It seems like upholstery suffers from wear and tear just like people. In the beginning, just some stitches pull, then the fabric starts to shred, exposing the underlying cushion.
Before you realize it, your once beautiful, comfy chair is at risk of collapse or possible implosion, depending on your level of drama. 🙂
Here are a few basic questions to ask in order to determine the future of the chair.
First, you have to evaluate the sentimental value of the piece. If a family member passed it down to you and it is your thought to pass it further down the line, that’s hard to trump with practicality in cost, style or comfort.
Next, if there is no threat of feeling like you’ll lose sleep over abandoning the chair outside in the cold, dark night-you need to estimate the extent of work required to revitalize the chair to its former glory. A fully upholstered,skirted chair (pictured with ottoman) could cost around $400-500 in labor alone to re-cushion seat and back. The yardage required is approximately 12 yards, increasing if you select a pattern fabric. an average fabric costs $45, adds about $540. With the simple design of this chair, you can easily find a brand new chair for less.
If the chair is more stylized (pictured) upholstering may become more labor intensive. If there is a nail head trim or a finished wood detail, that may need refinishing as well. This often makes the replacement more complicated. Especially, If you’re expecting to duplicate the style. However, here is a chair in need of re-upholstering and there are several similar styles shown by Craftmaster Furniture costing approximately $1100.
I’ve dealt with many clients who have had to decide which is the most appropriate scenario for them. Recently, the trend has been to replace the chair instead of researching fabrics and arranging and transporting to an upholsterer. However, I will say that I also visited one of those clients at their home and to my surprise, as I came through the garage into the side door, the very same shredded chair sat patiently, quietly in the corner. Could it be, there’s life in that chair yet??? Why not? After all, isn’t that how United House Wrecking was born???
What does it mean when you hear something described as having a live edge?
Live edge is a style of carpentry where the craftsman will incorporate the natural edge of the wood into the finished product. You can see examples of live edge in architectural features, such as a mantel, and of course in furniture.
Live edge is becoming increasingly popular in home furnishings. One thing i love about the style is that each and every piece is unique because no two trees are ever the same!
As someone who appreciates the natural beauty of wood, live edge suits my tastes perfectly. A live edge table can be accomplished in a couple different ways. Ideally the craftsman would use one “slice” of the tree to create the table top. This can be challenging because for a larger table, you would need a large tree! You can see an example in the photo on the right. One SOLID piece of cherry wood.
Another way to create the live edge look would be to split the tree placing the natural edges on either side of the table and adding planks to the center. Also an interesting twist is to place the live edges on the inside and secure the pieces together as shown in the picture to the left.
Live edge furniture fits right in with today’s trend in casual lifestyles furnishings. We have recently added several new pieces to our collection and they are currently on display on our showroom!
Stop in and let us show you our favorites!
The name of the game these days in decorating is re-purposing!
It gives us an opportunity to think outside the box with our decor and be creative!
I like to walk through the store, be inspired by the hidden treasures I find, and breathe new life into them. I adore incorporating a touch of vintage flair into my home.
I found these crystal door knobs and thought…”Hmm what could these become? How can I use these outside their original function?”
The answer…wall hooks!
Right next to the door knobs I spotted an old mailbox.
Bringing something outdoors indoors is always fun! First I added flowers and placed it on the back of a door, where leash and hat are waiting to walk my dog Chase. Next it became a unique kitchen utensil holder, towel and wine rack!
Did you notice the third item I sneaked into one of my earlier projects? Take a closer look at the crystal knob / wall hook photo and you’ll spot it. I found a vintage silver teapot (which would probably collect dust somewhere) and turned it into an elegant vase for my hydrangea!
I hope you had as much fun reading about these ideas as I had coming up with them!
Purchasing artwork can be challenging. Whether making an investment in original art or aesthetic art, it can be a difficult purchase to make.
Many questions inevitably come to mind that can give us anxiety about what we put in our home and on our walls.
When it comes to purchasing a piece of art for my own home, I have three things I keep in mind. First off if I don’t do a double take, or I’m not stopped in my tracks, I keep looking. Art should “move” you (or in my case stop me). It should speak to you, it should evoke an emotion inside you. That’s when you know you have found something worth considering!
Next, which you would think would be obvious is… I need to be able to afford it! Whether it is an original or decorative, do I feel comfortable spending the amount being asked? The stronger the connection to the piece the more comfortable you will be spending. Fortunately we have some of the nicest giclee prints I have ever seen, beautifully matted, framed and they are very affordable.
