Friday, January 19, 2018

Navy Blue Settee

This pretty little number was a recent client piece. It has such a great shape and size. It's just about five feet wide.

My client chose this traditional diamond and dot pattern. Its a gorgeous blue.

The dots were a bit of a challenge on a larger piece especially on the back with that curve at the top. 

This piece needed a total redo. The support webbing was replaced and new coil springs were tied for the seat. I upholstered with modern techniques using foam instead of the hay and cotton batting it had previously. It's very cushy now. 

For fun I played around with staging using some modern patterned pillows that I have in the shop. It's the perfect depth to allow for pillows and still be quite comfortable to sit on. 

Dots for days. French Natural nail heads finished it off.

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Sunday, January 14, 2018

Black & Gray Tweed Chair

I have a fun piece to share that I recently upholstered. Once in awhile I get to (need to) design a piece for my showroom.  It's a great way to be creative with the freedom to do whatever I want. Most importantly it's to show my customers samples of my work. I've had this chair for almost two years. Its got great bones but I just never got around to it. 

I loved the arm detail with the piping on either side. Previously it was done in an orange floral fabric. I decided to change it up with two different fabrics. It really makes that detail the star. I was going for a preppy Ralph Lauren vibe. 

I used the black fabric for the double cord welting to contrast the gray tweed. It's a petite chair so I kept the cushion low profile. All materials were replaced down to the frame.

I really liked that the finish on the arms was worn. This is not always a good thing but it was working for me on this chair. I lightly sanded to clean it up and applied wipe on poly to give it a little depth and sheen. The legs I touched up with walnut gel stain and poly.

This piece has sold but will be in the shop a while longer until the clients are ready to take it. That worked out for me because it will be a bit before I will have time to get another showroom piece done. For some reason I have pink on the brain but we'll see what I come up with.

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Happy 2 Year Anniversary & A Giveaway


It's my little Studio in Shelton's two year anniversary and I feel like celebrating. Two years ago I decided I needed to get out of my tiny home workshop and be among other humans. In a total stroke of luck (it was meant to be) I found a wonderful couple who are local business owners that had just enough space to rent me in their shop. It allowed me to keep my overhead reasonable and not have to work alone. I rent space and they run the shop while I work in the back. It turned out to be the perfect fit for me. The owners and their staff take such good care of me I know how truly lucky I got. It would not have worked with just anybody. I love our little shop. I love that my customers can not only come in and meet with me on their custom projects but they can also shop the retail space. They often find a treasure or two in my or some other booth in the store. It's been so good. 

Now that I've said all this I will tell you that the building is for sale. Who knows how long it will take to sell but I know this great thing will be coming to an end and that's another reason I feel like celebrating it. I have nothing but good wishes for the Owners & I want all the best for them.

I've been thinking a lot about what I will do when the building sells. Should I go back to my home workshop or rent a bigger space in town. I will keep upholstering somewhere I know that much.  I have so enjoyed having a retail shop I don't think I could go back to working from home. Ive been dreaming of some cool things I could do with more space. I would really love to offer classes or open shop days where people can come in, use my space and tools, learn and have fun. I know I'll figure it out when I need to. 

So to celebrate two years of my little Studio I will be having some giveaways. They will include a custom pillow, a seasonal handmade sign, & a gift certificate. I will also be offering 20% off special order fabric from November 15th to December 15th 2017. 

Entries for the giveaway must be done in person at my Studio in Shelton, one entry per person, from now until December 15th. Also if your closer to the North Tacoma area you can enter on Sunday November 19th (only) at Clementine Home in Tacoma. I'll be hanging out there from 1-4pm talking upholstery and chatting with clients. I'd love for you to come say Hi and shop my friends great store. 

Thank you to all my customers, blog readers and social media friends for your support. Each and every comment, like or sale has meant the world to me. I cant wait to see what the next two years will bring.

- Michelle

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