If you frequent this blog you have probably noticed that I have been MIA for a while. I have totally neglected this blog due to the fact that my hubby and I were enjoying ourselves in Costa Rica for about 10 days. It felt sooooo good to take a vacation! While I was away my [...]
This is one of two chairs that was dropped off by a client. We made new cushions for it out of a black and white fabric. I love the fun geometric print our client picked out, so cute! The white cording really makes these cushions look great, the perfect finishing touch! The chairs themselves were [...]
About two years ago the Orange County Register wrote an article about our upholstery services. The article was written for women’s history month, so the main focus was on the fact that it was a family run business. My grandma, my mom, my sister and I all posed for pictures and were interviewed by the [...]
This red slipcover is one of my favorites! I think it’s because the chair is so curvy and bubbly. My mom did most of the work on this one. I love how she made the gathers around the front of the arm and the piping just finishes it off perfectly. This chair just [...]
I love making slipcovers out of something unexpected. A little while back we made one out of a drop cloth and now, most recently, we have made one from a coverlet. This small little slipper chair was bland, just basic white cotton fabric upholstery. My mom and I created this custom slipcover out of a [...]
My mom and I love to sew! Stop by our store almost any given weekday and you’ll find us sitting at our sewing machines working away. We are usually creating custom slipcovers, bedding, or window coverings for our clients, but sometimes we like to sneak in something fun for ourselves. Like these curtain panels we recently made for [...]
This vintage wing back chair is one of our most recent upholstery projects. My dad even got in on a little piece of the action. He decided to take the chair home and started “demolition”. He removed the wood base and meticulously picked out staples one by one. He didn’t last long though. After about half of [...]
My mom and I have been crazy busy painting furniture for customers, creating cushions, pillows, and slipcovers too. Today we decided to take a break from all that work and make a super fun project, a dog bed!! Shelby and Teddy love it! Now hopefully Shelby will sit on it and quit begging my husband [...]
I don’t know why I didn’t think of this before! I use drop cloths all the time for the furniture painting aspect of my business, but never sewed on it or upholstered with it. It is super durable, dirt cheap, and really cool fabric. A 12′ x 15′ drop cloth only runs $31. I used [...]
My husband went out and bought our dog a crate without me. He came home with a huge crate that is at least twice as big as what our dog needs. She sleeps in her own private condo! It is big, black and ugly, and sits in our living room. I decided I needed to make [...]
Alchemy fine living is an antiques & home furnishings business located in Santa Ana, Ca. Alchemy can be defined as an inexplicable or mysterious transmuting power or process; transforming something common into something special.
ABOUT MEAlchemy fine living is my antiques & home furnishings business. I'm Deana, the author of this blog. My mom Connie & I followed our dreams & opened our store in 2008. It's a collection of all the things she & I truly love. We combine antiques with new treasures, as well as, a selection of handcrafted items created by the two of us. We also offer custom sewing, re-upholstery, & furniture painting services.
173 E City Place Dr.
Santa Ana, CA 92705
CONTACT MEEmail: email@example.com
Store Phone: 877.250.3674
Tues. through Sat. 10 to 3
Furniture drop off and pick up by appointment:
Tues. through Fri. 10 to 6 and Sat. 10 to 3