Posts Categorized: The Spruce Studio and Store

New Spruce Retail

In the midst of summer projects, we’ve managed to sprinkle in some new retail projects. Take a look at our freshest finds and some extra-special pieces for the taking. 1. Handmade sari blankets from India. $75 ea. 2. Back to the Beach Chair. Chunky texture in cream, blue, and green; mid-century frame; $1095. 3. Neon »

Our Store Hours Have Changed

Hear ye, hear ye! Beginning September 1, we will no longer be open on Mondays. Instead, we’ll open at 10am on Saturdays to extend our weekend hours. We look forward to seeing you on Saturday mornings!

Meet Our New Sprucette, Elizabeth!

We’re overdue in introducing our new Sprucette, Elizabeth Najdecki! Welcome Elizabeth!!! Elizabeth comes to us with loads of experience and knowledge under her belt. She hails from many places and is worldly-wise. Born in Chicago, she’s lived  in Oklahoma, Connecticut, Michigan, England, Georgia, Dallas and is now residing in sunny Austin. She has enjoyed marvelous »

August Storage Sale at Spruce!

Take advantage of our Storage Sale this month! We’ve never done anything like this before. We’re pulling all the furniture pieces we’ve collected over the past seven years from our sheds and discounting them for sale and/or custom upholstery. Items include vintage and antique chair and sofa frames (along with a few headboards, stools and »

Fabric Shop Hop This Weekend

We’re at it again THIS WEEKEND! Visit Spruce and nine other fine fabric retailers for the semi-annual Fabric Shop Hop. We know who your are, that lovely customer who loves to come in and ooh and aah but never has a reason to pull the trigger. Well, here are your reasons: 20% off ALL FABRICS »

CRAVE Event Sparks Creativity

It’s been a little over a week since Spruce hosted its first CRAVEfuel event, and I’m still buzzing with positive energy. I sat down with four other speakers and 40+ attendees to discuss the ins and outs of creativity and how it affects our businesses and daily lives. Austin’s CRAVE hostess Andrea Genevieve asked, “What »

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 »

Wallpaper is Always In Season at Spruce

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 »

Spring Before and Afters at Spruce!

Hello, hello! We’d love to show you some neat pieces that we’ve completed of late! Want to see? Scroll away! We recently worked with a favorite Austin designer on her client’s project. The frame was requested to be stripped, painted, and some clever additions and subtractions were made to the sofa! See it below in its »

Spruce Happenings: Austin Fabric Shop Hop

We were SEW thrilled to meet so many fabric enthusiasts during the second Austin Fabric Shop Hop last month. Several people – including long-time residents of Austin – stopped by Spruce for the first time during the three-day shopping extravaganza, and we introduced them to our services, classes and retail.  This was the first time »

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 »

Happy Holiday Hours

We’d like to give a special thanks to all of our wonderful customers who have supported Spruce for the last six years. Thanks to you, we can afford to take a few days off over the holidays to spend with family and friends! We hope you’re doing the same! Please note our special hours below.

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 »

Holiday Gift Ideas From the Sprucettes!

The Sprucettes love the holidays! Every winter we decorate the shop with festive ornaments, enjoy Katherine’s delicious baked goods (mmm, pumpkin bread!), and start shopping for the gifts we’re going to get our loved ones. This year we put our heads together and gathered a list of some products we think our family and friends »

Enter the Ugliest Chair Contest!

It’s probably tucked away in a dark corner, covered with an old blanket, or it’s solely occupied by your pet. Yes, we’re talking about that ugly chair you own. This week, Storey Publishing launched The Spruce Ugliest Chair Contest. Show us your ugliest chair – one that really needs a facelift – and win a »

Spruce Happenings: Behind the Scenes with Creativebug and our New Website!

Hi there! Long time no talk! Are you all as busy as we have been? Here are just a couple reasons why things are so exciting and hectic for us lately! Last month we teamed up with our buddies at Creativebug. Spruce is contributing a few instructional videos to their curriculum, which will soon be available for your subscribing pleasure! Three »

You’re Invited to the Spruce Book Launch Party!

Spruce is ready to make this book launch official, and what better way than to celebrate with a Southern party at Mockingbird Domestics in Austin! Join us as we enjoy Southern-style foods and libations, DIY goodies, and a book signing in honor of Spruce: A Step-by-Step Guide to Upholstery and Design by our very own »

Get Ready for the Spruce Book Tour!

Book tour classes are now open! We’ve been working our buns off planning the most exciting road trip in Spruce history, the book tour! Thanks to Storey Publishing, our phenomenal hosts and hostesses, and future book tour students (we hope that’s you!), we’ll be packing our bags and loading up the Sprucemobile for three fun-filled »

New Retail at Spruce!

Hi! Clar here, keeping you abreast of all our goings-on. We’ve been working on some new projects here at the shop, doing a bit of shuffling, rearranging, general “Sprucing” like we do! It seems that you have been hungry for Spruce fare, so as we’ve sold a chunk of our goods lately, we must create more »

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 »

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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Inside, Outside in Interior Mexico!

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Trunk Show at Spruce with Stella & Dot!

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Creativebug Creations: Ombre Napkins

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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 »