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:

Papillon

Jasmine Fan Toss

Wippor

Miranda

Peppy/Franco

Tonal Touch

ODL Temiz

Pina Colada

Light of Day

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Spotlight: Tommy Bahama Fabrics

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Smooth, white sand. Salty, fresh water. Bright, warm sunshine.

Getting in the mood of a vacation?

Tommy Bahama fabrics were created with the the island lifestyle in mind. A bold palette, combined with tropical motifs, invokes that beachy feel that Tommy Bahama’s creators set out to create when they founded their company.

But who is the elusive Tommy Bahama? The man behind the name? The face of the beachy brand? Here’s a little known fact: he doesn’t exist.

Tommy Bahama was dreamed up by Tony Margolis, Bob Emfield, and their wives, the founders of the Tommy Bahama group that was eventually bought out by Oxford Industries. This fabulous foursome created such a strong presence and voice for Tommy that many are STILL unaware that he’s just a tanned, sandy-haired figment of their imagination.

Though fictional, Tommy is still the living inspiration for the company. Decisions are still made based on “What Tommy would do”. He’s the spiritual leader and living role model for the designs and aesthetic that TB is renowned for.

Originally known for their silk-screened shirts and khaki pants, Tommy Bahama has since expanded to Women’s, Swimwear, Home Decor, Gifts, and restaurants spread nationwide. Forget clothing retailer – Tommy Bahama is a full-on lifestyle!

Of course, we’re just here for the fabric. Tommy Bahama’s prints represent everything we love about this brand: casual elegance, warm, vibrant colors, and that untouchable something that just makes you think “Bora Bora”!

Here are some of our absolute must-haves from the Barras Fabrics Tommy Bahama collection:

 

1: South Series: Nautical

 

This material would be perfect for a nautical bathroom shade – or framed on the wall of your beach house guestroom.

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2: Inky Palms: Jade

A chaise fully upholstered in this material would make the entire room. Just be sure to pair with toned-down throw pillows to avoid a circus-tent feel.

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3: Polynesian: Lemoncello

Polynesian combines fine details with bold colors, making this the perfect material for wide, open spaces. Not too overpowering, but plenty of oomph to make it a stand-out.

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4: Tranquil Turt: Lava

Go big or go home. These cheerful turtles bring a smile to anyone’s face: imagine accent pillows in Tranquil Turt on a carribean blue loveseat and you’ll fully understand why this one is our staff pick.

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So if you’re getting in the mood of the island life, whip up a pina colada, order some Tommy Bahama from our online fabric store, and break out the grass skirts! Aloha!

Color Psychology: The Color Purple

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When we say purple, you think…

Princesses? Wine? Royalty? Maybe the timeless movie starring Oprah? We doubt you’re thinking spirituality.

But purple and violet are famously known to represent the internal harmony between body and soul. Purple is comprised of red and blue hues, red representing the physical, blue the spiritual. This is why purple is hailed as the union between our physical and spiritual energies.

If all that’s too meta for you, you can just admire purple for it’s easy-on-the-eyes femininity and daydream-like quality.

Purple is also associated with royalty: it’s depth and richness stir up feelings of power and awe. Violet, a purple derivative, is the color of humanitarianism, selflessness, humility, and wisdom. There are countless positive associations with the gorgeous hue, but purple has its “dark side”: it’s been associated with immaturity, being impractical, cynicism, arrogance, and fraud. So yes, purple strikes a real balancing act.

Let’s talk home decor. You may think violet is reserved for strictly for your little girl’s bedroom, but take a second look. The use of purple elements, in shades ranging from deep eggplant to sugary lilac, has been slowly gaining a cult following among designers. Just check out this gallery of stunning purple home decor: the inspiration never stops.
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The real beauty of purple lies in its unique, chameleon-like quality to encompass all sides of the color spectrum: from deep and mature  to lighthearted and playful, purple does it all with grace and charm. Purple carries whole rooms: go crazy with a bold purple chaise, popstar-violet wallpaper, or subtle touches of aubergine to add sophistication to a space.

Check out these violet variations from our purple collection of discount luxury fabrics:

Darjeeling:

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Charlotte Square:

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Wanderlust;

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So are you ready to add some synergy to your home? Merge your materialistic and spiritual sides with some bold pops of purple. Tell us about your purple journey in the comments below, and be sure to check out the Barras Fabrics blog for more color psychology!

 

Spotlight: Ralph Lauren Textiles

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His name is as iconic as it is synonymous with high fashion, classic taste, and timeless style. Mr. Lauren (or perhaps Mr. Lifshitz, but we’re getting ahead of ourselves) has created a broad empire encompassing not only every niche of the fashion industry, but the upscale home decor empire as well. Combining preppy silhouettes with a healthy dose of sportsmanship – think Polo t-shirts! – the Ralph Lauren collection has carved itself a firm corner of the design world.

