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Every project has a story.  This story of an old chair reupholstered comes by way of my workroom assistant, Lisa. It is a great example of the decision-making that goes into reupholstering an old family favorite. Often my clients are trying to decide on whether a re-upholstery project makes good dollars and “sense.”  It is easy to counsel a client on the cost of reconditioning and reupholstering a particular piece ...

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Here is one of the most common questions asked about window coverings: What are my alternatives for vertical blinds? Many of us have a great big door-wall in our home that opens up to a deck or patio. It may be great for setting up for the summer barbecue, but the big windows are a beast to cover effectively. For want of information on a better alternative many have chosen ...

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Why would you want to cover windows with blinds and shades? It is great to look outside windows for a view that connects us to nature.  The sunlight warms us… sometimes too much.  We all love sunny days, however, sunlight can be damaging.  Your soft goods, your chairs, sofa and even the carpet can fade with too much sunlight.  It may also be hard to work on your computer or ...

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I love Roman Shades.  They are a great way to cover a window.  Fifteen years ago I had eight Roman Shades in my home. They were so simple and easy to make.  But since then, the government has gotten involved in the regulation of cords for the safety of small children, and that has had an impact on my ability to make simple, quick and inexpensive shades.  I stopped making ...

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 Almost everyone wants to know the answer to the cost question – what will my re-upholstery  project cost. In every upholstery business you will have a labor cost, and a material cost, and  possibly a delivery and storage cost.  Material is a Large Part of Re-Upholstery Project Cost Material cost is mostly your fabric cost. How much fabric is needed to cover the item that  you want to upholster? You ...

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I love great fabrics, any kind of great fabrics! Unfortunately, fabric shopping in the greater Lansing area has been a challenge since some fine fabric stores have closed; Calico Corners in Okemos and Fabric Gallery in Williamston closed up a few years ago. Since good quality fabrics reflecting current styles and trends are hard to find in our area, bringing top fabric lines to our area made good sense and ...

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A question I frequently get asked is: Can this chair or couch be saved? Is it worth reupholstering? These are questions that I will ask you when we discuss your upholstery project because I want your project to have the best possible results: • What value do you place on your piece of furniture? • Do you have a sentimental attachment to the piece? • Are you looking to save ...

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An Old Rocker Before and After Story. To be trusted to make an old chair look new or renewed for a special family member, is one of the most special projects that I can imagine being asked to work on. This past-Christmas 2013, I had the chance to make a wish come true. While standing in line for my teenage daughter’s parent-teacher conference, I was asked by an acquaintance if ...