Imagine being paid to jet set across the globe and take photos of gorgeous places for major publications such The New York Times, Southern Living and Esquire. Enter Austin-based photographer Ryann Ford, who has spent most of her adult life doing just that. Envious much? Just a couple of years ago, Amanda was spending some quality time with Ryann, »
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One of the most satisfying thing about working at Spruce is having the chance to be creative, bringing our problem-solving skills to the table on a daily basis to create fun, interesting and beautiful solutions. And since each of us has some background in sewing, design and upholstery, we truly appreciate the hard work and »
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 »
In mid-April, the Spruce book and I ventured out to visit crafters and upholstery enthusiasts on the West Coast. This leg of the book tour was short and sweet and started with a visit to Creativebug‘s headquarters. Creativity oozes out of every nook and cranny in this place; take a look at the craft jewels »
Since Amanda is heading to the West Coast this week for book tour, we decided to kick things off with an Instagram contest! Enter to win a free copy of Amanda’s book, Spruce: A Step-by-Step Guide to Upholstery and Design, by following Spruce on Instagram and tagging #sprucebook in your photos. We want to see »
It’s been a while since I picked up my pliers and stapler or shared my two cents on the Spruce blog. As many of you know, I’ve been on a baby vacation for the past six weeks, which means lots of memorable, challenging, and amazing moments. When I started Spruce, one of my main priorities »
Citygram paid Amanda a visit at her home in December, just weeks before she was due with baby Lilee. Little did we know our story was going to be January’s feature piece! Veronica Meewes wrote “The Unsinkable Amanda Brown” and the magazine’s founding editor, Chris Perez, took some luscious photos of Amanda in her abode »
Amanda’s Upholstered Headboard tutorial was just released on Creativebug! This is the second of a series of online upholstery tutorials we’ve partnered to do with the craft workshop website. Students will learn how to make a cool, custom headboard like a pro from this in-depth workshop. Amanda guides students every step of the way, from »
Last week we celebrated the anticipation of a Lilee Ann Brown with a sweet baby shower. In case you missed Amanda’s announcement that she’s expecting, dear readers, Amanda will be giving birth to a baby Sprucette very soon! The shower was held at Amanda’s house and hosted by former Sprucette Meredith Carmichael, our friend Mel »
We’re excited to announce the winner of The Spruce Ugliest Chair Contest, which Storey Publishing launched on Facebook in October. Audra Trautvetter had what Amanda judged as the ugliest – a wingback upholstered with duct tape (above)! The poor thing was Audra’s grandmother’s chair and has taken a beating over the years. She’ll be receiving a »
You can now learn how to do more upholstery projects by going to Creativebug! Yes, this week the website, which curates a variety of video workshops focused on crafts, launches Amanda’s tutorials. The video featured this month shows Creativebuggers how to make a lampshade from scratch ($9.99). Eventually, the site will have instructional videos of Amanda’s upholstered »
Hi everyone, Clarisa here! I’m one of Spruce’s newest additions to the team. During the past month, I’ve been marketing the Spruce book tour through our social media outlets and reaching out to our connections in every city, trying to help get the word out. This week, the tour stops in New Orleans for a »
One week down and two to go for the Spruce book tour! Katherine and I have had a blast meeting fellow upholstery and furniture addicts in Dallas, Memphis, and Nashville and are enjoying a few free days in Franklin, TN before we head east. Don’t forget to join us in Knoxville on Tuesday at Union »
It’s finally happening. After months of preparation, Spruce will be on book tour next week! Last Friday, the Sprucettes were in high gear planning for the launch party for Spruce: A Step-by-Step Guide to Upholstery and Design here in Austin. The party was a complete success, and we couldn’t have done it without the help »
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 »
Early this year when the book tour idea was sprouting, I pulled out my paper map and began plotting our driving route. Knowing the tour would be in November, I shied away from the Northern states. Wintry weather and pulling a trailer don’t mix! And heading west is better left for airplane travel than driving. »
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 »
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 »
In January, one of my many fruitful encounters at Altitude Summit SLC was meeting a lovely lady from HGTV. Liz took our lampshade class and was so excited by her DIY experience, we decided to team up and produce original upholstery projects for the HGTV website. First up is this showstopping Geometric Door.