Ralph was born to Ashkenazi-Jewish immigrants in 1939. In is early childhood, he dreamed of a career in sports, then showbiz, then eventually went on to study business before dropping out after only 2 years of school. After serving in the U.S. Army, he began working the counter at – wait for it – Brooks Brothers. At the age of 28, he convinced their lead manufacturer, Beau Brummell, to allow him to start his own line. And the rest, indeed, is history.

Ralph Lauren slowly built up his brand (of the same name), beginning with in-store boutiques, to the first free-standing American designer store in Beverly Hills, to a fashion empire spanning several lines, countless stores, and an infinite reach of influence. It was only a matter of time before Mr. Lauren launched a home decor line, bringing his iconic tastes to a whole medium.

Ralph Lauren’s textiles combine the best of what the brand has to offer.

From preppy:

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To classic:

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To delicately quirky:

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These materials shine from curtains to bedspreads to upholstery. Shop our collection of discount luxury fabrics from Ralph Lauren here and bring that preppy, sporty, and timeless flavor to your living space.

Where can you see these fabrics in your home? Which of these patterns speaks to the most? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below!

 

Valentines Day Gifts : Show Some Love

50528720_lThere really isn’t a better way to conclude our series on handmade gifts than with a Valentine’s Day inspired Gift Guide! 

On the day we celebrate love in all its splendor, it’s our chance to tell the ones we love what is is we cherish about them. Tell him you love his half-smile. Show her you appreciate every “just checking in” text. A personalized gift is the perfect way to show how you exactly how you feel. After all, actions speak louder than words!

So get lost in the lovey-dovey, sometimes cheesy but always beautiful spirit of Valentine’s Day by presenting your “bae” with a gift they will appreciate long after the cozy winter months are over.

Here’s our final handmade gift guide of the season.

Enjoy!

1: V-Day Bath Bombs 

If you’ve never even heard of bath bombs, let alone tried one, your life is about to change. Not only are bath bombs easy to make, they’re beautiful, personalizable, and perfect for a nice warm bath (maybe for two…?) Learn how to make them HERE:Vgifts 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2: Romantic Movie Night Kit

Ready to get Sleepless in Seattle? Have a good cry over The Notebook? Swoon and sigh for Pretty Woman? Grab a movie, popcorn, and some fuzzy socks: it’s time for a Romantic Movie Night! Guys, you know she’ll love you forever if you stick it out through Noah and Allie’s tumultuous love story! Get inspired HERE:vday gifts 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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3: Custom Beer Bottles

And the award for best girlfriend goes to…Personalize his second-greatest love (you’re first, obviously!) with some sweet Valentine’s Day love. Buy some swoony Valentine’s Day discount fabric and get crafting (no pun intended!).vday gift 3

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4: I Love You Because…Frame

How sweet is this? By putting together some household items, you can create a truly heartfelt, creative, and adorable gift that anyone would love! Add this dreamy fabric as your background and you’ve got all your gifts covered-literally!vday gift 4

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5:Patched-Heart Sweater

Finally, there’s nothing like a warm-and-fuzzy sweater to keep your one true love warm! This DIY is almost too easy: no sewing skills required! In face, the messier these patches are, the cuter. Add a little love to an everyday sweater and then huddle up for your movie night! Check out the DIY HERE.vday gifts 5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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We hope your Valentine’s Day is full our laughter, love, and joy. And for those of us who are footloose and fancy-free, don’t forget your closest pals and surprise them with a DIY or two!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Let us know how your DIY projects went, or better yet, share a pic on social media with the hashtag #LoveBarras!

 

Show Some Love with Handmade Gifts: Part 2

Last week, we spoke about the incomparable joy of handmade gifts. There’s absolutely nothing like knowing your gift was crafted specially to suit your tastes, interests, and personality. The beauty of handmade gifts is that they’re twice as meaningful, usually for half the price of say,  a new espresso machine. Personalized gifts come straight from the heart, not the wallet!

Read last week’s blog for three inspirational DIY gifts HERE.

1:Adorable DIY Clutch

For the fashionista in your life who never liked convention anyway. Shop our online fabric store for great deals on threads to sew this quirky must-have!

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2: Super-Savvy Kindle Fire Case

We’re a tech-first generation, after all! Add a personalized touch to your “Black Mirror” with a homey, cutesy case. Super easy to make, and always appreciated.

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3: Practical and Fabulous Coffee Cups

Coffee addicts, rejoice! Make two of these creative cups for you and your fellow coffee-holic. Find a fabulous fabric, grab some glue, and a blank cup from your local dollar store and get crafting!

