Posts Tagged: Robert Allen

Fabric Trends For 2015

You know the saying: what goes around comes around.  In the interior design world, trends come and go, but every time the pendulum swings back, the look is a little different. When it comes to fabrics for interiors, a lot of designers base their choices on looks they see from the runway, so the trends »

Before and Afters: Back to School 2014 Edition

Why is this year going so fast??? Stop it!!! After a long summer, it’s time again to send the kiddos off to class and for parents to get back to those around-the-house projects. You know who you are! Moms and Dads of Austin and surrounding areas — it’s time you all do the same! Students, »

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 »

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 »

Pantone’s Color of the Year: Radiant Orchid!

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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 »

HGTV Project: Geometric Upholstered Door

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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.

Local Business Snapshot: Mockingbird Domestics

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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.

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 »

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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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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, »

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 »

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 »

December Upholstery Basics is Live!

December’s Upholstery Basics column is up on Design*Sponge. If you want to learn how to complete your chair that has a picture-back, click HERE! Take a look at these Upholstery Basics tutorials below to help you complete your redesigned chair: upholstery basics: coil seat finale upholstery basics: constructing coil seats — part 2 upholstery basics: »

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 »

More Befores and Better Afters!

We are pleased to share some more before and afters with you! One in particular (last in post) is a humdinger. If any of you remember that crazy television show “The Swan”, it was much the same for this sofa and chair. Just you wait… [pe2-gallery] [/pe2-gallery] Pictured above is a classic chair that was »

Inspiration of the Week: Spruce’s New Space and Break Room Ideas!

Our first musical number from the balcony in our…. NEW SPACE!! [pe2-gallery] [/pe2-gallery] Surprise! Spruce is moving, but don’t worry, we’re going right next door. A few months ago when Rick’s Auto Repair moved out, we were drooling over the possibilities of 6611. For a while, we’ve been feeling the growing pains at our current »

Meet Herman Miller

My first interaction with Herman Miller was about two and a half years ago when Lizzie and I upholstered a pair of modular chairs we found at Room Service Vintage for our retail store. The tags were marked Herman Miller, and what began as 1980s blue office tweed turned into a pair of comfy and »

It’s the holiday season…

Oh man, for those of you who didn’t know, I get warm and fuzzy inside thinking about the holiday season. I’m amazed at how quickly our summer months flew by, and now that we are officially in November, I’ve decided to make a list of all of those things I’d like to accomplish and ENJOY »