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Welcome to Desert Canary Design

Craftsmanship + Quality

In a world plagued by mass-produced throw-away rubbish, I take a lot of pride in creating elegant western home furnishings made to last a lifetime. 

Whether it’s an ornate heirloom adorned in reimagined upholstery, a handmade piece out of The Bench Shop, or cowboy art from the Rick McCumber collection, nothing compares to the craftsmanship, attention to detail, and authentic western roots of every piece handcrafted in the Desert Canary shop nestled in the pine trees of Huntsville, Texas.

Established 2012

Desert Canary Design

I DIY'd my way through my first upholstered piece in 2012 and was instantly hooked.

Upholstery opened up a creative world of endless combinations of texture, color, and pattern and the freedom to combine them however I saw fit. I spent the next decade learning the craft of upholstery through trial and error, online education, and the generosity of a community of wonderful like-minded tradesmen willing to share information.

Meticulously Curated + Thoughtfully Designed

Bespoke Upholstery + Design

In a world where landfills are overflowing with cheap mass-produced throw-away furniture, I take pride in breathing new life back into once forgotten family heirlooms and outdated vintage furniture so they can be loved for generations to come.  I specialize in reimagined upholstery using vintage handwoven textiles,  natural hair-on-hides, Pendleton, and thoughtfully curating unique designs to capture the vibrant spirit of the western world in every single piece I create.

"Carly did an amazing job on my grandpa's chair, giving it new life and making it a showpiece for our home.

I have the best memories sitting on his knee watching John Wayne movies, and him sneaking me lemon drops."


Handcrafted in Huntsville, Texas


The Bench Shop

Meet the Maker

Carly Melancon

-Sheryl Sandberg

"The most important career choice you'll make is who you marry."

I was raised on a workin' ranch in south Texas where cowboyin’ and rodeo were our way of life.  After graduation, I accepted an offer to rodeo for Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas where I still reside with my wonderful husband and two beautiful children. 

Shoutout DFW

Meet Carly Melancon

Owner + Designer + Creative Entrepreneur behind all things Desert Canary Design

Meet the 'Lankins

It's podcast time, 'ol son

Listen in while my husband and I talk family, rodeo and a lifetime of memories with our best buddy on the Rodeo Time podcast.

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Let's work together

Do you have a sentimental piece you dream of reimagined upholstery bringing back to life? I got you. This might not be your grandma's upholstery shop, but I would be incredibly honored to breathe new life into your grandmother's precious heirloom.


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