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Fabulous Furnishings; drapes, curtains and upholstery in the Okanagan

It was a real pleasure to be able to help this newly retired couple re-furnish and fill their new home in sunny Penticton.  After leaving their Burnaby home of 28 years the Wood family purchased an apartment, gutted it, and really made it a beautiful place to spend their retirement comfortably.  The new space was designed by the couple and step by step they turned it into the dream home they had always wanted . . . and more (Ted will grumble about that)!

On the first visit they came to us looking to re-upholster two of their arm chairs which quickly turned into us working together on many pieces throughout the home.  The project spread to toss pillows, window-seats and custom drapery in all the rooms.  We refinished some existing wood furniture and they even purchased my beloved tufted chair (which you can watch the re-upholstery process in our time lapse video).  It took several visits to secure just the right fabrics and bring the look together, a process which we enjoyed spending with the couple and was well worth the time invested.  The outcome was gorgeous!

With the work complete we loaded up the Fabulous van and drove up to the Okanagan to do the install.  Our clients graciously hosted us during the few days it took to place the hardware, hang and properly train the curtains so they were just right :)  It was so nice getting to know them as we enjoyed some amazing home cooked food, and lots of laughs . . . and now they are going to have to adopt me  :)

Thank you to this wonderful couple for letting us help make your new home Fabulous!

leather upholstery  tub chair before

Leather tufting; work in progress                                                     before

leather chair upholstery after


Complete!  The couples existing “Egyptian” chair repaired and re-upholstered in this waxy pull up leather



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Cute!  A petit stool upholstered to suit :)


antique stool ready for upholstery


We love the process, we get to see the old become new . . . jute and horsehair is a common sight.

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The devil is in the details.  The ottoman was refinished to match the chair which was purchased complete here at the shop.  The tufting, leather and refinished frame made it feel like they had always belonged together.

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Customized upholstered bench seat and cushions = happy nook!

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The mud room gets a touch of fabric too :)

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Training day . . . this is part of the reason custom drapes are so fabulous.  Each pleat is carefully set into place to stay beautiful forever.  


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Hang, train, set!  Curtains and drapes get the royal treatment before installation.

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Installed!  Grand and cozy all at the same time.  What a wonderful space to come home to.


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So tailored, drapes hang beautifully in the dining room.

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The stripe . . . oh the stripe . . . a quest like no other was put on to make sure this special cut velvet stripe made it into this space!  And with all the custom bedding in blue and cream the hit of red ties the whole thing together.  Phew!

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A last minute addition; refinished in high gloss lacquer black and upholstered in white leather . . . luxurious in the new master bath.

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Going up!  Drapes installed.







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Studio Roman Shades: in the details

Written By Date: June 19, 2014

Custom roman shades

Recently we completed an install of two custom roman shades for our clients downtown Vancouver office.  The results were both practical and stunning!  We thought it was well worth sharing what comes when function and design happily meet.  This client and local designer needed to be protected from the scorching heat of the mid day sun when it hit her office windows.  The solution was to use a 3 pass blackout lining to block out the light when she needed it.  The face of the shades needed some pretty detail to feel less utilitarian and fit into her tastefully decorated space.  She opted to use a decorative black banding which we customized to be able to showcase all the way around even when the shade was all the way up!  The results were sophisticated, elegant and practical.  Just in time for the summer heat!  Contact us here to schedule a consultation for your home or office space!

The shades installed, looking so pretty and already serving their purpose!

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Before and after :)

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The install . . .

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Folds up nice and tidy!  So sharp.

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Custom Drapes and Swags: The finishing touch

Designer Luisa Tchang approached us while working with her clients on a complete do-over renovation,  she needed just the right finishing touch for the only window in the new master bedroom!  The overall feel was to be soft, impromptu, and feel very elegant.  The custom drapes were going to have to live up to the new finishes; gorgeous custom millwork, stunning marble tile and crystal which were already in place to set the stage.

Every custom drapery project comes with its own set of obstacles, challenges and call for creativity.  This window presented us with a little awkward bulkhead that was in just the wrong place and had just the wrong sort of uneven quality that it absolutely needed to be covered up.  So, on to problem solving!

Our list then looked a little like this: hide the ugly bulkhead, add luxury and elegance, create a soft and impromptu feel (nothing too structured or rigid), and glam it up baby!  Check, check, and check.  Louisa selected a gorgeous pale silk damask from Joanne Fabrics and a soft satin champagne for the reveals.  We then proposed a swag valance with soft curves and delicate jabbots, decorative side panels with an angled hem and decorative tie back, all which would frame the window and the layer of pinch pleat sheer drapes which would be operable for privacy.  Phew!

The look came together and the result was just what the designer ordered, the final finishing touch on a glamorous master suite fit for her wonderful clients, who were thrilled!

Louisa and client having a chat before the reveal :)  Ps - the girls are sitting on a custom diamond tufted bench top upholstered by Fabulous Furnishings to match the existing hand crafted headboard!

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Getting set up and setting everything just right!

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A happy designer and her happy dance!

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Complete and sooo Fabulous :)  Ps – here is our custom tufted ottoman top again!

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