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Behind the Scenes with Our Style Stories

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A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to have a super talented and all around fantastic gal come visit my home. Hilary Walker of Our Style Stories and I were connected through the lovely women over at StudioBon Textiles in Dallas. While Hilary was in town for the Texas Style Council Conference, she dropped by to see »

Spruce Design Tip: Railroading Fabric

Hello patriots! Happy 4th of July to you all. A mid-week respite is just what the doctor ordered. Today I bring you a tip from the front of house. Clar and I spend quite a bit of time working with numbers, constantly measuring furniture and calculating the exact number of yards needed to complete each »

Designer Spotlight: Lindsey Arthur of Play House

With all the furniture that comes through Spruce, we do get to work with some fantastic interior designers. Often, designers are willing to take risks and can leap from idea to execution in one bound. It makes for exciting projects and some of our favorite pieces to work on! To help inform you of the »

Spruce Upholstery Tip: Leveling Sinuous Springs

If you aren’t working with coil springs on your piece, you’re likely to come across sinuous springs. These puppies, otherwise known as zigzag springs, offer good support and bounce without requiring the skill and time of tying coil springs. Sometimes one sinuous spring just isn’t the same height as the others. You can spend loads »

New Spruce Retail

Ladies and gents, we have a smorgasbord of furniture for you today. Chairs, benches, and sofas, oh my! Each of these diamonds in the rough have been scooped up by the Sprucettes along the way and are ready for their big reveal. This first piece was a Round Top find in April. We found it »

Open Seamstress Position at Spruce!

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Before and After Treats

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Fabric Finds: Robert Allen Color Books

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Creativebug Creations: Furoshiki Wine Wrap

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Trunk Show at Spruce with Stella & Dot!

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Local Business Snapshot: Alamo Glass

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New Spring Spruce Class Dates

Hi Everyone! We hope you had a great weekend. The weather was stunning here in Austin. I hope everyone made a trip outside. We have nailed down the new class dates for April and May!  As always, there’s a variety of projects, and we will be offering one to two classes a month. Here is a »

Local Business Snapshot: EcoBox

Katherine recently filled you in on a fantastic business in town, Fine Lumber and Plywood, Inc. If it weren’t for a few key shops, we’d be up a creek. Another business that I hold especially close to my heart is EcoBox! We often get emails from new makers and business owners looking for a bit of advice »

New Furniture at Spruce!

As a Valentine’s gift to ourselves we have created a few new things and picked up some exciting vintage pieces to add to the Spruce collection. When Amanda and I took our trip to Round Top this year, we found a bevy of treats. Some stayed there (for good reason) and some made it home with »

Last week for Spruce Annual Sale!

Hey upholstery addicts! Don’t forget this is the last week to take advantage of 10% OFF upholstery and fabric when both are purchased here at Spruce. Come by the shop on or before February 16th, and we’ll help get your tired furniture looking refreshed!

Altitude Summit Adventures, Part I

Hello! Amanda and I have just returned from our adventures at Altitude Summit, the most killer blog conference, period. Our week was full of non-stop sessions learning all kinds of things from Photoshop, to how to monetize your blog, to creating great work-life balance. Not only was the content amazing, but it was seriously one »

Inspiration of the Week: Horses!

(Little Miss Sassy, a new member of the family) This weekend I spent some time with my dad out at a ranch that keeps and cares for cutting horses. If you aren’t familiar with a cutting horse, these are the kind that “cut” cattle away from the herd for various reasons like branding or giving shots. Cows like »

Fabric Finds: Jonathan Adler Collection by Kravet

Hello lovelies! I have some exciting news I’ve been waiting to write about for awhile now. Kravet let us know that they would be having a collection by Jonathan Adler in the near future. Well that was MONTHS ago, and I am excited say that it is finally here! I have ventured over to the »

Amy Flurry Workshop at Spruce!

It is a busy Fall full of fun events here at the shop. Spruce and Terrace Partners have an exciting event coming up in November that we would love for you all to attend! Amy Flurry, a freelance writer, editor, and stylist has recently written a book called Recipe for Press, Pitch Your Story Like »

Calling all Designers, Join us at Design Camp!

An exciting event will be coming to Austin from October 24-26! It’s called Design Camp, and if you’re an interiors fanatic, like we are,  you’ll feel like a kid in a candy shop! This three-day workshop is the brain child of celebrity designers Lori Dennis and Kelli Ellis. Both have spent years mentoring interior designers »

Bananas for Benches!

