I’m Shelly Leer, upholsterer, writer, educator and designer. After twenty years of owning my own upholstery studio, working for designers, shops, and designing children’s furniture and accessories, I turned my attention to teaching. As a former featured writer for Curbly.com, a contributor to Apartment Therapy Chicago, Huff Post Home, and currently a contributor to HOUZZ.com, I’ve learned how to simplify the sometimes mysterious craft of upholstery and present it in its proper form to a rapidly growing market. I’ve created and sold my restyled and original furnishings through local shops, Chairish.com, PoshTots.com, my etsy shop, as well as various art fairs in the midwest.
I started ModHomeEc.com to share all of my knowledge and experience in creating stylish and high quality home furnishings that don’t look homemade; it seemed only natural to begin to teach others. My local studio is home to live upholstery and sewing classes, as well as a variety of home furnishing workshops. We’re proud to attract and teach students from coast to coast.
Whether you’re feathering your own nest or you want to add upholstered furniture to your shop offerings, I know how frustrating it can be if you can’t find a teacher or a class that provides the guidance and comprehensive instruction you want and need. We recently launched UpholsteryClub.com to interact with the global community of upholsterers, as well as fans of this complex craft. You’ll find tutorials, tips of the trade, inspiration and educational information from the DIY level all the way up to the pros.