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Fall 2016 One Room Challenge: Week 3

We’re half way there! OMG! We’re halfway there!!!  It seems like we have a lot of details left to complete before Brookie’s room is done & time is ticking!


This was a bit of a slow week for progress in Brookie’s room. Mommy kind of has a lot on her plate right now 😜. I’m prepping to leave for High Point market & then my installation in the Cayman Islands shortly after we get back. There’s a lot of excitement going on at IBB right now with Partners Card right around the corner & everyone rushing to get projects completed before holiday guests arrive.

So what happened this week?

Brookie’s Kate Spade vanity chair from IBB Design arrived 😍

Her nightstands arrived as well.  I’m so pleased with how they turned out & she absolutely loves them 😍

Her pendant lights were also installed over her nightstands.  We’re enjoying turning off all of the lights & just leaving the pendant lights on when we’re reading bedtime stories.


Here’s what is left to do:

  • Install drapery
  • Chest of drawers (on order – just waiting on arrival)
  • Hot pink club chair (on order – just waiting on arrival)
  • Hand painted butterflies around the room
  • Frames for Brooklyn to display her artwork & switch out as she wants (need to source)
  • Monogrammed Bed linens (on order – just waiting on arrival)

Follow me on Instagram for sneak peeks at the progress & what I find while I’m at High Point market.  I’ll be back next Thursday with more updates on my sweet girl’s room.

Happy designing!

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Fall 2016 One Room Challenge: Week 2

Our design plan is starting to take shape & my little princess couldn’t be more excited! Let’s go over a few details going into her room.


1) Two of these pendants will hang over her nightstands on either side of her bed.

2) Brookie asked for a canopy bed so I’ve customized this bed from IBB Design in a hot pink chevron cut. The posts will all be black and the canopy will be a deep pewter.

3) This super cute Kate Spade club chair will sit by her chest of drawers & we’ll accent it with a fun bow pillow design like we did in my daughter Jaylie’s Kate Spade room.

4) The wallpaper that inspired the design! As you saw from my first post, her bathroom is covered in this adorable wallpaper. I’m having one of our artists paint large scaled butterflies strategically placed to look as if they’re flying around the bedroom.

5) This will be her chest of drawers & will be done in aqua with black tassels.

6) We carry Michael Aram at our store & I was so excited to find these butterfly knobs to use on her bathroom cabinetry.

7) I’m doing Kate Spade chair as her vanity chair but in a bright aqua.

Alrighty! So now you know a few more details, so let’s discuss what happened this week.

As you might have noticed from the renderings of her room design, my game plan included painting all of her crown, base, doors & trim hot pink.

After sampling several pinks, we loved this fun bright pink. It’s name is very fitting!

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My handsome hubby installed all of her bathroom accessories & cabinet hardware. You may notice that I left the trim around the shutters & the shutters white. Why, you ask?

1) There is a lot going on with the wallpaper so the white gives your eye a place to rest.

2) Never paint your shutters a bold color that will be seen from the exterior of your home. Hot pink most certainly does not jive with the exterior elevation ?

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See how happy my little munchkin is! She is loving her new big girl bed!

There’s a lot more to do! Follow me on Instagram for sneak peeks along the way & check back in again next Thursday for more updates.

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Fall 2016 One Room Challenge: Week One

It’s that time of year again!  I’m very excited to be participating in the One Room Challenge for the third time.  If you’re joining our blog for the first time, you can check out my older daughter Jaylie’s Kate Spade inspired bedroom here & our laundry room makeover here.  If you follow me on instagram, then you may have seen that we sold our home in January (fully furnished) to a wonderful family relocating to our area & moved into a new home & onto a new project.  We did a pretty expansive remodel taking on the task of updating the 16 year old home.  I fell in love with the architecture, trim work & overall bones of the home but much of the home was very dark.  Unfortunately the previous owners of the home had made a few unfortunate design decisions and those also needed to be addressed.  Seeing as we’re pretty much starting from scratch with furnishings & a blank slate for each room, it looks like I’ll have content for many many more One Room Challenges!

