Posts Categorized: Meredith

Behind the Scenes with Our Style Stories

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 »

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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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 »

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 »

Our 5th Annivarsary Party In Pictures

Thank you friends, family, loved ones, clients, Austin, and all of those who visited with us last Friday evening! You made it a warm and blissful 5th Annivarsary party. Below is 2/3 of the Spruce crew…Frank left early with his brood and evaded the papparazzi. (Katherine made the fringy festoons from our scrap fabric and »

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 »

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 »

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: 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 »

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 »

Newly Spruced Before and Afters!

Hope everyone is having a great week! We are busy busy around here making sure we get all our work done so we can party like it’s 1999 on Friday. And if you don’t remember….it’s our Anniversary Party wahoo!! Over the last few weeks we have been working on some great customer furniture AND new »

Around Town: Sprucette Favorite Restaurant Experiences

Wow. Can you believe it’s June? Nor can I. Summer is in full swing here in Austin. This Monday’s high was a  feverish 103 degrees Fahrenheit (gasp!). I have sympathy for my land-locked, water-featureless Dallas and Houston friends and family that don’t have Austin’s superabundance of natural swimming holes and public pools. For those of »

Before and After: November BYOC Class!

Hope everyone is having a great week! I wanted to do a little bragging today on the students from this weekend’s class. We had a special Mod Green Pod BYOC Class that focused on green upholstery and also included the use of MGP’s new custom fabric! Each student was able to customize the MGP prints »