Posts Categorized: Fabrics

Spring Trends At Spruce

Spring is a big time for us at Spruce and, among many of our activities, we receive a host of samples from our fabric manufacturers’ new collections. We now have a handful of fresh fabric books and even a few new lines to offer you, too! Like clockwork, some of the trends we’re seeing in fashion »

A Note About Fabric Durability…

I was able to catch up on about 10 pages of fun posts over at Apartment Therapy this weekend, when I scrolled and clicked on the most useful article! I thought I’d share with you this nugget of golden information by Stephanie Strickland. Her article, “Durable Beauty: What You Should Know About The Martindale & Wyzenbeek Fabric »

Pantone’s Color of the Year: Radiant Orchid!

I’ve heard nothing but controversy over Pantone’s Color of the Year: “Radiant Orchid”! Thoughts? Impressions from the peanut gallery? In my experience, any variety of  purple can have quite a polarizing effect! I used to loathe the very idea of purple, swearing that it was just for wizards and kingly ermine mantles – neither of which were »

Inspired Before and Afters!

Christmas is near! Christmas is here! We’re almost there everyone! One of my favorite things in (blog) life are our “before and after” posts. It’s been a while since we’ve seen a round of makeovers from Spruce, no? In the spirit of unwrapping all your favorite gifts on Christmas, unwrap these lovelies with your eyes »

DIY Christmas Cards or Gift Tags: Machine Stitched Snowflakes!

This one’s going viral – I can feel it! I made these Christmas cards years ago when I wanted a cute and cheap assembly-line style solution for my Christmas greetings. You could experiment with different fabrics, different card stock, contrast or metallic thread. There are lots of options for custom looks with this project. What »

Fabric Finds: New Manuel Canovas Collection!

Manuel Canovas has been pumping out some sweet prints and weaves lately, inspired by global flora and fauna, points of inspiration include the Carribean Islands, as well as  Middle and Far East themes. See Manuel Canovas’ Jamaica in Turquoise (above) in all its citrus glory!  Lina in Absinthe is pictured on the ottoman in the foreground. »

Inspiration: Psychedelic Patterns

It seems that we’re hitting a fever pitch of 1960s-inspired style all across the board these days! Music has been slowly and surely picking out some good old DIY, garage-rock,  and experimental sounds since its original ’60s inception. Pointedly, the last few years have seen the growing popularity of Psych Rock. Austin even has dedicated »

New Fabrics at Spruce!

This may come as a shock to you, but we received more new fabric samples and books at Spruce! More fabric: more fun, fun, fun! New at Spruce from Robert Allen is an expanded “Naturals” offering, to include rich and saturated rusts, indigos, and mustards paired with big, chunky, tactile, and vintage-inspired texture. Check it all »

Before and Afters: Rich Solids!

Hello all upholstery fans! We know you’re itchin’ for your next fix, so please enjoy this visual list of marvelous before-and-afters, and a couple of custom-made fabrications for our inspired clients. We can do this for you too…just sayin’! There is a common thread to these re-dos. Of late, our clients have consecutively chosen vibrant »

Inspiration: Nathalie Du Pasquier

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Fabric Finds: Robert Allen Color Books

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New Fabrics at Spruce!

I’m so glad the winter hours finally turned over. Again, I look forward to a fresh spring that boldly bursts my winter bubble. And good riddance! Let’s work on our gardens, overload on new music this week at SXSW (if you can hack it, hipsters!), and actively exfoliate our dry and dirty winter skins! Speaking »

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 »

Fall Fresh Before and Afters!

Hello friends! The temperature is (sloooowly) dropping here in Austin, and we’re looking forward to wearing sweaters and sipping warm drinks, imagining a fireside night in one of these newly reupholstered puppies below! Ahhh! We present to you a collection of before and afters that are ready for the fall season. Enjoy! We love the »

Fabric Finds: Larry Laslo for Robert Allen!

Wheeee! What exciting new patterns and textures we just received from Larry Laslo via Robert Allen! Larry Laslo (an interior designer, product designer, regular guest fabric designer for Robert Allen) has contributed yet another collection of unique, singular, and totally original textiles for the aforementioned manufacturer. I can’t get enough of his fabric! We have »

Back to School and New Retail At Spruce!

Hope all is well with everyone and that you’re getting back into some school spirit. We certainly are! This year the return-to-school season puts me in such a nostalgic and playful mood, which seems to be the feeling overriding at Spruce. I recently joined Meredith and her roomies for some killer kid-like fun at Jumpoline, »

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 »

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, »

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 »

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 »

New Retail at Spruce!

Greetings, and Happy Summer Solstice to all! Yesterday will have been the longest day of the year and the official beginning of summer. Fittingly, the etymology of ‘solstice’ in its latin origin is sol (sun) and sistere (to stand still).  For eons many cultures have celebrated this marker for the fertile season with feast, fast, celebration, ritual, ceremony, and »

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 »

Let’s Talk: Outdoor Fabrics!

As the days grow longer and the temperature climbs, we look to spend more hours in our out-of-doors living spaces, often feeling compelled to “Spruce” them up. In the last month we have had customers flocking to the shop with their exterior seating projects in preparation for the summer. Here is a short tour of »

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 »

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 »

Tip: Choosing a Fabric for Upholstery

There are those of us that have great difficulty visualizing a makeover, be it with interiors, paint color, or even upholstery. I often hear the musings from our customers, “I love this fabric, but what would it look like on my chair/sofa/ottoman?” For a quick illustration, check out the two different sets of dining chairs »

Before And Afters: Crazy Custom Edition!

In this episode of “Before and Afters,” Spruce brings you some pointedly unique creations. We have had a slew of client-designed furniture that speak to the designer/clients’ personal vision and individuality. We applaud you! If you’re going to spend the money on a project, why not do it big and bold and fearless as these »

Fabric Pick O’ The Month!

We at Spruce are gonna try our ‘darndest’ each month to bring you, lovely readers, a new or hip or funky-fresh-fun fabric/fabric line to whet your tactile textile appetite! In this post I bring you Hable Construction! If you’re unfamiliar with this company get friendly by visiting their site (click the link above, please.) Hable »

The Price is Right!

Fabric. We all love it, can’t live without it. There is the occasional experience when you see a fabric across the room, you lock eyes, and you’re in love. I mean TRUE love. I see it every day at the shop. Our clients come in, start to wrap their head around all the options, and »

Recent Before and Afters! (Go Big AND Go Home!)

Hey hey hey!  Loading your eyeballs now with some recent ‘before-and-afters’ of awesome proportions. We’re endlessly impressed and sometimes surprised, frankly, about some of our clients’ bold decisions and adventurous design attitudes. Take a look at some of these babies – get inspired! The client chose a lovely cut velvet on neutral woven ground, a very »