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When a client brought in this lackluster set of chairs he inherited from his grandmother, he expressed his desire for something colorful and graphic...
...and Johnelle used the vibrant leather and vinyl he selected from her fabric loft to transform them into these beauties.
...and went home with these poppy statement seats after settling on a yellow and gray color palette. A Robert Allen leaf pattern and dark piping was used on the cushions.
...with a bold Pendleton blanket, marigold velvet and a tweed/linen blend, a customer bought it for her cabin in Bolinas.
Once upon a time in Oakland, a mother and daughter with a penchant for all things French opened a store called Mignonne. In the beginning, Kim and Johnelle Mancha curated and sold an eclectic mix of bohemian decor and vintage finds.
About a year in, Kim (the non-wicked mom) moved to France and opened The Bohemians, a sister boutique in Brantôme. Johnelle, a painter who studied in Paris and Florence, began to focus on refurbishing furniture, restoring and painting desks and other effects. After relocating the shop to Berkeley in 2008, she started working with a talented carpenter full-time (her Prince Charming and husband-to-be) and expanded her repertoire to include interior design, color consulting and--our dream come true--downright enchanting upholstery.
Using everything from luxe fabrics to unexpected materials (think leather jackets and Pendleton blankets), Johnelle works within her customers’ budgets to metamorphose drab chairs and sofas into works of art.
Click here to see some of Mignonne’s before-and-happily-ever-after re-upholstery stories.
2447 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley; 510-388-5830 or mignonnedecor.com
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