Posts Tagged: design

Spruce Upholstery Tip: Staple Lengths

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Upholstery staples come in several different lengths. The most commonly used lengths are 1/4″, 3/8″ and 1/2″. I like to keep a box of each at my station at all times so I can quickly swap out sizes when working on different parts of a project. Let me elaborate on how I use each of these staples »

Spruce Upholstery Tip: Hanging Velvet

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Tip time! At Spruce, we often cut out many or all of the fabric pieces for a project before we start upholstering, which helps us be efficient with our time. When working with fabrics that crease or scar when folded, such as velvet and leather, it’s handy to set up a spot where you can »

Wallpaper is Always In Season at Spruce

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Most people know Spruce carries a beautiful variety of fabric choices, but many don’t know we also sell wallpaper! Oftentimes, the perfect accompaniment to your furniture is a well-placed wallcovering. Let me highlight some popular selections Spruce carries. A common misconception about wallpaper is that it’s old fashioned, dated and difficult to maintain. But several »

Designer Spotlight Series: Katie Kime

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At Spruce, we’re fortunate to work with a number of talented interior designers who create beautiful spaces. We want to celebrate our favorite Austin designers by re-launching our Designer Spotlight column, a series that highlights some of their work and creations.Today we turn the spotlight on Katie Kime, a prolific and well-traveled lady who came to Austin via »

Introducing Benton, our newest Sprucester!

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We are delighted to announce that we have a new Sprucester. Meet Benton Burford! Benton learned about Spruce while working at Kyle Bunting. Intrigued by upholstery, Benton took one of our Bring Your Own Chair classes and we’ve been on his radar ever since. He’s been living in Austin since 2003, after moving from Midland, »

Spruce’s Top 10 of 2013

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There’s nothing better than starting 2014 with some beautiful, custom upholstery. That’s why we love to celebrate our favorite pieces of the year. Our Top 10 of 2013 (above) includes a healthy mix of client pieces and in-house designs, such as Amanda’s Geometric Upholstered Door featured on HGTV’s Design  Happens blog and adorable Circus Tent Kennel »

DIY Honeycomb Fabric Ornaments

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Hello readers! I am so excited to be back in Austin. Amanda and I had so much fun on the Spruce book tour, but I was really eager to be home so that I could get into holiday mode.  I have a really fun afternoon project for you! I found this adorable DIY ornament project »

Another Addition to the Spruce Team: Introducing Alice!

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Clar here, introducing you to yet another brand new member of our Spruce family! Her name is Alice Carapetyan (that’s Alice and her mom above), and she’s written a sweet blog about her (young) life’s journey and philosophy. She comes to us with some great “design cred” under her belt and has proven in her »

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 Upholstery Tip: Attaching Double Welt

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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 »

Local Business Snapshot: Mockingbird Domestics

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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.

Before and Afters

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 »

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 »

Inspiration of the Week: Confetti

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 »

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: How to Level a Skirt

This trick is simple yet very effective.  A small amount of string proved to be very helpful to Frank while attaching this waterfall skirt.  In cases like these, our eyeballs cannot be trusted to accurately tell if the skirt is level.  This fun little string trick ensures that you will get it right the first »

Upholstery Class at Spruce

A few weeks ago, we did some teaching at the Spruce workshop, and boy, did we have a good time.  We had four fun personalities which led to many funny times. We actually got a little work done, too. Everyone left with a much different chair than they walked in with.  The makeovers were rather »

Spruce Upholstery Tip: Wetting Leather

Tip time! I’ve had the pleasure of working with some pretty amazing leather this week.  Leather hides come in varying thicknesses and can sometimes be quite stiff. If you ever find yourself handling such leather, I’ve got a tip for you that you’ll thank me for later.  Water is the magic ingredient. Simply sponge water »

Upholstery Lessons at Spruce

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Creativebug Creations: Macrame Plant Hanger

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Sprucette Book Review: Kate Spade New York: Things We Love

This book is to my eyes as a cupcake is to my stomach.  Its bright colors, striking patterns, and happy images instantly triggered my dopamine receptors.  Its creation was brought about to celebrate twenty years of  Kate Spade New York.  With chapters like “a well-placed bow” and “all that glitters”, this book is a great »

Upholstery Lessons at Spruce

Spruce has been helping ambitious do-it-yourselfers tackle their upholstery projects for several years now.  We recently expanded the possibilities of upholstery education by removing any and all restrictions on what type of furniture is permitted.  From spring tying to cushion sewing, the possibilities are endless.  During our first round of upholstery lessons, our lovely pupils, »

Local Business Snapshot: Fine Lumber & Plywood, Inc.

