Friday, February 10, 2017


This sweet little loveseat is from a guest room in a lovely local inn. Sun exposure over the years had faded the upholstery so the owner decided to try a washable slipcover in good old white.

We used a heavy weight pre-washed slubby canvas.  Here's the new look- so simple and clean. I just love it with the english arms and little turned legs.

If you ever find yourself heading to the Maryland coast, check out The Holland House Bed & Breakfast. It's a charming local treasure and the town of Berlin is just delightful too. 

Sunday, January 29, 2017


I have a great friend who works at our local ReStore. I had asked her to keep her eye out for a smallish swivel rocker. When she sent me a text with a photo of this chair, I honestly dismissed it as "too ugly, even for me," but when I popped in a few days later to search for something else, the chair was still there and I gave it a chance.

It felt super solid, and passed the sit and sniff tests with flying colors. A quick internet search told me that W&J Sloane was a "furniture and rug store in New York City that catered to the wealthy." This piece was built in 1970 in North Carolina for W&J Sloane (I found the original tag inside) by a subsidiary of Hickory Furniture that built pieces for retailers. 

My point is, this chair cost $20. It needed a little love, but really only a little, to end up with a top quality, one of a kind piece of furniture for less than it would cost to buy a particle board and cheap foam chair from Homegoods or Wayfair. 

The arm pads were a little deflated so I sliced them open and added some additional cotton batting. 

The owner chose a china blue and white ikat- Kandhar by Robert Allen for the slipcover. It's from and was about $14/yard. The huge repeat ate up every bit of 10 yards, and I wish there had been one more.  

Here it is now...

This is going in an open concept townhouse where the back will be highly visible so this view was as important as the front. 

Here are a few "comparables" I found from a pinterest search. Granted, they are all upholstered and this one is a slipcover, but you have to look pretty close to tell. 

Wednesday, January 18, 2017


From the moment I first laid eyes on Leontine Linens gorgeous pillow shams I knew I had to have them. I love anything monogrammed but there is something special about their hand done appliqué monograms that really spoke to me. As beautiful as they are, they are also within my skill set so, sorry Leontine, but I made 'em myself.  If you want a treat, spend a few moments on their website taking in all the lovely creations for bed, bath, home and gifts.

Leontine uses pique or matelasse for the majority of their designs. My experience with pique is that it wrinkles and rumples too much for my taste so I was worried about putting in so much effort and not loving them for the long haul.  Affordable matelasse that I liked was just too hard to find so I ended up using a mid-weight brushed cotton. It turned out to be the perfect choice.

Here are my shams. I adore them.

Friday, January 13, 2017


Here's the before of a curvy sofa that the owner inherited from her mother. The floral upholstery is dated but the bones are solid and the size is great.

Here it is updated with a really lovely linen look poly with a soft brushed hand and really nice weight. I was shocked at the reasonable price point on this fabric.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016


This pair of wing chairs belongs to a DK Designs client. Donna selected an earthy ikat fabric for slipcovers to update them for a new home. Before they were frumpy and dated, and now they're not!

Friday, December 2, 2016


The owner of this chair uses it to play her piano but the fancy damask upholstery doesn't really suit her new home's cozy cottage style.

Since the chair sits at the piano it is mainly seen from behind  we made the back a little special. 

The fabric is quilting cotton, which is never recommended for home dec use however it's what she had and loved so I made it work by lining the entire thing. If this were anything besides a very occasional use piece I would have recommended choosing something else. A zipper hides under the button placket.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016


Take a moment to absorb the exquisite horror of these 80's swivel tub chairs...
from the decomposing polished cotton SHIRRED upholstery to the little "decorative" swivel mechanism. Seriously, what were we thinking back then? It was not a good decade for interior design. To their credit, they are made by Thomasville and still going strong on the inside. 

The owner wanted to use drop cloth fabric for slipcovers.  

Here they are now. I kind of feel like Oprah and could swear I heard one of them say "Thank you." 

For the record, I'm not a member of the drop cloth fan club, but when the pieces won't get heavy wear it's hard to argue with a $50 investment in fabric for two chairs. And I have to admit this pair looks marvelous!