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braided jute & tack trim

The body of the tufted sofa is finally finished!  This has definitely been the most challenging upholstery project I've taken on, but it's shaping up nicely and now it's all smooth sailing with the cushions.  (I feel like I need to knock on some wood or something now!) Here's a peek at how the body turned out... Did you notice anything? Well, if you're very observant, you may have noticed  (read more …)

there is a time & a place for burlap

Remember when we were all collectively wooed by burlap?  It's cheap.  It's neutral.  It brings lots of texture to the space.  And, did I mention that it's cheap? So, burlap was everywhere.  EVERYWHERE.  Curtains, wreaths, dust ruffles, pillows, upholstery, table linens...  burlap wasn't off limits for anything home decor.  It still isn't, really.  If you run a search for burlap on Pinterest, the  (read more …)

the awl that quite possibly saved my life

Remember my struggles with the tufted sofa?  I'm not usually paranoid about inanimate objects, but I felt like I needed to keep an eye on that one.  It silently threatened to "do me in" with its seemingly bulletproof batting and ridiculous amount of tufts. I finally learned how to speak a language this sofa would understand... Let's just say that the sofa got the point.  It understood the awl  (read more …)

this sofa will be the death of me…

I don't know about you, but I always start projects with great optimism and enthusiasm.  And most of the time things go smoothly. This is not one of those times. Stripping the upholstery was pretty easy, because three of us worked on it in turns... And painting the frame?  No problem. I added a layer of batting to the back, so it would soften the foam a bit...   And I used the pieces  (read more …)

tufting a sofa | fabric covered buttons

I totally understand that tufting is intimidating.  It's tedious and it can look really bad if it's not done well.  And, if you're tufting from scratch, it involves math. Geometry at that. So, if you've shied away from tufting, that's okay.  You are in the company of many, many other good people who would just rather buy a piece of furniture than deal with tufting. I generally don't buy tufted  (read more …)

tufted sofa progress

I have a lot of "business-y" things on my to-do list for the month, so it's important that I balance it out with creative work...projects that are fun for me to work on, take pictures of, and share here on the blog.  I'm trying to resist the urge to buy new things and, instead, work on pieces that have been hanging out in the studio for a while, waiting for a makeover. So, Kriste, Katie (I'll  (read more …)

how to make a chair cushion | deck chair makeover

I've been working on my deck off and on throughout the spring and summer and it's finally starting to come together.  I know I'm not going to break any makeover speed records with this project, but that's life, right?  Spaces take time to come together. So, there is still more to do, but last week I jumped a big hurtle - I made new cushions for the vintage iron armchairs my mom passed along to  (read more …)

bolster pillow cover

I said in my last post that I was going to be sewing up a storm and I definitely did.  I finished four accent pillows and two pillow cases and glued the welting on the second bergere chair.  A photo shoot is happening in my house next week and I'm using it as an excuse to get things finished that have been on my to-do list for a long time.  I'm going to start making new slipcovers for the wing  (read more …)