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Hello, I'm Freddie.

My story of The Recovery Room began when I dropped out of college, and my mother said, “missy, you will have a trade!”  Mom made me take an upholstery class offered by the University of Vermont.  Later, when I had my first baby, the job I loved in hospitality management was no match for the need to be available as a mom, so I left it. About the same time, we had some upholstery work done for our home and we were disappointed in the quality... and I thought, I can do better than this.


So... I started doing work for friends and family, practicing, practicing, and I was hooked on the craft.  And, the fabrics.  And, the mechanics. And, the style - from classic to modern. This kind of handwork was my thing.  And, it still is.

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Early on, I worked in the basement of my Vermont home with my young daughters underfoot.  I refined my skills and techniques on the furniture of unsuspecting, but hopeful, friends and family.  Overtime, as my client list grew, so did my offerings, and I expanded the business to include custom window treatments, slipcovers, bedding, and Hunter Douglas shades and blinds.


For the last 25 years, my studio has been a renovated 1860’s barn on my property in rural North Fayston, Vermont.  Here, I have a custom workroom and a design space in which to meet with homeowners and interior designers.  Come visit!  We can sip hot tea, touch fabric samples, and talk about what’s inspiring your project.


I love this work, and I love learning.  And, so I continue to train annually with a network of experts from Europe, the UK, and here in the USA.  That kind of constant education has allowed me to offer more complex and challenging designs for the homes of today, while honoring traditional craftsmanship.  I also love teaching and being a part of a community that fosters the next generation of craftsmen and women.  As such, I am an active member of the National Upholstery Association and the Window Covering Association of America, and you’ll often see me working side-by-side with an apprentice.


When I’m not thinking about fabrics and windows and furniture and homes, I’m sledding with my grandkids, reading, gardening, and thinking about horses.  And, looking forward to meeting you!

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"I love exciting projects and
lots of diversity."

I believe that in this life, and in this line of work, you must be approachable,


and detail oriented. 

This is how you create a quality product that is long-lasting, and still of value to the next generation.

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