Antique French Bergere Toile Chairs

My Favorite Toile Chairs! 

I’m sharing with you my favorite chairs I have here in my house.  It was a project that my mom and I took on one Summer.

We found a pair of antique chairs at one of our FAVORITE antique shops in Portland, Oregon “Harvey & Steve’s Gallery” .  The only thing was… they were pretty beat up.

The previous owner of the chairs had a cat and the cat destroyed the fabric portion of the chairs.

That’s okay, that meant two things: 1. A good price and 2. we got to choose some new fabric!

We somehow gained access to the Seattle Design Center and had so much fun looking through all of the designer housewares, furniture, and fabric.

At the design center, I fell in love with Hodsoll Mckenzie’s “Ladies and Gents” toile pattern!

It’s funny, because I actually saw this fabric on a French bergere chair in either Veranda or Architectural Digest. I remember thinking at the time, I wish I could find that fabric. And then one day, I did!!!

Now, let’s take a look at the chairs!

the chairs

 The fabric is a linen fabric in a soft blue/grey color in the background with a creme pattern. I think the chairs are from around the 1920s. Not super old, but it will do!

the fabric

A look at the back…

the back

I wish we had more fabric as Hodsoll Mckenzie no longer manufactures it.  But it came at a premium price so I know why we don’t have more fabric!

I just love my bergere chairs so much!  The fabric really is a home run.

love these chairs!

While I was googling the fabric, I found some other people using the same fabric.

I wish I could find the article when I first saw the fabric in a picture!  

A guest room is draped in this blue-gray Hodsoll McKenzie toile. The wall is covered in the same fabric.<br/>
Notice they covered the wall in it, picture from

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  1. March 11, 2014 / 11:26 pm

    Oh my word, these are exquisite. I love, love, love them. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  2. March 12, 2014 / 12:20 am

    These chairs are truly stunning. They would be right at home in any refined French country home or palace. So happy that you get to enjoy such beautiful items each day.


  3. March 12, 2014 / 2:03 am

    Awesome taste. I love them!

  4. March 12, 2014 / 8:23 pm

    Ohhh my! That toile is to dye for and a fabulous choice for the chairs~~~they are exquisite! You've done a fantastic job and recovering them. Do they have down seat cushions?

    • March 12, 2014 / 11:21 pm

      Yes, down seat cushions! They're pretty comfortable.

  5. March 12, 2014 / 11:22 pm

    Thank you everyone for the kind comments – I am glad you like the chairs as much as I do!

  6. March 16, 2014 / 12:03 am

    Gorgeous! The fabric is just perfection for this style of chair. Fabulous job! Thanks so much for sharing them with us.

  7. March 19, 2014 / 6:31 pm

    Oh I love the fabric and I like how you made it cushions have some give in them where they look set in a lot over time.
    I like most all toile fabrics
    Oh I see in above comments they are called down seat down cushions LOL never have recovered chairs so I didn't know about them.

    gorgeous chairs

  8. April 15, 2015 / 11:34 am

    The bergere is beautiful. You have done an amazing job. I spent many months researching different companies that sell a french style upholstered bed. I finally made the decision to go ahead and buy the Chelsea upholstered bed. Extremely pleased with my decision. Below is a link to the product page. Good-luck with your upholstered bed shopping.