Halloween and New Projects

Good Morning!

Happy Halloween!  I’m sure I’ve mentioned it before but Halloween has never been my favourite holiday. I’ve never been into scary.  Scary movies, scary stories….nope, not my thing.  Plus, for me it gets in the way of Christmas, and if you’ve ever read my blog your know that I’m obsessed with the holidays. Now, don’t get me wrong, I do totally understand the excitement of getting dressed up in costume, but thinking up a good costume idea is always stressful for me.  I don’t always carve a pumpkin at home since my entrance is in the back of the house and and so I don’t get trick or treaters.  However, my company does a pumpkin carving contest every year which is really fun.  This was our teams’ submission this year….

Halloween and New Projects - Pumpkins - Copy Our CEO’s name just happens to be Bert, and one of our EVPs’ name is Ehren so we just did a bit of a name change to add some humour to our submission.

As for tonight, due to some other commitments I have this weekend as well a project deadline, I’ll be spending my Halloween night giving these gorgeous mid-century Danish designed dining chairs (+4 more) a new look for a client.

Dining Chairs

And starting promptly next week, I’ll be starting another new project for another client….


These two darlings are OLD, and will require some major work, but the frame is in great condition and the shape/curves are awesome.  Can’t wait to see them finished.

Have a lovely Halloween!


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Making Progress: #oakpointporch

Good Morning!

As you may recall from my post a couple of weeks ago, while I was at my cottage last week I was to be doing some work on the #oakpointporch project, which is the porch in my family’s cottage.  And there was some great progress. As soon as my Mom picked me up at the airport we headed to Fabricland in Moncton and picked some fabrics.  We came up with this lovely light and airy palette of blue, gray and light creamy yellow.


Then we drove to the cottage and I was very excited to see the new flooring that my Dad recently installed in the porch.  A huge improvement over the yucky carpet and flooring that was there before.

Floors Before and After copy

My main task for the week was to paint and recover the 2 ugly office chairs.  We decided to use the blue and cream fabric and to paint the arms the cream colour.  My Mom did most of the painting while I focused on the re-upholstering.  I think they turned out pretty well in the end.


Then I tackled the cushions on the sofa and the rocker which previously were that outdated red, yellow and orange ikat pattern that totally darkened the space.  I made the cushions out of the yellow and gray and the striped fabrics to lighten things up.

Sofa before and After copy

rocker before and after copy

Since my parents had a severe flood in the basement of our house back in April (1.5 ft of water in the basement) and are spending most of their time and resources renovating and replacing a huge amount of things there, a new couch for the cottage isn’t in the cards right now.  But, we did find a large quilted bedcover to cover it instead of the light brown one we had before. We didn’t get to the painting of the faux-wallboard but my parents are going to tackle that in the fall.

Here is the room before and after up to this point…..


The room looks so much lighter and brighter now.  A real seaside cottage feel.  There is still more to do, like replacing the ugly yellow blinds, but this was a really good start!


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Upholstered Walls

 Good Morning!

I would love to live in a padded room.   Although some days I do feel like I’m beating my head against a wall and could use a soft spot to do it, I’m not talking about that kind of padded room.  I’m talking about upholstered walls. Being a part-time upholsterer, I’m always looking for interesting ways to use upholstery, and this certainly falls into that category.  I love the texture that they bring to a space.  Some are very overt with large tufting or finished with nail-head trim, while others are quite subtle.  But whatever the type, they are a great addition to a space.


photos via (1,2,3,4,5,6)

What do you think of upholstered walls?  Is it something you would do in your space?


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Antique Revamps: Which PARA Paint colour would you choose?

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Good Morning Lovelies!

There is nothing I love more than planning a new upholstery project.  Over the last couple of years I’ve been stuffing my storage unit with a few fab antique finds that need some upholstery love. I’ve been itching to start a project where I get to make the fabric and colour choices….you know, tapping into the ‘ol creative juices.  Today I’m going to share my plans for three of my pieces; a round-back caned chair, a channel-back chair, and a sofa from the 1800’s.

