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  • Louise Pike Upholstery

    I was commissioned by a family friend to upholster an antique slipper chair last summer. This filled me with excitement and dread at the same time as I had only traditionally upholstered one piece of furniture up until then, but i do enjoy a challenge! The chair had belonged to the customers Grandmother and had been in the family for over 100 years.


    There were a few repairs to complete on the chair which became apparent after stripping back. One of these being to a small round moulding that was missing on the top curve of the chair. My lovely neighbour Toni, who makes lots of extraordinary wonderful things using wood, managed to create an exact copy, what a star!


    Once all the repairs were complete I started the renovation by attaching webbing, ensuring it was extremely taut. This was followed by attaching 12oz hessian, held in place with tacks.


    Loose bridle ties were then created with a backstitch around the edge of the seat and in corridors across it, using a curved needle and upholstery twine. Coir fibre was stuffed under the bridle ties, working from the centre outwards. This part of the process can be very time consuming as you need the fibre to be as teased as possible.


    At this point, probably because I was enjoying the experience, I stopped taking as many photos. Although somehow continued taking photos of the very bored puppy waiting for me to throw a ball in the garden!


    I attached scrim and did a blind stitch and top stitch all the way around the edge.


    I attached more bridle ties and a second stuffing of mixed animal hair. This was followed by calico which stitched to the scrim.


    Working from the top downwards, I attached the top fabric and began buttoning.


    Double piping was then attached all the way around the edge.  The back fabric was attached using tacks.

    And that is it all finished, with one very happy customer! I feel like I learnt so much upholstering this chair and hope to improve on the skills I picked up during this process.




  • International Women's Day

    With International Women's Day just around the corner, we have been looking into some of the most inspirational female designers of all time. We hope to motivate you too, and awaken your creative potential.


    Ray Eames


    Ray famously worked alongside her husband, Charles Eames, and most of their work came from their collective creativeness. Charles famously said, 'Anything I can do, Ray can do better'. She studied art and painting with Hans Hofmann, before moving to the Cranbrook Academy. There, she assisted Charles and Eero Saarinen in molded plywood designs, which Charles and Ray continued together, producing molded plywood splints and strecthers in World War II.



    While the Eames Lounge Chair is the most famous, our favourite is the LCW. This chair pushes the limits of molded plywood to create a beautiful, stylish and functional chair. This chair was designed towards the end of the war, as the office began to turn their attention back to furniture, with the finished design released in 1945.


    Eileen Gray


    Eileen attended the Slade School of Fine Art, studying painting. When asked to decorate an apartment, she turned to furniture design and designed most of the furniture for the interior decoration. This in turn led to an interest in architecture, and she built her first home E.1027 in 1929. Throughout her life, she lived in Ireland, London and Paris, working in different trades, such as lacquer.



    Eileen’s Bibendum chair is one of her first and most famous pieces of work. She chose the name from the Michelin character that was used to advertise tyres, due to the shape of the chair. The overall intention for this apartment decoration was to create a modern, innovative and uncluttered design, achieved through her furniture designs.


    Nanna Ditzel

    Nanna is a Danish furniture designer who won both the Milan Triennale and the Lunning Prize. She studied at the Danish School of Arts and Crafts and the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, and her works included furniture, jewellery and textiles. As her career progressed, she started experimenting with materials such as foam, plastic and fibreglass.


    Her first successful piece of furniture was a hanging wicker egg chair in 1957, designed alongside her husband, Jorgen). Other wicker designs include the Rana chair (a three legged chair, which integrates the shell on a frame in one piece) and the Chill Lounge chair (which she designed shortly after her husband’s death).


  • Be My Valentine

    Here at Heritage Upholstery, we like to keep things creative. Why not try putting your upholstery skills to good use this Valentine’s Day, and make your special someone a heartfelt gift!



    Make a special cushion to keep your loved one cosy! Find two fabrics of your choice (we suggest pink and red!) and cut them into 8 squares each of 120mm. Sew these together into an alternating pattern of the two fabrics, then press. Choose another fabric for the borders and cut into thin strips which will fit the edges of your pillow. Sew on the borders, and press – starting with the top and bottom, followed by the sides. This pattern is now ready to be turned into a pillow using a plain fabric of your choice for the back, and stuffed! If you have any great suggestions for the fabric patterns or how to make it unique, let us know!




