5 Interior Design Blogs Even a Layman Should Follow!

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We’re all a little obsessed with interior design to some degree. It’s the subtle art of embellishing our personal space to reflect our tastes and style: a true form of self-expression. The art of interior design has been a respected and integral art form throughout history, with different cultures developing their own “norms” and aesthetic tastes. In many cultures, interior design reflects the religious and metaphysical beliefs of the culture, such as the Japanese art of feng shui. By placing objects and accent pieces in strategic positions, we affect the energy of the room and in turn, the energy that flows within us. Whether you’re a skeptic or not, no one can deny the excitement and influence our home’s design has on our lives.

So, on that note, whether you’re redoing your whole home, one room, or just simply like to get inspired by the beautiful ideas of the masters, following an interior design blog is a great way to get your creative juices flowing. Almost every (successful) interior designer has a blog of some sort, whether in the form of a gallery, website, or social channel. But very few stay true-to-life, candid, accessible, AND inspiring. We’ve rounded up our favorite blogs that every interior design layman (or professional or student or enthusiast) can enjoy.

Don’t forget to bring your inspiration to action! Visit us at our online discount fabric showroom to take your stroke of design genius to the next level. Here are our top interior design blogs even a layman should follow.

1: Amber Interiors First, click into the site. Check out the soft whites, bright spaces, and subtle accents. For the crisp aesthetic alone, the blog is a subscription MUST.
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2: Old Brand New Blogger Dabito shares exquisite photographs of happy rooms that sing with his signature style. Follow for a little bit of this and that about interior design, graphic, design, and priceless photography.

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3: Coco Lapine Design Hello Coco! No, this has nothing to do with Chanel, but Ms. Lapine’s blog is full of rooms that tie together her Danish flair with industrial undertones. A perfect read with coffee and a baguette.

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4: Lark and Linen Take a peek into the beautifully designed life of Jacquelyn Clark. Her style is so fresh and clean, while her posts about her daily life are quirky and just a fun read. Enjoy the non-stop ogling over her condo!

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5: Style by Emily Henderson This is a personal favorite: Emily Henderson stole hearts when she won HGTV’s Design Star. Now she writes a blog full of eye-candy, shoppable stories, and her signature vibrancy. You’ll thank us for introducing you!

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So those are our top 5 picks! Did you check them all out? Plan on subscribing to any? Let us know in the comments, then pay Barras Fabrics’ online store and get decorating!

Spring Fabrics to Brighten your Space

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Spring, at long last!

The days are longer, the weather is warmer, and Barras’ collection of discount fabric is bright, happy, spring-time tones is exactly what you need to bring the warmth of the season into your home.

While florals are often chosen to represent the springtime vibe, don’t be afraid to experiment with colors, textures, and tones you’ve never used before. Your home decor fabric should be an expression of what spring means to YOU, so don’t shy away from using a swatch you’ve never seen before!

Here are our team’s collective favorites: from furniture upholstery to fabric framing to your next silk scarf, here at the gems were itching to sprinkle throughout our homes and wardrobes:

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Peppy/Franco

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Spotlight: The Duralee Mill

duralee fabricsIf you’re an interior design enthusiast, you’ve heard the name “Duralee”. The iconic mill is something of a buzzword amongst modern interior designers, synonymous with timeless patterns, infallible durability, and a beautiful, diverse collection of styles, prints, and materials.  Every designer, from high-end to local, has utilized a Duralee product at some point in their career, and nearly every sewing enthusiast you’ll come across prefers a solid Duralee fabric for their projects.  

And since Duralee’s primary focus is upholstery fabric, it’s no surprise that they expanded their company with the Duralee Furniture line, a broad collection of home furnishings that have taken the market by storm since 2003.

Duralee’s origin story is as richly-woven as the fabrics they peddle. The company was born from the blood, sweat, and tears of Lenny Silberman, a World War Two veteran whose “big break” into the industry was a $35/week, textile shipping clerk job. After attending night classes to expand his industry knowledge, he launched Duralee with two partners, Sig Rosenberger and Marshall Kutz, and rest is history!

Since it’s early days, Duralee has contracted a number of similarly iconic partnerships with luxurious textile designers, such as Highland Court, Baily and Griffin, DF Label, and more, further propelling Duralee to the forefront of the luxury textiles market. Hard to believe that this nationwide enterprise, now synonymous with high-end design and exclusivity, contracted with some of the greatest designers of our age, had grown from Lenny Silberman’s minuscule offices in post-war New York City!