I have have a fabric I’ve chosen for each, but I’m still undecided about what colour best to paint the frames. Thankfully, PARA paints has a huge selection of hues to choose from, including their new Colour Forecast palette.  So I’ll be looking for you to weigh in before I make any final decisions.  Before we start, I should mention that the furniture pics provided are not of my actual pieces but are ones I found that are identical or nearly identical to the ones I have.

project 1

I bought a chair identical to this one a couple of years ago at a giant garage sale outside of Erin, Ontario.  I love the caned sides and the shape.  I may not keep it tufted when I redo it, but I am pretty excite to get rid  of the orange velvet. The fabric I’m eying for this chair is Gazebo in Cloud by Braemore that I found on Tonic Living.  But the big question is what colour do I paint the frame?  My top 2 picks are PARA’s Humberstone (PF74) and Honey Brulee (both from their new Colour Forecast Palette.  Which would you choose?

Chair 2 copy 1,2, PARA Paints

project2 A channel-backed chair similar to the one below was also purchased at the giant garage sale I mentioned above.  I think a channel-back chair gives any room a big dose of pretty, don’t you agree? And I love this Etched Aviary fabric from Robert Allen for Dwell Studio.  As it so happens, I already have a few yards of this gorgeousness kicking around!  And for the frame? Well, because the fabric is black and white, I’m going to go bold with this one.  Either PARA’s First Choice (P5025-73) or Plantain Chips (PF52) (the second is also from their new Colour Forecast Palette).  Are you leaning towards rich green or bright yellow?

Chair 1 copy I

1,2, PARA Paints

project 3 A sofa just like this amazing c. 1800’s sofa was purchased at an antique store in my hometown in New Brunswick (and lovingly delivered to me in Toronto by my parents). Such a beautiful unique piece. And the fabric I choose for this puppy?  This amazing Echo-Licorice Floral fabric from the Heirloom Collection by Richloom Studio.  Frame options?  How about PARA’s Perfect Landing (P5210-51D)?  Or maybe Viva Glam (P5086-63)?  Bluish-grey or vibrant pink?

Sofa copy 1, my own, PARA Paints

All this brainstorming has me excited to get one of these projects started.  And I’ll definitely post the results when I’m all finished.  And I wasn’t kidding, I would love for you to tell which way you would go with these so be sure to leave your comments below! Or if you think there may other equally fabulous colour options, head over to the PARA’s paint website and let me know what you find!

Have a great day!


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Project Feature: Revamping a Small Sofa

Good Morning!

This morning I’m featuring a project I completed last year for my good friend Amber.  She had a small two-seater sofa that she slip-covered many years ago.  She likes the size because it fits well in her living room. She looked at a condo-sized couches to try replace it with something that would fit, but they were more expensive because they were “specialty”.  So, she asked me not only to reupholster her sofa it but rebuild the shape into what she wanted.  And what she wanted was tufts. Creating a new shape from scratch can be challenging, but I’m pretty happy with the result.  I mean seriously – who doesn’t love tufts?

Here is the before sofa with the slipcover….

before 1 And this is the lovely fabric underneath….yep, I know, SUPER snazzy fabric…

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA And here it is post transformation! after 3-AS

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And one final before and after….

before and after - amber tufted sofa - blog Big improvement on the original. What do you think?  Do you like the transformation?

If you are thinking of having one of your pieces transformed, email me and I’ll be happy to give you a quote!

Have a great day!




Adding to my Portfolio

Hello Love Muffins!

First of all, thanks to everyone that left such lovely comments on my Upcycle Challenge post yesterday, and for everyone who has voted.  I appreciate our support soooo much.  Humbled actually.  Big virtual hugs all around.

Just a quick post tonight to quickly share a couple of other client projects I’ve been working on lately.

This first is a love seat and chair that I converted to outdoor pieces for the client so they could use on them on their deck.  I used outdoor fabric and painted them with weather resistant paint.

Please excuse the awful quality and colour in the next photos of the matching chair…I shot them with my phone…terrible.  The chair is the same as the sofa above….though it doesn’t look like it here.

The next project is one that I just completed this past weekend…a pair of chairs which have an amazing shape.

 I only took an after shot of one of them but I really loved the look of them when they were finished.  The client (who came to me through a referral from Heather….Thanks H!), chose this great geometric fabric from Tonic Living in a neutral colour.  I think it has just enough texture/pattern…not too busy but not boring either.

Have a good evening!


Before and After – The Tale of Two Roundback Chairs

Good Morning!

