• Upholstery

    Transform Your Dated Armchair to Modern Day Fabulous

    When my customer came to me with a request to give her ‘marketplace find’ a more modern look, I was on it – like a bonnet – as they say. Armchair upholstery is one of my favourite things. The older (and/or more interesting) the better. This Lincoln House chair dates back to the mid-1990s. When chintz was king! Or queen. We loved it, didn’t we? From three-piece suites to curtains, cushions to bedding, we were nuts about a bit of cotton based block pattern. Chintz actually originated from India in the 16th century. Its history1 is quite fascinating. I guess that’s why we fell in love with it again in…

  • Furniture Painting,  painted pianos

    I Have Fallen In Love with Painting Pianos

    “Do you paint pianos?”. That was how my first commission came about. I cannot lie – it terrified me. But now, with several more years experience, painting pianos is becoming my new favourite thing. Before you throw your hands up in disbelief, hear me out. You see, I don’t just go ahead, all gung ho and think of the bank account. I still love old furniture in its original form. In fact, my own home sports more original pieces than painted. But brown polished wood just doesn’t cut the mustard in so many modern family homes. The pandemic is thought to have seen an upward trend in folk wanting to…

  • two pictures of a wingback chair one before and one afer with new covers
    Upholstery

    Joseph the Technicolour Upcycled Wingback Chair

    It’s no secret I do enjoy a bit of upholstery in between my ‘hard furniture’ projects. So when a message dropped into my inbox asking if I would consider giving her wingback chair a bit of TLC I didn’t have to think twice. Come to Mama… Upholstery is a very complex subject. The fire safety regulations changed often between 1988 and 2010 and it can feel a bit overwhelming. I don’t plan to go into details here, there is plenty online for those wanting to understand more. I would even advise booking yourself a course. But I was pleasantly surprised to discover this chair originated from a well know high…

  • Furniture Painting

    Making Sustainable Furniture Choices

    ‘I want to make good buying choices. Pick forever pieces. Use local suppliers.’ Some days a customer speaks with such poignancy, it stops you in your tracks. I truly believe it to be a thread which runs through my decisions. Be it when choosing a piece for myself. When buying or giving a new home to a ‘free to go or it’s going to the tip’ item. Or when tackling a commission. I apply a kind of ‘I hope they want to love it forever’ philosophy. Yes, I was hearing sustainable furniture – as she described her own buying philosophy. Back in the old days – yes, that old chestnut…