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 »
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Yay! It’s party day! If you haven’t heard yet, we’ll be having a party tonight at Mockingbird Domestics to celebrate the release of our long-awaited book: Spruce: a Step-by-Step Guide to Upholstery and Design. In the spirit of celebration, I made these festive party hats using some of the scrap fabric we have lying around »
There may be times when you find yourself with barely enough fabric for a project. I recently had firsthand experience with this very problem. Not having enough fabric to pull and staple can be very frustrating and result in a below par product. This week’s tip only takes about a minute to do and will »
Venting your cushions is a must if you’re working with leather or vinyl. These two materials don’t allow air to escape as easily as cloth does; therefore, you may experience a little pushback as opposed to some squish when sitting on an unvented leather or vinyl cushion. Something as easy as adding grommets will allow »
Hope everyone is off to a great start in this new school year! It seems that we have been just as busy here at Spruce gearing up for our fall season of bookish work. Lots of things to plan and study for, which includes an upcoming new website for Spruce, as well as our exciting »
When upholstering furniture that has an exposed staple line, double welt can be a handy helper. Of course, there are a couple of other options such as decorative nailheads or gimp, but if double welt cord is what you choose, then please allow me to give you a few pointers to make it look as »
We’ve made some new friends recently! Mockingbird Domestics is a thoughtfully curated retail shop on South Lamar. Owners, Jeff and Laura Daly, are responsible for this beautiful shop that specializes in home furnishings. One of the many things that we love about this business is their plethora of handcrafted goods by Texas artisans.
Awww, before and afters…who doesn’t love instant gratification? One of the perks of my job is completing and sharing some of our satisfying before and after shots. I’m so happy to be in the business of turning struggling furniture into upholstery eye candy. Allow me to treat you with some of our recent transformations we »
We had a big birthday this week! HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU, MEREDITH!
We wanted to take a moment to share with you two triumphant new retail pieces up for grabs here at the shop. They are sick (the awesome kind of sick, of course)! Please, marvel at their beauty. Spruce’s Pippin Tufted Ottoman Darby Tufted Ottoman These pups are 36″ in diameter and 18″ tall »
It is quite a common occurrence that we get furniture in pairs. This can provide the additional challenge of not only making the pair look great but also making them look the same. I have a nifty trick if you ever find yourself in this predicament. The example below is actually done on my very »
Confetti…symbolic of fun, happiness, and celebration. Inspiration is everywhere, but leave it to me to find it in a slice of Funfetti birthday cake. I am usually a stickler for making things from scratch, but “if it ain’t broke…” It is undeniable that this cake is yummy, but if you think about it, it really »