Before and Afters!

Other than getting to hang out with my super cool co-workers everyday, seeing the before and after shots of our work is my favorite part of the job.  It’s like the Jenny Jone/Ricki Lake makeover shows only its furniture…and it’s not televised.  Taking furniture that wouldn’t have been looked at twice and making it a…

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Sweet Relief!

When I am not upholstering or sleeping, you will most likely finding me baking.  I have been told that there are five love languages: acts of service, gifts, physical touch, words of affirmation, and quality time but in my world there is a sixth…and that would be baking.  I don’t use Hallmark to say that…

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A lesson from our elders

  A few weeks ago our intern Gabrielle brought us a great treat: she found these cool and super old upholstery books.  As you would imagine we were all quite engrossed with it.  We geek-ed out as only true upholstery/furniture lovers could.  The first book, Essentials of Upholstery, was written by Herbert Blast in 1928. …

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Inspiration: Eleanor Young

Ah yes!…another random internet find.  I stumbled upon the work of Eleanor Young and thought I would share her with the Spruce audience.  Eleanor Young is a Glasgow based textile designer that specializes in bold, geometric upholstery work.  Her design studio, fun makes good, offers custom upholstery services as well as retail pieces.  I admire…

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Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

  Federal holidays…you gotta love them.  They usually sneak up on me so they are like little surprise vacations.  More than that, Memorial Day is a day where we can remember those who so bravely sacrificed their life for our country.  We are proud to say that our very own Mr. Frank Barnhouse served in…

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All things needlepoint!

You may have noticed a trend in the past 10 years.  It seems that anything your granny did is now becoming cool!  It started with the knitting craze, then crocheting, and now we are seeing needlepoint all over the place.  I am not one to be above trends.  In fact at the beginning of the…

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Nugget of the Week: Canadian Tuxedo

Have you ever heard of a Canadian tuxedo?…No?  Well neither had I until Meredith enlightened me.  For those of you who are uninformed, a Canadian tuxedo is when one wears denim on denim or a “denim sandwich”.  Typically these are known as a fashion faux paus but Clar has been known to rock this ensemble…

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Bring Your Own Chair Class!

It’s time for another installment of BYOC recap!  After a brief hiatus from classes, Clar and I were happy to welcome a new group of eager upholstery enthusiasts into our class room.  We had a variety of styles of chairs to work with and they all turned out beautifully.  Take a look at the before…

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New Retail! Get ’em while they’re hot!

Recently many of our showroom pieces have found new homes.  With so many spaces to fill in our shop we have been busy cranking out some new retail.  I personally really enjoy working on retail pieces.  I think it may have something to do with the stretch of time we spend with it.  Typically we…

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Inspiration of the week: Cristian Zuzunaga…Pixel Perfect!

I was so intrigued by the above image of a pix-elated sofa that I could not help but to do a little investigating on the brain behind this design.  The owner of these designs is a man by the name of Cristian Zuzunaga and I felt that he was worthy of a blog entry all…

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