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The process of Changing Rooms part two

It’s a matter of finding your inspiration! Finding that ONE item that makes you smile every time you look at it is key to a successful interior design scheme. It doesn’t have to be furniture; it could be a scarf, a vase, a painting, for example. That item is then the starting point to create […]

The process of Changing Rooms part one

Who remembers the TV programme ‘Changing Rooms’ from the late 90s early two thousands? Or rather – who’s willing to admit they remember it?! It was hugely popular back then and partly responsible for a big increase in upcycling and renovating. Now, I’m no Laurence Llewellyn Bowen, but I love interior design. And I’m lucky […]

Should you reupholster your furniture or buy new? Here’s our guide

This is a question I get asked a lot! Should I replace or renovate my furniture? Most customers, when asking me to quote, will then compare to the cost of a new item. I completely understand it; I get the thinking. But as a Master Upholsterer, you can probably guess which side of the fence […]

Ideas to use up scraps of furnishing fabric…

Ideas to use up scraps of furnishing fabric… In our line of work it’s a question that comes up often. In the pub, from friends and family, at networking meetings after we’ve explained what we do for a living. And, from the lovely students who attend our upholstery courses. So, as we had a ‘beginning […]

Finding the right upholstery fabric, for your home.

Are you struggling with to many choices? I’m often asked for help and advice with fabric choices. It’s something I love doing; coming up with ideas and thoughts for my clients. As with all things, ideas are there to have fun with. I know that sometimes my plans and colour schemes won’t fit the bill […]

French upholstery – a masterclass

Teaching an old dog new tricks I have been interested in upholstery for a very long time now. It would be fair to say that when I started I didn’t really have a very rounded education, learning in a fairly scattered way. Ultimately, I learned traditional upholstery and really enjoyed the sense of learning an […]

I’d like my furniture re-upholstered traditionally. How much does it cost? part 2

A key question when you’re deciding whether to have your furniture re-upholstered – how much will it cost? To decide if re-upholstering traditionally is for you and to work out your budget, you need to know a few basic points – ANTIQUE FURNITURE An older piece of furniture can present a bigger challenge than modern […]

I’d like my furniture re-upholstered. How much does it cost?

A key question when you’re deciding whether to have your furniture re-upholstered – how much will it cost? To decide if re-upholstering is for you and to work out your budget, you need to know one basic point – whether your furniture is modern or old. What is modern? Furniture which is less than 50 […]