Lastly, do I have a place for it? Does it fit my space? This isn’t a rock solid guideline for me. For the perfect piece I am willing to FIND a spot. However, your artwork should go well with the rest of your decor. It should complement your furnishings. A designer can really help you with this step of the process. Having a professional draw a sketch and layout can quickly take away any anxiety you may have about your decision.
In conclusion my best advise for buying art is take…your…time. With so much out there to choose from (well over 1000 pieces in our store alone) you’ll know it when you see it.
If you enjoy our website, and love to take your time getting design ideas, independent of spending an afternoon with us here at the showroom, you are going to love the new Room Planner option!!!
While we enjoy spending time with you gathering information on your project, we realize that often it’s time consuming and overwhelming to take in everything in one visit. When a project becomes stalled because you need direction, but found specific pieces that you love, please have one of our designers make a house call.
You’ll find its a completely thought provoking experience and its an entirely free service! Ultimately, after making a house call, I find that emailing floor plans and photos helps keep momentum for a project yet doesn’t require frequent visits to our showroom, rather decisions can be made from the comfort of your own home.
If you’d prefer to do things via email from the beginning, you can always provide us with the measurements of your space and we can create an accurate layout, making multiple suggestions on furniture layout based on your requirements. Take a look at a few examples of projects that started with measurements given to me on a scrap piece of paper, and exchange of photos of the room..
Everyone who has difficulty visualizing how their room could look, finds this feature a great tool for getting an idea of the space pieces occupy in their room and what fits. It also allows people to buy with confidence that you will be able to navigate around a table, or open a door without banging into a sofa or cabinet..
So, lets have some fun planning your room out!!! It’s so much easier to make revisions on a small piece of paper than an actual room with already purchased furniture, and much less moving heavy furniture around!!
There’s a quick and easy way to add an addition to your home without having to pick up a single tool. By creating an outdoor living space!
In New England we have 3 seasons where we can enjoy the outdoors. After our long winters it feels great to finally get outside as much as possible.
Whether its a small bistro set to enjoy a coffee al fresco, or a deep seating arrangement for full on outdoor entertaining, simply adding some patio furniture can create a whole new “room” to your home.
I’m not just talking about your traditional patio dining sets either.
Today’s selections allow for a lot more creativity in creating your new outdoor space. All weather wicker selections by Lloyd Flanders (hand woven resin and Sunbrella fabrics) provide both comfort and style without the worry of the elements destroying your furniture.
We spend a lot of time and thought furnishing each and every room inside the house. Sometimes the outdoors can be overlooked. Sure, you take care of your property. You mow the lawn, plant flowers, trim the hedges, etc. but an outdoor set allows you to truly enjoy the fruits of your labor. Trust me when I say, coffee is more satisfying in the fresh air, BBQ tastes better when eaten outside, and a cocktail in the shade of an umbrella is that much more refreshing.
Treat yourself and your family to a new outdoor living space and add an “addition” to your home . You’ll be surprised at how many times you hear “Lets sit outside tonight!”
Even away from the store (when I’m supposed to be relaxing) I find myself drawn to, and thinking about furniture.
I was recently on vacation with my wife and friends in “The Big Easy” New Orleans Louisiana!
We visited with intentions of experiencing its famous cuisine, jazz, and of course to check out the infamous Bourbon street in the French Quarter. I had been looking forward to a weekend full of great food and a lot of fun.
What I didn’t expect was to be reminded of just why I love furniture so much.
On a lazy afternoon we happened to stop by the NOMA (New Orleans Museum of Art) and after taking in the current display fine art, I found myself transported back in time to late 18th century Louisiana.
The parlor at the Butler Greenwood Plantation, a 1790s property along the Mississippi River in St. Francisville, La currently on display in the NOMA
Among the paintings and sculptures by the masters of renaissance, modern, and contemporary art; another kind a expertly crafted artwork was on display. I was standing in a perfectly preserved 18th century parlor. It reminded me that fine furniture truly is an art form in and of itself.
Italian “Architettura” Cabinet, designed 1951, limited production c. 1955-1960. Hand painted and lithographically printed wood, metal, glass.
American Cabinet ca. 1865-70. Rosewood, tulip wood, figured maple, ebonized wood, marquetry of carious woods, bronze ornament, gilding.
There were other pieces on display as well throughout the museum. The two pictured above caught my eye in particular. In an era where many have a “throw away” mentality when it comes to home furnishings, its nice to be reminded of why we like to provide pieces that will last a lifetime. Maybe, just maybe, they might end up in a museum one day.