Sunday, October 16, 2016


When you're in the thrift store and you spy a piece as charming as this for $100 you do not stop to ponder or it shall be scooped out from under you. 

The homeowner is in the process of decorating a new place at the beach and this Lexington cutie has personality in spades. It looks like it was never used and the down wrapped cushion feels like a cloud.  

While the botanical upholstery would be charming in an English style sunroom, the decor is heading in a more vintage coastal direction and this aqua & cream matelasse is a match made in heaven.  

All that remains is a quick trip to Homegoods for some fun pillows and a cozy throw to dress it up. I love a good thrift store makeover- what a great find!

Thursday, October 13, 2016


This little beauty was gifted to me by a wonderful friend. It's insanely comfortable and solid. 

It's been hanging out in our garage for a looooong time waiting for my daughter to have a place for it and the day has finally come. I had already begun the makeover process when I remembered to take a ''before" shot so, no cushions, sorry. And no glamour shot of the "after" either, but it does class up our garage a little. 

We were going for a more modern look so off came the skirt. Washable and neutral were her two directives so we chose a mid-weight brushed canvas in Stone, that is a very light gray and will go with anything. 

Because the original back cushions were beat and rather squat  I made new taller ones that raise the loveseat's profile and update the look. To make the inserts, I used heavy napped lining for the insert covers and bought good quality extra firm bed king size bed pillows from Kohl's to use for the stuffing. The cluster fill in the bed pillows has a nice heavy, almost down-like feel that is soft but still supportive enough for furniture cushions. 

This is a classic little beauty that can stay with her for the rest of her life. 


Tuesday, September 20, 2016


It's so much more dramatic when the "before" picture is tragic however that isn't the case with this pair of chairs. They're in perfect condition with a neutral upholstery that is perfectly fine. Also, they are swivel rockers and crazy comfy.

The owners are in the process of giving their home a pretty significant facelift and are moving in a whole new design direction. Out with the earthy textures and in with a more glamorous palm beach style.  

Check out their fancy new look....

Fitting slipcovers for this type of chair is more complicated than it looks. Getting the fabric to hug the inside curve is tricky, and I find that adding little gussets on the lower inside back helps it work.  The fabric's lattice design added an extra challenge, so I'm not kidding when I say that I'm happy as hell with these finished chairs, and even happier that these chairs are finished!!   

Wednesday, September 14, 2016


 Creative license is wonderful, except when it's not. 

The owner of this rattan chair sent me this photo and asked if I could make a cushion. Well sure, I could, but did she know what she wanted? "Whatever you think" was her reply. Which makes sense because I'm "the expert", right?

Believe it or not, I spent a good bit of time stewing on this because I'm much more at ease with the outer workings of furniture. The key was coming up with a cushion that was comfortable, structured but still soft, suited the casual style of the chair, but didn't look like a pool lounge.  My foam supplier was helpful and I decided to use 1" foam as the base, wrapped with upholstery dacron, then wrapped again with "stitch wrap". This is a new-to-me product that was just the ticket for giving the new cushion a pillowy look and feel.

Here's the chair with its new cute and comfy seat. Isn't the Duralee jungle fabric perfect?! Once the finish is restored, this will be a beautiful piece. 

I debated on button tufting but didn't think it would add anything to the function and might make it look more pool-ish. Turkish corners and plain navy cord seemed like the best way to go. I made a single cushion with two separate sections for the back and seat. Ties on the back help keep it in place.  Wow, there are alot of words here for one little cushion and  it sounds much more complicated than it actually was. 

Thursday, August 18, 2016


I love IKEA, even though I don't personally own much of anything from there beyond a few Ribba frames and my beloved salad spinner. This is mostly because it's such a long drive from my house to the nearest store so getting anything larger than a salad spinner back home is a problem, and probably also a blessing. 

A sweet couple (and dear friends) got two of these chairs and the ottoman second hand. They are super comfortable and there's still plenty of life left in the furniture but the covers were showing their age. This family has one medium kid, one little kid and a baby on the way so this stuff needs to pull its weight for the next few years.

They chose washable 10 oz cotton duck for new slipcovers in blue/gray with natural piping. After pre-washing it has a soft, slightly rumpled look that is relaxed but not sloppy.   

Here they are before: I'm not sure why IKEA does their corner pleats this way, but it's not ideal in my opinion.   

And here they are after, picture two identical chairs since I only have one...
I like my box pleats much better. Also, they have a crazy complicated way of slipcovering the ottoman with miles of zippers and velcro that would make taking it off and putting it back on exhausting and exasperating. Three little kiddos are exhausting enough so I used a streamlined  process ala Pottery Barn and Ballard Designs with a one piece slipcover that pops off to wash. 

Sadly this exact style is no longer available but IKEA does have a similar one with the same dimensions but narrower arms. It's a good thing the store is so far away because I have all sorts of ideas now! 

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Hail Joanna Gaines

Here are a couple of very un-professional shots of some roman shades in a breakfast room inspired by everyone's hero Joanna Gaines.  

This is the second home I have worked on for these young homeowners. It's so fun to see their style and taste evolve.

You wouldn't know it from my pictures but this is bright and sunny space. 
They chose a natural woven fabric with  widely spaced navy ticking stripes. They liked the look of stacked folds so I used spacers between the shade rings on the back. This style limits the amount they can be raised more than a flat roman shade but that wasn't a problem for these homeowners. We used blackout interlining to block the intense morning sun.

They're currently auditioning fabrics for a window seat cushion so stay tuned for more from this charming home. 

Tuesday, July 19, 2016


Nothing says classic country style like toile ("twahh"). Waverly's Country Life pattern has been around forever and is available in numerous colorways. 

Toile is most effective in large quantities and particularly popular for bedrooms and cozy dens. I would love to do a baby girl's nursery in the  pink & cream version.

This chair slipcover is part of designer's project for a client's bedroom.


This fabric has a huge repeat, obviously, and because it's so graphic, placement and flow of the images is pretty important. This is my first time doing a "waterfall" skirt. It was a little more challenging but really makes a big difference in the finished look. A horizontal line of cording around the chair would have interrupted the design and been distracting.  

I had a little fun and picked out a lady who didn't appear on the inside back or seat and featured her on each arm. 

A king size duvet cover and shams in this toile  and two of these cornice boxes were also part of this project. Hopefully I'll get a picture of the finished space and all the pieces together. Design and fabric from Gayle Widdowson with Art of Design.