Warm and cool tones are balanced through the use of patterns in this living room. A splash of color is artfully added through the use of accessories. Custom upholstery and unique details create a truly timeless and breathtaking space.
The formal dining room and kitchen effortlessly define themselves as separate spaces in this spacious open floor plan. The use of different custom upholstery in each room creates a sense of style while simultaneously distinguishing them from one another.
This cozy settee was chosen by the homeowners to be a comfortable spot for reading to their daughters. Bought at Crate and Barrel, designer Stephanie Rossi customized it with pale linen upholstery and a wide central stripe of dark purple wool.
The biggest splurge in the master bedroom was the custom upholstered headboard, which grounds the space and keeps the scale and proportion of the main pieces in check. Although the fabric used for its upholstery came to less than $100, the nail head detail was triple that price. The nail heads themselves are not expensive (usually priced by the 1000 unit box), but the labor and time involved to apply them as a custom pattern comes at a high cost. To create the pattern, a template is first made from paper, then laid in place along the upholstery. Referring to the template, a skilled upholstery professional applies each nail head by hand using a rubber mallet, ensuring even placement and perfectly level lines. Altogether, nail head application for a headboard this size may take as much as two full days to complete.
The rustic and modern tastes of this client were perfectly embodied in this photo; the natural rock shape of the lamp juxtaposed with the metallic color is a treat for the eye. The dark custom upholstery on the headboard also contrasts beautifully with the metallic sheen of the wallpaper is rests against.
A large white cabinet with grasscloth and a chrome nailhead finish serves as a media cabinet in this neutral family room. Two ivory club chairs, X-based stools with custom upholstery, a tufted blue ottoman and a sofa slipcovered in a harbor blue ticking stripe offer ample seating for family gatherings or movie nights.
A custom daybed adorned with robot-inspired linens is ideal for sleepovers in this boy's bedroom. The bed's modern design works with the modern design of the room, and its bold-colored upholstery adds major impact.
Charged with creating a playroom for her clients' daughters, SuzAnn Kletzien set out to design a multipurpose space for play, study and possible sleepovers. A custom U-shaped storage bench and accompanying table anchor the space, while colorful upholstery and Moroccan-inspired accessories keep the eclectic space lively.
This sunny nook becomes a high-style breakfast space with a custom sofa that fits perfectly in its corner location. White slipcover-style upholstery allows a row of colorful pillows to pop in the space, while an eclectic mix of chairs complements the home's boho chic aesthetic.
This master bedroom features a unit of custom built-ins with an integrated TV and desk. Polished nickel hardware gives the unit a sleek finish. A custom desk chair features cotton and silk velvet upholstery.
This neutral living room takes a cue from the ocean with its seashell overhead light, nautical framed artwork and blue glass table lamps. The custom-made sectional features a white and tan patterned indoor/outdoor upholstery, making it the perfect choice for a waterfront condo. Blue and coral seashell pillows complete the coastal look of the space.
The owner wanted a place where his family could enjoy meals together, so designers added a custom banquette to give the kitchen an eat-in space, while the fun upholstery makes the space lively and casual. Although the main function of the banquette is to provide seating for the family, it serves the dual purpose of hiding the radiator in the home and was built to be easily taken apart and moved in case repairs need to be made.
Custom cobalt upholstery and modern gold chandelier bring just the right bursts of color into this effortlessly chic dining room, while the oversize mirror and floor to ceiling drapery adds dimension to the space.
Another angle of this music room reveals a cozy seating area for guests; chairs featuring custom taupe upholstery and nailhead borders are separated by a small accent table, and make for a cozy place to chat.
Spend an afternoon in a furniture store or browsing online and you’ll quickly realize that sofas come at all prices, from a few hundred to many thousand dollars. The good news is that you can get a great sofa at every level. “Quality is not necessarily indicated by price, contrary to what people may believe,” says Cindy W. Hodnett, Upholstery and Style Editor for Furniture Today. “You can find an affordable, high-quality sofa—and the exact opposite is true as well.” Part of what determines the sofa’s price is the type—a sleeper sofa, or one with “motion” capability or leather upholstery could cost more—but you should also consider how you’ll use the sofa when deciding how much to spend. “A sofa you plan to make the centerpiece of your living room in your dream-house might be worth more of an investment,” says Max Bar-Nahum, director of custom upholstery at Dr. Sofa, a furniture services provider that offers disassembly (and reassembly), upholstery, repair, and custom design and build. “On the other hand, if you know your tastes change often, you’ll be moving in a couple of years, or if it’s the sofa you’ll put in your playroom for your kids to hang out on, you might not want to spend too much over your budget.”