Thursday, October 18, 2007

Media Talk: This Old House

This Old House Newton Project - image courtesy of, photo by Anthony Tieuli

Heller Furniture has been tapped to create a custom kitchen banquette and several box cushions for the latest This Old House project in Newton, MA. Walter Heller and Tommy Silva meet to discuss the kitchen built-in banquette.

This beautiful old Victorian is a beehive of activity as they prepare to finish up the project in the next couple of months.

Watch the webcam and get a sneak peak!

For more photos of this amazing home - check out

Project interior design Abbey Koplovitz of AbbeyK, Inc., who brought us into the project, is showcasing this renovation on her blog On Interior Design. She includes images of her design boards and fabric samples and other interesting tidbits about the project.

And finally - the hardworking homeowners - Paul Friedberg and Maddy Krauss - are blogging on their experience here on Old House My House. Lots of interior shots are available!

This Old House Newton is currently airing on PBS stations around the country. Check your local listings and check back here for updates on our work on this exciting project!

Beacon Hill Trunk Show

We hosted a very fun designer event and luncheon yesterday. Devin Arbabi, sales rep for Beacon Hill / Robert Allen fabrics showed us their new fall lines of fabrics and trims. They are really beautiful and her enthusiasm is catching!

Thanks to all of the designers for taking time out of your schedules to come over and spend time with us and a big thanks to Devin for all your hardwork as well!

Slip on a slip cover

Here is a recent project just completed in the workroom. These slipper chairs were treated to fresh new fabrics and pillows.


After (note, pillows actually for sofa)

Well tailored slipcovers can be the perfect option for furniture that is still in good shape structurally or if you want to be able to change the look with the seasons. A well made slipcover such as this is not necessarily a lot less expensive that a full reupholstery job, however. It takes a lot of hours and fittings to get the size just right. The desiger was able to specify such detailing as a banded hem and inverted pleats in a contrast color. Even the direction of the small stripe was discussed. A lot of work, but, as you can see, the outcome can be fabulous!