Specializing in reupholstering antiques and modern pieces, outdoor cushions, replacement cushions, hand-caning, needlework finishing and custom accent pillows.
Operating as usual
If you’re a horse enthusiast, upholstery fabrics with riding or hunt scenes can sometimes be a bit of a challenge to find. I recently finished reupholstering this chair and ottoman for my Client. The fabric she found was a Ralph Lauren hunt scene with a black background. Here are BEFORE and AFTER photos.
My Client wanted her 6 dining room chair seats reupholstered. She and her family had lived with these very thin, basically zero padding for long enough. When I removed the existing fabric (black floral), there was a surprise - another fabric (green floral) and just like an onion…..underneath that was another fabric (black leather). Once all the fabrics were removed, I attached NEW 2” High Density foam and NEW Dacron batting to each seat. Here are some BEFORE and AFTER photos, along with some pics of 2 adorable custom “Bird” pillows I made for her.
Recently reupholstered this sofa for my Client. Here are BEFORE and AFTER photos.
Made these 4 kitchen bar stool cushions with snap closures (instead of ties or Velcro straps) for my Client.
Made 14 custom decorative pillows for my Client.
Here are 2 recent needlework finishing projects. My Client made these needlepoint pieces many years ago. She had forgotten all about them, but found them in a craft bin while cleaning and organizing and decided they would look great as pillows! 😃
UPDATE #7 A lovely couple who are in the process of restoring a beautiful old home contacted me to make a custom banquette for their newly renovated kitchen. I installed it this week.
Here are BEFORE and AFTER photos.
UPDATE #6 COVID prevented us from gathering and celebrating with extended family and friends during the holidays. Hopefully this Holiday Season will bring us together and make us more thankful than ever for those we love and cherish.
This summer several of my Clients were already anticipating the possibility of hosting a wonderful gathering of friends and family during this Holiday Season. With that in mind, it was important to them to reupholster their well loved dining room chair seats.
Here are BEFORE and AFTER photos of 2 Clients’ dining room chair seats.
UPDATE #5 Making your Indoor space beautiful, enjoyable and welcoming is important too! Yes, believe it or not we WILL be able to safely invite/host extended family and friends to our homes again! 👍🏻😃
This project was quite a bit different than most. My Client was wanting her favorite club-style chair reupholstered. She LOVED the original silk plaid fabric…but it was well loved and had seen better days. She searched for a new fabric to compliment her existing furniture but was coming up empty. She had had 6 drapery panels made originally with the same fabric as the chair…..you KNOW where this is going!
I had to awaken my inner Scarlett O’Hara! In “Gone With The Wind” Scarlett makes an amazingly beautiful dress from the emerald green velvet draperies in Tara.
All the silk drapery panels had to be VERY carefully taken apart to maximize the “usable” fabric. This made the width MUCH shorter than the normal width of upholstery fabric. It also was in 6 separate pieces (not one continuous piece of fabric cut from the bolt).
I’m always up for a challenge but this was a “mind puzzle” like I had NEVER faced. But I used those 6 drapery panels to identically match the silk plaid pattern on the newly upholstered chair as it had been on previously upholstered chair.
BONUS: I was also able to make 3 matching pillow covers!
Here are BEFORE and AFTER photos.
UPDATE #4 Because COVID made us slow down, it also made us take a hard look 👀 at the outdoor space around us, as well as the indoor space (UPDATE #5). It made us want to be happy in those spaces and enjoy them to their fullest! Here are BEFORE and AFTER photos of my Clients outdoor cushions.
UPDATE #3 Being at home during COVID was challenging but it gave us a NEW perspective….to SLOW DOWN and ENJOY the people around us (as few as they might be). It brought back Family Dinners together (instead of grabbing fast food in the car after practice), Family Game Night, catching up on ALL those “MUST SEE” TV shows/series….AND it gave us time to learn a new skill/craft or to pick that skill/craft back up again. Here are 3 Needlepoint finishing projects I did for a Client. In this series of photos 1st photo is of the needle work (the front). The 2nd photo is the back of each pillow.
