on it. Nothing more instantly and effortlessly refreshes a sofa or arm chair than a smattering of decorative pillows. Create a bespoke (and budget-friendly) look by mixing store-bought and custom-made pillows. The sky is the limit with custom pillows–bold fabrics, varied shapes and sizes and funky trims are our go-to design details.  

Bold Fabrics

Budget-friendly decor refresh idea: custom pillows in bold fabrics

Tassel Trim

Budget-friendly decor refresh idea: custom pillows with tassel trim

Decorative Zippers

Budget-friendly decor refresh idea: custom pillows with decorative zippers

Ribbon Trim

Budget-friendly decor refresh idea: custom pillows with ribbon trim / tape trim

Non-Square Shapes

Budget-friendly decor refresh idea: custom pillows in varied shapes and sizes

PomPom Trim

Budget-friendly decor refresh idea: custom pillows with pompom trim

Contrast Welt (Piping)

Budget-friendly decor refresh idea: custom pillows with contrast welt / piping

Fringe Trim

Budget-friendly decor refresh idea: custom pillows with fringe trim

 2. Hardware Upgrade

Budget-friendly decor refresh idea: Upgrade drawer hardware

If you're like us, upgrading your drawer hardware seems WAY easier than upgrading your tech hardware. The world of drawer knobs and pulls is is the transformative power these little "furniture accessories" have on even the most tired-looking dresser or desk. Here's a mini roundup of some of our favorite drawer hardware styles. 

Cut Stone & Gem Drawer Pulls

Budget-friendly decor refresh idea: Upgrade drawer hardware with cut stone and gem drawer pulls

Natural Element Drawer Pulls

Budget-friendly decor refresh idea: Upgrade drawer hardware with leather, horn, stone or unique wood pulls

Modern Metal Drawer Pulls

Budget-friendly decor refresh idea: Upgrade drawer hardware with modern metal drawer pulls

Whimsical Drawer Pulls

Budget-friendly decor refresh idea: Upgrade drawer hardware with whimsical drawer knobs

3. Prize Inside

Budget-friendly decor refresh idea: line shelves with fabric or wallpaper

Our days of cereal consumption may be over but that doesn't mean we can't find a prize inside other types of a favorite credenza or nightstand! To totally customize a case piece, line the drawers and shelves with a unique fabric or wallpaper. There's something deeply gratifying about opening up a drawer and being greeted by a pretty pattern.

Budget-friendly decor refresh idea:  line the interior of case pieces with wallpaper
Budget-friendly decor refresh idea:  Line drawers with wallpaper

4. Fairest Of Them All

Budget-friendly decor refresh idea: lacquer mirror frames

Rather than gazing IN the mirror, this quick decor refresh will have you (and everyone else) staring AT the mirror. Spice up a bare wall or entryway with a freshly lacquered mirror frame. And an added benefit of zhooshing up your mirror...everyone looks more glamours when framed in glossy lacquer! 

Budget-friendly decor refresh idea: lacquer mirror frames in fun, glossy colors - dusty pink
Budget-friendly decor refresh idea: glossy lacquered mirror frames
Budget-friendly decor refresh idea: lacquer mirror frames in fun, glossy colors - lavendar
Budget-friendly decor refresh idea: lacquer mirror frames in fun, glossy colors - bubble gum pink

5. Shade-y Business

Budget-friendly decor refresh idea: custom lampshades

A unique lamp can light up a room in more ways than one. We all know unique lamp bases score big style points. But the often overlooked and under-appreciated lampshade has serious showstopper potential (and frequently for a much lower price point than the base). We love wrapping simple (hum)drum shades in vibrant fabrics and wallpapers for a truly one-of-a-kind fixture.

Budget-friendly decor refresh idea: custom lampshades wrapped in various fabrics or wallpapers

Ready for a New Year decor refresh? Revitaliste's simple, seamless service offering covers all these budget-friendly revitalization ideas: custom pillows, drawer liners and lampshades, mirror frame lacquering, and drawer pull upgrades. Plus, our design services ensure you'll be thrilled with the final product. Get in touch for a quote or design guidance.   


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When History Repeats Itself


We've all heard the adage "like father like son", "like mother like daughter". But sometimes likeness skips a generation, as was the case with a recent client of ours. His grandmother was his north star, the one whom he emulated. Growing up he spent many weekends and holidays at his grandmother's home. One of his most vivid memories was of her seated at the secretary (desk) writing letters, paying bills, doing the Sunday Times crossword puzzle. His grandmother has long since passed away but her memory lives on–and this secretary is one of his most tangible reminders of her. Recently settling in a new home in San Francisco, our client wanted to restore the secretary and upgrade its functionality for his own use - writing emails, paying bills and doing the online Times crossword puzzle. You know what they say, like grandmother like grandson :)

Antique secretary in need of restoration

Revitalization Checklist

  • Full restoration of exterior - stain to original dark mahogany finish
  • Replace missing carvings and decorative details
  • Repair broken hinges and sticky/non-functioning drawers
  • Replace missing skeleton key
  • Add discrete wire port holes for laptop and charger
  • Structural integrity - solid as its original owner
Restored antique desk and reupholstered vintage chair by Revitaliste

Design Decisions

Sometimes a piece's original design is exactly what we love about it. Our client did not want to change anything dramatic about the secretary's appearance; he simply wanted to maintain the deep mahogany wood stain, restore the wood's luster and repair (and upgrade) its functionality. The time-worn desk top reminded him of the countless hours his grandmother logged at that very spot. So we left the interior desk top as it was–well-used. We repaired the interior shelves, hinges and drawers without touching the finish. And to bring the desk's functionality into the 21st century, we created discrete holes for electric cords of laptops and phone chargers to pass through.  

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photo: brian byllesby

Things To Keep In Mind

  • For wood furniture that is not heavily used, skip the cleaning products (Pledge, Murphy's Oil Soap, lemon oil, etc.) and simply dust the pieces regularly to keep them clean. We like simple cotton dust rags (old 100% cotton t-shirts make the best rags).
  • Many case pieces built before the omnipresence of technology lack the ability to discretely run cords inside the body. Drilling small, strategically placed holes can make a piece significantly more useable for present-day tech tasks. 