We recently kicked off our Fall classes with some custom benches for a fantastic crew! We actually had a group of gals come together from their work. BancVue, their employer, encourages all employees to be well-rounded so they were able to take the class at no cost to them and without taking any time off. »

Inspiration of the Week: Pendleton!

Texans tend to be a bit dramatic when it comes to change in weather. I for one will admittedly overreact when the weather changes even the slightest. This weekend, Austin experienced its first mornings that were pleasant, dare I say cool! About this time of year, we are all begging for the heat to leave »

Happy Labor Day from the Sprucettes!

We all do some seriously heavy labor around here, so what better way to celebrate that than with a holiday!?! I for one will be lounging, catching up on gossipy magazines, and partaking of a beverage or two. Here are a few photos of your favorite Sprucettes and Spruceters wishing you a wonderful holiday weekend! »

Inspiration of the Week: Sister Corita!

Screenprinting is awfully popular these days. There is a poster or print for just about everything. It’s used when manufacturing fabric as well, and I for one am a fan! I have to have restraint on occasion, as it is a great way to have art in your home at a fraction of the cost. Recently »

Fabric Finds: JF Fabrics!

The title of this post is slightly misleading, since I am actually going to enlighten you on a new brand to us and their fantastic wallpapers! Don’t worry JF Fabric does amazing fabric as well, but you can only show so much before going into a beauty coma. This brand   is a family-owned business »

Inspiration of the Week: Black and White

You love it, don’t deny it. It’s a mime’s bread and butter and it makes a heck of a design choice. Black and White. It’s as classic as you can get. By definition something that is “classic” is something that never goes out of style, and a black and white combo is just that. My »

Spruce Fall 2012 Class Dates Listed!

Hi Everyone! We hope you had a great weekend! We had some overdue rain and a few blackouts over at my house ha! We have now been able to nail down the new dates for our DIY classes, August through November of 2012. We’ll take a break in December with the holidays, but there is »

Changes at Spruce!

Hello lovelies, hope you had a great weekend! I spent all yesterday afternoon packing for a trip (to the Grand Canyon!!) that I don’t leave for until Thursday. A bit overzealous :). In the last few weeks we have had some changes to the shop that are OH-SO-AMAZING! Amanda and I have been daydreaming about »

Summer Sale at Spruce!

Happy Wednesday! It is blazing hot here in Austin, but still feels refreshing at this point. Come August I will be singing a different tune! Exciting changes happening here at the shop that we will fill you in on later. But for now, we have exciting news for you! As of today, we are having »

Nugget of the Week: Birthdays and Triathlons!

One of our Sprucettes had two big accomplishments this week! She turned a year older and completed one heck of a physical feat. This week was Katherine’s birthday, and the Sprucettes can’t resist a chance to celebrate! Katherine is definitely the master baker at the shop, so it’s fun when you get the opportunity to »

Fabric Finds: Kirk Nix from Robert Allen!

I think there are times when an “inspiration detox” is necessary. Clearing your head of all the ideas swirling around in there can be beneficial for figuring out what it is you really like. Memorial Day weekend was a good time for me to stop scurrying about wondering what the next project I am going »

May BYOC Class!

This last week we had the pleasure of six fantastic folks in our “Bring Your Own Chair” class this month. This class was extra special in that we had not one, but THREE men in the class! It is most often a bevy of gals in class, so it was a fun change of pace »

Fabric Finds: John Robshaw from Duralee!

So here on the Spruce blog not only will we keep you up to date on fabric trends and styles we heart, but we are going to start a new series called, “Fabric Finds”. We are always looking for more gorgeous fabrics to carry and are also inundated by others with new fabric brands and »

Inspiration of the Week: Leather!

My own style is a bit of a moving target, but the one thing that continues to ring true for me is to MIX IT UP! Whether I am telling myself to mix it up in life (train for a sprint triathlon when I really haven’t exercised in eons, okay!) or with my own home, »

Introducing the Newest Sprucette and Spruceter!

For a few weeks now, we have had some new faces at Spruce. Each are filling different roles where we need some fresh new help! Now that they are here, it’s about time we introduce them! We have added a new Spruceter to the workshop. His name is Brian Barnhouse, and he has taken over »