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4: Gorgeous Coasters for Beer (Ahem) Enthusiasts

There are a bunch of coaster DIYs online, but this one holds up to its promise: a stunning, artisan, and most importantly waterproof custom coaster.

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5: A Delicious, Adorable, Eye-Catching Brownie Sand Art Jar

How can we not feature these adorable treats-in-a-jar? Layer the dry ingredients, wrap in a fun bow with the recipe attached, and let your giftee do the rest! Give the gift of an oven-full of fresh, warm brownies. Hopefully, they’ll share.

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Have you tried any of these beautiful, heartfelt DIYs? Were you officially crowned greatest gifter ever? Tell us in the comment, then visit Barras Fabrics’ blog for more crafting inspiration!

 

Show Them You Care with Hand Made Gifts : Part 1

51824889_lWhat was the best gift you ever received?

And no, you don’t have to say your firstborn child!

Think long and hard. Chances are, you won’t say “that Barbie doll I got when I was 9”, you’ll remember that scrapbook your best friend made when you left to college, the fuzzy sweater your mom knitted for your Christmas present that you still wear every New Year’s, or your favorite book in an exclusive first edition.

What do all those have in common? They’re personal. They were crafted (or chosen) with love, with your personal experiences and tastes in mind. Nothing can beat a personalized or hand-made gift, and that rings true even when you’re “too old” to be getting gifts at all.

Personalized gifting doesn’t have to be hand-made: monograms, etching, and embroidering are a great way to add that loving touch to your present with half the cost, time, and effort. Even a simple gift from their favorite shop, gift card to their number #1 restaurant, or a day out on the town sponsored by yours truly are fun ways to add a personal touch to otherwise boring gifting.

So embrace your inner gifting guru! Here’s Part 1 of our  simple guide to our favorite personalized, hand-made, and home-grown gifts for every occasion!

1: For the Little Ones: Stuffed Balloon Animals ( by LittleInspiration)barras gift blog img1How adorable are these? They’re the perfect gift for a birthday party, your favorite niece, or a get-well present. Try using these fabrics for the cutest little animals ever!

Skill level: Medium (www.littleinspiration.com)

2: Personalized Pillow Case (by DesignerTrapped)barras gift blog img3No sewing required? Yes, please! You don’t have to be a skilled seamstress to create a useful, heartfelt, and beautiful gift for your girlfriend, sister, or even your bridesmaids.

Skill level: Easy (www.designedtrapped.com)

3: Homemade Mugs (by Popsugar)barras gift blog img4

Got a Sharpie on hand? That’s all you need to create a super-personalizable gift! You can go a little crazy with color, or keep it simple and classy, but one thing’s for sure: the coffee lover in your life needs this in their cabinet!

Skill Level: Easy (www.popsugar.com)

Don’t worry, there’s more where that came from! Keep an eye out for part two of this series for more hand-made and personalized gifts in the weeks to come. And while you wait, browse our online fabric store for inspiration HERE.

Plan on following any of these tutorials for your next gifting occasion? Tell us in the comments below – we’d love to hear which one is your favorite!

 

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!

Back in Black

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No, we’re not in morbid mood.

It’s 2017 and we’re thrilled! The color black is most definitely the drabbest color on our spectrum, but the hue contains a depth and visual interest on any object it touches. The universally classy color (think: Little Black Dress), globally acknowledged color of mourning (except for China: they wear white to funerals), and figurative “Dead-End” color, black’s significance is unparalleled on our magnificent rainbow.

Black is associated with elegance, power, and mystery. The color itself is a mystery: does it count as an actual color? Is it just the absence of light? What is the source of its coloring? Black’s has long been associated with the dark arts and “Black Magic”, and is coupled with feelings of power because it is “All-Consuming.”.

Character traits associated with black are pretty gloomy: evil, depressed, repressed, and sadness. But some positive associations include sophistication, seductiveness, and inner strength. Though “goths” have claimed black as their private anthem, black is popular among all walks of life because it is slimming, clean, and easy to coordinate with almost every color.

But let’s talk fabric: where can we incorporate black in ways that aren’t painfully gloomy? How can we bring that sophisticated edge to our clothes and homes without bringing in some drabness?

Check out these fun, sophisticated, and anything-but-stern black fabrics from our online fabric store:

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Seeing a pattern? Black is often at it’s best when offset by white or cream to balance out it’s heaviness. Incorporate these beautiful black materials in your upholstery, window dressings, or even as framed fabric over your living room couch (We love that trend: check it out here!).


How do you get your fix of black? Tell us in the comments below!