When my husband’s grandma passed away, she left behind some amazing pieces of furniture. Most of which were antiques. Over the years she had built up a beautiful collection of items. One such item, which we wanted to keep in the family for sentimental reasons, was an old rocking chair. Covered with brown leather, that was now worn and torn, it wasn’t a particularly pretty chair, but it had all that history. In our first home, it sat in the corner of the dining room, but nobody ever sat on it. In our second home, it sat in the corner of my son’s nursery. When we moved to Beijing, it sat under the stairs. The torn and scratchy leather meant it just wasn’t comfortable to sit on, which was a real shame. This chair needed to become part of our furniture, but first it needed some re-upholstering.
Brenda’s Upholstery in Shunyi provides a re-upholstery service; for chairs, sofas, stools, and headboards. Any piece of furniture that you want to change the look of, the color of, or bring up to date, this is the place to come. The store is full with fabrics, samples, cushions, and curtains, in a wonderful display of colors, patterns and textures.
We were looking for a suede fabric, in a plain color, something hard wearing too. It didn’t take them long to come up with four suggestions which fitted our brief. Straight away we agreed on this gorgeous deep chocolate colored suede. It wasn’t the most expensive, neither was it the cheapest, but it was absolutely what we wanted.
The following day, they came to pick up the chair. By which time we had decided to have another two chairs upholstered, in the same fabric. So after a price negotiation, three chairs went off for a make-over, to return two weeks later looking fabulous. Over the years, we’d had quotes from re-upholstery companies back home in the UK, with prices coming in at three times what we paid Brenda’s. Not only did they do a superb job, with quality workmanship, they did it for a very good price.
1-5 Dragon Bay, Yu Yuan Road, Shunyi; 地址：北京市顺义区后沙峪裕园路龙湾商业街1-5号 布语天香 Contact (135 2196 5956, Brendashi@163.com)
beijingkids Shunyi Correspondent Sally Wilson moved to Beijing in 2010 from the UK with her husband and son. Her daughter was born here in 2011 and both her kids keep her happily busy. In her spare time, Sally loves to stroll through Beijing’s hutongs and parks. She is a (most of the time) keen runner and loves reading: books, magazines, news, and celeb websites – anything really. Sally is also a bit of a foodie and loves trying out new restaurants.
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