Posts Tagged: Austin

Spruce Upholstery Tip: Reinforcing Panel Nails

If you are unfamiliar with upholstered panels, let me give you a short explanation of how they work. Panels are often used to cover the front of arms or sides of backs on furniture pieces such as wingback chairs and camelback sofas. A panel nail is first punched through the bare panel before it’s covered in Dacron »

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 »

Designer Spotlight Series: Katie Kime

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 »

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 »

Introducing Benton, our newest Sprucester!

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 Featured in Citygram

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 »

Upholstered Headboard Tutorial and Giveaway: Win a Creativebug Class!

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 »

Local Business Snapshot: GirlsGuild (For Girls, By Girls)

Finding ways to be creative is a constant endeavor for professionals who create for a living. Where can you gather and go to be inspired? Austin’s GirlsGuild is filling that niche. Co-founders Diana Griffin and Cheyenne Weaver are creating a space that encourages learning and expanding creativity for girls in a new and exciting way. »

Introducing Our Newest Sprucette, Clarisa!

Hi everyone! Some of you may have read some of my previous posts and may be wondering, who is this Clarisa and where did she come from? Well, I hit the ground running with Spruce two months ago, right before Amanda hit the road for the Spruce Book Tour. I’m the behind-the-scenes gal who heads »

Another Addition to the Spruce Team: Introducing Alice!

Round Top, TX shopping

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 »

Spruce Lampshade Video is on Creativebug!

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 »

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 »

Local Business Snapshot: Mockingbird Domestics

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 »

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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Before and After Treats

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Sprucette Night

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Creativebug Creations: Furoshiki Wine Wrap

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Upholstery Lessons at Spruce

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Trunk Show at Spruce with Stella & Dot!

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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 »

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, »

Last week for Spruce Annual Sale!

Hey upholstery addicts! Don’t forget this is the last week to take advantage of 10% OFF upholstery and fabric when both are purchased here at Spruce. Come by the shop on or before February 16th, and we’ll help get your tired furniture looking refreshed!

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 »

Photography Intern Position Now Available!

As you know, Spruce loves sharing before and afters, but with all the projects in and out of the shop, we need a little help taking, editing, and organizing photos. Well…get your resumes ready! If you’re a student looking to add to your portfolio and hang out with the Sprucettes, contact us at design@spruceaustin.com. We’d »

Winter Sale at Spruce!

Happy New Year! Hope it was a peaceful holiday for you all. We at Spruce are getting the wheels turning again and trying to keep warm in our 30 degree Fahrenheit cold snap. Enjoy it while it lasts: just like this temporal Spruce event below!!!! This post officially announces our annual Spruce Winter Sale! We are »

Spending the Holidays with Spruce!

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 »

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 »

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 »

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!  »