Saturday, April 9, 2016

And Cushions Too

When I moved across country, my mother was kind enough to give me a chair I'd always loved from my childhood home. And much like the velveteen rabbit, this chair continued to be loved by me, and my children... and our cat (...unfortunately our cat loved to play with it instead of sitting nicely in it), and our love wore that beautiful chair down. 

As you can see- this chair reached a point where it was beyond use. I was devastated to see it go, as it had become like another member of our family. 

Fortunately, one of our team members - Kelly - is a reupholstery wizard! Kelly joined our team in 2015. Previously she'd worked for a company that provided furniture for high end stores like Ethan Allan and Calico Corners for sixteen years. 

I worked with Kelly to determine what type of material may work best for my chair based on how my family uses it. She made some suggestions and I selected a silver floral upholstery weight fabric to have it recovered in. 

I sent my chair to her so she could work her magic, and she created a beautiful piece of furniture out of a mess. We now keep our beloved chair in my daughters room where it receives the TLC it has always deserved. 

Kelly has been an incredible addition to our team. She creates beautiful pieces for Window Treatments by Melissa, including window seat and bench cushions, pillow covers and shams, and even custom bed skirts! Our customers love Kelly too! Here is what some of our customers have to say about Kelly's work:

Vanessa: "Beautifully done! I needed something special, so I was worried my hopes would get lost in translation...but, no way! The sizing is perfect, and the final product is first-class professional."

Cyndy: "I feel this item is exactly as was described. I love this cushion! It is the perfect addition to the window seat in my spare room."

If you're in the market for a new bench cushion here are some things you should know about:
  • You can get your cushion in any thickness. Window Treatments by Melissa typically recommends a three inch thickness if you are unsure of what you want. We use a high density firm foam for seat cushions and a softer foam for cushion backs on benches or chairs.
  • Fabric for our window seat cushions should be AT LEAST a medium weight home decor fabric. We recommend staying with cottons and canvas's or "outdoor" type fabrics. We can work with linen, but we don't recommend it. 
  • The closures we offer on our cushions are zipper and velcro. We also have upgrade options like adding piping to the top and/or bottom of your cushion. Piping can be in the same fabric as your cushion, or in a solid accent color. We can also add ties if you are making these for dining table chairs or want to secure your cushion to a piece of furniture! 
  • We make cushions for:
    • window seats
    • nook benches
    • dining table chairs (our cushions can be made to a custom shape and fit for your chair)
    • outdoor furniture
    • dog beds
    • day beds
    • porch swings 

And many more! As these are all custom made, we can consider any project you may have!

   Window Seat Cushion by Windows By Melissa   

Be sure to check out our cushion listings on Etsy to see some of the cushion projects we've done, and to to be inspired! 


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