New Designs Afoot – Velvets & Pinstripe

You may or may not have noticed that it’s been quiet on the up cycling front lately… all strenuous activities put on hold; no painting, no upholstery (no boxing…sob!) all thanks to some unforeseen muscle / nerve injury caused by 1.) Old age … Read More

Upholstery Tales: Shades of Grey

Grey is THE interior designer’s colour of choice, or so Jim the upholsterer tells me, so I decide to follow the expert’s advice,  choosing an attractive shade of grey wool from my upholstery fabric swatches. Colour chosen, the tricky part … Read More

Upholstery Project Vintage Yellow Armchair

It’s upholstery time at Napoleon Rockefeller and as I began to seek a new upholstery project to get my teeth into, as if by fate, this vision of faded glory in yellow damask arrives into the hands of my partner, … Read More

Upholstery Lesson: Finishing Stages Of Leather

Summer’s over it’s back to work with a vengeance, as the upholstery lessons reach the finishing stages with our 1950’s vintage industrial style office chair. Leather back attached, upholstery class continues with more essential layering, firstly rubber to give support to the back… … Read More

Upholstery Lesson: Preparation For Leather

Call me impatient but I really thought I’d be moving a bit quicker with my upholstery project, however when you’re learning the traditional way with an exacting tutor you soon realise that it’s the method that sets the pace…it involves layers … Read More

Napoleon Rockefeller  Visits The Decorative Fair January 2016 

This year we’ve picked some of our favourite exhibitors from the fantastic ‘must-go-to’ event (on three times a year) for all interior design and home decor aficionados, The Decorative Fair in Battersea Park. Showcasing some truly fantastic antiques and curiosities, from vintage factory clocks and mannequins to beautiful antique French painted furniture … Read More

1950’s Office Chair: Back To The Classroom

My upholstery project has brought me back into the classroom once more, and I can’t think of a better way to kick off the new year. As promised, I’m sharing my journey with you, step by step. Who knows – … Read More

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