In celebration of all that Duralee represents, we present a lineup of our favorite offerings from several of Duralee’s collections. Find these, and more magnificent textiles, on our online fabric store and envelop yourself in the timeless luxury of the wonderful brand.

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See Full Lineup Here.

This article is based on a write-up on Duralee’s site, which can be found here. Thank you for choosing Barras Fabrics for all your discounted luxury fabric needs!

Top 5 Colors for Your Basement

Whether your home’s lowest rooms are a grungy Man Cave, spotless home office, or a child’s dream hideaway, one thing should not change: your basement must make up in style what it lacks in natural light!

Though basements are more prevalent in certain residential areas than others, they provide a great way to add square footage to your home. Many basements are reduced to simple storage rooms, coated in dust and only visited when absolutely necessary. Why not utilize the space that you already have to create rooms you love to be in?

The first step in your basement makeover should be making sure your basement is safe to use. Call in an inspector to check the electricity, plumbing, window seals, and (shudder) pest control. Once you have clearance on these fronts, it’s decorating time! You know we’re obsessed with color…The right hues transform any space from dark to delightful, drab to fab, and depressing to energizing!

We’re here to help you find the perfect color scheme for your underground abode. Here are our top 5 Basement Color Schemes for 2017, complete with a teaser swatch from our online discount fabric store to add some inspiration!

1: Pea Green.

Yes, you heard that right. Green adds a natural, calming hue to a space. And the grungy Pea green family is a refreshingly unique color that can be used from playroom to laundry room to game room.  pea green basementpea green swatchhttp://www.anthonyslabaughremodeling.com

2: Warm Woods and Whites.

Neutral colors help bring warmth, light, and airiness to an otherwise dank space. Natural materials look rich while staying clean and easily manageable. We see this scheme as a great starting point for a guest wing. warm woods and whites basement

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3: Orange.

Think the sunny color is too aggressive for a small space? Think again! This bright hue adds life, energy, and the illusion of broader space when done right. Be sure to choose a sherbet tone, not Parking-Cone orange. orange basement

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4: Delicate Blue.

A soft, powdery blue bounces both natural sunlight and artificial bulb light off the walls, brightening up the space while staying reserved. Blue is a great backdrop for neutral furniture, deep leather, and/or pops of yellow and pink. light blue basement

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5: Anything Goes!

Why stick to one color? Make your space come alive by mixing and matching all your favorite things into one place. Try different carpet swatches, whiteboard walls, and your child’s (or your own!) artwork on display for all to enjoy. The sky’s the limit!colorful basement

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Feel like transforming your basement this month? Stay tuned for more home decor tips and tricks from Barras Fabrics!

Unconventional Color Schemes: Living Room

You were never the typical homemaker. You could never settle for a brown n’ beige living room, and you shouldn’t have to! This room should be the space you feel comfortable, relaxed, and happy. If you can’t see yourself feeling that way on staring at peach walls, then you need this list of unconventional living room color schemes! What if you’re not looking to paint or redecorate now? No problem. Just throw in a couple of these bold colors into your current living space, and bask in the wonderful, colorful transformation!

1: Yellow and Pink. This color scheme is bright, happy, and fun, and will definitely drop some of your guest’s jaws. Want a room that looks sunny even on a cloudy day? Then this one’s for you.

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2: Pea green and Magenta. This may seem like a little girl’s dream, but it’s the depth of the green you choose that determines how adult this color palette is.

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  1. Turquoise and Red. This color scheme manages to be loud while staying understated. Blue balances out the red perfectly, but be sure to throw in some white to keep it easy on the eyes!

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  1. Cerulean and Mustard Yellow. These color choices are not for the faint of heart, but the payoff is amazing. How great would this look in a small apartment? Like the crowning jewel!

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  1. Emerald and Teak. This bold green is fresh and bright-and anything but typical. With the teak accents, it has an urban-Amazon Rainforest feel.

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Now that you’ve chosen the color scheme that speaks to your creative side, it’s time to bring it into your living room! Browse an online fabric store to find the perfect material to reupholster your couch! Or, for a smaller statement, sew accent pillows (tutorial here) or find a bold lampshade or painting. Get as creative as you can, and enjoy the burst of color! Your living room will thank you!

Which of these color schemes speak to you the most? Think you’re gonna try one out? Let us know in the comments!

