The day after Thanksgiving may be my favorite day of the year! I finally have the green light to take all the storage bins out of the attic labeled “Christmas decos”, Bing Crosby croons away White Christmas throughout the house, and the long hours slaving away over the stove on Thanksgiving gift me with a »
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In the midst of summer projects, we’ve managed to sprinkle in some new retail projects. Take a look at our freshest finds and some extra-special pieces for the taking. 1. Handmade sari blankets from India. $75 ea. 2. Back to the Beach Chair. Chunky texture in cream, blue, and green; mid-century frame; $1095. 3. Neon »
Hear ye, hear ye! Beginning September 1, we will no longer be open on Mondays. Instead, we’ll open at 10am on Saturdays to extend our weekend hours. We look forward to seeing you on Saturday mornings!
We’re at it again THIS WEEKEND! Visit Spruce and nine other fine fabric retailers for the semi-annual Fabric Shop Hop. We know who your are, that lovely customer who loves to come in and ooh and aah but never has a reason to pull the trigger. Well, here are your reasons: 20% off ALL FABRICS »
With all the late-night feedings, I find myself surfing the web a lot more than usual. The first few months of motherhood were filled with online shopping for baby clothes. But now that Lilee is fully outfitted to 24 months, I’ve decided to be more productive and philanthropic with my lactation time. So, here ya’ »
It’s been a little over a week since Spruce hosted its first CRAVEfuel event, and I’m still buzzing with positive energy. I sat down with four other speakers and 40+ attendees to discuss the ins and outs of creativity and how it affects our businesses and daily lives. Austin’s CRAVE hostess Andrea Genevieve asked, “What »
In mid-April, the Spruce book and I ventured out to visit crafters and upholstery enthusiasts on the West Coast. This leg of the book tour was short and sweet and started with a visit to Creativebug‘s headquarters. Creativity oozes out of every nook and cranny in this place; take a look at the craft jewels »
After a fruitful November book tour through the South, I’ve decided to hit the road once again to visit the lovely folks on the West Coast! In just a few short weeks, I’ll be doing hands-on workshops, demonstrations, and book signings for Spruce: A Step-by-Step Guide to Upholstery and Design in San Francisco, Berkeley, and Portland. Baby Lilee »
It’s been a while since I picked up my pliers and stapler or shared my two cents on the Spruce blog. As many of you know, I’ve been on a baby vacation for the past six weeks, which means lots of memorable, challenging, and amazing moments. When I started Spruce, one of my main priorities »
We’d like to give a special thanks to all of our wonderful customers who have supported Spruce for the last six years. Thanks to you, we can afford to take a few days off over the holidays to spend with family and friends! We hope you’re doing the same! Please note our special hours below.
If you were online at all in November, you know that Katherine and I were zipping across the country for three weeks promoting the new Spruce book and meeting so many enthusiastic designers and furniture rescuers. 10 cities, classes, and book signings, 105+ students, and 3600 miles later, I’m still reeling and recouping from the »
On Monday, we’ll be in Atlanta, and we couldn’t be more excited! Atlanta is nationally recognized for its interior design showrooms, and there’s a lot of great shopping and beautiful architecture. Our week starts with a book signing on Monday, November 18 (7pm) at Eagle Eye Books, and on Tuesday, we’ll be presenting our Upholstery »
One week down and two to go for the Spruce book tour! Katherine and I have had a blast meeting fellow upholstery and furniture addicts in Dallas, Memphis, and Nashville and are enjoying a few free days in Franklin, TN before we head east. Don’t forget to join us in Knoxville on Tuesday at Union »
It’s finally happening. After months of preparation, Spruce will be on book tour next week! Last Friday, the Sprucettes were in high gear planning for the launch party for Spruce: A Step-by-Step Guide to Upholstery and Design here in Austin. The party was a complete success, and we couldn’t have done it without the help »
It’s probably tucked away in a dark corner, covered with an old blanket, or it’s solely occupied by your pet. Yes, we’re talking about that ugly chair you own. This week, Storey Publishing launched The Spruce Ugliest Chair Contest. Show us your ugliest chair – one that really needs a facelift – and win a »
Early this year when the book tour idea was sprouting, I pulled out my paper map and began plotting our driving route. Knowing the tour would be in November, I shied away from the Northern states. Wintry weather and pulling a trailer don’t mix! And heading west is better left for airplane travel than driving. »
Only three weeks until the Sprucettes load up and hit the road for our November book tour! As I’ve been booking accommodations, it has inspired me to get to know each city a little better and dig up the best places to eat, shop, and play. Thanks to a handful of friends and the thoughtful »
Book tour classes are now open! We’ve been working our buns off planning the most exciting road trip in Spruce history, the book tour! Thanks to Storey Publishing, our phenomenal hosts and hostesses, and future book tour students (we hope that’s you!), we’ll be packing our bags and loading up the Sprucemobile for three fun-filled »
“Brown, a professional upholsterer in Austin, TX, knows how to breathe life into tired old furnishings. Her style is hip, eclectic, and delightful, and she injects her personality into the projects, showing off her upholstery prowess. Brown rounds out the manual by offering interior design options. Accompanying photographs demonstrate technique and illustrate each step. Readers— Library Journal“> »
In January, one of my many fruitful encounters at Altitude Summit SLC was meeting a lovely lady from HGTV. Liz took our lampshade class and was so excited by her DIY experience, we decided to team up and produce original upholstery projects for the HGTV website. First up is this showstopping Geometric Door.
