sources for spotted & snow cat fabric

You all must be gripping your chairs in anticipation of an upholstery tutorial, RIGHT, RIGHT?  Wellllll, it’s still in the works.  Bear with me, I promise it’ll be good!

 

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While making the decision of which fabric I wanted to use to reupholster my French Bergere chairs, I conducted what felt like a billion web searches for spotted/snow cat fabric.  There are a ton of options out there, but I was looking for fabric less than $20/yard (actually less than $10/yard, however some of you might not be as cheap as me!).  I picked out my 12 favorite fabrics and am sourcing them for you today!

 

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For my chairs, I bought 5 yards from a fresh stock of snow leopard velveteen fabric from Fabric.com, which was only about a month ago, and now it’s unavailable! GAH! Why!!!! Now I feel like I need to hoard my remaining supply.  Although, really it’s not a big deal because these 12 other fabric options are mighty comparable.

Spots Fabric Collage

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// ONE Rescue II Dalmatian Spots fabric from suzzettesfabric.com at $7.50/yard // TWO Flutter Peachskin Spots fabric from fabric.com at $7.98/yard // THREE Charcoal Dots fabric by Domesticate from Spoonflower at $18/yard // FOUR Spots fabric by Hey Tangerine from Spoonflower at $18/yard

Big Cat Fabric Collage

From top left to bottom right:

// ONE Dalmatian Dog Skin fabric by Marcus Brothers from inhomedecoratingservices.com at $5.99/yard // TWO Leopard fabric by Creative Cuts from Walmart (!!!!) at $7.97/yard // THREE Snow Leopard Spots on White fabric by Timeless Treasures from Fabric Paradise at $8.25/yard // FOUR Animal Print Leopard fabric from fabric.com at $8.98/yard

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From top left to bottom right:

// ONE Large Leopard Gray Black fabric from fabric.com at $6.98/yard // TWO Snow Leopard Textured Velvet fabric from J&O Fabrics at $24/yard (OK, I broke the $20 rule on this one!) // THREE Seeing Spots fabric from Designer Fabrics Online at $19.99/yard // FOUR Cheetah Microsuede Fabric from Online Fabric Store at $17.65/yard

The fabric with a pattern most similar to the one I used on my chairs is the leopard fabric from Walmart! Who would have thought! I had no clue Walmart sold fabric.  I never shop there (imagine going to a Walmart in Oakland, CA *shudder*). The second closest option is the Snow Leopard textured velvet fabric from J&O fabrics.  Sorry it’s over the $20 threshold, but it’s definitely worth the few extra dollars if you want a velvety texture on your chairs. All the other options were real contenders, the decision was tough!

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window shopping with Polyvore

My BF and I have agreed to speed up our savings so we can move out of his bachelor pad by summer time.  Yay! So excited! Crossing my fingers for a loft!  The caveat? No more frivolous spending.  Sad face.  No more trips to the mall during lunch (the mall is across the street from my office, this will be tough).  I've even blocked my daily sales emails from J.Crew, Pottery Barn, West Elm and Crate & Barrel.  Boo.

I can't trust myself to only window shop, I always run into an irresistible deal that I can't pass up.  So, I've left my cards at home and now I'm left to think of alternative ways to scratch the shopping itch – without actually forking up dough.  Enter Polyvore.  You may have heard of it, or even played around with the design editor, and I know you've certainly seen outfits and collections throughout Pinterest.  My best friend created a few fall outfits that are still circling Pintrest.  She has excellent taste.

I scraped up a couple outfits with this season and my personal style in mind.  I Incorporated winter's influence with a few color pops, since we're all looking towards spring…it helps us cope with the rain or snow.

#1 – The weekend go-to: blousy shirt, tall boots, gold accessories, and a fab tote.

