Please call and leave a message or email if you need anything. I’ll respond as soon as I can. Porch and curb side pickup can be arranged, as well as in studio visits (masks required).

at .and.once.we.were. we believe everything has a story 


there are stories of being found.

we trust the good bones beneath torn, faded fabric, & that broken or otherwise forgotten furniture that has once been lost. it can be found, & cherished once more. 


there are stories of second chances.

not everything needs to end up in a landfill. remaking, restyling & reinventing pieces gives them a second chance, a new life, another with another story to tell. 


there are stories full of history, family heirlooms & special memories.

even though you may have fond memories, that doesn't mean you can't spruce them up a bit & give them a new sense of your personality to become heirloom pieces that carry on through years to come.

how it works...

lost or found or made? 

if you have something you would like remade, please email a photo with a short message about how you envision the final product, & if you can add some rough measurements, it is helpful to get a quote started for you. please visit the .f.a.q. page for all the details. 

visit our .inventory. page to pick out a new to you piece that still has lots of life left in it. in the .lost. page, take it as it is, diy it, or let me transform it for you, the possibilities are endless.

the .made. shop features readymade furniture & home accents as well as the .found. page for vintage & antique accessories to compliment your home.


if you have something you would like to remake, we stock Fusion Mineral Paint for all your DIY needs. from prep, to paint, to numerous finishing effects, i can help you achieve a beautiful result, all on your own. if you want to change your upholstery, i can help put all your needed supplies together and help you with your fabric selection. no project is to big or too small!


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© kara schuster | .and.once.we.were. | 2020 | 372 brown's line, etobicoke, m8w3t2  CANADA | | 647.948.8499