It’s time to let the flood gates open, ladies and gents! I gave you a small morsel of book candy back in November as I wrapped up the manuscript and have since been planning the most exciting events in Spruce history. Two months from today, Spruce: A Step-by-Step Guide to Upholstery and Design will be »
A few weeks ago, I hopped on a plane and headed to San Francisco to partake in round two of Altitude Summit (check out round one in Salt Lake City). Not only did I enjoy the fall-like temperatures but two packed days of rubbing elbows with the most fashionable ladies (and a few gents) in »
As Father’s Day quickly approaches, I’m reminded of my annual pilgrimage to the department store in search of that perfect gift for dad. But thirty-something years later, I’ve exhausted the “Best Dad Ever” boxers and accompanying mug, and I’m pretty sure he has two of every grill accessory made. This month on Upholstery Basics, we »
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Here are the weekly alerts from the Spruce Calendar. TOMORROW, February 28: Ruby Collaborative Gathering 5-6:30, Icenhaur’s Private Room, 83 Rainey Street Get a frosty beverage and mingle with some smart Austin ladies (including me and Meredith!) and the Ruby Collaborative. FRIDAY, March 1: Altitude Summit NYC Registration Opens 11 AM Central Liked what you »
Sorry to disappoint, but I’m not here to share eye candy from Katherine’s latest pastry extravaganza. Though, she did make the BEST chocolate pie I’ve EVER had last week! These are just a few of the tasty and beautiful treats I encountered on my last visit to Portland. Banana cream pie and chocolate truffle cake »
I’m back from Salt Lake City followed by a trip to Portland (more about that later). Wintry weather is great for hot chai, layering clothes, and wearing all my vintage coats shoved in the back of my closet, but I am so glad to be back to Austin and our warm, sunny weather! Last week, »
A few weeks ago, we shared our favorite features of the HP SpectreONE All-in-One. Take a look at the video to see it in action! httpv://youtu.be/e8UEhtrq3J0 For additional specs and information about the HP SpectreONE All-in-One, visit the HP website here and here. I wrote this review while participating in a program on behalf of HP »
Last week, we received a rather large package in the mail from Hewlett-Packard, a new HP SpectreONE All-in-One. For Christmas, the Sprucettes asked Santa for a new computer since Clar, Meredith, Alejandra, and I communally use one desktop for checking out customers, reading blogs, looking up fabrics, etc., etc. Meredith and I bring our own »
As you know, Spruce loves sharing before and afters, but with all the projects in and out of the shop, we need a little help taking, editing, and organizing photos. Well…get your resumes ready! If you’re a student looking to add to your portfolio and hang out with the Sprucettes, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d »
This month, I wrote my first Upholstery Inspiration blog on Design*Sponge and upholstered this antique chair using my mom’s crewel art. Check out the complete transformation and story here.
Last year, Spruce joined the efforts of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition to create a new living space for a family devastated by the wildfires in Bastrop. With the vision of the EM:HE designers and our know-how, we rolled up our sleeves and spent two sleepless days and nights (these shows really do operate on a »
Happy Thanksgiving to you all! We warmed up our appetites with a mini Sprucette Thanksgiving and are pumped for tomorrow’s shenanigans! Warm wishes to our friends, families, and customers this holiday weekend. For you Black Friday-ers, please keep in mind that we’ll be closed all weekend and will reopen on Monday, November 26. Happy shopping! »
I’m back! I know you’ve been wondering where the heck I’ve been this past year with little to no action on the blog and limited time in the shop. Believe me, I’ve been missing you guys and the Sprucettes, as well as being involved in the happy and funny moments that happen every day at »
Settlement Home Garage Sale is this weekend at Palmer Events Center! Last night, I attended the Preview Party, which was buzzing with people eager to get their hands on all the goodies. From clothes to furniture, artwork to Christmas decorations, the amount of treasures waiting for you will blow your mind. AND, what’s better than »
October Upholstery Basics is live! Click HERE to see how to make a grommet-top shower curtain on Design*Sponge. For a wide variety of other Spruce DIY projects, check out these other Upholstery Basics tutorials. Photography by Mel Cole.
Check out my July Upholstery Basics column on Design*Sponge and learn how to turn your old folding table into a checkerboard. For more Upholstery Basics, click here!
Check out Spruce’s Upholstery Basics column on Design*Sponge and learn how to make your own poolside roll up! Click here for more upholstery basics. Have a great weekend!
Last month we tackled the first half of wall upholstery. Now learn how to finish it up! Click HERE to see the full Design*Sponge post!
Check out this month’s Upholstery Basics column on Design*Sponge! We’re transforming spaces wall by wall. Click HERE for other Upholstery Basics posts.
Check out this month’s Upholstery Basics on Design*Sponge: Boxed Cushion Sewing! Have a great weekend!
This month’s Upholstery Basics column is up on Design*Sponge. If you want to learn how to create your own leather bookshelf, click HERE! Check these out for more Upholstery Basics tutorials: upholstery basics: coil seat finale upholstery basics: constructing coil seats — part 2 upholstery basics: constructing coil seats — part I upholstery basics: dining »
[portfolio_slideshow] Thank you to everyone who made our 4th anniversary spectacular! We had good food (compliments of Food Heads), good drinks, good music, friends, family, and fans, and could not have had more fun celebrating our new space! This year we set up Chair-iot as a photo booth and have quite an array of entertaining »
Constructing Coil Seats – Part II is officially up on Design*Sponge. Check out how to rejuvenate your tight seat HERE! ALSO, be sure to stay tuned tomorrow to Design*Sponge for registration and details for the Austin Design Sponge at Home book tour. That’s right, Grace is making a special stop in Austin, and it’ll be »
This month’s Upholstery Basics article is up on Design*Sponge. Check out Part I of how to do a coil sprung seat by CLICKING HERE. Stay tuned for next month’s post on September 8th!