At Home with Nick’s Upholstery & Lidia Design

For over 30 years, Nick and Lidia Pastiu have been infusing style and beauty into homes throughout northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin through their businesses Nick’s Upholstery & Lidia Design. After years of success in their Highland Park, Illinois, location, the couple opened a second location in Fontana in response to word-of-mouth referrals and demand for their work kept increasing. Their showroom, which also encompasses a home accessories and furniture store called Lake Home Living, is across from The Abbey Resort, next to the “big green frog,” a Fontana landmark and community treasure, now in the care of its owners, the Pastius.

Lidia’s passion and talent for interior design is matched by her listening skills and attention to detail, while Nick, as a custom furniture maker and upholsterer, meticulously crafts each piece to his customers’ specifications. Nick learned his trade in Romania un- der master craftsmen. He worked in shops throughout Europe, creating intricate pieces, including commissioned work for some of the royal families. Working as a team, Nick and Lidia transform their customers’ needs into reality by creating custom furniture or reupholstered pieces that are not only stylish, but also structurally sound, comfortable and functional.

Nick builds each piece with quality materials, including solid wood frames and eight-way hand-tie springs, and only the finest padding. “Upholstery is a lost craft; no one teaches it anymore,” Nick says. “Mass produced furniture is not built as it once used to be. Many pieces are made and assembled by machines, losing that unique and quality touch that only a craftsman can provide.”

Nick’s Upholstery customers can order new, quality pieces (sofas, chairs, etc.) that can be designed and created to fit customer specifications, comfort and scale to fit their home, or bring in existing furniture pieces to be reupholstered, updated and transformed. Nick’s clients can enjoy the seasoned and inspired interior design services by Lidia Design as well. Lidia offers complete interior design services specializing in new-homes construction, kitchen and bath design, material selections, paint finishes and wall coverings, window treatments, including window shades and motorized options, furnishings and fabric selection. Lidia Design partners together with Nick’s to provide their customers with an enjoyable experience.

With the opening of the Fontana location seven years ago, Nick’s Upholstery and Lidia Design have established their quality services in a shoppable environment that you can see and experience first-hand through Lake Home Living, offering high-end home furnishings, unique home décor and gifts/accessories to complete any space. Stop in and visit this one-of-a-kind home design center in Fontana today.


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