Finally a vintage sofa for me

There’s a great 2nd hand furniture store 2 blocks from our home called Ontario Thrift on Pape Avenue. I happened in one day and fell in love with a mid-century modern sofa with teak arm rests.  I just couldn’t pass it by as it has such clean lines, it is in excellent condition, comfortable, and […]

And now for the reveal – my Schumacher remnant masterpiece

For those who read my 1st upholstery blog post: “Sitting with Schumacher’s Chiang Mai Dragon” I know you’ll understand how excited I am to reveal my finished chair. Since 1889, Schumacher has created some of the highest end fabrics in home décor (supplying to the White House, for example).  I received a remnant and wanted to feature […]

New Project: Eastlake Style Settee

This beautifully carved antique settee is in the Eastlake style and could have been manufactured by Jacques and Hay here in Toronto, Canada. Jacques and Hay had their first factory at King and Bay in 1835. In the 1870s, they had a six acre factory employing 500 people located where Union Station now stands. Jacques […]

A Tale of Two Seaties

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(with my apologies to Dickens…) “Nothing that we reupholster, is done in vain. I believe, with all my soul, that we shall see triumph.” ― Julie James, Bespoke Upholstery with inspiration from Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities Our story begins during a solo bike ride on the south east side of Toronto when a historian and […]