Jazz Up Your Chairs! DIY Instructions:

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Love the refreshing thrill of redecorating but hate the strain on your wallet? There are a bunch of easy, pocket-friendly ways to revamp your space without going all-out. Want a super-impactful and super-cheap option? Reupholster your chairs! We mean ANY chairs, dining room chairs, outdoor chairs, folding chairs, ANYTHING! You’ll see: that simple pop of color screaming from your seats will breath fresh life into the room.

Here are the basics you’ll need to reupholster ANY chair. Once you have these materials and instructions, you can use the same method throughout.

The Tools:

  1. Any Chair ( This excludes folding chairs with plastic seats. That won’t work well)
  2. Fabric of your choice- order from an online fabric store and save on gas. We’re saving so much money already! You’ll probably need around 3 yards square.
  3. Fabric marker and scissors. We recommend these scissors and these markers.
  4. A staple gun. Try this one.

That’s it! You’re ready to start working the  reupholstering magic!

The Method:

  1. Remove/Flip Over : remove the seat from the chair (if you can). If the seat is unremovable, turn the chair over and attach your fabric to the extended edge.
  2. Cover and Staple : trace the shape of your seat onto your fabric of choice. Cut out the shape, leaving an 1 ½ “ of fabric around the border of the seat. Staple the fabric to the underside of the seat, making sure the visible area of the seat is fully covered.
  3. Trim the Edges and Replace! I’s very likely there’ll be lots of excess material around the seat. Trim it down and replace the seat onto the frame.

How great does that look?! Coordinate your fabric of choice with the color scheme of your room for a monochromatic look, or insert a bright zap of color to liven up the space!

Here are some materials we recommend for chairs that STAND out:

Make It Rain:

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Jamil

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Strands

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Interlace

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Let us know in the comments below how YOUR Reupholstering Project went!

 

Color Psychology: Pretty in Pink

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On Wednesdays, we wear pink.

Trust the Mean Girls on this: Pink is fun, light, fabulous, and anything but sickly-sweet! Pink represents caring, compassion, love, and nurturing. It combines the fiery passion of red with calming, soothing white. Though often perceived as a feminine color, this Pink Perception is entire false. First of all, up until about fifty years ago, pink was the representative color of boyhood in Europe, while soft blue was the indicative feminine color! Pink was considered energetic and loud, like little boys, while calming, subdued blue was more girlish and sweet. Thanks both to blooming gender equality and the loosening of typecasting in today’s society, the rainbow has been freed! Every color is ours to enjoy.

But back to pink. Time to psychoanalyze your friend’s dressing habits! As pink represents nurturing, giving, and TLC, if you see your buddy wearing pink disproportionately often, offer them a shoulder to cry on or a fun night out. They may be projecting the lack of these qualities in their life outward, and could really use your attention! Or maybe they just like pink…and who can blame them?

Pink represents the sweetness and innocence of childhood, while, almost paradoxically, has a super-loud, funky vibe. Remember the hot-pink 80’s legwarmers? However, things are not all rosy and sweet. Pink is also associated with being weak physically, emotionally volatile, immature, and a lack of self-worth. But all with a grain of salt,people: don’t offer to sponsor therapy for your Salmon-wearing boyfriend.

For our interests, pink is a fabulous color for home decor. And not just for your daughter’s bedroom! Try a funky rose-pink decorative fabric shade to liven up an all-black dining room.

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Reupholster your favorite outdoor chaise or dining room chair with this loud-but-classy Rippled Poly print. (More on that in the coming weeks!).


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And how gorgeous is this Peony Upholstery for your next favorite home decor fabric?

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We’re seriously crushing on pink as the freshest, hottest color of the month. Don’t wait till the summer to enjoy the sweet and spicy vibe pink can bring into your life!

How do YOU bring the zing of pink into your wardrobe, home, and lifestyle? Tell us in the comments!

Top 6 Kid’s Room Color Schemes

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Redecorating your home? A pleasure. Redecorating with kids? A migraine waiting to happen.  Many fights and tears can be avoided if you make sure to settle on a color scheme that satisfies both Mom and her favorite little designer-to-be! Here is our list of the top Six combos designers turn to when creating color schemes for kids that will satisfy, inspire, and, most importantly, stay timeless.

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Navy blue, White, and splashes of Orange (Boys): this nautical theme gets a revamp with happy focus points of sunny orange. Create funky accent pillows using decorative fabric here.