UPDATE #2 Since COVID had us staying home, how comfortable or rather “how uncomfortable” sofa and chair cushions felt to Clients became an issue that needed fixing. Here are 3 Clients that wanted MORE COMFORT! 2 wanted MORE FIRMNESS (aka: No more saggy “pit of despair” sofa/sectional cushions). The other had purchased 2 chairs that NO ONE would sit in because they had “rock hard”uncomfortable seat cushions.
Hi Everyone! I hope you all had an awesome summer and are now getting into your “Back to School” routines (doesn’t that have an awesome sound to it? BACK TO SCHOOL! 👍🏻😃). I was very busy this summer with Client projects and I’m a bit behind on posting photos.
Here’s UPDATE #1. My Client purchased a 3-section chaise lounge cushion before COVID. When she decided she would like to have 2 chaise lounges with cushions. The company could no longer get the cushions made due to COVID, but they did however have yards the same fabric available. Cushion on the left is the original; cushion on the right is the matching one that I made.
This wasn’t the “normal” (if there is such a thing) request I get when asked to reupholster a chair. Instead of using upholstery fabric, my Client wanted covered with a hide with fur that she had purchased at a local home decorator store. The hide appeared to be large enough to use but it became challenging to cut the individual pieces with the pile of the fur all going in the same direction, as well as the thicknesses and variations of fur on the hide (think down the spine vs the under belly). The pieces had to be cut on the back side (the non-fur side) with a straight edge razor blade. Because of the style of the upholstered areas and the lack of flexibility in the hide, the cut pieces needed to be sewn together. My machine was not happy about this at all. I had to go very slow and be very patient but it was a workhorse on this project. Here are BEFORE and AFTER photos.
This past week mt Client picked up her adorable and newly reupholstered slipper chair. She selected a very beautiful and versatile fabric with a lovely (but not over the top) sheen/shine. Sometimes really beautiful fabrics unfortunately do not photograph well. These are BEFORE and AFTER photos. The AFTER photos don’t do justice to the fabric.
I’m a bit behind on posting these photos. My Client was gifted these cane accent chairs that originally belonged to her parents. The chairs and cushions were in great shape, but the covers needed a fresh updated look. Here are BEFORE and AFTER photos.
Finished up this cushion project for my Client last week. Three custom bench seat cushions for her kitchen and 8 chair seat cushions for her dining room chairs. The navy fabric is classy, modern and very versatile. Here are a few photos.
I finished up these adorable round outdoor chair cushions for a Client this week. I LOVE the fabric...the geometric pattern and especially the color! I’m pretty sure my LOVE of the color “ORANGE” stems from my LOVE and SUPPORT for the University of Tennessee!! GO, VOLS!! 🧡🧡🧡🧡🧡🧡
Recently I helped out a local Hair Stylist with her Styling Chair. The seat cushion of her chair had torn at the seam. Unfortunately the duck tape she had put on it to stop the damage, just wasn’t holding any longer. Here are BEFORE and AFTER photos.
Last week I finished reupholstering a very special and sentimental piece for my Client. This rocker belonged to her grandfather. Sadly, he passed away but now his favorite rocking chair and all the wonderful memories of him will live on for my Client and her family. Here are BEFORE and AFTER photos.
Finished up giving these “well loved” kitchen chair seats a NEW look over the weekend for my Client. But you may be asking, “Wait. There’s 6 seat cushions in the photo but ONLY 5 chairs. Where’s the other chair?”. I asked my Client the same question. Apparently the leg had cracked and then broke some time ago and she wanted to find someone to make a new leg for it. I recommended Ray Wagner who owns Wagner Custom Cabinetry in Lucketts. He does AMAZING work! He did the beautiful cabinetry work in the newly and gorgeously restored Selma Mansion.
Spring is on its way!! Is your outdoor space ready? Does it need a NEW look? My Client is definitely ready for warmer temps and so is her outdoor space. Here are BEFORE and AFTER photos of her NEW outdoor cushions.
