To Re-Upholster or Buy A New Chair?

Scan0007It 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. ¬†ūüôā

 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.
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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 p022610bdmay 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???
-Diane
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What Does “Live Edge” Mean?

What does it mean when you hear something described as having a live edge?

0711151400aLive 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!
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As someone who appreciates the natural beauty of wood, live edge suits my tastes perfectly. ¬†¬†0711151400bA 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.  0711151359aAlso 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!

-Phil

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A Quick Guide To Leather Upholstery

3659Have you always wanted to incorporate a piece of leather upholstery into your home, but had no experience with how durable or comfortable it could be???

Here’s a quick education on the different types of treatment to¬†leather hides¬†that could possibly make choosing leather over fabric, the best decision you’ll ever make!!!

I’ve¬†been exposed¬†to almost¬†every type of leather. There are different quality hides and¬†they all perform based on how they are treated in the process.¬†¬†Some perform better than others.
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0626151510First, the softest, most supple is Aniline leather.  Most commonly used on top grain leather which is the highest quality hide. It shows all the imperfections, surface characteristics like scratches or scars. After transparent dying the hide, it does not get any further treatment-such as a polymer sealant or pigment. This allows the beauty and natural aging to occur. However it will also stain and scratch further with use.  Many people use this leather in casual family rooms, or rustic lodge rooms, where the natural aging and wear becomes part of the beauty over decades in the space.
Semi-0626151508Aniline is a really great compromise between getting the softer feeling of the grain in leather and the clean-ability and stain resistance of a protected leather. Adding pigment allows an opaque color to infuse and correct otherwise obvious imperfections and variation. The sheen which accompanies this process offers less moisture absorbtion.  This is a great option for families who want to enjoy the look and feel of leather but, lets face it, worry about occasional spills and accidents destroying the consistent color and texture of the their seating.
0626151640aPigmented or finished leather is the most durable type of treatment. You will find consistency in the color throughout the hide because there are extra coatings applied. This also
makes the surface more fade resistant!!  You may have to forfeit the softness that you experience with aniline, or semi-aniline, however, this treatment is ideal for children, pets and years of daily use without show of excessive wear!
0626151621a0626151621Now, I cringe at the thought of even adding this to the “category” of leather, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t at least discuss the reality of its existence. ¬†Bonded leather.¬†The “almost” leathers, such as¬†bonded leather, is¬†essentially reconstituted / shredded leather with a fiber backing. ¬†It is then finished with an embossed polyurethane coating. They are hard to identify, but if you are¬†fooled by a¬†“too good to be true-leather pricing” look a bit closer.¬†Unzip a cushion and feel the back of the “hide”. Leather will have a course nap, suede feeling. ¬†Still not sure??? Check out the frame of the sofa. ¬†The cushions should¬†have seams running up¬†the back and sides¬†because hides are irregular in shape and waste¬†prohibits a straight, uninterrupted¬†panel.
Armed with this information, I am confident people would entertain using leather, whichever type of treatment is most suitable for their lifestyles.

– Diane

Add Uniqueness To Your Decor By Re-purposing Vintage Items!

The name of the game these days in decorating is re-purposing!
It gives us an 0619151700aopportunity 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!

06191517330619151700 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!

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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!

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I hope you had as much fun reading about these ideas as I had coming up with them!

-Ginni

A Simple Guide To Buying Artwork For The Home

Purchasing artwork can be challenging. Whether making an investment in original art or aesthetic art, it can be a difficult purchase to make.

Grant_Wood_-_American_Gothic_-_Google_Art_ProjectMany 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.1280px-Van_Gogh_-_Starry_Night_-_Google_Art_Project

downloadLastly, 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.

-Phil

Design Online??? Absolutely!

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!!!


room11While 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.
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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..
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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!!
Enjoy!!!
-Diane

How To Add An Addition To Your Home…Without Construction!

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!

Casual-Patio-Furniture--8840In 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.

GT_Large_SeatingWe 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 0508151323satisfying 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!”
-Phil

Furniture: An Art Form

Even away from the store (when I’m supposed to be relaxing) I find myself drawn to, and thinking about furniture.

French_Quarter03_New_OrleansI 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.

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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.

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.

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.

-Phil

Heads Up!!!

Heads Up!!!

X (3)When you visit us at United House Wrecking, you should plan for an exhilarating experience!!!
We have 43,000 square FEET of interior showroom filled with unusual, artfully designed pieces!

Today,¬†I’m not focusing on what’s at our¬†FEET when everyone walks through the store, I’m thinking¬†about what’s going on¬†over your HEADS!!!!

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What better way to show your love of the beach-accent over a table with this shell motif pendant!

Talk about a feast for your eyes-because we also have 43,000 square feet of ceiling space to display some of the most unusual, beautifully detailed light fixtures anywhere!  Take a look at a sample of the diversity of design aesthetic we currently have dangling overhead!
Feel like having a piece of late 19th century in your home? this one of a kind bronze detailed,.stained glass floral design pendant is a great choice.

Feel like having a piece of late 19th century in your home? This one of a kind bronze detailed, stained glass floral design pendant is a great choice.

OK, this one, only a cat lover would appreciate!!! It's quirky but these guys are dressed for a fun time!

OK, this one, only a cat lover would appreciate!!! It’s quirky but these guys are dressed for a fun time!

Drum shade fixtures are very current, fresh and timeless, all at the same time-add a hint of nickel finish, and this pendant makes for a great accent in a contemporary or transitional setting.

Drum shade fixtures are very current, fresh and timeless, all at the same time-add a hint of nickel finish, and this pendant makes for a great accent in a contemporary or transitional setting.

For those who admire artists whose skills to re-purpose old metal parts while having  a vision to create a conversation piece that functions as a light, please enjoy  Joseph Haesche's "flame arrestors" design.

For those who admire artists whose skills to re-purpose old metal parts while having¬†a vision to create a conversation piece that functions as a light, please enjoy¬†Joseph Haesche’s “flame arrestor” design.

Don't forget about the intrigue of adding masculine accents in a family room or the favorite"mancave". Antler fixtures, whether faux or real, add such dimension and texture to a room!

Don’t forget about the intrigue of adding masculine accents in a family room or the favorite “man cave”.¬†Antler fixtures, whether faux or real, add such dimension and texture to a room!

Stained glass too heavy, but have an appreciation for blown glass? this "bubble" fixture may be your answer.

Stained glass too heavy, but have an appreciation for blown glass? this “bubble” fixture may be your answer.

Fun & Environmentally Friendly New Additions To Our Patio!

0508151324Our new collection of poly lumber patio furniture is out on display!  It is available in many fun finishes.  So if you have a little corner to perk up, need a touch of color on the porch, or need to do the whole patio, come see us this weekend.

Not to mention its the last weekend to take advantage of our preseason sale for additional savings!
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The collection is awesome in so many ways.

  • No maintenance such as painting, scraping or replacing.
  • Termite resistant.
  • Will not crack, splinter, warp, or rot.
  • Will not promote bacterial growth or mildew.
  • Will not weather from natural elements.
  • U.V. Stabilized (fade-proof)
  • Assembled with stainless steel hardware.
  • Chairs, gliders and swings are reinforced with aluminum angle braces

0508151323aNot to mention it is made out of poly lumber…in the United States…by the Amish. ¬†Poly lumber consists of 90% recycled materials so its a green product! ¬†It will retain its original condition and color outside no matter how harsh the sun or snow.¬† No need to move patio furniture into garage, just leave it out year round.

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The collection is vast, it includes dining, counter, and bar tables and stools as well as Adirondack chairs, swings, gliders, benches and end tables.

– Ginni

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