Did you know?
That our workroom is run by women right here at our store in downtown Portland?
That we train our upholsterers specifically for the work we do?
That we get almost all of our materials from local companies (Hey Tom! Hey Tim!) because we like to support our neighbors?
That each nailhead we tack on to your chairs and sofas are meticulously done by hand, one at a time?
That while we’re lovingly deconstructing your piece we’re eagerly planning it’s restoration because we LOVE this work?
So without further ado…
A MECA graduate and lover of restoration, Keaven is who you’ll hear working away up in our loft as you shop. With each compression pump and bang of the hammer, you know she’s taking great care and getting the job done well. She brings life back to all of your heirlooms, roadside finds, and anything else you can dream up. Keaven’s favorite part of the job? “Upholstery… No but really, I love the opportunity to be creative every day.”
Keep reading below for more from our interview with Keaven!
WILL YOU SHARE WITH US YOUR JOURNEY TO UPHOLSTERY?
Well, my journey to becoming an upholsterer has been a long and rocky road. I do have a furniture degree, but for years I found myself facing roadblock after roadblock. The biggest setback was when the home studio I had just finished building was completely ruined in a pretty bad flood. After that experience I really started to question whether becoming an upholsterer was in my cards. But I couldn’t stay away. No matter what I faced, I was continually drawn to furniture. I eventually found my way to Home Remedies, and I can say that with each day I work here I’m validated that I’ve really found my passion.
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE PIECES TO REUPHOLSTER?
I really like challenging ones or anything with a great fabric choice! But really, each piece is different. As I work on any given piece I have to discover the best way to reupholster it, and that keeps them all feeling new and exciting.
IN 3 WORDS, DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE
Ecclectic, vintage, colorful.
I just like things with a story. This box that I keep remnants in was a flea score, and it’s one of my favorite pieces in my workroom. It’s lived a great life and I love that I get to extend that.
WHERE DO YOU GATHER INSPIRATION?
I find a lot of inspiration from flea markets. And I like to gather quotes from people who are viewed as successes but have experienced plenty of failure too. They’re such an inspiration to me. Oh and fabric. I love fabric. Okay one more. Furniture. I love furniture.
WHAT’S THIS BOOK YOU’RE WRITING IN?
I record everything that I do and have always been that way. It helps my process to be able to go back and reference pieces I’ve already completed. And I like to record the fabric I’ve worked with, both the old fabric and the replacement fabric. I guess I sort of feel like a cultural anthropologist. Furniture tells a lot about the people who use it. So this book is a way to map the history of each piece, and that’s really special to me.
WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR PEOPLE LOOKING TO HAVE REUPHOLSTERY DONE?
Upholstery is incredibly time consuming and thus an investment. If you’re thinking of getting a piece redone, don’t do it just because you have it. Do it because you love the shape or the story. Do it because it’s part of your family history. If it deserves a second life, give it one.
Thank you for interviewing me! I hope our customers come up and say hi next time they’re in the store!