Nugget of the Week: Sources of Inspiration from the Sprucettes

One of my favorite things about working at Spruce is having the opportunity to work with people who bring a different set of skills, interests and creative ideas to the table. Each of us Sprucettes frequently informs each other about our favorite designers, artists and makers, food, boutiques and blogs we’re obsessing over. Together, we…

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Spruce Happenings: Triple Birthday Bonanza!

We have a trio of Pisces ladies in the house! This month we celebrated three Sprucette birthdays. Yes, both Clar and Amanda share a birthday on March 11, and my birthday is March 21 (so I’m technically an Aries, but I’m right at the cusp). As per tradition, we organized a special lunch involving delicious…

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Have the Best Valentine’s Day in Austin

Depending on your relationship status, Valentine’s Day can be a polarizing celebration. Whether you spend the evening indoors eating ice cream and watching movies or go out for a romantic evening with your better half, it’s difficult to ignore the one day of the year everyone gets worked up about love. So, why not give…

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Tiny Chair Transformation

When I became an upholsterer, my family thought that they had hit the jackpot. But they soon realized their vision of having their own personal upholsterer was just a pipe dream. After three years at Spruce, I have finally completed an upholstery project for a loved one. I found this adorable vintage rocker at Vintage Tobacco…

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Nugget of the Week: Our Favorite Movies!

We (the Sprucettes) are visual people. Paying attention to fine details is part of each of our job descriptions, considering we work with designer fabric and all of the elements that go into beautiful pieces of furniture. And since we gather inspiration from everything we’re looking at on a regular basis, we thought it would…

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Spruce’s Best of 2013

It would be an understatement to say 2013 has been an unforgettable year for us. We flew to several beautiful places, began some new creative collaborations, welcomed two new Sprucettes to the team, and we celebrated the release of Amanda’s first book – just to name a few highlights. We thought it would be fun…

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And Baby Makes Three: Spruce Hosts a Shower for Amanda

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…

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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…

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How to Make a Party Hat!

Yay! It’s party day! If you haven’t heard yet, we’ll be having a party tonight at Mockingbird Domestics to celebrate the release of our long-awaited book: Spruce: a Step-by-Step Guide to Upholstery and Design. In the spirit of celebration, I made these festive party hats using some of the scrap fabric we have lying around…

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Spruce Upholstery Tip: Attaching Pulls to Skimpy Pieces of Fabric

There may be times when you find yourself with barely enough fabric for a project. I recently had firsthand experience with this very problem. Not having enough fabric to pull and staple can be very frustrating and result in a below par product. This week’s tip only takes about a minute to do and will…

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