I finally completed my first true re-upholstery project and I can tell you I have a new appreciation for upholsterers. It is no joke! As a professional slipcover maker, there is a certain amount of physical labor that goes into it. You are bending, stretching, on the floor, taking the cover on and off, tucking… Continue reading Upholstery Is No Joke!
Some traditions are special enough to be part of more than one holiday. Caramel rolls are one of those, being requested for our Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas get-together. Making these caramel rolls, however, does take some time and preplanning in some cases. Though you can certainly use homemade bread dough to make the cinnamon rolls,… Continue reading Homemade Caramel Rolls
The last job of the year is delivered, the house is decorated and cleaned, and the presents are wrapped. I finally had a few days before Christmas to get to some of the projects that I have been wanting to get to for some time. The first project “redo” was this “vintage” crossstitched snowflake blanket… Continue reading Reimagining Vintage Heirlooms
This client looked beyond the color and fabric on this sturdy swivel rocker that still had a little life left in her. She just needed a vision, some new fabric, a new dress and a new home. Check out what design details we added and changed to modernize this chair.
Most of us have had a sofa sleeper at one point in our lives and maybe still do. They are handy for the extra sleeping option for overnight guests, especially for kids who don't mind that bar in the middle. We had a forest green sofa sleeper for years. It was comfortable as a sofa… Continue reading Sleeper Sofa Makeover
This chair was a fun challenge. I often have to ease my way into a chair....to get into the "zone". I start this process by inspecting the fabric for flaws and design, making the cording, cutting the pieces for the chair, loading bobbins of thread, getting my tools gathered in the different work areas, writing… Continue reading Striped Chair & Pattern Matching
Even in the midst of a pandemic (probably more so) we are looking around our house and noticing things we want to do to make them more cozy. Being confined to our homes has prompted us to jump start those "some day" projects into "now". Maria and her husband were well on there way to… Continue reading Cushion Revival
I've had these Target benches for over ten years. They were first used as an ottoman in our first lakehouse and then as ottomans in our current lake house. As with most of my furniture, they made the rounds to different rooms when I got the itch to move things around. They would eventually make… Continue reading Bedroom Benches
One of the bright spots in maintaining social distancing, is that I've been able to spend the last month at our lakehouse. For the last several years we have not stayed put in one house for that long. We are used to packing up every weekend and going back and forth from a townhome in… Continue reading I Will Plant (& Transplant) You a Lilac Tree
My extended time at our lakehouse during this time of social isolation has prompted me to prepare for my eventual permanent move here next year. I never seem to have a shortage of projects to work on whether it is a client's cushions that I transported from "up north", a new lake client's project, my… Continue reading My Portable Work Table