As for the selection of an upholsterer, I got pretty luck with this part of the process. Since I recently moved to the DC area, I didn't have a trusted upholsterer to rely on. So I searched nearby upholsterers with google maps. I read any available reviews then called around for quotes. I was shocked by the range of quotes. The highest was $650-$700 not including fabric! A few had more reasonable rates, but required that I buy fabric from them or charged for pick up and delivery. In the end I selected the business with the best quote and the best customer service, Trust Interiors in Rockville, MD. They not only picked up and delivered my chair free of charge, but they also were able to complete the job in two weeks. If you live in the DC area you should definitely consider them for your next upholstery job. The final cost of the chair (fabric + labor) came in at just under $400. Not too bad for a one-of-a-kind piece.
See how it's all coming together! Next, I'll turn my attention to the bedding.