Have a treasured piece in need of TLC? Let our master craftsmen bring it back to life. Our network of skilled refinishers are experts in the craft of restoring furniture of all eras. Get the process started here

Fabric Crush: Abigail Borg

Vintage chair upholstered in Laburnum Raspberry fabric from Abigail Borg
Vintage rattan chair reupholstered in Abigail Borg fabric
Headboard upholstered in Fever Few Midnight fabric from Abigail Borg
Modern floral upholstery fabric from Abigail Borg

There's nothing prim and proper about the floral patterns created by English textile designer Abigail Borg! We're crazy about the bold botanical prints she designs using large scale patterns and unexpected color combinations. Read on to learn more about the talented designer behind these anything-but-traditional floral fabrics. 

Who are some of your greatest influences when it comes to art and design?

I really love the textile designs of Celia Birtwell and Zandra Rhodes, as well as the works of Kandinsky and Mondrian in the early 20th century. I’ve always been drawn to artists and designers who use a lot of colour and forms in their work.

Abigail Borg Wild Garden Mulberry Fabric

Wild Garden Fabric in Mulberry

Abigail Borg Foxtail Lily Taupe Fabric

Foxtail Lily Fabric in Taupe

We recently used your Laburnum Teal fabric in a project of ours (see it here). It’s such a beautiful design with rhododendrons and dahlias. What inspired this pattern?

As with all my designs, they start with sketches from photographs I have taken. Pom Pom Dahlias are one of my favourite flowers, and I decided to pair the spherical dahlia with something a little more free-flowing–which is where the tumbling Laburnum and rhododendrons came in. I think the contrasting, large-scale shapes of all the different flowers in the design work really well in upholstery and drapery.

Abigail Borg Laburnum Teal Fabric

Laburnum Fabric in Teal

Abigail Borg Laburnum Raspberry Fabric

Laburnum Fabric in Raspberry

Do you see yourself moving beyond botanicals at some point? Or is this your heart of hearts?

Earlier this year I did actually launch a new design called "Coralline" which doesn't have a flower in sight! It's an underwater botanical print, and I really enjoyed exploring a new subject area, albeit still organic forms. I've always loved drawing flowers, but I enjoyed exploring out of my comfort zone with Coralline, so I may do this again in the future.

Abigail Borg Muscari Mustard Fabric

Muscari Fabric in Mustard

Abigail Borg Feverfew Moss Fabric

Feverfew Fabric in Moss

What draws you to the colors you use?

I usually plan out the repeat pattern first, and then the first colour. I think about is the background. I remember with Labunrum Teal quite vividly wanting to use a dark teal hue as the background, and then I just worked forward from there on other colours in the design. I find it works best for me to create a colour palette as I'm going along, rather than coming up with a rigid palette that my designs need to adhere to. I change my mind with things quite a lot, so this way of working things out as I go along works perfectly for me.

Abigail Borg Mathilda Mint Fabric

Mathilda Fabric in Mint

Abigail Borg Friti Plum Fabric

Friti Fabric in Plum

Are there any palettes or hues you’re loving lately?

My partner and I are moving house very soon, so I'm looking for lots of new homewares and furnishings at the moment. I have always loved mustard yellow and pink, and just recently I've been loving mint green too. I find having lots of colour around me to be very calming, and it makes me feel happy. 

Abigail Borg Friti Slate Fabric

Friti Slate Fabric

Abigail Borg Muscari Coal Ecru Fabric

Muscari Coal Ecru Fabric

You work with wallpapers, fabrics, and homewares. Do you have a different design processes for each?

Naturally I start a design out on quite a large scale, which is perfect for wallpapers and fabrics. I need to bear in mind repeat sizes, so for a wallpaper roll it's 52cm wide, and for fabric I have a choice of a few repeat widths. This can determine the scale of a design and the type of drop (i.e. straight match, half drop). I have worked on smaller items such as notebooks and stationery, where I have to consciously hold back on some of the levels of detail I use in wallpapers and fabrics.

Abigail Borg Hello Yarrow Teal Fabric

Hello Yarrow Fabric in Teal

Abigail Borg Muscari Slate Fabric

 Muscari Fabric in Slate

Your fabrics are all printed on cotton linen. Do you have plans to explore other materials?

I do, actually. I've had lots of people get in touch asking if I'm ever going to sell my designs on a quilting/dress making weight fabric. I've got as far as sampling some of my designs on a lighter weight fabric, so watch this space for 2018.

Abigail Borg Mathilda Navy Fabric

Mathilda Fabric in Navy

Abigail Borg Polka Polka Navy Fabric

Polka Polka Fabric in Navy

In addition to running your own studio, you also work with brands (like Crabtree & Evelyn and Laura Ashley) on select projects. How do you decide which projects to take on?

I've been very fortunate to work with some great brands creating patterns and illustrations for their products. I tend to work with companies whose product offering is a little different to my own. I've turned down working with some large wallpaper brands in the past, as I didn't want it to jeopardize my own line of wallpapers. 

Abigail Borg Wild Garden Slate Ecru Fabric

Wild Garden Slate Ecru Fabric

Abigail Borg Hello Yarrow Natural Fabric

Hello Yarrow Fabric in Natural

What’s next for your brand?

As already mentioned I'm hoping to expand my fabric offering to dress making and quilting weight fabric. I also have some new designs which will start the sampling process in the new year for wallpapers and furnishing fabrics. Away from my own line of work, I have my second collaboration with Swedish department store Åhléns launching at the end of January, which I'm really excited about. 