It’s time to let the flood gates open, ladies and gents! I gave you a small morsel of book candy back in November as I wrapped up the manuscript and have since been planning the most exciting events in Spruce history. Two months from today, Spruce: A Step-by-Step Guide to Upholstery and Design will be »
A few weeks ago, I hopped on a plane and headed to San Francisco to partake in round two of Altitude Summit (check out round one in Salt Lake City). Not only did I enjoy the fall-like temperatures but two packed days of rubbing elbows with the most fashionable ladies (and a few gents) in »
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 »
As Father’s Day quickly approaches, I’m reminded of my annual pilgrimage to the department store in search of that perfect gift for dad. But thirty-something years later, I’ve exhausted the “Best Dad Ever” boxers and accompanying mug, and I’m pretty sure he has two of every grill accessory made. This month on Upholstery Basics, we »
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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, »
I’m back from Salt Lake City followed by a trip to Portland (more about that later). Wintry weather is great for hot chai, layering clothes, and wearing all my vintage coats shoved in the back of my closet, but I am so glad to be back to Austin and our warm, sunny weather! Last week, »
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 »
Our fearless leader, Amanda, lives for the Christmas season. I have on many occasions throughout the year popped my head in the office only to hear Christmas music. Her response tends to be, “I needed a boost so I turned on Christmas music!”. So it is only fitting that we have a big Christmas blowout »
This month, I wrote my first Upholstery Inspiration blog on Design*Sponge and upholstered this antique chair using my mom’s crewel art. Check out the complete transformation and story here.
It is a busy Fall full of fun events here at the shop. Spruce and Terrace Partners have an exciting event coming up in November that we would love for you all to attend! Amy Flurry, a freelance writer, editor, and stylist has recently written a book called Recipe for Press, Pitch Your Story Like »
October Upholstery Basics is live! Click HERE to see how to make a grommet-top shower curtain on Design*Sponge. For a wide variety of other Spruce DIY projects, check out these other Upholstery Basics tutorials. Photography by Mel Cole.
Check out Amanda’s September Upholstery Basics column on Design*Sponge and learn how to create custom slipcovers for those unattractive folding chairs you own! Take a look at more exciting projects here!
You’ve read our blog, you’ve come into the shop, and maybe you have even taken a class with us…but how well do you really know the Sprucettes? I have gathered a few questions to test your Sprucette knowledge. Let’s play, shall we? Which Sprucette/Sprucer really enjoys the vocal stylings of the raspy crooner, Michael »
Check out Amanda’s August Upholstery Basics column on Design*Sponge and learn how to create the perfect lampshade for your vintage lamp in need of a lift! For more Upholstery Basics, click here!
Check out my July Upholstery Basics column on Design*Sponge and learn how to turn your old folding table into a checkerboard. For more Upholstery Basics, click here!
Check out Spruce’s Upholstery Basics column on Design*Sponge and learn how to make your own poolside roll up! Click here for more upholstery basics. Have a great weekend!
Federal holidays…you gotta love them. They usually sneak up on me so they are like little surprise vacations. More than that, Memorial Day is a day where we can remember those who so bravely sacrificed their life for our country. We are proud to say that our very own Mr. Frank Barnhouse served in »
Last month we finished up our beautiful boudoir. Now we take on the office! Spruce’s May Upholstery Basics post is live on Design Sponge, go check out here how to build from scratch your very own room divider!
Recently many of our showroom pieces have found new homes. With so many spaces to fill in our shop we have been busy cranking out some new retail. I personally really enjoy working on retail pieces. I think it may have something to do with the stretch of time we spend with it. Typically we »
Check out this month’s Upholstery Basics column on Design*Sponge! We’re transforming spaces wall by wall. Click HERE for other Upholstery Basics posts.
February’s Upholstery Basics column is up on Design*Sponge. Click HERE to learn how to transform your plain-Jane coffee table into an upholstered beauty! Take a look at these previous posts to learn tips and tricks for other upholstery projects: upholstery basics: boxed cushion sewing upholstery basics: picture perfect backs upholstery basics: leather bookshelf
Check out this month’s Upholstery Basics on Design*Sponge: Boxed Cushion Sewing! Have a great weekend!
As the year winds down the work to get done by the Holidays always seems to wind up at Spruce! We have been busy little elves finishing our client projects, but have decided to take on a few side projects as well. Those of us in Central Texas are very familiar with the devastation the »
Listen up folks…If you love Christmas as much as Amanda and I do then you need to get your booty to the Palmer Events Center. Starting today through Sunday, Spruce will be among the 200 vendors at the 36th annual Christmas Affair. We have been counting down the days to reveal some of our new »
Get your party shoes on because tomorrow night, Friday, October 14th, Spruce will be hosting our 4th Anniversary party. We have had such an amazing year of growth and we want to celebrate our achievements with the people who made it possible…YOU! This will be my first anniversary party with Spruce so I am extra »
Constructing Coil Seats – Part II is officially up on Design*Sponge. Check out how to rejuvenate your tight seat HERE! ALSO, be sure to stay tuned tomorrow to Design*Sponge for registration and details for the Austin Design Sponge at Home book tour. That’s right, Grace is making a special stop in Austin, and it’ll be »