    This simple heart garland can brighten up your home and share the love. Trace and cut hearts out of a piece of linen, any size and quantity that you’d like. Using batting and an embroidery hoop, you can stitch words into your heart, such as love, kisses or your spouse’s name. Cut the linen, batting, and a second linen heart out, then stick together using the thread your used for the wording. Use a blanket stitch and a thick thread for a chunky design. Once you have made all of your hearts, string them together and hang above the fireplace! Feel free to spice it up using different type of fabrics and patterns to create really exciting garlands.




    Our final suggestion is using maps to create something spectacular. This is such a versatile basis for a gift project. Start by thinking of the special moments you have spent with your partner and where they took place. Where did you first meeting, get engaged or get married? You can then stitch in a journey you have taken together or pinpoint the exact location you met with bright and fun thread colours. You can turn these maps into coasters, frame them or cut them into heart garlands.


  • Getting your Kitchen Organised in Time for Pancake Day

    Fed up of the mess in your kitchen and pantry? Or have no idea what foods you have in, so just keep buying more? Coming up to Pancake Day is the perfect time to de-clutter your kitchen, and get in the tasty ingredients you need to make fabulous pancakes.




    Labelled containers

    Store your dry food, such as sugar, flour and rice in clear containers with labels. Chalkboard labels are a great and versatile way so you can always change your mind! Having a range of containers in different sizes gives you flexibility but if all are the same, you can fit more on the shelf and it looks great. Have your flour, sugar and eggs in easy reach for your delicious pancakes! Hang storage baskets or racks beneath shelves in your cupboards to give you that needed extra bit of space! You can also use this technique to hang mugs beneath the higher cupboards in your kitchen.




    Clear off all your clutter from your worktops to make space for some fabulous pancakes!!Having the majority of your cutlery and utensils hidden away in drawers and cupboards frees your worktops for lots of messy fun with the kids. This also applies for the items you have in: it’s time to purge and de-clutter! Check if everything is still in date, you might be surprised how long some of those cans have been lurking in your cupboard.



    Now for the fun bit! Once your kitchen is organised, you’ll be ready to start making! Let us know if you have any great pancake recipes, whether it’s traditional lemon and sugar, or healthy spinach pancakes!

  • 7 Interiors trends of 2018 to recreate at home

    We’ve rounded up the interiors trends that are set to take off in 2018 and are super easy for you to recreate at home or in your studio. Prepare for a departure from years of Scandinavian interior design, millennial pink is getting a grown-up make-over and metallic finishings will be glittering on everything from chair legs to door handles. This year is set to get bolder and darker with all-white-everything on its way out, to be replaced by statement pieces and pops of colour.


    1. Ultra violet



    Ultra violet has been deemed the colour of the year by Pantone, and although it’s bright bejewelled tones seem to have come at us out of nowhere, a deep shade of purple actually makes total sense. After the millennial pink mania of 2017, and the slow graduation towards lilac across catwalks and interiors, ultra violet is like a new awakening. It’s a grown up version of both pink and lilac, in which we’ve woken up from our muted pastel world, taken off the rose-tinted glasses and realised that a colour once used to denote royalty is perfect for encapsulating the born-again mood of 2018.



    2. Dark woods



    For years now, Scandinavian design, minimalism and all-white-everything have dominated the interiors scene. In came the blondes and in came the bland. But, it turns out that less really is, well, less, and at last we are set to bid goodbye to blonde woods and return to the glamour of the dark side. The rich tones of Walnut, Teak, Mahogany and Rosewood are all seeing a resurgence and being paired with metallic fixings to show off their shine and create statement pieces designed to do anything but blend-in.



    3. Metallic finishings



    Our collective obsession with copper is showing no signs of flagging, and this year it will extend to include brass, antique gold, chrome, rose gold and gold in all shapes, sizes, and finishes. Whether you want it to catch the light and glisten in the sun, or to have a smooth brushed-finish for a more muted tone, you can’t go wrong with adding a little metallic-something to your furniture pieces this year. In fact, some interior designers are encouraging mixing metals - this is kind of like wearing both gold and silver jewellery, it’s not really ‘done’ - but in 2018 designers are breaking all the rules and giving you the go-ahead to match copper and brass, or chrome and gold in creative ways that add flair rather than faux-pas.



    4. Green is here to stay



    Did you just sigh with relief too? All those lovely palms and ferns you’ve been nurturing over the last year can rest easy in their flower beds, because they are not going anywhere. So feel free to invest in some greenery that will breathe life into your rooms, create urban jungles and quaint miniature gardens or invest in a cactus or two that will thrive on your neglect - whatever works best. Alternatively, opt for palm-print wallpaper or an accent chair covered in swarthy, green, velvet jungle-print. With green being symbolic for rebirth and rejuvenation, it’s certainly not going anywhere for a long time.



