About this time last week, I was reeling from news of a very expensive car repair. Besides some incredibly sweet and generous friends who took me in during my crisis, things were pretty bleak. I was stuck and stressed and without much to console myself. But you know that.
When I look back at it now, though, from the seat of my own sofa with an almost fully functioning car, my mind doesn’t immediately jump to what distressed me. Nope, instead I find myself thinking about the good things that happened that week including the easy afternoon I spent with Meredith Carmichael in her Austin, TX home.
Meredith is the client services manager at Spruce Austin, a progressive upholstery workshop and retail store, with a penchant for vintage frames and eye-catching fabrics. Her 60s ranch-style home is a mash-up of the design expertise she’s cultivated at Spruce, masterful DIY projects, and art pieces that have found form through the handwork of her friends. She totally saved my day when we had our shoot. I mean, just look at this place! Regardless of varying tastes, I think it’s all the things we inevitably strive to achieve in our personal spaces and wardrobes… comfort and style.
At the end of the day, I really can’t complain about my auto mishaps anymore. (Besides, I’m sure you’re totally over it by now!) Traveling to Austin was an adventure. I had the privilege of visiting some of the kindest, coolest, most stylish people around. I peeked into their public spaces and private sanctuaries and asked them all the questions I’m sure most folks are thinking. In Meredith’s case, I also left with a laundry list of DIY’s that I can’t wait to try.
Cars be damned, I choose to see the brighter side. And I’ll pull out my craft supplies to prove it!
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