As a small business, we understand the extra hard work it takes to flourish.  That’s why it’s very important for us to support and recommend our favorite local businesses.  Today we start the Local Business Snapshot. Throughout every month, we’ll share a few Austin businesses that inspire or help us achieve success with our own »

Before and After!

We are happy to say that things have been in full swing at the shop.  We’ve turned out some great pieces of furniture for our clients and even carved out a little time to add some new retail to the shop.  One of the best parts of my job is getting to see all of »

Inspiration: Geode-rific!

Crystals, gems, and geodes…Oh my!  A few days ago, I stumbled across this really beautiful magnet set in the above photo from LEIF.com.  Since this discovery, I have gone off the deep end with non-stop Etsy searches and visits to crystal stores here in Austin.  My goal was to find an assortment of colorful geodes »

Bring Your Own Chair Class

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and has recovered from their holiday splurge.  I may need a couple of more days to detox my body from the massive portions of gumbo and cornbread dressing that I consumed. A couple of weeks ago we held our last “bring your own chair class” for the season.  »

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 »

October’s Lampshade Class!

Everything about last week’s lampshade was unorthodox.  There were only 2 students, one teacher, and a lampshade switcheroo right in the middle of the class.  Amanda and Meredith were busy at Design Camp so Clar manned the Spruce ship, and I flew solo as the lampshade professor.  But you know that class was a blast!  »

Knitty Gritty Upholstery!

The couple of cool front teases that we have experienced recently have really gotten me amped up for fall/winter.  Although we are not quite in the midst of sweater weather, I have already begun to swap out my summer tanks for cozy knits.  I have even started knitting a scarf in anticipation!  Since furniture is »

A Chair Affair!

We’ve done it again!  Another successful chair class for the books.  We had a very colorful crew of five ladies who kept Clar and I very entertained.  The transformations were grand…we made these sad chairs turn their frowns upside down.  Take a gander… [pe2-gallery class=”alignleft” ] [/pe2-gallery] Robin is no stranger to Spruce classes.  We »

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 »

Lampshade Party!

August has turned out to be quite a ‘lampshade-y’ month for us here at Spruce.  We produced several new cuties for the shop, Amanda did a step by step DIY lampshade tutorial for Design*Sponge, and Clar and I just taught a lampshade class.  If you have yet to experience the pleasure of taking a class »

40 years of Upholstery!

Have you ever wondered what 40 years of upholstery looks like?  Well now you know.  For those of you who are unfamiliar with the gentleman above, allow me to introduce you to Frank Barnhouse.  Yesterday, (August 15th) Frank celebrated his 40th anniversary as an upholsterer.  FORTY YEARS!  That is incredible!  Frank has been particularly special »

From Farm to Furniture!

August is one of my favorite months out of the year to be home.  Since I’ve been a bit too busy to make the 6 hour drive back to Louisiana, I will just use the Spruce audience (you guys) to rant about why August is special to me.  As you may or may not know, »

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 »

Upholster-dermy

Okay, things are about to get weird.  A while back I got sucked into a reality show on the History Channel that followed the life of a taxidermy shop in Alaska.  I was instantly entranced.  I had never really given any thought about what might go into mounting an animal.  It is quite amazing how »

Before and Afters!

Other than getting to hang out with my super cool co-workers everyday, seeing the before and after shots of our work is my favorite part of the job.  It’s like the Jenny Jone/Ricki Lake makeover shows only its furniture…and it’s not televised.  Taking furniture that wouldn’t have been looked at twice and making it a »

A lesson from our elders

  A few weeks ago our intern Gabrielle brought us a great treat: she found these cool and super old upholstery books.  As you would imagine we were all quite engrossed with it.  We geek-ed out as only true upholstery/furniture lovers could.  The first book, Essentials of Upholstery, was written by Herbert Blast in 1928.  »

Inspiration: Eleanor Young

Ah yes!…another random internet find.  I stumbled upon the work of Eleanor Young and thought I would share her with the Spruce audience.  Eleanor Young is a Glasgow based textile designer that specializes in bold, geometric upholstery work.  Her design studio, fun makes good, offers custom upholstery services as well as retail pieces.  I admire »

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 »

All things needlepoint!

You may have noticed a trend in the past 10 years.  It seems that anything your granny did is now becoming cool!  It started with the knitting craze, then crocheting, and now we are seeing needlepoint all over the place.  I am not one to be above trends.  In fact at the beginning of the »

Bring Your Own Chair Class!

It’s time for another installment of BYOC recap!  After a brief hiatus from classes, Clar and I were happy to welcome a new group of eager upholstery enthusiasts into our class room.  We had a variety of styles of chairs to work with and they all turned out beautifully.  Take a look at the before »