I decided to tackle the bedroom & bathroom of our 5 year old daughter, Brooklyn, for this challenge.  Her room in our previous home was a bunk room.
Our new home has a separate bunk room, so Brookie will be getting a new queen size bed – which she is very excited about & has a very clear vision for what she wants ?.

Here is what her room looked like the day we bought the house.

After experiencing some water damage, the previous owners had replaced all of the upstairs flooring with the faux wood seen here.

As part of the remodel, we installed new hardwood flooring.


Brookie’s bathroom received a major overhaul.  Here are a few before photos

Here are a few photos in progress during her bathroom remodel.

She wanted butterflies in her room & she loved this wallpaper I found so we decided to use this as the jumping off point for her bathroom & bedroom ?. She is a pink girl at heart but really loves Aqua too so we sampled both colors to select which one we would use on her bathroom vanity.

With the wallpaper being so colorful & busy, I wanted the floors to remain more neutral & classic.  I chose white 12×24 tile & installed it on a staggered brick joint on the floor & a smaller size in the shower.

My girly girl literally would be totally fine with everything being pink!  When I found this hot pink 1×1 mosaic, I had to work it in somehow.  A picture frame centered on the shower wall was the perfect way to add a splash of my sweet girl’s personality without going overboard.

Here’s what her bathroom looks like today.

And a few photos of how her room looks today.

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The Barbie mirror had a few casualties during our movie.  Clearly I need to add fixing that to my “to-do” list.

This is what it’s actually supposed to look like.

And here’s a sneak peek into our game plan:

As you can see, we have a lot to accomplish in just 6 short weeks!  I’ll be back next week with more details of our plan & progress.  Make sure you’re following me on Instagram for sneak peeks at Brooklyn’s room transformation & check back here every Thursday for updates!

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Week 6: The Big Reveal! Spring 2016 One Room Challenge


What a difference a week makes! A whole lot has happened at casa de Geyer.  We’ve officially moved into our new house & we couldn’t be more excited!

If you’re just joining in on the #oneroomchallenge, I decided to make over our laundry room & mud room.  Many people have asked why I chose these areas to focus on & the answer is really quite simple.  Since the people who bought our previous home bought almost all of our furniture, we’re basically starting from scratch in the new home.  With ORC being a 6 week challenge, I knew with my current client project work load that there was no way I had time to design furnishings & get them ordered & here within the timeframe.  I also knew that the mudroom & laundry rooms were spaces I could pull together in my “spare time” because I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted.  I’ve tricked out areas like this for many clients and I’ve always wanted these rooms in our home to have a happy cheerful feeling.  Let’s face it, laundry is not my favorite activity in the world but I figured making our laundry room a space that I loved walking into might inspire me to tackle those chores.

So, let’s take a quick look at the before photos again.

 

And here’s what our laundry room & mud room look like today  *All after photos by Dan Piassick*

 

One of my biggest focuses during our makeover was not only to make a colorful laundry room & mud room but to get creative with the organization of all of the daily necessities for these rooms.

I used a blue lacquered tray to organize containers holding detergent pods & clothes pins.  We use these clothes pins to keep socks together in the washer.  They help cut down our mismatched socks & they’re safe in the wash.

I chose a yellow lacquered box to hide our dryer sheets.

The blue lacquered box hides essentials like tide pens, scissors, safety pins, a sewing kit & lint brush.

 

 

Each family member has their own storage baskets in the mud room including our dog Roxy.

And now for a few of my favorite design elements!

Lighting:  I’ve had my eye on the Taylor Burke “Don’t Fret” pendant chandelier for a while now.  I think it turned out perfect in the laundry room!

I selected these brass Barbara Cosgrove sconces to add additional lighting over the lockers & I love the way they look on top of the wallpaper!

I kept the window treatment fairly simple so that it would compliment the wallpaper & not compete with it.  I love the accent of yellow with the Greek key trim tape.

