The Book

Spruce: A Step-By-Step Guide to Upholstery and Design
A tome of design, inspiration, and how-to, this substantial book is the one-stop resource for anyone looking to learn the fine art of furniture upholstery. With all of the techniques taught through step-by-step illustrated instructions of five projects, including a Louis chair, a slipper chair, a wingback chair, a full-sized sofa, and an ottoman, students will acquire all the skills they need to go out and create one-of-a-kind pieces designed to suit their taste. There are also chapters on interior design principles and how to sew throw pillows. With Amanda Brown’s living room as the backdrop, readers can see first-hand how her aesthetic and upholstery design transform a bare room into something wonderful.

Book Specs

8×10 hardcover
400 pages
Full color throughout
900 step-by-step photos
5 reupholstery projects

Publishing Data
Storey Publishing
Pub date: October 2013
ISBN-10: 1612121373
ISBN-13: 978-1612121376

Wholesale Orders
Storey, a division of Workman
800-865-3429 fax

Foreign Rights Inquiries
Maribeth Casey, Rights Director


Media Requests

To request a review copy, schedule an interview, or book Amanda, please fill out the form below. We’ll get you taken care of as quickly as possible! In the meanwhile, see below for a book description, author bio, and a selection of high-res images to get you started. You may also contact Amanda directly at amanda at spruce dot com or 512.454.8181.



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High-Res Images
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Author Bio

Amanda Brown
Amanda Brown
In 2007, Amanda Brown left her day job and started Spruce, a furniture redesign studio in Austin,Texas. Her fresh aesthetic for interiors has garnered acclaim from publications including the New York Times, Metropolitan Home, and Southern Living. She produced her first instructional DVD, Spruce at Home , in 2011, as the first in a series. Amanda is the author of the “Upholstery Basics” column for Design*Sponge and writes regularly for HGTV.com. She lives in Austin, Texas.