    5. Statement ceilings



    Statement ceilings is one of the more exciting developments of 2018, for the one simple reason that we all have one. A lick of paint, a little plaster filigree, some tiling, whatever it be, drawing attention to your ceiling is a way of making a room seem far larger than it really is and can off-set wall art, rugs and upholstery through complimentary colour palettes. Trawl through pinterest board after pinterest board of jaw-dropping ceilings, adorned in graphic prints, funky patterns, or eye-watering shades of Gingham and Polker-dot and yet the effect is always charming and never over-the-top. Aside from the obvious obstacles of how to wall-paper a ceiling, it’s a win-win.



    6. Quilting


    The past few years have seen soft and shimmering velvets slowly conquer the world of interiors, but in 2018 there might just be a new kid on the block. Quilting is back with a bang, and we’re not talking about patch-work here, but plush fabrics sewn in intricate patterns to create a plump, stuffed, effect. The outcome is gloriously opulent and set to knock the crown off velvet’s head. The best part about this trend is the opportunity to take part without waiting for your favourite fabric suppliers to catch on and make beautiful but affordable versions. There are countless Youtube channels ready and waiting to school you on the art of quilting, complete with patterns and designs that are easy and fun to try at home. So why not give your next upholstery project that extra level of sumptuousness.



    7. Monochrome


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    Art-deco style monochrome is seeing a renaissance with swirling contrasts of black and white appearing across accent cushions, ceramic side tables, hand painted tiles and woven rugs. Black and white compliment almost any colour palette and looks particularly good offset against metallic details. Pair black and white photography with a casual throw, or splurge on a show stopping monochrome flagged-stone kitchen floor to make the most of this versatile trend.



    Inspired by the trends of 2018? Let us know about your upcoming interior design projects, send us pictures of your re-loved chairs, and add a little sparkle with our metallic furniture legs and slipper cups.



    Lynda Sparshatt lives in Düsseldorf where she re-upholsters 1950’s cocktail chairs and other Mid-Century furniture.


  • Furniture Designed by Architects

    Charles and Ray Eames

    Charles studied engineering and architecture at Washington University, then later began working at the Cranbrook Academy of Art. This is where he met Ray, and they married in 1941. Moving to California, they continued Charles’ work on molding plywood to create unique furniture designs. During the Second World War, they were commissioned to make molded plywood splints and stretchers. The famous Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman are the only products that were designed with a high-end market in mind. These were released in 1956,and are still immensely popular today. Genuine versions of this luxury chair set sell for around $5,000!


    Mies van der Rohe

    Another well known chair from a modernist architect is the Barcelona chair. This piece of furniture was designed by Mies for the Barcelona Pavilion, at the 1929 International Exposition. This chair can be spotted in many locations, including lots of films: Casino Royale, The Legacy of Tron and Iron Man. The official chair from Knoll costs around $5,700.



    Eero Saarinen

    Saarinen was brought into the world surrounded by design, with both his parents in design orientated professions. Eero began by working for his father in furniture design, followed by a sculpture course in Paris, and finally enrolling in the Yale Architecture program.  A partnership with Charles Eames led to the pair winning the 1940 Organic Design in Home Furnishings Competition, putting them both at the forefront of modern furniture design. Eero worked for Knoll, producing many famous pieces of furniture, such as the Tulip chairs and tables, the womb chair and 70 series seating collection.

  • International Volunteer Day

    This blog has a bit of a different outlook to our normal themes. Today is International Volunteer Day, which celebrates all the hard work so many people put into volunteering projects. We’re going to look at a few ways in which you could volunteer and help someone in need.


    Christmas Day

    With the big day coming up very quickly, have you thought about volunteering some of your time on Christmas? Last year I spent my Christmas afternoon at a local church, helping serve people their dinner. This was for people such as the homeless, elderly and those who do not have anyone to spend their special day with. As well as being a great way to help people in need, it was also such a fantastic day. I got showered in little gifts, ate far too much and had a good few glasses of sherry! It still left me time to go home and spend the evening with my family, making it one of my best Christmas celebrations to date.


    Local Homeless Shelters

    The local homeless shelter in Lincoln, Nomad Trust, provides emergency shelter for people in the city that are homeless and looking for help. As well as a bed, food and shelter, they also provide items such as shoes and coats, and access to services like housing, job searches and benefits. Shelters like this are always in need of a helping hand, whether to cook breakfast for the residents or help with the cleaning, organisation and general social tasks. Give your local shelter a call and find out if they’re looking for any extra help, especially over the winter.


