secret weapon

Ok so it’s not so secret anymore.

Let’s just say that I am not much of an upholsterer.  I have tried my hand at it and it’s worked out ok but nothing epic has come of it.  I can’t do much beyond a basic seat.  Anything involving curves, sewing, welting, etc.  Not me.  Nor do I enjoy the task.  And I’ve come to accept that.  Part of the acceptance came when I found a stellar upholsterer to partner with who totally gets my style and is a true artist in his craft.

Meet Pete.  Hard at work.


When I started designing the bedroom for my home show room I knew there had to be an upholstered headboard. It had to be eye-catching.  It had to be vintage fabric.  A few ideas flew around as to what fabric to use but ultimately I settled on this bold, vintage tablecloth that is durable enough to stand in as upholstery.  I love the print and feel like it is totally fresh again as a headboard.  I considered tackling this project alone but decided to call in the professional after all.

Home Show - Upholstered Headboard

I love to source vintage furniture, re-imagine it and find just the right fabric, lay it out and then turn my idea over to the professional to implement.  Check out these before and after collaborations between Circa Dee and Hummingbird Upholstery…my vision, Pete’s craftsmanship.

Barrel Back Chair Before & After

Before & After French Settee

Before & After Club Chair

To all of my local blogger/designer/DIYer/upcycler/upholsterer-seeking friends, I am sharing my secret resource with you because I believe in paying it forward.  I love supporting small businesses and artisans – people who do what they love everyday.  You should definitely enlist Pete at Hummingbird Upholstery for your next project.  His workshop is located in beautiful Chester county.

barn door

By the way, the club chair and headboard collaborations from the Home Show room are for sale.  Both are currently listed on etsy.

Reclaimed Industrial Bedroom

walk on the wild side

Seriously.  Who in their right mind thought it was a good idea to cover this vanity stool in remnants of an old bedspread?  Eww.

Not only was there the hideous bedding situation but there were other layers of funky fabric under there including something resembling pink vinyl.  Probably the original upholstery on the seat.  And none other than a white cotton t-shirt.  Yes a t-shirt.  I think that was maybe used as some sort of batting.  I dunno.

Lo and behold we finally got to the bare bones.  I say “we” because my darling Ryan kindly pried out every tack and staple for me while I went shopping for…wait for it…leopard fabric!

This sweet vintage stool has been through so much with those awful layers of hideous fabric.  It only seemed right that she be reborn with some wild animal print.

Check out the metal twisty legs. Love.

She’s so cute smiling from that corner.  I might have to keep her.  The new and improved stool would be perfect in just about any room to give it a punch of femininity.   I can even see her as the star in a big, stark white bathroom beside a clawfoot tub.  If only I had a clawfoot tub…

Happy weekend!

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