It’s not often you see females work in upholstery; I think it’s mostly considered to be a trade for men. Brooke Austin of By the Brooke Upholstery, Furniture and Homewares is one lady showing the men that women are very capable of working in this industry as well.

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Furniture upholstery project by Brooke Austin of By the Brooke in Latrobe Tasmania

By the Brooke Upholstery, Latrobe Tasmania

by Michelle Kneipp Pegler

By the Brooke is in the main street of Latrobe, a lovely small town in north west Tasmania. Brooke has been upholstering for twelve years and she can bring new life to tired and worn out furniture, as well as carry out automotive upholstery.


 

Upholsterers work with both new and old furniture and also do custom and design work on pieces. So if you buy something new and love the style of the furniture but not the fabric, Brooke can fix that. Or if you have a family heirloom that needs a repair job or a complete revamp… By the Brooke can see to that for you too!

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Brooke Austin at work in her upholstery shop, By the Brooke in Latrobe

I stopped by the shop recently to have a look and was very impressed with the quality and workmanship of the pieces by Brooke Austin and by all accounts so are her customers.

By the Brooke - 127 Gilbert Street, Latrobe
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Find By the Brooke at 127 Gilbert Street, Latrobe next door to June Wilson’s Studio Gallery

Brooke Austin: One Stop Upholstery Shop

Hanging on the walls of the shop are a collection of nice-looking old chairs in need of repair. You can choose one of these and have it re-done to your liking. The transformation from dusty old tired chair to polished, recovered ‘looks like new’ chair is amazing. There’s more life in these old pieces of furniture than you think after someone like Brooke gets to work on them.

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By the Brooke stock a range of old furniture, brought to life with new upholstery

There’s a good collection of beautiful sample fabrics to choose from and Brooke can help you with your style, colour and choice. Brooke also makes homewares and on display when I visited were some pretty handmade pin-boards and door-stoppers.

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By the Brooke range of upholstery, furniture and homewares in Latrobe Tasmania

If you want to bring new life to old furniture visit By the Brooke Upholstery at 127 Gilbert Street in Latrobe.  They are next door to the June Wilson Studio Gallery, and just up the road from Reliquaire.  You can contact By the Brooke by email or phone 0448 185563. You can also follow By the Brooke on Facebook.

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Brooke Austin can help customers choose upholstery fabrics and homewares

Please Note ~ the two photos of the recovered furniture (two chairs, below and the couch, above top) are courtesy of Brooke Austin.

By the Brooke - Revamp Old Chairs with Upholstery
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Old chairs made new again with upholstery at By the Brooke in Latrobe

Michelle writes a blog called Leven River Farm as well
as articles like this from the cradle coast region of Tasmania.
If you’d like Michelle to visit you, please contact Think Tasmania.

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Map: By the Brooke, Latrobe Tasmania