Tag Archive | "Upholstery"

Big Change Not Small Change

Monday, May 13, 2013


When I first blogged about Furnish it With Vintage enthusiast Connie, she was new to the blogging world but an old hand at thrifting, a gal who knows her way around Goodwill, Salvation Army and Value Village. But that's the thing about decorating with thrift, once you overhaul a sofa you'd better love it 'cause it's yours for a good long while. Fortunately, Connie does love her teak-arm sofa set, now looking smart and comfortable in an updated neutral chenille.

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A Chair Resurrection for Easter

Thursday, March 28, 2013


Dear styleNorth, "A couple of years ago you posted about a reader selling Milo Baughman chairs on Craiglist. Well, I was fortunate enough to be the lucky buyer! They sat in storage or the corner of my place -- I rent a 680 sq ft. loft -- until a couple of months back when I finally had them reupholstered. I've attached a couple of pictures so you can see how they turned out. I still don't really have room for them, but I like them so much I am just living with an excess of mid-century modern chairs (rough, I know)."

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Philippines Via Dundas West

Tuesday, May 8, 2012


On the weekend I made a reconnaissance sortie to Magiks Home Furnishings, a quirky little shop on Toronto's Dundas Street West (near Dufferin). Proprietor Rodel San Miguel was very sweet: "Everything in the store is from the Philippines," he said, "including me." The shop window proclaims, "Authentic. Majestic. Divine." which struck me as a rather odd tagline until I went in and confronted the perplexing range of religious icons and statuary peppered among the plantation-style furnishings and lighting. "The Philippines is a very catholic country," Rodel said solemnly, and then he explained a bit about the Spanish colonial tradition of folk art santos and bastidor sculptures. Magiks' lighting in particular caught my eye: this enormous capiz pendant is $800 and I especially liked the range of woven kabuti lamps.

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Return to Matchy Matchy

Thursday, April 5, 2012


Two of my favourite decor books of the past season were Amy Lau's Expressive Modern and Katie Ridder's Rooms: both designers conjure with confidence creating spaces that whisper serenity and scream luxury. One thing that surprised me about both books, however, was the tendency of the decorators to fall back on matchy matchy solutions that I mistakenly imagined were passé (photo by Roger Davis).

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Chair Story

Monday, December 12, 2011


I hadn't intended to revamp my high back chair at my upholstery class but the pair of mid-century beauties I coveted could not be secured affordably so I turned to this chair, which has languished in my storage locker for a year. My original plan was to do something totally "outside" like the wingbacks below, photo by Eric Roth from Glamour, Making it Modern. But I wasn't sure I'd actually keep the chair so I wanted it to appeal to as wide a group as possible in case I ended up selling it on Craigslist, hence my choice of the neutral, gray poly-blend that looks and feels like linen but is "bullet proof" according to the fabric store clerk.

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