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 Florence Boulanger, Upholsterer & Interior Designer

 
   

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.

 
    

Activity 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.

 
   

Florence Boulanger,
Upholsterer & Interior Designer
ATELIER DU BARROU
Lieu-dit le Barrou
24 140 Saint Martin des Combes
France
Tel : +33 (0)6 26 16 80 34
Email : atelierdubarrou@orange.fr

Website : www.atelierdubarrou.com
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Studio open by appointment
I also travel to your home.

 
 
 

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