Bring Your Own Chair Workshop

Thank you for your interest! Scroll down for times and Workshop times and information. Workshops are currently cancelled until further notice, due to covid-19. _______________________________________________________________________________ Bring Your Own Chair Workshop COST: Beginner project – $175, Advanced project – $200, Large project – $225. Cost is for one day, per person, plus HST. See below forContinue reading “Bring Your Own Chair Workshop”

Retro Accent Chair

Just listed! This great vintage Kroehler accent chair would add a pop of colour and retro flair to any space.  It features beautiful, durable wool fabrics, including Kvadrat Divina Melange felted wool. All new foam and materials makes this a “brand new”, authentically vintage chair.  SOLD Check out the Re-Styled Collection for more info.             

DIY: Easy Seat Cushion (without piping)

I’ve been teaching upholstery workshops for a couple of years now. It’s been absolutely amazing – I would never have guessed that I’d enjoy it so much. My students have all been great, and very eager to learn! So, it has been a real surprise to me that many people are reluctant to sew. EspeciallyContinue reading “DIY: Easy Seat Cushion (without piping)”

Releasing the Kraken (or, How I’ve been spending my Xmas holidays)

So here we are, smack in the middle of holiday down-time, over-indulgence and family togetherness…and it is all good. The snow has finally begun to fall in earnest, which means the kids have put down their electronics, and have dug out their sleds. Red-cheeked with runny noses, they’ll return for steaming hot chocolate – butContinue reading “Releasing the Kraken (or, How I’ve been spending my Xmas holidays)”

Fabulous Antique Octopus Settee – SOLD

Gorgeous antique settee, upholstered in this fabulous octopus print. This piece has been fully stripped and repaired, with new webbing, new foam and the original coil springs. Solid, heavy construction, but a dainty piece measuring 45″ wide x 21″ deep x 36″ high. It started with good bones, however the look was dated. It’s muchContinue reading “Fabulous Antique Octopus Settee – SOLD”

So, how did you get into upholstery?

I wonder how many times I’ve been asked this question. I guess it’s a polite thing to talk about, like the weather, more than a question that really burns in people’s minds but I’ve been pondering it myself lately because I’ve been asked this question in each of my workshops. Usually, when I’m expecting a questionContinue reading “So, how did you get into upholstery?”

How to Strip A Chair

Stripping furniture is, unfortunately, an inevitable part of any reupholstery project. It’s hard on your hands, wrists and arms. It can be dusty, and will certainly be messy. But, you can get it over with as quickly and as easily as possible with the following tips. For those who will be joining my Upholstery Workshops,Continue reading “How to Strip A Chair”

Restoring an Antique Sheraton Sofa

This past summer, I got a text from my good friends Shawn and Colin, while they were on their way to pick up a very exciting Kijiji score. Priced way below value at only $200, they knew they had to rush down to Petite Rivière (an hour or so drive) to grab this beautiful antiqueContinue reading “Restoring an Antique Sheraton Sofa”

Is My Furniture Valuable? Finding the Value in Your Vintage Furniture

I was recently asked whether or not I could help to determine if a reader’s vintage sofa was valuable. I’m not an appraiser, but I do have opinions. So, I guess now’s a good time to remind you that this blog contains highly edited versions of my own opinions only, and that there are aContinue reading “Is My Furniture Valuable? Finding the Value in Your Vintage Furniture”