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Camel, Chocolate Brown, and punches of Navy Blue (Boys): a more rustic, even-toned palette with subtle masculine tones. Keep the navy theme going with home-made fabric curtains.  

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Pale Pink, Creamy White and Aqua (Girls): though approaching typicality with pinky tones, a pop of aqua and a warm, soft white help keep the space easy on the eyes and age appropriate.

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Raspberry and Grey (Girls): this combo strikes a great balance between funky and sophisticated. Throw a faux-fur throw on the bed and watch the room transform!

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Soft Wheat (Gender Neutral): keeping a room gender-neutral is a great choice. Firstly, it does away with typical gender roles, and secondly, the room can be utilized in myriads of ways.

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Greens and Golds (Gender Neutral): a breathtaking mix of natural and glitzy, combining these seemingly opposite hues yields breathtaking results.

Many decorators advise against choosing a very bright gender-specific color.  As much as mom wants to think her baby will love giant pink flowers and bright neon colors forever, it’s important to remember that your little princess will grow up, and may not want to bring her teenage friends in to “hang” in her bubble-gum pink bedroom.  Many designers suggest painting three of the walls a neutral color, such as white or gray, and choosing one ‘accent wall’ to go a little crazy with and decorate however you choose.  This will bring a sophisticated vibe to the space and will save you money should you decide to revamp the space later on. A win-win!

Happy Decorating!

Let us know in the comments below which color scheme is your favorite! Which combo are you itching to try?

Colors for the Kitchen

When it comes to home decor, colors come in many parts. You have your permanent colors, like the ones you paint the walls, and then you have your accent colors that complement the permanent colors. Fabrics will serve as the accent color in this situation, but it’s important to consider all aspects of color before creating a space.

One consideration that is often overlooked when choosing a particular color in a home is what type of emotional impact the color will have on the environment. Setting the tone emotion-wise is just as important as choosing the right ingredients in a meal. The mixture you use is the difference between nourishment and lack thereof. Let your color choices be a feast for your eyes, creating harmony in place of a disorderly mess of colors you simply enjoy- and what better place to feast on the right colors than in the kitchen?

A kitchen can take on many functions depending on the person. An avid chef is going to desire different colors than an avid orderer. If you cook often, consider red, orange and yellow tones for spicy colors that relate to food. If you are more interested in creating an atmosphere that requires less “doing,” choose more serene colors like green, blue and violet. These colors create a calm and fresh tone to the room.

The fabric colors you use in a room are going to be the accent pieces to the wall, cabinet, countertop and even appliance color. Typically, you are going to use fabrics for blinds or tablecloths and in most cases, this will be your chance to create a bold vibe to the space with prints. For a tablecloth, mix up the color scheme and use a fabric like the one below in a kitchen with yellow, red or orange. Use the print to balance the solid colored walls.

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When picking, mixing and matching colors, remember that color tones play a huge role in the process. Warm tones are much different than vibrant tones. Are you looking for a wake up call or a calm, slow cooking feel? Pick out your favorite fabrics while also picking out paint colors and you will have the perfect basis to a beautiful kitchen.

Fabric as a Work of Art

Sometimes we’re so busy planning out the decor in our homes that we forget to stop and admire our efforts as a work of art. Like art itself, the fabrics we use are created out of inspirations that arise from everyday life. Some are even taken from the art world itself, like these fabrics, which resemble the drip painting technique.

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As the name implies, drip painting is a painting style in which the painter drips paint onto a canvas to evoke an emotion using a particular color pattern. Like fabrics, this particular art form relies on the usage of color to get its message across. Famous drip painter, Jackson Pollock used house paints to fill his canvas, as the paint is lighter than oil paint. This gave him the opportunity to use large amounts of paint at once.

What makes drip painting so exciting, is that anyone can be a drip painter if they are willing to explore the technique. Instead of stopping at a paintbrush, Pollock used items like sticks, hardened brushes and basting syringes to create his works of art.

If you’re looking for a great project to do with the kids, drip painting is fun to do outside in the grass, where making a mess is completely forgivable. Simple children’s acrylic paint will do the trick, as the paint is already thin enough to work with. Have them lay the canvases on the grass and drip the paint as they stand over the canvas. Even though they are simply dripping paint on a canvas, the colors and methods they use will surely evoke their emotion at the time.   

Pair their finished work of art in a room with one of our drip inspired discount fabrics to create an artistic feeling. Plus, the kids will receive the satisfaction of seeing their artwork displayed in a special place.