 

The hardware is still one of my favorite selections.  I love how it plays off of the wallpaper.

 

I used two acrylic & brass double robe hooks for each family member to hang their bags in the lockers.

 

I had monogrammed pillows made for each family member to designate their locker area.

I had a blast with the Spring 2016 One Room Challenge!  Since we’re starting from scratch in our new house, you can bet that I’ll be back for more One Room Challenge fun!

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Week 5: Spring 2016 One Room Challenge


Eek!!! There is officially one week left until the big reveal!  This week has really been a blur as I had two out of town client project installations.  I was really excited to come home & see some progress. (Although my husband is equally as excited and sent me frequent text updates while I was gone ) The transformation of our laundry room & mud room are really starting to take shape.

Drumroll please….

Ta-da!  The wallpaper I’ve been fantasizing about is finally up. I can’t even begin to tell you how happy it makes me!


I absolutely love the impact it makes as you walk down the hallway from our family room to the mudroom.


Here’s a little reminder of what it looked like before

It’s amazing what some fresh white paint & a gorgeous large scale patterned wallpaper can do!  We went from dark & dreary to light, bright & fab!

I’m loving all of the details in the mud room.   I’m really looking forward to having a nice organized space for everyone right by the garage door.  Our mornings are usually chaotic so I’m counting on this area to help ease some stress by helping keep everyone prepared & ready for their day.  A mom can dream, right?

The sconces help bring in some much needed additional light in this area.  My handsome hubby has been very hands on with our remodel.  I’m so proud of all of the hard work he has put in.  It’s been so fun spending time putting in sweat equity when we can.  We make a great team!  It usually goes somethings like this – I come up with a wild idea & before I even finish my thought, he’s figuring out how to make it happen. Our contractor really gets a kick out of it!

I’ve had my eye on Taylor Burke Home’s “Don’t fret” pendant for a while now.  When I saw Julianne at High Point market, I told her I had to have it for this project.  She just happened to have this white one in stock & she moved mountains to get it to me in record time.  We debated on whether I should do a fun POC (pop of color) but in the end, I went with the crisp white & I think once my window treatment goes up & my other accents are in that you’ll agree. The chandelier went up yesterday & I absolutely love it! Thank you girlie!



All of the fun details are up next!  Window treatments, cushions & pillows for the mud room, artwork & organization/storage accents.

The big reveal is next week, but make sure you’re following me on Instagram for sneak peeks & other updates!

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Week 4: Spring 2016 One Room Challenge


So this is the week when it feels like there is so much left to be done but nothing.  seems to be happening.  I’m not sweating the small stuff, but so much still needs to happen before the big reveal.  Let’s just keep praying that everything arrives & gets installed on time!

The hardware was installed on the cabinetry & doors and I’m totally loving it!



The sink & faucet are in & I’m very excited about having this large sink area in our laundry room. The faucet has a pull down spout for easy cleaning.


Our gorgeous sconces for our mud room arrived & we’ve decided on the best way to hang them. 
Our wallpaper is here & it’s absolutely amazing! I’m hoping it will go up this weekend! Make sure you’re following me on Instagram for more sneak peeks!

Hopefully next week I’ll be sharing some amazing progress!

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Week 3: Spring 2016 One Room Challenge


I’ve been away at market for a week & it was fun to come home & see progress being made & even a little surprise from my hubby.  The cabinets and ceiling have all been painted.  I’m really loving all of the fresh “Shay White”!  It feels so cheerful.

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The quartz countertops were installed before I left but they have been covered up.  I just love how they look.  This man made material will be the perfect durable countertop for a room that will get a ton of use!  My hubby remarked at the blue washer & dryer in a few of my inspiration photos & asked if they were on my wish list.  I’m pretty sure my starry eyed “you know it” reply worked some magic on him because I came home to these beauties!  Our new home has an upstairs laundry room as well so he searched & searched until he found an amazing deal so we could put our current washer & dryer in the upstairs laundry room.  He is the king of negotiating and I was very happily surprised by his thoughtful gesture. Thank you honey!