 

brittany go-to

 

 

#2 – The California rainy day go-to: nautical influences, cozy scarf, tall boots, canvas tote, and a rockin' umbrella

brittanymakes winter go-to

 

 

#3 The Wednesday go-to: blousy tee, beige blazer, gold jewelry, bold flats & matching tote

 

brittanymakes yellow go-to spring 2012

 

 

#4 The tomboy go-to: must-have boyfriend jeans, leopard accent scarf, tortoise shell watch, school boy brogues, and a fancy leather tote

 

brittanymakes tomboy go-to spring 2012

 

Pretty fun, right?  I definitely prefer the casual look, something comfy and accented with fun accessories, not to mention the Frenchie!  Rocco is my influence, Frenchies are so dang cute!
I'm thinking of making this a regular thing, using Polyvore each season or so, what do you think? You can check out my Polyvore page here.
Xoxobrittanymakes

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Ten Perfect Gift Ideas for Christmas 2011

Hey everybody! How's your Christmas-prep-stress-level today? Sky high, like mine? At least I'm not the only one.  I have so much to do, I don't even know where to begin.  I've officially given up on exercise this week, and have come to terms with the fact I may only get 5 hours of sleep a night until Sunday.  The worst of it is I have yet to wrap one gift!

I thought I'd share my ten favorite gift ideas for 2011.  This isn't any official list.  It's most likely my tastes which I inflict on others by giving these items as gifts!  And I may be biased, but I truly believe anyone would be happy with either one of these gifts. 

Without further adieu, here are my 10 favorite gifts of 2011 (in no particular order)…

 

1. Toms

Everyone needs a pair of Toms.  They're comfy, unique, and environmentally friendly.  Tom's One for One movement is wonderful and impressive.  Their mission is to encourage people to get involved, and improve the lives of children one shoe at a time. 

               

 

2011 Gift Ideas

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Vintage Trends are a Real Hoot!

Owls! I know you've seen them everywhere.  Owls were a staple home accessory in the 1970's, and they've made a successful comeback.  Just peek through ZGallerie or West Elm's catalogue and you'll see how this vintage trend is making a significant impact on the modern home. 

I recently spent a lot of time hankering over West Elm's current line of products, after attending the Pinterest Meet-Up.  I fell in love with this frosty blue owl lamp that I saw perched high on the display wall.  Unfortunately I'm too cheap to drop $100 on a lamp, so I mosyed on (to adore the papier-mâché wildebeest, of course).

I even bought an ugly owl wood sculpture thing the other day, from Ross or TJ Maxx, I forget which.  I plan to turn it into a a fab home office companion, you just wait – it's going to be so easy!  I decided to write this post to persuade those of you out there who think, "what am I going to do with creepy owl decor?" Check out these options, nearly every big home store is selling some form of owl:

Ease into owls by installing either of these accessories.  Hide the owl hook behind your door, or replace your standard switchplate with this owl rustic piece.

Owl SwitchplateAnthropologie                                                        Owl Hook – Anthropologie

Anthro owl light switch  Owl hook

 

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Pinterest Meet-up at West Elm Emeryville

The Pinterest meet-up was so fun! I easily persuaded my fabulous coworker to join in on the fun.  The smile booth photos are not yet available, but I'll share them the minute they're up.

The theme of the evening, "collect, curate, create".  Perfect, right? West Elm couldn't have been more hospitable.  The Pinterest staff was also super friendly.  I met Pinterest users from all over the bay, SF, San Jose, and the East Bay.  We are truly devoted to the Pinterest community, we will travel miles and miles to gather together!  It was so warm and friendly at the event, you could feel the connection between everyone – representing and supporting the common love to 'pin'. Interested in following my boards?

 

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Pinterest Fanatic & SF Meetup

Hello! I hope you're all having a wonderful weekend.  I am off soaking up the sun on Lake Shasta, reading a book or taking a plain old awesome nap, hopefully resembling this little guy here:

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I Mustache you a Question…

Mustaches are everywhere lately! And I'm not just talking about your boyfriend's unshaven face.. I'm talking about fun classic flavor-saver mustache, seriously they're everywhere! 

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Even the girls in my office decided to use the mustache as a team building exercise…

 

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I'm the creeper, second from the left

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