Today I’m featuring a long overdue before and after on a project that completed almost a year ago now.  I was waiting until I could take a photo of finished project in the clients house and they have been doing renovations.  But now I can share! The project was a pair of beautifully shaped round-back chairs. I posted about the project along the way so you can see some of the progress photos here and here.

Any upholsterer would agree that when you get a piece with a rounded back it’s bittersweet.  They are so gorgeous once complete, but a b*tch to reupholster, especially with a patterned fabric.

This is that the chairs looked like before…..

And here is what they look like now!

I’m all for pink but these chairs are 1000 times better is this amazeballs fabric, don’t you think?

Love them, and happy to finally get this project posted.  In the next few weeks I should have two or three more more projects to share with you.

Have a lovely day!


Happy Friday and a Guest Post

Good Morning!

It’s going to be a lovely sunny Friday here in Toronto and I’m excited to get the weekend started. This morning I’m beyond thrilled to be taking part in Hodge Podge Blog’s “So Canadian, eh” series. I absolutely love this idea of featuring Canadian bloggers, artists and designers and I’m humbled to be included in this list of amazing people.  Oh and did I mention that heavyweight Canadian design personalities Samantha Pynn and Brian Gluckstein have participated in this series?  Yea, I know…amazeballs.

I recently had the pleasure of meeting Barbara in person at the recent Blogpodium event in Toronto, and she is even more lovely in person than she is on her blog…..if that is even possible. And did I mention she’s really fun, too? Go visit her blog often, you won’t regret it.  And a big thank-you to Barbara for having me, it was a lot of fun participating.

This weekend will be busy with a lot of this…


I’ll be eating some awesome food while attending this on Saturday night….


which is (as quoted from their website):

“The Toronto Underground Market (TUM) is a social food market for the community to sample the food of Toronto home cooks. It is a venue for budding entrepreneurs to showcase their products. These vendors are not necessarily chefs, although some will be. This is a new kind of community market; not a farmer’s market, or a food festival, but something completely unique and new to Toronto.”

I went to the last event with Heather and it was awesome.

And if there is time I’ll do a little of this….


What are you up to this weekend?  Whatever you are doing I hope you have a great one!


Yesterday’s Guest Post and a New Project

Good Morning!

Before I share with you my new project, I wanted to let you know that yesterday I was over at First Time Fancy doing a guest post.  If you didn’t know, Kerry and her family are moving to beautiful BC next week so she is crazy busy packing up her lovely home.  She was looking for some help with posting during this crazy time so, to help out I put together a little post all about florals.  If you didn’t see it yesterday, you should check it out.

Now, moving on to the newest upholstery project that I’m working on over at Re:style Studio.  It’s going to be a big transformation – but here a little sneak peek.

I’m taking this condo-sized sofa belonging to my friend Amber….

and transforming it into a sofa that is a cross between this….


and this…


It’s going to be fabulous when it is all done, and I cannot wait to show you the final product!

Have a fabulous day!


Pretty Upholstery Trims

Good Morning!

When people hear upholstery trim, they typically think about the standard fabric covered piping.  However, the world of upholstery trim is broad and there are a lot of lovely varieties out there, from very intricate to very simple. I’ve been coming across some really interesting trims recently so in today’s post I’m highlighting a few pretty ones and pairing them with some fabrics that I think they would look great with.  Sure, normally it’s the other way around, you pick fabric first and then your trim, but since these trims are so fun I’m making them the main event today.

I love this flat embroidered trim.  It’s very vintage looking but would add a punch to the simple linen fabric I’ve paired it with below on, say, a set of dining chairs.

Here is another pretty flat floral trim below would work well for a chair in a little girls room paired with the pale purple geometric fabric below.

I love this mustard yellow wide woven trim, and I think it would look great paired with this fabulous yellow and grey ikat fabric.

This pink and white cording just screams pretty, but would be given a modern edge with the tie-dyed style pink fabric below.

I love the intricate detail of this french style green and pink gimp trim and it would be even better paired with a soft green animal print fabric.

And finally another french style gimp trim in this gorgeous indigo colour.  And paired with this lovely indigo fabric I think it will be a head turner.

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Just a note, I’m going to be removing my custom fonts today or tomorrow and they may be down for a few days, so don’t be alarmed by the change, they will be back!