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The many layers of upholstery... design, skills, materials, art & life.

Go-Wild! Chair Workshop

Muddy-Paws fabric, tissue & paint art chair by Carla Pyle

Register Now Transform your old desk chair, bar chair or dining chair into a work of art! In this class we’ll take your chair from faded to fabulous with painting + fabric & paper collage. For more ideas see a this post from a previous art-chair workshop. Class Description:  Got a tired old chair that needs a little pick-me-up? Here’s …

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Interpreting the CA Flame Retardants Standard for Upholstered Furniture

Non-toxic upholstery layers

With the new flame retardants test, is it only the outer upholstery fabric which should pass the test, or does it apply the filling materials too? This is a question commonly asked by customers wondering which layers in upholstery need to pass the test – the cover fabric, the batting the foam, or all three. Here’s the quick answer – according to my own interpretation of the …

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Should I Re-upholster my Old Chair or Buy New?

Should I reupholster my old chair or buy new?

To Re-upholster or not to Re-upholster? That is the Question. If we’re talking about your favorite vintage chair or sofa, re-upholstery is the perfect choice to renew or refresh it, and probably the only choice. I’m guessing that throwing your love-story in the landfill is not an option (or you wouldn’t be reading this). There’s a reason you’ve become attached to your particular piece …

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Green Upholstery Cushions for a Vintage Airstream

Little green airstream renovation story

In honor of Earth Day 2016, here’s a compelling story of one person who is taking the sustainable lifestyle on the road. James Berroya began renovating his 1969 Airstream trailer with a unique focus: it would be completely ‘green’. I was honored to play a small part in his project, helping him choose sustainable upholstery materials for the inside cushions. Here’s an excerpt from James’s blog …

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Tool Demo: Cutting Foam for Upholstery Cushions

Tool demo video - cutting upholstery foam

Watch a quick video that demonstrates two different tools for cutting upholstery foam – a meat carving knife and an upholsterer’s foam saw. Subscribe now to receive timely tips for upholstery projects in your inbox!

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What’s Your ‘Uphol-Story’?

What's Your Uphol-story? Join creative upholstery makers in this new video series!

Call for Makers Living Home Furniture’s 2016 ‘Uphol-Stories’ video series is looking for a few creative upholstery makers who would like to share their ‘uphol-story’ as we work on your project together on video. You get to learn upholstery hands-on, and everyone else gets to see what’s possible. How it Works: We schedule a one day (or less) 1-on-1 workshop to film the process beginning …

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Upholstery in the Maker Space

The Maker movement: bringing upholstery into the circular economy - redesigning together

A furniture waste solution in the making One sunny September day, I found myself exploring the nooks & crannies of our county landfill looking for furniture. A towering pile of metal drew me to the upper level – old metal kids’ desks and chrome 50’s chairs haphazardly strewn throughout. I was here to document the plight of sofas by photographing this one tiny part …

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Anthropologie Window Displays as Fabric Inspiration!

Three ways to find fabric inspiration in Anthropologie window displays - Victoria Larson's Stardust fabric

Choosing a fabric for your next home project? Making a fabric choice can be a real challenge! “Where do I start? Will it go with my decor? What ‘feel’ am I looking for?” are some questions I’ve heard. Luckily there are some nifty tricks to get your brain to ‘see’ things from a new perspective. If you’re as much of a fabric lover as I am, …

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How to Stretch Upholstery Webbing using a Gooseneck Stretcher

Natural Upholstery Video: how to use a gooseneck stretcher for upholstery webbing

Many home furniture repair projects require a simple fix of replacing the webbing that supports the seat springs. Watch this video to learn: how to stretch webbing using a gooseneck stretcher how to minimize waste of your webbing how to replace webbing when retying the springs is not necessary Living Home Furniture is now NewLeaf Natural Upholstery… we’re rebranding and you’ll see …

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How to Cut Wool Batting for your Natural Latex Cushion

Natural Upholstery Video: how to cut natural wool batting to wrap a natural latex foam cushion core

Are you replacing an old chair cushion or building your own box cushion with Natural Upholstery Materials? This short video shows you how to cut your wool batting while minimizing waste & work time. Quick note: Living Home Furniture is now NewLeaf Natural Upholstery! We’re in the process of rebranding – new look coming soon! To receive timely tips, tutorials & news …

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