Loveliest leather; mid century marvel :)

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This most cherished mid-century armchair has moved with its owner from the USA; arriving in the ladyshed wrapped in polythene and parcel tape!
It took bold vision to imagine the finished piece – A mention of a favoured tartan during initial consultation gave food for thought and made for a truly unique and personal project to the delight of the client :)

An absolute labour of love – some chairs are hard to give back :)

recliner recovery

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When the comfiest chair in the house isn’t quite comfy enough!
This reclining armchair was sun damaged, tattered and a little out-dated; new soft chenille fabric and added stuffing to back and arm pads have made this the cosiest place to sit ;)

    

Lose the loose cover

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The untidy loose covers of this little armchair have been stripped away and in is place is a smartly tailored fixed cover in a luxurious Moon wool- reminiscent of a cosy school cardi, this chair now oozes a sleek style with a Scandinavian feel.

by the power of kryptonite

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This sad but much loved little mid-century office chair was dated and wobbly; upon stripping the frame pinged apart as only the fabric was holding it together.
With the help of some glue and a clamp, the chair was rebuilt using all new stuffings and given a new lease of life with this glowing kryptonite green designers guild fabric – photographed with no filter necessary!

Updated Ercol

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From drab to fab!
Acres of durable blue chenille were used to recover this Ercol suite of colossal proportions with a pop of patchwork to funk up the footstool 

Comfort catastrophe

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Perished webbing had let down an otherwise intact seat of a much loved inherited armchair; the existing top cover is carefully peeled back, superior webbing replaced and springs restitched for restored relaxation :)

Edwardian Elegance

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Deep, deep surgery was required to revive this Edwardian beauty; saggy bottom? -No problem!
A new traditionally hand lashed seat has it looking perky ;)
One of Moon Fabrics wool cloths in tweed was chosen to cover the elegant curvaceous shape, giving a cosy and inviting finish.

Guy Rogers reclining chairs

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These Guy Rogers reclining ‘Manhattan’ chairs were found by my client wishing to replace chairs he had when newly married 40 years ago.
They were in a poor state – frames wobbly and stuffings perished, so loose joints were re-glued and clamped and all stuffings replaced from the frames up; the results are most becoming.
:)

Tang-tastic

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A small and tatty inherited chair recovered in the most beautious Designers Guild tangerine velvet.
The result is truly stunning.

Parker Knoll Transmogrification

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This Cutesy pair of Parker Knolls are transformed for the next generation….

After a complete strip, these chairs where specialist resprayed in a flashy gold metalic paint, before being rebuilt from the frames up with new modern materials and covered in contemporary fabrics befitting the new bedrooms of a pair of princesses :)

 

 

Latest Challenges

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A modern tailored chair

A seat repair and a change of colour to both fabric and legs gives this well used chair a sleek new look and scandi-feel.

A pair of reproduction side chairs

These tired chairs were very much ‘of their time’ – sadly dated and ready for a re-vamp; and what a new look!

Woodwork  hand painted in a soft dove grey to complement to fabric, the overall finish is charming :)

A deep-button armchair

This inherited chair was ripe for modernization, a change of colour, buttons and legs together with almost invisible fitted slip covers to arms and seat make it a perfect piece for a young family’s  new home :)

Edwardian armchair with independent sprung edge

The cause of the lumpy and uncomfortable seat was revealed upon stripping; broken, bent and unlashed springs. A full traditional rebuild to include an independent sprung edge was required to reinstate maximum comfort, followed by a re-cover in a modern grey fabric to ping this old girl into the next century ;)

 


Leather fluted back club chair

This stained leather chair was literally bursting at the seams; now, the handsome fellow has been re-covered with new hide to restore it’s classic, understated good looks :)

 

A pair of Vono concave swivel ‘egg’ chairs

These inherited curvaceous classics have had a rejuvenation; the original brown Draylon and perished foam has been replaced with this tasty tangerine fabric – why have only one statement chair?

