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October 22nd, 2013

A How-To Upholstery Book We Love

Spruce up your coffee table book collection.

A "one-upper" could rub you the wrong way. But in the case of Amanda Brown, owner of Spruce Upholstery and the beauty and brains behind upcycled pieces in locales like Hotel Saint Cecilia, we consider her ability to one up furniture an effort in awesome. The Design Sponge darling has outdone herself again with the launch of her new book, Spruce: A Step-By-Step Guide To Upholstery and Design. Before she leaves for her book tour, we sat down to find out her favorite local shops, which blue she's calling 2014 spring's IT color and the gluten-free beer she's likely to swig in between stitches...

At which Austin hotspots can we see your handiwork?
An antique chair in the VIP spa treatment room at the W Hotel, furniture scattered throughout Hotel Saint Cecilia, two special chairs in the lobbies at Austin City Limits, booths at P.Terry's on William Cannon, the banquette at Beets Cafe, waiting room furniture at St. David's Emergency Room, the treatment chairs at Milk + Honey and a couple of pieces at Mercury Design Studio and Uptown Modern.

Where did you do most of your writing for the book?
For part of the time I stayed in an adorable old Home Away house in Portland - I would write in the kitchenette while it was raining. But I also went back to UT campus and wrote in the top floor of the Fine Arts Library.

Which local shops do you frequent for accessories to pair with your work?
Spartan, Mercury, Take Heart.

You're pregnant with your very first Sprucette - congrats! What cocktail would you repurpose into a mocktail to sip while you’re expecting?
I'm actually more of a beer drinker - I like a Pale Rye Ale from Full Moon. But I've recently gone gluten free, and my go-to is Omission Beer out of Portland. 

What's your favorite piece of furniture? 
The tiniest chair in the house - an Art Deco chair covered in emerald green leather. We keep it in the bathroom.

Hottest interior color for spring 2014?
Cobalt blue.

Tell us about your book.
I didn’t want it to just be a how-to book. You learn how to build a whole room. I wanted a variety featured - diamond tufting, channels, seaming and cushions - but I didn't want it to look like a circus when you put them all together in a room. 
Photo: Mel Cole of Cole Collective

Celebrate the success of Spruce during the Book Launch Party THIS Friday, October 25, from 6 - 10 p.m. at Mockingbird Domestics. On tap: southern style food, libations and a book signing.

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