I have tried my best, but I just cannot capture the richness and intensity - or even the accurate colour - of the velvet in photos. It's a very luxurious turquoise/teal in real life, and it beckons you to sink into it. In the photos it's paler, duller, and bluer. Hopefully when it's in the lakehouse, I can snap a better photo. Right now it's chilling in the townhouse, but at the lakehouse I think it will fancy up the living room, popping against the crisp white walls and the soon-to-be charcoal grey fireplace (we successfully convinced Hubby to paint it!).
I can't even believe this is the same chair:
Kessels Upholstering did a beautiful job. Every seam is perfectly placed and the removable seat cushion has velvet on both sides and a zipper as well, just in case someone gestures a little too wildly with a glass of red wine. This chair needed a professional makeover to look right - it required some repairs to the springs and, of course, all new foam. We paid just over $600 for the labour, and I think it was worth it. We saved some money refinishing the arms and legs ourselves (and the chair was free). More importantly, it was the style-savvy gals at Kessels who convinced me to consider velvet in the first place. The fabric I chose for this project is Elite Textile Renaissance, the colour is 760.
P.S. Kessels is offering 10% off fabric to Dans le Townhouse readers - just let them know you and I are buds. This is the same discount I was offered. I was not perked to work with Kessels, they have just been my go-to for DIY upholstery projects (the houndstooth fabric for the vintage teak kitchen chairs was from there) and professional makeovers (like the minty chair).