Thursday, 28 April 2016


Showroom is open the next 2 Saturdays (April 30th and May 7th) with lots of beautiful ideas for Mothers' Day, including this brand new batch of doorstops. For the Mum who has everything! Or… the Mum who loves an Open Door Policy!

There's also plenty of pretty, unique scatter cushions to choose from, chairs, ottomans and framed fabric art.

Hope we might see you there!

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Showroom closed this Saturday

April 16th.  Back to normal after that (Saturdays 10am - 2pm, and other times by arrangement).

Here's a couple of gorgeous new designs from Social Fabric just in - sample hangers in store now. These - like all our fabrics - are available to order by the metre for your own projects. Prices on request.

Thursday, 7 April 2016

Mothers' Day Suggestion

Just finished full refurbishment of this dear little chair. Work involved timber refinishing and full reupholstery, including covers using Jacquard fabric not available in Australia (I imported direct from a centuries-old Austrian mill which specialises in really special woven fabrics).
It's now available for sale in the Rapt Showroom and online store.
Don't you think this would really make some mother's day?

Wednesday, 6 April 2016


I've been having fun with a stash of beautiful unused linen teatowells I've had a while… wondering what to do with. By including some gorgeous remnant furnishing trimmings, these are pretty stylish upcycles I reckon!
Available in the Rapt showroom (Jamberoo) and online store (shipping price available on request).

A B****R of a job!

This was - perhaps - the hardest (upholstery) job I've ever had.
I can't find any information on this most unusual style of chair (let me know if YOU know!)… 
it's basically a mattress-type of sprung system, held together with steel straps, which hook onto the frame in only 2 places - the outside back top (shown) and the front seat rail.
It was necessary to remove the 'mattress' and upholster that, then hook it back onto the frame, then hand-sew the fabric closed.
MUCH harder than it sounds.
End result looked OK - but more importantly (and surpising to the clients, whose family this has been in since at least the 1930s) it's now supremely comfortable. 
I replaced the mass of flock stuffings with high density foam (dacron covered) - and sitting in it now is a bit like sitting upright in a very supportive hammock.
Result: clients delighted.
Phew! (I'll be quoting much more for the next one - if ever!)