Thursday, December 10, 2009

Slipper Chair is done!!!

At long last the gorgeous lady's slipper chair is done!  It certainly took long enough but it has just turned out every bit as stunning as I hoped it would!  (See earlier post for the beginning of this project)

The back has been closed up.

All the welting has been applied...

...and the fabric couldn't look better on her!

See the completed chair in the shop tomorrow!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

New customizable listings!!!

I love customization, being able to re-design a piece exclusively for your home is priceless!  This is a new idea for the shop but now there are five new customizable listings!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

New Project in Progress!!!

So I don't quite have the "after" picture yet because it's only half done but I'm pretty excited about it already!

This piece is going to be a lady's slipper chair, it's a completely unique shape, I've never seen a slipper chair quite like it!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

What is a laundry basket table?

I have to admit, in all my furniture wanderings I had never before seen this particular feat of vintage engineering :)  A laundry basket table is an all-metal transforming piece that delivers a huge amount of visual punch while doing twice the workload of normal tables!  This piece has the perfectly fitted original glass top (not pictured), which immediately transforms it into just a beautiful starburst table with all the flair in the world.  However, remove the glass, lift the rim and voila, a perfectly functional extra huge laundry basket!!!  To top it all off the designers put it on casters for the ultimate in convenience!

This design is SO cool and yet if you look online you can find almost nothing about laundry basket tables, it makes you wonder who came up with them, why the double-duty-design and where are they all now?  You can check out this super cool specimen in my shop and if anyone has other info or pictures about these awesome tables please let me know!

My table has a super-retro lime green finish on it that has been scraped down a bit to give it that "rustic, vintage" feel and avoid a "lacquer" look.  I hope the more the table is used the more the finish will wear off at the joints to increase the time-worn feel!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

My busy day :)

I have been sick this week, but today instead of laying in bed bored stiff watching hgtv reruns, some fellow Etsians let me have fun making them new banners!  Here are the finished products, please visit and patron these fabulous shops!

A beautifully presented shop of creative accessories and clothes for children, incredibly cute!

Schnukles are a "bobble head" character containers reminiscent of the old German candy containers of the 1940's, a must-have this holiday season!

Everything you could ever want with ribbons!  Great instructional kits to make your own projects!

Really stunning wall art with vibrant colors and bold graphics!

Fine art at a variety of price points, beautiful work in multi-medias!

Lovely handmade jewelry, holding a sale until the 31'st!

One of my all-time favorite shops, you must see to believe, incredibly darling pipe cleaner puppies, cats and maybe a dinosaur!  If you need a smile you have to check this out!

A one-stop for jewelry, journals, accessories and bags, great style, great shop!

Beautifully sculptural thrown pieces, very lyrical and completely one of a kind!

Vintage finds, all ready for the upcoming holiday!

A big thank you to everyone today for giving me a project!

Please note, many of these shops already had beautiful banners and are not expected to use mine, and are represented very well under their own design.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Brief Hiatus!

Thank you everyone for your patience as the blog has not been updated in a little while!  I am in the middle of a move and so I will be taking a small hiatus until everything is settled in our new place.  

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Back home!

And the shop is going ahead full tilt, look for three new listings this week!

Saturday, August 29, 2009


I will be out of town this week until Sept 7th, any orders made from the shop will ship when I get home, Thanks!!!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

The Candy Apple Butterfly Chair

This chair was designed for all my fellow Etsians who have been asking for more "flamboyant" colors and style.  Thanks guys ;)

This is the chair's first day with me, I was up most of the night taking it apart down to the frame.  As you can see it had fantastic potential but it was hidden under a really old and run-down exterior.

Contrary to most chair reconstructions, this one required the back to be put on first.  I chose the butterfly print because it was such a bright and happy pattern and it registers as a diamond design from far away.  The candy apple green has always been one of my favorites and they look so great together!

Here the bottom is put in (underneath the frame, another very strange design feature) and the batting has been laid over the back.

This is hand-laying the welting.  I manufacture all my own welting to match the chairs exactly and though it is time consuming it's always worth it in the end!  This is always the very last step.

Tada!  The finished product.  This piece turned out so fantastically well.  It has two cushions (one sits down into the frame and is virtually hidden) that make it so comfortable and the top cushion is fully reversible with the candy apple green on the other side!  I love this Asian inspired chair and I'm thrilled with how it turned out.  Cushions are my least favorite thing but I think I really really improved on them in this project.  

