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Design Inspiration

As you may know, we’re taking part in this year’s Vancouver Home and Design Show, and we couldn’t be more thrilled! What’s exciting about preparing for a show, is that we get to create a project that is all about us. Don’t get me wrong, we love helping others make their dream projects come true, but sometimes it’s fun to do it all for yourself.

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The other day, we we’re perusing the Internet for a little design inspiration. Now we don’t want to give away too much before the big event, but it’s safe to say our booth is going to look fantastic. Our team has been working non-stop on ideas that will really showcase how much can be done with custom furniture. Sometimes, finding inspiration for a project can be half the fun!

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Tufting is definitely in right now! Image via Pinterest

We find unique ideas anywhere from design blogs to everyday life. Make sure to follow us on Pinterest for all of our design inspiration! What inspires you?

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All About Upholstery!

Last night we were joined by guests and upholstery specialist Steven Rystephanuk for our All About Upholstery seminar. With nearly 15 years of experience, Steve was able to advice guests on the different styles of tufting, picking the perfect fabric, and the materials used for custom upholstery.

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A beautiful example of some of Steve’s work. 

Guests included local designers and design enthusiasts. Near the end of the seminar, guests were invited to ask Steve and Lison for advice on their custom furniture projects. Soon, Lison will be announcing her own line of custom furniture, but for now that is still under wraps!

We had a fantastic evening and we’re already looking forward to our next event, a Feng Shui Seminar with a local expert. Hope to see you there!

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Upcoming: Upholstery Seminar

We thought we would round off upholstery month with an All About Upholstery seminar!

It’s been a blast spending August chatting about custom furniture and upholstery, so we thought we would start September the same way. On September 11th, you’re invited to join us for the first in a line-up of monthly seminars. To kick it off, we’ve invited upholstery specialist Steve Rystephanuk to join seasoned furniture designer Lison Ouellette as they discuss the art behind custom furniture and upholstery.

Where: Lison Art Furniture – 345 West Broadway, Vancouver

When: September 11th from 6PM – …

Get your tickets, and come enjoy a night of furniture, fun, and design inspiration. Each month we will be offering a seminar to expand your knowledge on all types of interior design and home furnishings. Make sure to check out our events page and mark your calendars!

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Functional Fabrics

Moving forth with Upholstery Month!

Last week we looked at picking the perfect cushioning for your custom furniture needs. This week, we want to talk about picking fabrics to suit your lifestyle.
Once you’ve decided on your cushioning, it’s time to move on to the really fun stuff, picking your fabric. There are plenty of decisions that go into finding the perfect fabric, two of the most important being:

1) Style: You want to make sure that the fabric you choose will compliment the rest of your home. If you’re not doing a complete overhaul of your furniture, make sure your new piece doesn’t clash with older furnishings in the house. That peacock pattern that you love so much, might not go too well with the red flannel you’ve got at home.

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2) Lifestyle: Before making any decisions, think about how the furniture will be used. Fabric should be beautiful, but it should also be functional. If you’ve got a toddler at home, it’s best to wait a few years (or more) before splurging. Same goes for pets. Decide what purpose the furniture will have, how often it will be used, before picking your fabrics.

Finally, no matter what fabric you decide on, there will come a time when you need to replace it. Whether the pattern goes out of style or it starts to show it’s age, it will need to be updated.

If you’re looking to re-upholster old furniture and would like some advice, email us at info@lisonartfurniture.com. Have a great day!

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Upholstery and Cushioning

This month we’ll be talking all about upholstery. For many people, upholstery never crosses their mind. For others, the idea of re-upholstering includes a new couch slip from Ikea. And then there are those of us who absolutely love upholstery. We thought we would share our passion and our knowledge, to help you see exactly what can be done when you opt for custom furniture.

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This chair desperately needs a new look! Wait until we’re done with it!
With any custom job, after you’ve picked your frame, you’ll move on to your cushioning. This is the fantastic part about custom work, your furniture is made for your comfort. If you want to be enveloped in a down cushioned chair, go right ahead.

As you get older though, you need a more firm seat. For those people getting into their senior years, just the act of sitting down and getting back up becomes a pain. Having the option to raise the hight of the seat and make it more rigid makes a world of difference.

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Couldn’t you imagine sinking into this chair?
This is exactly the thing that makes custom furniture so wonderful. You decide what the chair will be used for, and build it around that need. Whether the chair is for grandpa or for a new mom, it’s built to be as comfortable as can be for the user.

After you decide on the frame and the cushioning, the fun begins! Next week we’ll be chatting about fabrics, finishings and matching your custom furniture with your lifestyle.

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Launch Party!

On Thursday June 13th we held our official launch party, and it was a great success! Lison had the opportunity to present her passion to designers, architects, artists, and developers from around the city. We were also fortunate to have members of BC Living and other news outlets in attendance. The artists Sylvie Rochette and Jonas Delogne came by to present their work that is featured within the boutique. At the end of the evening, Lison drew a business card, the winner receiving a custom chair. The lucky man was Bob Tai, who quickly began deciding on a frame with his wife!

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It was a fantastic evening! We are so glad we had the chance to share it with such a great group of people. If you had the opportunity to come by, we thank you for sharing the evening with us. If you weren’t able to make it, we hope to have you come by our boutique soon!