Are you in the mood to redecorate for fall? If you already have exquisite pieces that need a touch of attitude, then you should consult with Spruce €“ a new upholstery design shop in Austin, TX. Owners Amanda Brown and Lizzie Joyce have just the right mix of art and design backgrounds. In love with vintage decor, they will work with you to create that perfect "statement piece." Amanda and Lizzie work hard to break down the communication barrier that can sometimes happen between the client and the upholsterer by combining two fields that are typically separated: upholstery and design. And if you are really into do-it-yourself (DIY) style, you might want to sign up for their "Make Your Statement" upholstery workshop. The ladies of Spruce will show you how to make your very own statement piece! We had the opportunity to chat with Amanda and Lizzie about Spruce's approach to design.
DIYthing: How easy is it for someone who wants to consult with you on a piece? How does that work long distance?Ladies of Spruce: We collaborate with the client and directly implement the design ideas so that nothing is lost in translation. When we work with long distance clients, we view digital photos of the piece and the client's space to get a feel for the look they're trying to accomplish. We also like to talk to the client on the phone to get a sense of their personality.
DIYthing: Do you consider your work part of the green design movement?Ladies of Spruce: Our business stems from our appreciation for the clean lines and unique design of vintage furniture. It makes us happy that a side effect of this is reusing quality wood frames and not contributing to the waste created by mass production.
DIYthing: Tell us about how you source your fabrics.Ladies of Spruce: We love finding fabrics from all sorts of sources. We get a lot of mid-century fabrics, drapes, and tablecloths from vintage stores. We also shop on the internet. One of our favorite places to look is Etsy where we can find great vintage pieces and also find new fabric designers. We're very interested in collaborating more with new fabric designers.