Normally I’m a winter person. Any other year I’d embrace the cold and wrap myself in a cocoon of woolens and go about my merry way. This winter, however, I’m just not so jazzed about the cold and snow and schlock. I think it probably has a lot to do with all of the chaos that seems to have closed in on my home. 2014 was an ambitious year of purchasing and projects, but it all snowballed at the end resulting in a major time and space deficit. Now I’m left with half torn apart rooms awaiting new furniture, half finished projects awaiting warmer weather and half organized everything else exploding everywhere. And for the most part, there’s nothing I can do about it until spring. It might just be driving me to madness. And not the level of madness those who know and love me have come to expect. No, no, we’re talking wear house slippers to the grocery store, yell indiscriminately at traffic from the sidewalk, drastically reshape my eyebrows crazy. But sometimes all you need is to see a tiny glimpse of light at the end of the tunnel and fortunately for me that light came—in the form of a phone call from my upholsterer.

As you might recall, what seems like an eternity ago, I finally found my forever couch. As wonderful as this Adrian Pearsall designed sofa looked from afar, somebody else’s “forever” had left it rather devastated. A closer inspection revealed missing strapping, rotted foam, threadbare fabric, and buttons reattached with kite string and metal washers. The potential wasn’t hard to see—but then neither was challenge of restoring it.


Nearly a year and a half after finding it, I finally got the couch in the queue for reupholstery and a couple months after that it was finally done. Unfortunately I haven’t had a chance to restore the frame yet, but seeing the new upholstery all taught and beautiful might just be the inspiration I need to get me through to spring.


Like brand spanking new. New strapping, new foam and new wool fabric from Knoll. I apologize for the terrible phone pic, it’s the best I could do in my fluorescent-lit garage. But I’m so excited about it I couldn’t resist sharing. Perhaps some of you needed the pick me up too?

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  1. Kristen Mathews
    Posted January 15, 2015 at 9:25 am | Permalink

    WOW! Love this! So beautiful! Can’t wait to see it completely done, gorgeous

    • Austin
      Posted January 19, 2015 at 6:29 pm | Permalink

      Thanks, Kristen! I can’t wait to get it completely done!

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