Love Abigail's modern botanical patterns as much as we do? Let us transform a tired upholstered piece with one of her fabrics! Get a quote here, or get design guidance here

Wingback Beauties Get a Botanical Refresh

Wingback chairs reupholstered in Abigail Borg "Laburnum" upholstery fabric in teal

There is a reason the wingback chair has endured the ever-changing trends in furniture design. It commands a presence in a room, whether solo or as a pair. It’s sturdy yet elegant, formal yet inviting. And its winged sides offer the perfect cozy corner to settle in for a good read or a rich conversation. This is exactly how our client and her parents used their wingback chairs for decades. In these vintage chairs, they spent innumerable hours relaxing in their comfort, engaged in meaningful conversations—about work, family, life. With both her parents gone, our client wanted to bring the wingback chairs into her own home to honor their memory and keep alive the tradition of rich conversation. However, the years of constant use had taken their toll on the fabric so an upholstery refresh was in order.

Vintage wingback chairs ready to be reupholstered

Revitalization Checklist

  • Super sturdy and structurally sound
  • Finish on wood legs in great condition
  • Reupholster in conversation-worthy fabric
  • Replace the foam cushion inserts for a slightly plumper look and firmer seat

Design Decisions

Our client wanted her wingback chairs to be a welcoming respite for friends and family alike—she looked forward to making new memories in these chairs. Residing in a recently remodeled home, the wingback chairs had to hold their own in the room. Our client knew she wanted a patterned upholstery fabric that was fresh, elegant and inviting. She landed on a beautiful botanical print, “Laburnum in Teal” from U.K.-based textile designer, Abigail Borg. Printed on a cotton/linen blend with a soothing teal ground color and large-scale rhododendrons and dahlias, this upholstery fabric strikes the perfect balance—equal parts charming and chic. 

Abigail Borg Laburnum upholstery fabric in teal
Vintage wingback chairs upholstered in Abigail Borg Laburnum fabric

Things to Keep in Mind:

  • Botanical prints on very traditional frames can run the risk of feeling staid or grandmotherly. Look for modern botanicals with fresh color palettes, interesting illustrations, or larger scale florals. 
  • When seating has not been reupholstered in more than a decade, it’s a good investment to upgrade the cushion inserts during the reupholstery process even if they don’t look/feel in bad shape. Today’s high resiliency foams are designed to last decades and are not treated with fire-retardant chemicals. 

Have a pair of classic wingback chairs in your life? Get in touch for design guidance on transforming them to fit into your home. 

The Dirty Dozen Vol. 4

Diamond In The Rough Round-Up: Everything But The House

Estate sales are fertile hunting grounds for devoted furniture lovers. Imagine if you could get the best picks of estate sales around the country without waking before dawn... or even getting out of your cozy bed. Sound dreamy but unrealistic? Not anymore thanks to Everything But The House (EBTH) (read why we're seriously addicted to this site). We've pulled together a dozen of our current favorite finds on EBTH, along with our take on how we'd revitalize each piece.   

Mid century modern club chairs | reupholster in bright yellow Knoll Journey fabric and refinish wood in dark walnut stain

Mid Century Club Chairs

  • Millennial makeover opportunity for Mad Men
  • Reupholster in brightly colored mid-century-inspired woven fabric like Knoll's "Journey"
  • Refinish frames in dark walnut stain
  • EBTH: $170

Large Scale Rococo Mirror

  • Drama queens don't do brown
  • Lacquer in high-gloss bold color to dial up the drama
  • EBTH: $17
Vintage rococo style mirror | refinish with high gloss red lacquer
Klismos style dining chairs | Reupholster with Dedar Coup de Foudre upholstery fabric

Upholstered Klismos Chairs

  • Baby got back...
  • Reupholster with graphic print to draw attention to the curves like Dedar's "Coup de Foudre" fabric
  • EBTH: $98 (set of 6)

Sheraton Style Writing Desk

  • Emily Post's Etiquette turned 50 Shades of Grey
  • Lacquer body in black-gray
  • Cover drawer fronts and desk top with charcoal gray faux shagreen
  • EBTH: $56 
Vintage Sheraton style writing desk | Lacquer the body in high gloss black and cover table top and drawer fronts in black faux shagreen
Art Deco club chair | Reupholster in ruched metallic upholstery fabric from Zinc Textiles

Art Deco Club Chair

  • The quintessence of the roaring 20s... still roaring a century later
  • Reupholster in sexy ruched fabric like this one from Zinc Textiles 
  • EBTH: $377

1970s Style Headboard

  • Bleach blond (laminate) in need of a colorist
  • Lacquer in saturated color to play up the brass piping detail
  • EBTH: $1
1970a style headboard | Lacquer in a deep blue to play up the brass detailing
Vintage Milo Baughman sofa | Reupholster in luxurious textural mohair from Decor de Paris

Vintage Walnut Case Sofa

  • Just because you're vanilla doesn't mean you have to be PLAIN
  • Reupholster with textural neutral fabric like Curly Mohair from Decor de Paris
  • Create single bench cushion and single back cushion for sleeker style
  • EBTH: $405

Atomic Style Table

  • Ground control to Major Tom... grab this one before it's gone.
  • Replace white laminate top with exotic marble top
  • EBTH: $182
Vintage metal table | replace table top with exotic marble top for a more bespoke look.
Milo Baughman style brass chair and ottoman | Reupholster in emerald green silk velvet fabric

Milo Baughman Style Brass Chair and Ottoman

  • 1980s mauve-elous goes 21st century green. 
  • Reupholster in jewel-tone silk velvet like this one from Schumacher
  • EBTH: $135

Danish Mid-Century Side Table

  • Sometimes au naturel is oh-so-perfect
  • Restore and oil the teak wood   
  • EBTH: $69
Danish mid century teak side table | Refinish to original condition
Vintage campaign dresser with brass pulls | Lacquer in soft lilac and polish brass drawer pulls

Vintage Campaign Dresser

  • Boxy and boring gets a feminine makeover
  • Lacquer in high gloss pastel color
  • Polish brass hardware
  • EBTH: $96

Mid-Century Coffee Table

  • Multi-tasker
  • Convert this coffee table to a bench with a custom made cushion in a whimsical fabric like Timorous Beasties "Fruit Looters"
  • EBTH: $114
Clean line vintage bench | create upholstered seat cushion in whimsical fabric

Found a great piece on EBTH? We'd love to help you transform it! Get in touch for a design consultation here or request a quote here

The Find: Everything But The House

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Estate sale shopping is not for the fainthearted. Dedicated estate-sale shoppers have serious vintage street cred in our book–waking before dawn, queuing for hours, and making split-second decisions on no-room-for-second-guessing purchases. But this cutthroat shopping experience has left many of us on the sidelines… until recently. Enter Everything But The House (EBTH), an online estate sale marketplace that takes all that is amazing and eliminates all that is unsavory about finding treasures at estate sales. Read on to learn why we’re seriously hooked on this site. 


