I recently had the pleasure of designing and creating a custom cushion for this little vanity chair. It was a bit of a challenge because of the shape of the chair, but it was so much fun to do. I love the gorgeous fabric that was chosen by my client. I picked out a gross grain ribbon that coordinated with the fabric and used it as the ties on all four corners. I love the little bit of whimsy the full bows make at each corner.
Once I finished sewing the cushion I filled it with a down feather insert. It wanted to fold and crease in order to follow the curvature of the chair. Not a good look. (that’s where the challenge came in) How to make this look good?? I’ll add buttons! Then the tufting will make the folds look intentional, give the cushion a bit of style, and add some shape to it. So I created ten covered buttons and got to work. I’ll have to admit I was pretty excited when I finished it and even more excited when my client came to pick it up. She loved it, which totally made my day.
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My mom is a DIY kind of gal. When I was a kid I remember trips to thrift stores, strolling the hardware store isles, and of course spending hours feeling fabric at the yardage shop. She was constantly transforming bargain buys into treasures for our home. With a fresh coat of paint or a new slipcover, she gave old furniture new life. We have always enjoyed being creative together and in 2008 we turned our hobby and passion into a business.
Alchemy fine living is a creative business. We offer furniture painting services, upholstery, and custom slipcovers. We also sell a few hand crafted items on Etsy.
I'm Deana, the author of this blog. My mom, Connie, taught me from a young age how to spot a deal at a flea market or a thrift shop. She could always spot the hidden potential of an old, worn out piece of furniture. I learned to sew when I was four years old and all through the years I helped my mom with DIY projects around the house.
In 2008 she & I turned our hobby into a business. We re-do old furniture and hand craft items for sale in our Etsy store. For those who, like us, love to DIY we offer lots of tips and advice in our tutorial videos. We also offer furniture painting, upholstery, and sewing services for those who don't want to tackle the project themselves.