Background: Originally from the Nord département, I spent my
childhood devouring books and naturally turned towards
literary studies. After getting the CAPES teaching
qualification, I taught French for 15 years in various
secondary schools before I dared admit to myself that I no
longer found complete fulfilment in the job. Being something
of a handy-woman and loving beautiful objects and beautiful
fabrics, I wanted to do something concrete and creative.
Meeting up with an upholsterer friend decided it for me - I
left the Education Nationale and did a professional
reconversion course at Saint Quentin Lycée des Métiers de
l'Ameublement (Soft Furnishings School) and in 2015 obtained a
CAP (Certificat d'aptitude professionelle) in Chair
Upholstery. Moving to the Dordogne while I was at it, I opened
my workshop at my home in the countryside.
and Philosophy: Upholstery can take a variety of forms and, being
naturally curious, I have chosen to restore antique and modern
chairs always bearing in mind that the end result should fit
into a contemporary, chic décor. Each armchair is unique and
represents its own challenge and nothing pleases me more than
bringing back to life the shabby bones of a chair. I listen
carefully to the owner's wishes and am conscious of the place
my work will eventually take in the owner's home.
The work and materials involved are different depending on
whether I am dealing with a purely decorative object or
whether the quality of the chair is designed to withstand the
test of time.
I also use soft furnishing sewing techniques to make curtains
and cushions and can therefore offer matching or coordinated
items…as a chair, no matter how beautiful, should always only
be seen as part of an overall picture. My guiding principles
are: elegance, detail and quality.
Upholsterer & Interior Designer ATELIER DU BARROU
Lieu-dit le Barrou
24 140 Saint Martin des Combes
Tel : +33 (0)6 26 16 80 34