In the world of vintage and antique furniture, there is no such thing as a fly-over state. The midwest and smaller towns throughout the US are chockfull of exquisite, collectible pieces. Before EBTH, it was impossible for non-locals to know about these estate sales, let alone access the sale. EBTH has brought the whole estate sale experience online, making it accessible to anyone with a browser and credit card. Dangerous, right?!


Sharp elbows and lightening speed are no longer requisite to score the “good stuff” at estate sales. Now you can bid from the comfort of your sofa! EBTH’s online auction model is a win-win for both buyer and seller. Sellers receive the highest price (not simply the listed price) and the most motivated (not most aggressive) buyer wins. 



Whether leisurely browsing or pointedly searching, the EBTH site is as intuitive as can be. Detailed information of each piece—photos, measurements, condition, and in some cases, a history—helps the buyer know what they’re bidding on. No more back-and-forth negotiating on price: simply enter your minimum and maximum price and let the EBTH do the bidding for you. By entering your zip code, shipping costs are automatically generated. And if you win the auction, shipping is seamlessly integrated into the buying process.

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Part of what makes EBTH so addictive is the lure of incredible bargains. A Danish modern credenza for $100. A Persian rug for $40. A Milo Baughman–style cabinet for $26. EBTH is an auction site, so depending on interest, prices can rise. But in general, pieces are a far cry less expensive than anything you’d find at your local antiques dealer.


Perhaps the #1 reason why we love Everything But the House is because it gives quality furniture a second life. Whether it’s a Victorian sofa or a midcentury modern side table, the goods on EBTH are going to people who really want them. The site takes beloved and cherished pieces—furniture that’s meant to be used for more than one lifetime—and finds them a home where they are given a whole new chapter. It’s a curated collection of pieces that are meant to live on.

Looking on Everything But The House for some great pieces to revitalize? Below are a few of our favorite revitalization candidates.

Found a great item on EBTH that you're ready to buy and revitalize? Ship it directly to us! Start the process here.

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Designer Spotlight: Elena Calabrese

Meet Bay Area–based interior designer Elena Calabrese, the creative mastermind behind Elena Calabrese Design and Decor. Read on to see how this fashion-industry expat got her start in interior design, what era is inspiring her lately, and get a glimpse of her most recent project with Revitaliste.

You began your career in interior design after a decade in the fashion industry. What made you decide to make the switch?

After my husband and I bought and remodeled our first home in Sausalito, an adorable midcentury A-frame, I fell in love with the whole process. I decided when I was pregnant with my son to go back to school for interior design.

How has your background in fashion influenced your interiors style or outlook?

As an accessory designer, my job was to make the collection pop and really tell the story, the icing on the cake, so to speak! I feel like the interior designer on the creative team is the one who makes the theme come alive. It’s the layers of little things—pattern, texture, and different materials—that bring a space to life. I am pretty aware of trends in color, pattern, and styles, which I always like to incorporate into the mix.


When it comes to vintage and antique furniture, what styles or eras are you most drawn to? Are there any specific pieces youre loving or seeking lately?

Seventies, seventies, seventies! Late midcentury, luxe, kind of funky, kind of classic pieces—with a little rock ‘n’ roll edge. Many favorites of mine are usually Italian from the ‘70s or by Milo Baughman. I have a treasured pair of lucite chairs from Gary Gutterman.

Tell us a little bit about the Bergère chairs you recently revitalized. Whats the history behind these antique chairs, and why did you and your client decide to keep them?

The chairs have been in my client’s family for generations. She grew up in France and Morocco and has lived all over the world. She has moved these heirlooms everywhere with her, which shows me how meaningful they are to her.

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What was your inspiration for the redesign of these antique chairs? Tell us how you revitalized them.

I loved the style and scale but we really needed to modernize these antique chairs. We chose to lacquer the wood frames the perfect rusty orange and reupholster them in Schumacher's "Vail Chenille", a large-scale graphic upholstery fabric. This color and pattern combo made a real statement! The chairs' new design allowed us to incorporate them into our client's contemporary interior while still allowing the chairs to shine–history and all.

In general, what're your criteria for deciding to keep, and potentially revitalize, something a client owns?

It really depends on how much they love a piece. If it's really important to them, the style and look of the piece take a back seat and I’ll do the best I can to make them work. My sentimental side can let the aesthetics go if needed, ultimately it's the client's home.

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Your interiors feel incredibly livable, yet elevated. What’s your secret for finding the balance?

I think because I am drawn to a combination of order and visual interest, I keep things relatively simple in my designs. I am naturally drawn to simple lines in architecture. That combination along with natural earthy elements creates a casual and less formal place. 

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You’re a longtime California resident. How has living in the Bay impacted your aesthetic or stylistic perspective?

Living in Northern California, there is an aesthetic that comes with the territory. The outside is usually a big part of the interior. As sophisticated as Marin, SF and wine country clients are, they generally have a love for design that is “unfussy.” The best combo to me is the sophisticated elevated materials and design in combination with earthy finishes, fabrics, etc. I think that “casualness” feels very livable to most. 

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Whats next for Elena Calabrese Design and Decor?

Hopefully some development and hospitality projects, I have opportunities to grow in that direction. Of course, along with the continuation of building my residential business, I’m dying to do a chic mountain home project!

