I had planned for several years to have my parent's 50's club chairs reupholstered. However, after having one bad experience with an upholsterer who had been recommended by a friend, I was reluctant to trust another with these vintage pieces which I treasured for the many memories they held for me.
Being in the midst of editing our home, everything either has a purpose or it goes. And so, it was time to bring the chairs out of basement storage, update them and put them back into use.
I poured over the Homestars website and had narrowed my search to four upholsterers. I contacted two and the first of the two to respond was Carlos. He answered many of my questions during our initial phone conversation and so I proceeded to set up an appointment with him for a Saturday afternoon in mid November. Both my husband and I found him to be pleasant and friendly but also very professional. He spent a great deal of time with us.... he provided a very large portfolio of his work and also offered a past client (to whom he had just delivered furntiure) for us to contact as a reference, he did not attempt to rush us to a contract at all. He brought fabrics which matched my vision for the chairs and on the third sample book, I found the fabric which I thought existed only in my mind. Based on his portfolio, as well as his sharing of information in his professional but friendly manner.....my mind was made up........it was Carlos who I would trust to bring my parent's chairs back to new glory.
As promised, the chairs were picked up on schedule and as promised, in spite of obviously being quite under the weather with a seasonal respiratory infection, Carlos delivered the chairs in time for Christmas. They were all I had imagined and much more. The workmanship is absolutely superb! They are an amazing blend of contemporary while honouring the vintage style of the 50s. The pattern matching is amazing, the piping which I wanted is perfect, the wooden legs were refinished beautifully and Carlos even did beautifully crafted arm covers (a surprise).
Would I recommend him........ABSOLUTELY YES! My next project for him will be to resurrect the 60's chair which the OTHER upholsterer messed up......Carlos will bring it back to beautiful.....I know he will.
Thank you, Carlos......you are a gentleman and a professional!