    Humanitarian Causes

    For those determined to volunteer on a larger scale, humanitarian organisations and projects are a great option, which make such a huge difference to people’s lives. This could be something like disaster relief after natural disasters – earthquakes, hurricanes, etc. – health disasters, community development, and a whole range of other scenarios. Check out organisations such as the UN Volunteers to see what opportunities are available.

  • Christmas Decor Scandinavian-Style

    Simple is best

    For a Scandinavian-style Christmas decor – the simpler, the better. Choose a basic colour scheme, with a focus on neutrals. Natural colours and materials like wood work great with small inputs of other materials. White is a great base colour and a fundamental part of Scandinavian design. Decorations do not need to bright or overly complicated to create a lovely, festive atmosphere.


    Create a hygge feeling with many blankets available for you and your guests. Scatter blankets on your sofas and chairs, or provide them in baskets around the house. Fur (or faux fur) used on dining chairs adds both comfort and warmth to your meal.


    Christmas wreaths can come in all shapes, sizes and styles. Placed on your front door, these become the first welcome to all of your guests. Follow your interior colour scheme, adding baubles, ribbons or fruit, but keep it light and not overpowering. Pine cones or wooden stars are a cute addition, especially if sprayed in a modest gold or silver.

    Fairy lights

    The most important rule with fairy lights is sticking to one, or possibly two colours. Warm white is a perfect light for a Scandinavian theme, but beware to not mix both warm and bright white together. Simple fairy lights can be used throughout the house, but they can also be made into shapes, such as stars, to add a bit of flair.



    As well as in your Christmas pies and hot chocolate, cinnamon can be used around your home. Wrap your dinner napkins with cinnamon, pine leaves, and wrap up with a jolly red bow. Another great way of spreading the scent around the home is scented candles, which can be bought, or you can make yourself. Look online for helpful tips on how to do this.


    As already mentioned, cinnamon scented candles are a great addition to your home, but there are many other lovely Christmas scents available over the holiday period. Examples include cranberry, peppermint, and cocoa. Lead your guests into your home with an array of candles that brighten your space with a warm glow. Buy or make candle holders that match the theme of your interior, adding to the overall Christmas decor.

  • Metal Furniture Legs

    With our recent influx of new metal furniture legs into our range, we’ve decided to explore how metal can be used to accessorise your home.


    One of the biggest trends has been the recent love of copper. This is a great trend that has been around for some time, but is now in full swing. Copper can be used from pots and pans to stylish chairs – our Saxony metal furniture legs are a great way to spice up your furniture. These are available in a wide range of finishes, but copper is definitely one of the most popular.

    Copper has strong connotations with luxury, while still adding a feeling of warmth. Depending on the style you are looking for, use a colour combination to suit. Pastels and pinks allow a feminine approach, while greys can create a cooler, industrial look.



    The brass metal furniture trend sits hand in hand with copper. Use these to create an air of opulence or industrialism, depending on what you combine them with. Use brass in small, but effective methods. Examples include the frame of a mirror, highlights in your wallpaper, and even metallic threads in your rugs and cushions. If you’re feeling adventurous, trying merging brass accents with different metals around your room for an exciting form.

    Dark metal

    In contrast to the above themes, our last trend is moody and mysterious. Dark metal finishes, such as matte black or gun metal are a sleek and modern alternative to traditional metal finishes. Matte black connects a modern rustic feel with a touch of elegance. Our new Kainuu metal legs have been a huge hit, with either polished or matte black finishes to suit your furniture. This is a great, versatile leg with a base that allows you to adjust the angle, or can be removed entirely to leave just the sleek leg.

  • When Furniture Becomes Art

    Art and Design

    In the design industry, the line between art and practical use is often blurred. In this article, we will look at ways that designers are crossing that line. Through this, they incorporate exciting artistic ideas into practical furniture.

    Use simple, geometric and modern shapes to create fascinating furniture. For instance, chairs created from one continuous piece of wood, smoothed and shaped to create a functioning piece of furniture. Another idea is combining two simple materials into one visually pleasing design. In order to create a successful piece, there needs to be harmony throughout the design. This applies whether it is a simple or complex design, as the creation needs to work in its entirety. Simplicity is a great way to achieve exciting designs when combined with a more fascinating theory, shape or texture.

    Here are a few of our favourite examples:

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