Potentially product design built around my mother’s brand, Joan Calabrese. She was a children’s dress designer, and the line is still in production. My sister and I would like to develop a home line for kids using her name. Maybe it’s fabrics, rugs, etc., in my spare time!


Do you have a treasured piece that needs to be modernized? Let Revitaliste help you redesign it! Our online design questionnaire takes only a moment to complete and we'll send you up to five unique design directions. Get started here

Fabric Crush: Penny Morrison

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Meet the multi-talented Penny Morrison, the creative force behind UK-based Penny Morrison Interiors and Fabrics, as well as one-half of Irving & Morrison. South African by birth, Morrison is unbound by English tradition and known for marrying classical elements with inspired worldly motifs. Read on to learn where she sources inspiration, what’s next for her collection, and more.


You are both an interior designer and a fabric designer—and a very talented one at that! How did you find yourself in the world of interiors?

As a child growing up in South Africa, I was influenced by my mother’s love of pretty things, and coming to the UK opened up such a wealth of beautiful buildings, fabrics, and antiques.  Before I married I went every weekend to Portobello Road and collected vintage textiles, objets, and small antiques.

Penny Morrison Interior Designer

Can you tell us about the progression to fabric design?

For 11 years, I decorated the Ile de France Hotel in St Barths, and when I first started this project I could not find any suitable fabrics so decided to design my own—linens, breezy and faded, which could work well in the beachy sunny environment.

"Ashok" Fabric in Pink

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Penny Morrison Upholstery Fabric | Kenil in Pink

"Kenil" Fabric in Pink

"Andean Stripe" Fabric in Lilac

Penny Morrison Upholstery Fabric | Andean Stripe in Lilac
Penny Morrison Upholstery Fabric | Indira Stripe in Pink

"Indira Stripe" Fabric in Pink


You have honed such a beautiful, almost muddied color palette. What draws you to these softer tones?

I am not really a fan of primary colors— I have always felt that slightly “off colors” are much chicer and easier to use and live with.


"Bolton" Fabric in Brown

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"Athens" Fabric in Taupe

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"Inca Stripe" Fabric in Brown

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"Ashok" Fabric in Chocolate

Penny Morrison Upholstery Fabric | Ashok in Brown

What materials and techniques do you use to produce your fabrics? And where are they produced?

My fabrics are all linen and are woven in Scotland, and they are hand screen printed in London.

What’s exciting you most in the world of fabrics as of late? Are there any trends, colors, or designs you’re especially loving?

I think a mix of interesting African-inspired geometrics and a return to the floral chintzes so popular in the seventies and eighties are a great relief after of too many years of beige.


"Arabella" Fabric in Red

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Penny Morrision Fabric | Anni in Red

"Anni" Fabric in Red

"Haveli" Fabric in Red

Penny Morrison Fabric | Haveli in Red colorway
Penny Morrision Fabric | Killi in Red

"Killi" Fabric in Red

What’s next for your fabric collection?

I am working on a few diverse printed designs and a new range of weaves, which will be launched early next year.

We recently revitalized an antique armchair in an exquisite "Ashok" linen fabric by Penny Morrison—check out the before and after here.

Love Penny Morrison's fabric too? Get in touch here for design guidance or here to get an upholstery quote. 

"Aspa" Fabric in Petrol

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Penny Morrison Upholstery Fabric | Hemant in Blue Black

"Hemant" Fabric in Blue Black

"Athens" Fabric in Blue

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Penny Morrison Upholstery Fabric | Berri in Petrol

"Berri" Fabric in Petrol


"Malika" Fabric in Duck Egg

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Penny Morrison Upholstery Fabric | Diamond Chunky in green

"Diamond Chunky" Fabric in Green

"Karlstad" Fabric in Beige/Pink

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Penny Morrison Upholstery Fabric | Lucknow in green

"Lucknow" Fabric in Green


"Lucknow Stripe" Fabric in Red

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Penny Morrison Upholstery Fabric | Karlstad in Blue/Red

"Karlstad" in Blue/Red

"Malika" Fabric in Pink

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Penny Morrison Upholstery Fabric | Helena in Pink

"Helena" Fabric in Pink


"Malika" Fabric in Charcoal

Penny Morrison Upholstery Fabric | Malika in Charcoal

"Luma" Fabric in Indigo

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"Jamawar" Fabric

Penny Morrison Upholstery Fabric |  Kenil in Indigo

"Kenil" Fabric in Indigo


See more Penny Morrison fabrics on our Pinterest boards!

Shattered But Not Broken: An Armchair Rehabilitation

Heirloom chair reupholstered in Penny Morrison Ashok fabric

Here at Revitaliste, it’s our mission to give new life to quality vintage, antique, and secondhand furniture. Sometimes a simple fabric/finish refresh is all that is needed. Other times our work is more akin to reconstructive surgery! Such was the case with one client’s pair of English roll-arm chairs that she had inherited from her mother. One of the legs had been shattered and our client feared these century-old sentimental treasures were beyond repair. But in the hands of a skilled artisan, even the most crippled furniture can be rehabilitated.

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Revitalization Checklist

  • Repair the shattered leg
  • Basic restoration on legs to bring the wood back to life
  • Modernize the back by removing tufting
  • Reupholster
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Produced in the 1930s, these English roll-arm chairs were solidly constructed. Though one cabriole leg had splintered into several pieces (a few of which were missing), it was made of solid mahogany. We were able to insert a metal dowel to reinforce the leg and then glue the splintered pieces together around the dowel. Where pieces were missing, we patched the holes with putty, contoured the puttied areas to blend with the lines of the leg and faux painted these areas to match the wood grain. No one would ever be able to pick out which leg was broken!

Design Decisions

Our client wanted to modernize her mother’s chairs to blend with her relaxed but chic California style. She fell in love with an exquisite hand-printed linen designed by British interior designer Penny Morrison: “Ashok” in Chocolate color way. The subtle pattern and soothing neutral tones of the fabric make these very proper chairs more approachable. To tone down the traditionalist style of the chairs even more, we removed the button tufting and plumped up the backs. We loved the aged tobacco patina of the legs so we didn’t touch the color; We simply cleaned up and polished the legs.

