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H&A Upholstery

Museum-Quality Upholsterer



When a Met curator needed to spruce up a 19th-century Biedermeier sofa and the Brooklyn Museum acquired an Isamu Noguchi “cloud” sofa in a slight state of disrepair, they called up Hector and Ana Barbacone’s Brooklyn Heights– based H&A Upholstery. They’re also beloved among big design firms, like textile giant Cowtan & Tout. While this family business is known mostly for “fancier” work—like salvaging horsehair antiques—it’s equally great at breathing new life into thrift-found footstools and mid-century Scandinavian club chairs. With your own fabric, a dining chair starts at $120, and a three-seat camelback sofa might go for $2,500.

Sticker-Wallpaper Applier



Sticker wallpaper—for those who don’t want to commit or pay a premium for expensive sheets of the regular stuff—has seen a boom in the past few years with new start-ups like Wallshoppe and Flat Vernacular. It’s often cheaper than its traditional counterpart, but getting the perfect hang

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