Spruce: A Step-by-Step Guide to Upholstery and Designby Amanda Brown
Discover the joys of upholstery and bring new life to your worn-out furniture. With a few basic tools, an eye for color, and some ingenuity, you can customize your home with fabrics and textures that reflect your unique personality. This comprehensive guide features more than 900 photographs and includes five projects designed to teach you all you need to know to
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Discover the joys of upholstery and bring new life to your worn-out furniture. With a few basic tools, an eye for color, and some ingenuity, you can customize your home with fabrics and textures that reflect your unique personality. This comprehensive guide features more than 900 photographs and includes five projects designed to teach you all you need to know to reupholster any piece of furniture. You’ll soon be confidently stripping down old sofas, stuffing sagging ottomans, and revamping chairs with your own distinctive style.
Few things make me happier than watching the people we work with here at D*S do well. Amanda Brown fromSprucehas been ourresident upholstery expertfor a while and we were thrilled when she told us she was working on a book. That gorgeous book,Spruce: A Step-by-Step Guide to Upholstery and Design, officially launched yesterday and is chock-full of beautiful (and helpful) upholstery instructions, illustrated by more than 900 step-by-step photographs. Upholstery has always been daunting to me, but Amanda is an excellent teacher and everything she’s shared in this book will help you master the techniques and skills you need to reupholsteranypiece of furniture to suit your own taste and style.
If you have ever had an inkling to try to upholster a thrift store find, this awesome book can show you how.
Brown, a professional upholsterer in Austin, TX, knows how to breathe life into tired old furnishings. Her style is hip, eclectic, and delightful, and she injects her personality into the projects, showing off her upholstery prowess. Brown rounds out the manual by offering interior design options. Accompanying photographs demonstrate technique and illustrate each step. Readers will find information on skills requiring more detail, such as sewing and stripping furniture, in the appendixes. VERDICT Though the author only covers five projects—a sofa, an ottoman, and three chairs—she does so in such great depth that quality wins out over quantity. Upholstering is for the brave, and there are a lot of specialty tools here that might intimidate would-be DIYers. Despite these limitations, this is a wonderfully readable volume that speaks to current style. Very highly recommended for any DIY collection.
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Meet the Author
Amanda Brown is the author of Spruce: A Step-by-Step Guide to Upholstery and Design. Brown is the owner of 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 lives in Austin, Texas.
Grace Bonney is the founder of Design*Sponge, a daily website dedicated to the creative community. Design*Sponge was founded in 2004 and currently reaches nearly 2 million readers per day. A native of Virginia Beach, Bonney has worked as a contributing editor at publications such as House & Garden, Domino, and Craft magazine. She is passionate about supporting all members of the creative community; she runs an annual scholarship for up-and-coming designers, writes a free business column for creatives, and is the host of a weekly radio show, After the Jump, which reaches over 500,000 listeners per episode. Her first book, Design*Sponge at Home, is a national bestseller and has over 100,000 copies in print. After 12 years in Brooklyn, Bonney now lives in New York’s Hudson River Valley with her wife and their three pets.
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I'm certainly not the most creative person in the world, but even I can follow the instructions in this book. Amanda takes the intimidating art of upholstery and makes it completely accessible to the beginning upholsterer and DIYer. This book is for sure on my Christmas list.
Great book. Very clear, easy to understand instructions. Makes the process of upholstery doable.