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Elaine O'Donovan



Elaine creates bespoke traditional and modern upholstered pieces to commission and has trained in traditional and modern upholstery. She enjoys transforming well-loved pieces to be treasured for decades to come. After two decades in the business world, Elaine embarked upon a more creative route. She studied for the AMUSF Traditional and Modern Upholstery Diploma at the School of Art, Architecture and Design at London Metropolitan University. Elaine is developing her craft further at Grandey’s Place, and together with some of her former colleagues formed The Crafted Upholstery Collective. Being part of the collective enables her to develop and grow her skills with like-minded people also trained in the craft.

As well as traditional upholstery, Elaine has a passion for mid-century modern pieces and enjoys giving these beautiful chairs a new lease of life. Whether you are looking to preserve a piece of furniture that has been in your family for decades or looking to change a piece to fit a new interior, Elaine is available for commissions and trades under the name of The Upholstery Atelier.

Craft Spotlight

Traditional Upholstery

Reupholstering much loved pieces that have been in your family for decades or giving a beautiful antique a much needed revamp, using traditional upholstery skills. These pieces are handcrafted using traditional tools, materials and stitching methods that have existed for centuries. All pieces are sympathetically restored to maintain their integrity.

Modern Upholstery

Whether it is a contemporary piece that’s looking a little sad and saggy or a mid-century modern classic, your much-loved chair will be reupholstered using modern techniques and materials. Elaine will ensure that your seat looks as good as the day it left the shop – if not even better

Restore & Revive

If your show-wood is looking a little tired, a quick restore and revive will have it looking fabulous and will compliment your freshly upholstered piece.

Upholstery Course for Beginners

Weekend courses for beginners, deep buttoned footstool, dining chair or other small items. Discover your passion for upholstery at one of our weekend courses.

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