Monday, March 15, 2010

Sofa Frame Ready for Finishing

The custom sofa frame, which was made by a woodworking firm based in Michigan, was just completed and is now ready for staining and finishing. The exposed solid Maple trim will be stained a dark espresso brown with a satin lacquer top coat. After finishing we will be sending it on to our friends at the upholstery workroom. They will build the coil spring deck and the cushions from scratch, then upholster the piece in a beautiful wheat colored cotton velvet.

Custom Ottoman Design

There are many beautiful coffee tables to choose from, but to maintain the intimate feel of the room I've decided that a pair of small ottomans will be a better fit in front of the sofa. Rather than using off-the-shelf ottomans, many of which are only available in solid colors (and usually in leather), I'm planning to have a pair made. That will give me a chance to introduce some pattern and color, and to do something interesting with nail head trim. I found a wonderful fabric with an embroidered geometric pattern by Robert Allen, and I'll use antique brass nail heads to accentuate the ottoman's tapered profile and to create a simple motif along the bottom edge.