I opted for a larger more modern sink for the laundry room since we use it frequently.  The faucet has arrived & should be getting installed early next week.

Previous sink:

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New Sink:

My hardware samples arrived & I’ve decided to go with this design.

Here’s a sneak peek at the overall scheme.  I love how the hardware plays off of the wallpaper.  The room will be mostly blue & white but I have some fun pops of color planned.  I’ve got a few tricks up my sleeve for the details.

  

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I’ve had my eye on the “Don’t Fret” chandelier from Taylor Burke Home for quite some time.  I’ve decided to use it in our laundry room so I’ll get to enjoy it every day.

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I fell in love with these ceramic sculpted flowers at market.  I plan on using them somewhere in this space for wall decor.  I think they’ll be a fun accent on the wallpaper.

That’s all for this week’s updates & progress.  Make sure you’re following me on instagram for daily design inspiration, sneak peeks, design tips & project eye candy.

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Week 2: Spring 2016 One Room Challenge


I’m continuing to fine tune the details for our laundry room & mud room but my game plan is still far from solid.  Things are very busy at IBB Design with client projects & I’m headed to market in High Point North Carolina today so I’m literally planning this makeover in my sleep at this point.

Here are a few more inspiration photos that depict the look & feel I’m after. 

I’m really digging the idea of a striped rug in the laundry room.  I think it will work great with the wallpaper, so I’m on the hunt for the perfect indoor/outdoor striped blue rug. Speaking of wallpaper, say a prayer that Quadrille can meet my installation deadline.  It’s all hand printed & seeing that we’re on a very tight timeline, it’s going to be cutting it very close to get it installed prior to the big reveal.  I’ll hopefully have confirmation of a delivery date in the next few days.  If they can’t meet my timeline, I may have to consider re-selecting.  I love it so much & it was really my jumping off point so I’m crossing my fingers that it all works out!


I love, love, love the idea of throwing in a pop of yellow so I’m thinking of using one of these trim tapes as a detail on the window treatment above our washer & dryer.


*laundry room in the home of Christine Dovey*

A blue washer & dryer will take center stage underneath our white quartz countertops.

Updates on laundry room progress:
The photos are a bit dark.  The power is currently off in these areas since they are working on re-doing a lot of the electrical.


New LED can lights were installed & a Jbox for a chandelier (which I still need to select).  The ceilings are tall in here so I’m looking for a fun pendant or semi-flush mount.


The cabinetry has all been painted in “Shay White” & the quartz countertops have been installed.

I ordered samples of both of the knobs below to consider for the cabinet hardware.


The mud room needs a bit more planning.  I know I want to use these sconces to hang over the tops of the locker cabinets.


I love the cheerfulness & color in this mud room.  In my mud room, the cabinetry will be white & the wallpaper  will continue into here so I will pull accent color in thru the pillows & cushions on the benches in the lockers.


Mud Room progress update:

The cabinets have been painted & the walls are being prepped for wallpaper. 

It’s starting to come together but there are many details left to finalize.  I’m looking forward to being inspired this week while I’m attending the High Point Home Furnishings market.  Make sure you’re following me on instagram to get more sneak peeks.

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Week One: Spring 2016 One Room Challenge


Here we go again!  Clearly I’m a glutton for punishment because I’m diving into this challenge again during one of our busiest times of the year.  We’re designing & installing 3 out of town projects in the next 2 months & we’re juggling several new build jobs and remodels.  Thankfully all of my clients are amazing & instead of being stressed because we’re so busy, we’re having a blast with the diversity of designs we’re working on & seeing them come to life.


You might remember the makeover I did on my daughter’s bedroom during the Fall One Room Challenge.  Well, we’ve sold that house & have bought a new fixer upper & we’re starting all over again.  I’m sure your thinking I’ve lost my mind.  The truth is that the market in Dallas right now is so hot, that we just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to sell our house.  So, a wonderful new family is moving in.  Their twin daughters will be sharing the Kate Spade inspired bedroom.  We loved the design so much though that we’ll be duplicating it in the bunk room in our new home.