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Things to Keep in Mind

  • With furniture constructed with hardwoods, nothing is beyond repair. A skilled artisan can rehabilitate severely damaged pieces to look as good as new.  
  • Even the most traditional of styles can be modernized with the right fabric/finish!

Have a piece in need of some serious rehab? Get a detailed price quote for your project here.

Modernizing Vintage Furniture With Serena & Lily

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If Serena & Lily didn't create the coastal cool design genre then they certainly took it to a totally new level. Their breezy, casual modern vibe is adored by both actual and aspirational coastal dwellers. Aside from their line of beachy-inspired furniture and home decor, Serena & Lily has a fresh line of upholstery fabrics and bold wallpapers that are so versatile they can refresh any piece. Revitaliste teamed up with Serena & Lily to revitalize two classic (and decidedly non-beachy) vintage pieces with their new graphic textile line. 

Brass Base Swivel Chair

The brass base of this 1970s swivel chair is absolutely fabulous! While the original naugahyde upholstery was a stunner back in the day, it's now faded and tattered. That gorgeous base is begging for a much bolder fabric!

Revitalization Checklist:

  • Excellent structural condition
  • Swivel function works smoothly
  • Buff/polish brass base
  • Reupholster in bold pattern
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Design Decisions:

We reupholstered the chair with Serena and Lily “Tilden” fabric – a fresh, graphic twist on the traditional palm frond pattern. We decided to keep the horizontal channeling on the seat back to give the chair a more tailored appearance and visual depth. The brass base was in great condition so we simply buffed it to bring back its shine. 

Vintage chair reupholstered in Serena & Lily Tilden upholstery fabric

Mid Century Bar Cart

Mid century bar cart

This mid century bar cart is so stylish and utilitarian - what’s not to like about that combination?! AND smaller pieces like this bar cart are super budget-friendly to refresh.  

Revitalization Checklist:

  • Structurally sound
  • Missing panels for upper/lower shelves
  • Great vintage patina on teak legs and brass rails
Mid century bar cart with Serena & Lily Cayman Cork wallpaper

Design Decisions:

We custom cut two wood pieces to fit the upper and lower shelves of the bar cart. Then we wrapped both sides in this awesome Serena and Lily wallpaper, “Cayman Cork” in green color way. To give the piece an even more bespoke look, we lacquered the edges of the wood panels in the same green as the wallpaper. We decided to keep the vintage patina of the teak wood and brass for a touch of  vintage cache. 

Like the revitalized pieces above? They could be YOURS! Head over to Serena & Lily's San Francisco Design Shop by August 12 and enter a chance to win them. 

Want to revitalize a piece to have a coastal-cool vibe? We love Serena & Lily's textile line on virtually any style/era of furnishings. Below are some fun inspirational ideas!

Mix It Up

We're fans of mishmashing styles, eras and cultures in design. Try a fun pattern like Serena & Lily's African-inspired Kuba pattern on a mid century piece.

Mid century chairs to be reupholstered in Serena & Lily Kuba upholstery fabric

The Bolder The Better

We're crazy about Serena & Lily's bolder prints like the modern palm pattern "Tilden". These fresh prints would be perfect on an antique frame with high gloss lacquer.

Antique fauteuil chairs to be reupholstered in Serena & Lily fabric

Family Friendly 

We’re big fans of indoor/outdoor fabric for indoor use - particularly for young families and/or avid hosts. Serena & Lily's designed a wonderful line of stain-resistant upholstery fabrics with Perennials. We’re especially partial to the "Basketweave" fabrics - particularly the white and sand color ways. They have the appearance of linen with none of the drawbacks that come with real linen. Bring on the red wine! 

Serena & Lily + Perennials upholstery fabrics

Wrap It Up

Serena & Lily has a fabulous range of grasscloth wallpaper colors. We like adding grasscloth for textural interest to the door/drawer fronts of big brown storage pieces and lacquering the body in  similar color. Instant makeover!

Vintage dresser refinished with blue lacquer and grasscloth

Pattern Play

Tired of too much wood in your home? Refresh a big brown piece with a beautiful patterned wallpaper and upgrade the drawer pulls for a total transformation.

Vintage dresser to be refinished with palm wallpaper and new drawer pulls

Want to revitalize one of your pieces? Get a price quote for your project here.

Love Serena & Lily textiles as much as we do? Pop by one of their Design Shops or request fabric/wallpaper swatches online here for your next revitalization project. 

Fabric Crush: Hable Construction

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Talk about a dreamy work scenario: pursuing your passion, building it into a thriving business, along side your beloved sis. That’s exactly what the creative team behind Hable Construction fabrics has done. Susan Hable Smith and Katharine Hable Sweeney – two sisters with distinctly different yet complementary skills – have created a vividly colored and boldly patterned fabric line.  We absolutely adore the painterly, artistic quality of Hable’s fabrics. Read on for insight into this talented duo’s backgrounds and fascinating inspirations. 

Tell us a bit about your respective backgrounds? 

Susan is the artistic mind of the team. Having studied fine art at the University of Alabama and collaging and painting since childhood, she is a wizard with a paint brush and scissors! 

Katharine is the business mind of the team.  With a journalism degree from Ole Miss, she found her passion in sales and marketing early in her career. 

Palette creation by Hable Construction
Screen for printing Hable Construction upholstery fabric

What prompted you to launch Hable Construction? 

We launched Hable Construction in 1999. Katharine was a new mother at home with twins and Susan had recently returned from a long trip to India which had deeply inspired her. Our original concept was simply to bring to life some of Susan’s beautiful art – using her designs as a canvas for home and personal accessories. We started with one product: scarves. The business quickly evolved and we added table runners and pillows for the home. Things just kept evolving organically and, when they made sense, we took the bull by the horns and tried new production ideas and collaborations! 

Give us a sense of what inspires your fabric line? 