My Client was given a kitchen table and chair set by her aunt. It was in great shape but the chair seats had been "well loved". They needed replacing and a more updated look. Here are BEFORE and AFTER photos.
This week I finished reupholstering 8 dining room chairs for my Client. The fabric she selected was a very large floral print. The pattern had 4 different and beautiful flower clusters, making it perfect to feature them on her 8 chair seats. Here are BEFORE and AFTER photos.
Backrest cushions on your sofa can become saggy and uncomfortable. Additional "filling" (poly-fil, down, etc.) can give them new life. But the cushion casing (which is made with a thinner, lighter material) over time may have tears or dry rot, requiring it to be replaced. Here are BEFORE and AFTER photos of how I fixed my Client's backrest cushions.
With 60 degree weather headed our way tomorrow (I can’t wait), everyone will be thinking “Spring”!! During our recent snow and ice, my Client decided to get ahead of the curve. Her Ballard Designs porch swing cushions needed refreshing before our warm weather is here to stay. Here are BEFORE and AFTER photos.
HAPPY 2021! A new year gives us the opportunity to reflect and to make changes in our lives. Those changes may include fixing or updating our living spaces. Like in most homes with children and pets, My Client’s family room sofa gets a lot of “love”. The sofa still has many good years in it but with that “love” comes a bit of wear and tear. One cushion had a broken zipper, another had some holes, tears and fraying, and all 3 cushion covers had become ill-fitting and were in need of “plumping up”! Here are BEFORE and AFTER photos.
UPDATE #5 - This is my last post for 2020, but it's certainly not least. This year "normal" things were NOT so normal....masks (not the Halloween kind), social distancing, schools closing/distance learning, events/sports cancellations (Proms, Graduations, etc), even some weddings were postponed. COVID kept us from a lot this year, BUT it couldn't stop TRUE LOVE. LOVE prevailed in 2020! During summer I was asked by my Client to make 2 Ring Bearer pillows for her daughter who was getting married mid-November. The Bride's "vision" of her Big Day had to change due to COVID. I wanted the pillows to be EXTRA special, so I asked if I could use the sleeves of my Client's (Mother of the Bride) wedding gown to make the pillows. Here are some photos.
UPDATE #4 - This year has been challenging for us all, but for some it has been a year of loss and heartbreak. This pair of chairs belonged to my Client's Father, who sadly passed away earlier this year from COVID-19. I was deeply honored to give this very special pair a NEW look. They are now a wonderful addition to my Client's newly redecorated living room, where they will be loved and cherished by her and her family for many years. Here are BEFORE and AFTER photos.
As 2020 comes to a close, I have 3 more project UPDATES to share.
UPDATE #3 - Here are photos of my Client's newly finished seat cushion for her hallway bench.
UPDATE #2 - The Fall Wreath for my front door had seen better days. I forgot to take a BEFORE photo but trust me....it looked BAD and was in NEED of a re-do. I removed the old and added all NEW flowers, but it still needed a little something. Decided to used some pinecones that I had cut into slices like flowers and painted with Autumn colors. Here are some photos.
I wanted to bring everyone up-to-date on some of my projects. UPDATE #1 - My Client needed a couple of dining room chair seats reupholstered. Here are BEFORE and AFTER photos.
2020 has challenged us all, but it’s times like these when we have to be a bit MORE creative and think outside the box! So, for Halloween this year I’m introducing my “Trick or Tree”!! BE SAFE and Have a HAPPY HALLOWEEN!! 🎃👻🎃💀
Summer has ended. Our 90 degree days are over for 2020. But there’s still lots of time to enjoy your outdoor space in milder temps and cool evenings this Fall. So, it’s never TOO LATE to update your Outdoor Cushions! My Client’s previous cushions had a very long life and they served her family well for many years, but it was time to get a NEW LOOK! So OUT with the OLD, and IN with the NEW!! 👍🏻😃
Started by Andrew & Kim Bensimon of Leesburg, VA in Feb. 2017.
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