The first quarter of the year has been fuelled mostly by plutonium for time travel :)

With methods of construction that span all the upholstery ages:
from an iron-back victorian ladies crinoline chair and
traditional tub chair; through the mid-century modern classics of a sky
blue egg chair and a pair of centa easy chairs; then bang upto date with a trio of sofas and a set of dining chairs.
- interspersed with two pairs of high revving, racy red, Ferrari
F40* seat covers. (*I really wish I could have written Delorean
here)
Like I said, variety ;)

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Parker Knoll

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Damply stored in the garage for years, this old chair of grandads was completely stripped, damaged woodwork revived; rebuilt and finished in strokable chenille that feels like a hug! 

Rock on

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With a broken suspension system this family heirloom was looking a bit forlorn; new springs and stuffings and she’s revving high on the comf-o-meter ;)

Sofa, so huge :)

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With the clients great vision, this ‘seen better days’ sofa / chaise combo arrived at the ladyshed along with 30+ mts of the finest Italian Lizzo velvet.

The rest of it was my pleasure :)

The happiest sofa

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Once clapped out and drab; new cushions and a brand new attitude give this suite a whack with the wow wand; love it or hate it, you won’t ignore it ;)

A grand old lady

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Where once the seat was saggy and droopy, new springs traditionally lashed and freshly teased stuffings ensure ‘buns of steel’ – firm and perfectly formed ;)

The first quarter of the year has been fuelled mostly by plutonium for time travel :)

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With methods of construction that span all the upholstery ages: 
from an iron-back victorian ladies crinoline chair and traditional tub chair; through the mid-century modern classics of a sky blue egg chair and a pair of centa easy chairs; then bang upto date with a trio of sofas and a set of dining chairs.
– interspersed with two pairs of high revving, racy red, Ferrari 
 F40* seat covers. (*I really wish I could have written Delorean 

here)

Like I said, variety ;)

  

   

             

Vintage lovliness :)

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It’s not just chairs that need upholstering …….
This charming vintage pram has had a total restoration starting with a repaint and then a super comfy new lining :)

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March to September (in reverse order!!)

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Creative diversity!!

One of a pair of speaker covers for hard rockers ‘toseland’ completed to deadline & in time for their (part of the) world tour.

Before and almost after the recovering of part of a three piece suite which included new taller feet.

A pair of much loved little Parker knoll chairs shipped in from Greece to be transformed & shipped back in time for a special birthday.

A kitchen stool, rescued & given a new lease of life :)

Protective fitted seat cover, tailored in every way for a classic Italian sportscar.

From a pile of mouldy rags, a new roof for a gazebo was created.

From bland cream to eye popping wow !!

Waffle and wine; the colours of these faux roman blinds.

A Jedi utility belt, researched and constructed as close to spec as can be; ready for knight/ warrior / fighter type action.

An ikea chair, revamped with waterproof fabric to give hours of comfy garden relaxation to a well deserving grandad ;)

Piano stool to match the newly covered sofa.

New feet and cushions give a luxurious bouffant look.

Ahhh, more bouffant!!

A selection of roman blinds in classic fabrics.

A newly recovered sofa awaiting delivery.

Rock around the clock :)

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The tunes were blasting out around the clock to get these two chairs delivered on time – recovered in a blue moire and trimmed with ‘self’ double piping they looked a treat :)

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The sun is shining on the ladyshed and my machine is cheerily chugging through heaps of roman blinds.
Happy Thursday to you all :)

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A busy few weeks ……

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The ladyshed is always running at full speed and the last few weeks have been no exception!
I very happily delivered a set of vertical blinds which had caused no end of head- scratching.
With no opportunity to pre-hang, I had no idea that the pattern match would be so ‘bang on’!

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2014

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Let’s get this party started :)

The start of 2014 & I have hit the ground running!

6 shaped, piped, zipped box cushions with attachment straps made from a fun tapestry fabric that features woven images of postcards and travel brochures, perfect for the Spanish holiday home in which they will be residing! :)

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