Susan finds inspiration in everything; but nature and travel definitely top the list of inspirational sources. Throughout the years, Susan has a amassed a vast library of images and inspirations. When developing new patterns, she often dives deep into different cultures - studying the patterns, colors, shapes and other elements of that culture. For example, the “Rise” pattern was inspired by the Dutch African wax prints which were typically used in clothing. (Click here to see the fabulous "Rise" pattern on a project Revitaliste did for SF Girl By Bay)

Upholstery fabric pattern development with Hable Construction
Pattern brainstorming for upholstery fabric by Hable Construction

How are your fabrics produced? Why have you chosen this production method? 

We use a few methods now that the world of technology has expanded. We prefer handmade things when possible and our Classic Collection is handprinted in New England at a wonderful old mill. We also are able to get a more painterly style of print by using digitally printed textiles from a mill in North Carolina. With digital printing, Susan's artwork can be directly placed on the fabrics creating watery and less-defined artistic patterns. 

What does the future hold for your textile line? 

We hope to continue to expand all offerings in color and pattern to offer more to our clients while staying true to the Hable look. Adding some new constructions in jacquards is a goal and we hope to expand our collaborations with our textile partners to include some more high performance collections as well as pushing the artistic envelope! 


Capri Nantucket

Marble Skinny Dipper

Marble Skinny Dipper


Ropes Lemon

Beads lemon

Beads Lemon


French Quilt Smoke

Pacific Ash

Pacific Ash


Baja Lilac

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capri holland

Capri Holland


Ikat Smoke

Ikat Smoke
Rise Shale

Rise Shale


Mum Dahlia

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Tiny Stripe Ombre


Kukui Bark

Kukui Bark
Library Camel

Library Camel


Ropes Nectarine

Ropes Nectarine
Stripe Cayenne

Stripe Cayenne


Checker Pine

Checker PIne

Tiny Stripe Ombre


Batik Bluefin

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Painterly Fog

Painterly Fog


Cosmos Sunshine

Cosmos sunshine
Net Canary

Net Canary


Marble Ashen

Marble ashen
Flora Bay

Flora Bay


Tiny Stripe Lilac

Tiny stripe lavendar
french quilt coral

French Quilt Coral


Pearl Slate

Pearl Slate
Baja twilight

Baja Twilight


Stripe Rose

Stripe rose

Pacific Hibiscus


Akara Falls Umber

Akara Falls Umber
Hilo Driftwood

Hilo Driftwood


Cosmos Pumpkin

Capri Cabo

Capri Cabo


Suvi Emerald

Volcano Seaglass

Volcano Seaglass

Love Hable Construction fabrics as much as we do? Get in touch for a design consultation here, or request a quote for reupholstery here

The Dirty Dozen Vol. 3

Viyet: Investment Pieces

Investing in quality furnishings with great lines is always a good our humble opinion. Finding quality pieces at a fraction of their retail value is an even better investment! And the easiest way to find a curated collection of amazingly priced, pre-loved luxury pieces is on Viyet - an online consignment store for luxury furnishings. The pieces are all from venerable brands constructed to last a lifetime – and worthy of revitalizing again and again. We've selected our top Viyet picks we'd love to get our hands on for a makeover! 


Harvey Probber Love Seat

  • Like a runway model, everything looks good on this frame! 
  • Take advantage of this versatile frame and reupholster in a zig zag pattern like "Funky Stripes" from Dedar. 
  • $2475 on Viyet

Lane "Brutalist" Dresser

  • To be brutally honest - this piece is rad.
  • The geometric blocks are begging to be color blocked! Lacquer in subtle shades of gray for a sophisticated look or vibrant colors for a youthful style
  • $1510 on Viyet

Jan Ekselius Lounge Chairs

  • Groovy. 
  • Turn up the mojo on these groovy chairs by upholstering a textured metallic like Zinc Textiles "Penthouse" fabric.
  • $2525 on Viyet

French Art Deco Daybed

  • Sophisticate. 
  • Honor the decadence of this piece and reupholster in extra plush faux fur like Caroline Dow's "Fuzzy Wuzzy" in mink. 
  • $9875 on Viyet

Vintage Italian Bench

  • Those legs – bellisimo!
  • Embrace the sex appeal of those legs and reupholster in a faux python leather. 
  • $5200 on Viyet

Vintage Club Chair

  • Bodacious!
  • Accentuate the curves of this chair by adding welting (aka piping). We love the look of tone on tone like Sandra Jordan Prima Alpaca fabric with Desginers Guild satin welting.
  • $1435 on Viyet

Karl Springer Waterfall Desk

  • Gushing over this waterfall design.
  • Refinish the top with an exotic wood veneer that has gorgeous graining like a macassar ebony. 
  • $2275 on Viyet

Louis XV Dining Chairs

  • Je suis Louis. 
  • Lacquer the frames in black high gloss for a modern twist. Replace the caning with a fun printed fabric like Madeline Weinrib's "Dapne Ikate" 
  • $1150 on Viyet

Chippendale Sideboard

  • Neo trad wannabe.
  • Modernize this traditional piece by lacquering a vibrant color (we love Hermés orange) and replacing the hardware with more contemporary pulls. 
  • $970 on Viyet

Eugenio Escudero Dining Chairs

  • Unique lines.
  • These super unique framed chairs warrant an equally unique fabric - we love a laser cut hair-on cowhide from Theo. 
  • $5835 on Viyet

Hickory White Cabinet

  • Dapper. 
  • Lacquer the body in a super saturated color, like Hague Blue from Farrow and Ball, and line the front door panels with a textured paper like faux shagreen.
  • $2880 on Viyet

1980s Brass Swivel Chairs

  • Executive class.
  • A favorite combo: polished brass pieces from the 80s paired with feminine colors like Schumacher's "Gainsborgh" velvet in blush.
  • $1495 on Viyet

Viyet: A Design Aficionado's Dream

Viyet founder Liz Brown's dining room

We all have a friend who has such fabulous style and covetable objects that we’d eagerly jump at the chance to snag her cast-offs. Imagine all these friends aggregating their most beautiful furnishings in one place, for sale, online – dreamy, right? Well, that’s Viyet, the world’s fanciest online consignment store for pre-loved luxury furniture. 

