Industrial & Cottage – my favourite interior style.

Being in the interior decor and design industry, I am exposed to all the different styles of interiors and furniture: Colonial, Seaside, Contemporary, Antique, Eclectic, French. I like them all – in the right setting of course!

But my absolute favourite interior style is Industrial Cottage. I love the stark edges and ‘coldness’ of Industrial, and the warmth of Cottage. The off-set of cold and warm, hard and soft, stark and upholstered, makes my blood flow and gets my imagination going.
Using different textiles to add contrast and layers also keeps the space interesting and adds depth.

We recently purchased a Cottage of our own, and I am planning to let my creative juices flow freely in this space.

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BONUS 5 Tips to care for your upholstery

5 Handy tips to help you care for and clean your fabric upholstery:

1. Keep your fabric out of direct sunlight. Unless your fabric has been manufactured to withstand direct sun, it will fade and possibly crack and become brittle.

2. Do not machine wash fabrics that are recommended for professional or dry cleaning. This will change the shape, ruin the colour and harm your fabric.

3. When you’ve caught a spill in action on your fabric, use a soft cloth or roller-towel to dab up the spill. Do not rub or brush the spill, it will make the spill soak into your fabric more.

4. Vacuum your sofa and other upholstered furniture regularly (once a week or bi-weekly) to keep the colour looking fresh and to keep dust (and dust-mites) out of the weave. Your vacuum cleaner is your friend.

5. If you have removable seat cushions, rotate them and turn them over in their covers regularly to ensure even wear of the foam and fabric.

If you’ve done what you could to care for your upholstered furniture and find that it still needs to be reupholstered, contact us for a free quote.

Bonus tips to care for and clean upholstered furniture


Art Deco Couch Reupholstery

<– Before…

My client’s mother bought this sofa with 2 matching arm chairs for ZAR10 about 30 years ago, and had upholstered it with blue woollen upholstery fabric.

My client was given the suite, and she decided it was time for a new look.

We found these lovely armrests hiding under the fabric, so we sanded them down and stained and varnished them, and upholstered the suite with white genuine bovine leather.

You NEVER know what is hidden under the fabric you don’t like!


Cape Town Design

Arm Chair Reupholstery

it all started with a sigh… hhhmmm   

and then it came: “my, my! what are we to do?”

they phoned me and I said: “of course I can sew!”

so she was brought to my door, where she stood waiting on my floor

steadily and surely, the lovely old lady got her groove back!

She is henceforth known to me as the Mothering Chair,

as she has helped 3 generations of mothers raise and nurse their children on her lap! 





              WOW –>




Making up your mind…

There are many wonderful things one can accomplish by knowing how to do upholstery.

Not only does one learn how to upholster using fabric or leather, but you also learn how to work with various other mediums: wood, metal, foam, and paint.

Sometimes, just changing the covering of one piece of furniture can make all the difference to a room.

Nowadays, the focus is to reduce, re-use and recycle and as a result we are all becoming more creative.

Many people prefer to buy old pieces, reupholster or renovate it and resell it. This gives the “not so creatives” an opportunity to benefit from these stunning transformations.

Many times, these renovated items cost more than new pieces. Please remember that the reasons are simply because it is not made using cheap labour or cheap materials.

Home-made products always cost more than mass produced products.

Also, be consoled by the idea that the renovated piece you bought is unique and that you won’t see it stacked in shelves in your local shopping mall.

There are a few things you should keep in mind when considering to have a piece of furniture re-upholstered or renovated.

1. What is the maximum amount you are willing to spend?

2. Do you want to use leather or fabric?

3. In what type of environment is the piece going to stand:

3.1. Do you have children that are going play on the piece?

3.2. Is it for display and the occasional visit?

3.3. Do you want it to make a statement or do you want it to blend in?

3.4. Will it be exposed to direct sunlight for many hours of the day?

Each of these considerations narrows down the options available to you and therefore makes it easier for you to choose the type of covering for your piece.

Once you have chosen your covering, the process is simple: we collect, re-upholster or renovate, and deliver.

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