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April 15, 2013. The Elephant Chaise.

Did Scheherazade lie on a chaise like this while spinning her 1001 stories that saved her life? We hope our customer will be transported to the exotic dreamlands of Aladdin and Ali Baba.

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November 21, 2012. A customer with vision!

It can sometimes require real artistic vision to imagine new beginnings for older furniture. That's what happened with this project. Our customer, Sherri, bought these two small chairs at a resale shop because they fit her small space. She asked us to paint them black and craft new cushions. She chose Pollack's Tiki fabric in the color "Orchid," because the pattern and orange hue created the Oriental look she wanted to see. Don't they look fabulous?

Pollack Associates of New York City, offers some of the most chic, sophisticated upholstery fabrics sold today, perfect for anyone hoping to make a statement with their furniture. Please check their website, and stop in to view samples!

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September 5, 2012. Plucked from our basement collection!

We don't know how many years this armchair spent as a resident of the shop basement, along with three dozen other pieces with potential. What we do know, however, is that one day our customer, Chris, looked for a sturdy old armchair with potential, and she found it here. She chose a delicate silky ivory fabric and requested that the wood be refinished (after it was cleaned) in a dark rosewood finish, to contrast with the fabric. For our part, we reduced the chair to a bare frame and built it back up again, re-tying springs, installing new webbing, new cushions, the whole works. Chris plans to keep the chair in her bedroom, overlooking Madison's Lake Monona.

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August 16, 2012. Authentic Dunbar loveseat.

This loveseat was made by the Dunbar Furniture Company of Berne, Indiana, which became famous for its graceful, innovative furniture designs by Edward J. Wormley. It is highly likely that this loveseat is an authentic Wormley design. It was purchased at the Chicago Merchandise Mart in the mid-1900s by our customer's grandmother.

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July 25, 2012. Eames chair reupholstery.

This classic mid-century chair was designed by Ray and Charles Eames. This version was crafted by the Plycraft Company, and it is now reupholstered in a beautiful white leather from the Garrett Leather company of Buffalo, New York.

Learn more about the Eames legacy at this site, hosted by the Library of Congress.

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July 11, 2012. Genuine oak Stickley rocker!

We see many oak chairs and rockers here, but rarely a genuine Stickley! For this one, we cleaned and touched up the wood, added cotton padding, and reupholstered with a piece of leather from a pile of small leftover pieces.

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June 8, 2012. Art Deco couch reupholstery.

Here's a couch with a story! This Art Deco mahogany sofa was meticulously reproduced from an original 1933 design by Maxime Old, a French designer who lived from 1910 to 1991. "Old's furniture was sleek and modern, usually devoid of surface embellishments, and very pure and sculptural. His work was, in many ways, ahead of his time," according to a biography from the Primavera Gallery website (see link). Our customers asked us to recover the cushions in yellow "suede" fabric, then moved the sofa to their new home in southern California.

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