Viyet culls the most covetable pieces from interior designers, showrooms and design savvy individuals looking to redecorate or move. Anything but sloppy seconds, the pieces available on Viyet are from venerable brands, in a wonderful mix of styles and eras – Christian Liaigre, Knoll, Holly Hunt, Mies van der Rohe, Ligne Roset, among many others. And it gets better, these pieces are sold at a fraction of the cost without the wait. Because all the pieces sold on Viyet are top quality, they are great candidates for revitalization! (Read this other post to see our top Viyet picks to revitalize.)

We sat down with Viyet's stylish CEO, Elizabeth Brown, to get her thoughts on design. 

What is your self described style?

Classic, tailored, and simple. 

You recently renovated your Gramercy Park home. What is your favorite piece from Viyet?

I'd have to say our Nella Vetrina lacquered dining chairs. We found the set for an absolute steal on the site, and all we had to do was reupholster the seats to bring them back to life. Plus, they are incredibly comfortable!

What do you consider to be the best workhorse pieces of furniture in a home?

Lighting. The right fixture is functional and beautiful at the same time - almost like a standalone piece of art. We were fortunate to have commissioned a custom fixture from Stephen Antonson that runs the full height of our 2-story staircase. Not only does it illuminate a tricky spot in our home, but it also serves as a visual focal point that looks just as stunning turned off as it does when it's on.

Elizabeth Brown CEO of Viyet

Viyet has been growing rapidly - now consigning in 12 cities in the US. What new areas of expansion are in Viyet’s future? What are you most excited about right now?

We will continue to expand over the next 12-18 months with a goal of having curators in every city with a strong design community. A few cities on our radar are Seattle, Denver, Charleston, and Scottsdale. Beyond geographical expansion, we are excited to continue growing our base of manufacturer and brand partnerships. We are proud to work with over 200 high end furniture lines who work with us to sell floor samples and excess stock, and we are planning to double that list over the coming year.

Any business advice for entrepreneurs in creative fields?

Understanding the fundamentals of finance and accounting, particularly cash flow management, is so important for an early stage company where capital is always constrained. Investing in the right accountant, or even a part time CFO, will give any entrepreneur an enormous amount of leverage and confidence especially when it comes to fundraising.

Lonny Magazine Features Revitaliste Top Tips

How To Modernize Inherited Furniture

We were thrilled when Lonny Magazine asked us to share our top tips for how to modernize inherited furniture. There is nothing we like more than re-envisioning a well-made, sentimental (if dated) piece as a covetable one-of-a-kind treasure.

See all 15 tips to modernize your inherited pieces here. 


Go Graphic

Reupholster a chair with a modern graphic pattern that will turn heads.


Leg Lift

Switch out the base legs of an upholstered piece for a completely new look.


Fresh Surface

Lay down leather or skins (faux is fine too!) to make a worn tabletop totally fresh.

Do you have an inherited piece you can't bear to part with but also can't imagine working with your home decor? We'd be delighted to help you transform this piece! Get design guidance from our team of seasoned revitaleurs - it's quick and easy! And we're confident you'll be thrilled with the end product. 

2017 San Francisco Decorator Showcase

2017 San Francisco Decorator Showcase Dining Room

We were delighted to participate again in the San Francisco Decorator Showcase house – promoting great Bay Area interior designers' work while benefiting a great cause (tuition assistance for San Francisco University High School). This year we collaborated with the talented team from Redmond Aldrich Design to revitalize the sophisticated and stunningly eclectic dining room furnishings. 

The dining room in this year's Showcase house presented a unique challenge: its expansive size. With 15' ceilings and ample space to fit a fully-furnished studio apartment within, the room could easily swallow up "normal size" furniture. Instead of custom building or sourcing ready-made furniture, Redmond Aldrich opted to revitalize and rescale vintage pieces. 

Vintage Gio Ponti Style Dining Table

Vintage Gio Ponte Style Dining Table

In their search for the perfect table, Redmond Aldrich fell in love with the lines of an exquisite vintage Gio Ponti style dining table they found on Chairish. The legs were undeniably sexy and the beveled edge octagon top was ever-so-chic. However, it measured a mere 4' feet in length - dollhouse size in this massive room! 

Revitalization Checklist

  • Great structural condition 
  • Re-scale overall size of table

Design Decisions

Redmond Aldrich chose to replicate the original design and simply alter the size. Revitaliste created a new 10' long top with the same beautiful beveling and elongated octagon shape. To support the new top, we increased the distance between the legs, reinforced the base with steel rods covered in raw brass tubing and added two center black enameled legs with brass sabots to boot (pun intended). 


Vintage Knoll Dining Chairs

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Vintage Knoll Dining Chair

A table this size requires quite a few chairs – ten to be exact. Sourcing this larger quantity required persistence and a bit of creativity. Lighting on the perfect seating complement to the Gio Ponti table, Redmond Aldrich found these clean-line, wood framed Knoll dining chairs from three separate sellers. Because the chairs were going to be completely revitalized, it didn't matter that the original look of each set was different. 

Revitalization Checklist

  • Several of the chairs were not structurally sound so they were re-glued and reinforced with dowels.
  • The frames are made of oak, a very open grain wood, so the wood needed to be well sealed and primed before the lacquer could be applied.

Design Decisions

Redmond Aldrich designed the chicest Yves Klein-inspired blue chairs! The frames were lacquered in a semi-gloss custom color based on Benjamin Moore "New York State of Mind". The seats were upholstered in a similarly colored blue velvet from Savel. The sophisticated monochromatic chair design perfectly complements the earthier black wood-stained dining table. 

Vintage Knoll chair upholstered in blue velvet
Vintage Knoll chair reupholstered in blue velvet

Have a piece you love but the scale or color is wrong? Revitaliste makes the revitalization process super simple. Request a quote here or get started with some design guidance here.  

2017 San Francisco Decorator Showcase Dining Room