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Facebook Fan Page

Please visit my "Facebook Fan Page" for a complete shop gallery as well as "before & after pics" not featured yet on the blog!

Featured Items Sale Ends Today!

Last chance sale!!!

Monday, August 17, 2009

African Queen Footstool

Katherine contacted me after she received her African Queen Chair and wanted a footstool to match, after much searching we finally found the perfect frame for it.  

It is solid walnut and very well made, no weaknesses or wobbles anywhere, the legs boast some incredibly beautiful curves.

This is after the frame has been sanded and re-stained with four coats of protectant/sealant and the top has been stripped recovered and refinished.

Here's the finished product!  The seat has been double layered in a high-density foam suitable for making it a seat as well and finished with hand-placed nail heading to match it's parent chair.  Congrats Katherine on your new footstool!

Friday, August 7, 2009

Shop Feature Interview!

A few weeks ago Kristina, creator of WashWhenDirty contacted me to do an interview feature of the shop for her website, check out the live post here!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Isn't this Fabulous?

Granted it is a little flamboyant, but I love how the upholstery here matches the wall, what a cool idea!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Lori's Custom Order Lyre-Back Chair

Lori contacted me and wanted a perfect desk chair to go with her new desk.  After a lot of searching, I found exactly what she was looking for.  This stunning reclaim was in the corner of an antique shop's upstairs storage and looked like someone has thrown a bucket of stain at the front of it.  It had such a fantastic shape, was solid mahogany and extremely well built so I began work on it right away.

This is how it began, with the original seat, etc.

Here is the beautiful back after a lot of sanding and painting.  The paint used is an oil-based satin finish white called "Highlands White."

Here is the finished product...the entire frame was sanded and prepped, with several paint layers and some slight distressing applied to the edges.  The original seat base fit really well and was solid so I kept the same base and padded it with a high-density, high-quality foam base.  It was covered with a white cotton fabric and then double padded with a stunning dupioni silk Lori chose off Etsy in a beautiful mild peach.  It turned out absolutely perfectly, this chair is now happy in California!

Friday, July 24, 2009

The African Queen Chair

This incredibly regal chair had a very auspicious beginning.  A friend of mine called and said that someone had just put this piece out on the side of the road!  I'll never understand why people do this, the frame was perfect, but the fabric was torn everywhere.  My friend said it had a great shape and boy was she right!

This is how it began...pretty shabby.

Here all the fabric has been taken off but the filler is still in there and the nasty old cushion. 

By this point it's been stripped down and the wood has been cleaned as well.  The whole front has been put in and tufted with the seat put in as well.

Though you can't see it the back here is put on (always the last step!) and this is the finished chair without its cushion.  The gimping and hand nailing turned out incredibly well!

This chair's cushion made me swear off cushions forever (of course I'm working on another one right now :), it was so impossible.  It was completely built from scratch, obviously, as the old one was thrown away.  The fabric on this piece is called "wildcat" and is very classy and exotic!  I really enjoyed working on this one and right now it is in California with it's proud new owner, Katherine!

The Harlequin Chair

This chair is so much more stately than I think people realize, and such a statement piece!

It began a Craigslist find from a dealer one town over.  It looks pretty good in this picture but the upholstery was worn really badly and torn.

This chair went all the way down to the springs as I wanted to redo the wood a little bit as well.  It was a nasty yellowish tint before and now it is a lovely antiqued amber.

The seat was rebuilt from all new materials and I chose this fabulous "harlequin" pattern that I had been saving for just the perfect match.

This is the back, I never trust backs without extra support so I added some straps to make it even more sturdy.

The finished product...after french-tufting, rope welting and a million feet it seems of nailhead trim.  So beautiful and so elegant.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

The Savannah Chair

This sturdy chair is absolutely glowing in person, I hope the pics help it come across a little bit!

This chair began its life as a high-quality Flexsteel armchair that was being discarded because of how vile the fabric was.  

The seat is the gorgeous new upholstery that registers as a neutral but is actually an incredible texture of brown chenille interspersed with vibrant greens.

Modern chairs are actually much more difficult to take apart that vintage ones.  The backs are put on with machines using a kind of metal bracket that attaches from the inside.  Terrible stuff to deal with!

This is it after all the welting has been applied, the back closed and the tufting put in the backrest.  This tufting is super unique as it is my own design.  It actually serves to make this chair incredibly comfortable, as the tufting pulls the back in exactly where most people's scapular would hit the chair, very comfy!  This chair is now happy in California with Jana!