Our new home has an ideal floor plan for our family & great bones but since it’s 16 years old, it’s time to update the finish out & design.  For this challenge, I’m going to work on our laundry room & mud room areas.  Here’s a few photos showing the before of our laundry room.



  
  The house is very dark so I’ll be giving it a face lift & painting all of the dark wood trim, cabinetry & shutters in a fresh white paint that my painter has nicknamed “Shay White”.  It’s a formula we came up with after several of my “go-to” whites either went too white or too blue in our new home.

Here’s a before shot of the mud room area.  The can lights were all out in this area so my photos all turned out dark & unfortunately this is the only one that you can even make out what’s pictured.  I promise to have better progress photos!

Honestly, my game plan right now is not complete.  I’ve fallen in love with this wallpaper, so this will be my jumping off point.  I’ll be using pure white quartz countertops since we’ll most definitely need a scratch & stain resistant surface in this room.


I’m pretty sure I’ll carry the wallpaper into the mud room.  We have built in cabinetry in there with 4 locker areas.  One section will be for my 2 daughters to put their backpacks & dance bags.  My husband & I will use the other section of lockers.  The palette will be blue & white with pops of other accent colors.  I’ll have cushions made for the benches, monogrammed pillows & baskets to designate each person’s locker & some fabulous hardware for the cabinetry & locker hooks.

Here’s a glimpse into one of the laundry rooms that I find inspiring.


I’ll be traveling to High Point for the home furnishings & accessories market next week so I hope to get more inspiration & solidify my game plan.

I’ll be back next week with more design details & progress photos.  In the meantime, follow me on Instagram for daily design inspiration & sneak peeks.

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Christmas Traditions


Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year.  We have several family traditions during the holidays.  I’m planning our menu & tablescapes today so I was looking back thru old photos & thought I’d share a few of our favorite ways to celebrate the Christmas season.

This was last year’s tablescape.  I love to mix & match my china & crystal. The water glasses were my maternal grandmother’s. My girls both really get into helping decorate & set the table.  Last year we even got a little festive with our ice cream & turned them into snowmen.  My daughter Jaylie is in charge of the kids’ table.  Every year we come up with a fun design out of paper plates.  Last year we decided on a reindeer theme.      

 The year before we did a snowman theme.  On Christmas Eve, we go to candlelight services at our church & then come home & have lots of appetizers as we open up Christmas presents.  I found this Christmas tree cheese tray idea on Pinterest a few years ago & we do it every year.  Just add sprigs of Rosemary between each kind of cubed cheese. The topper is Boursin cheese with cranberries on top in the shape of a star. After we eat & open gifts, we bake a birthday cake for Jesus :-). This is my favorite tradition with my girls!   

  
On Christmas morning, I make themed pancakes for everyone.  Last year we did Rudolph pancakes. 
Thank you for letting me share some of my favorite Christmad traditions!  I can’t wait for the week ahead!  Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas week & cheers to slowing down & enjoying time with your family!

  

  

 

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Family Photos as Artwork

Happy Tuesday everyone! Things are moving right along with the progress of moving my mom into her new home. You may have had a chance to see a few sneak peeks here. I wanted to share a fun tip with you that I used for my girls’ room at her house.
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Their bedroom color palette is hot pink, navy & white. For my mom’s Christmas gift this year, I had photos done of the girls in coordinating outfits and framed them in acrylic with Shutterfly. I love how the frames appear to just float on the wall. Both of my girls love to dance so the tutus were a natural choice for this fun photo shoot with James Edward. I chose to have them shot on a solid white background so the photos would really pop against the walls painted in Benjamin Moore’s Symphony Blue. It’s somewhere between a navy & a cobalt blue & it’s the perfect blue for this scheme.

With a little planning & coordinating, you too can turn your family photos into artwork for your home. Stay tuned for more sneak peeks! The draperies are going in this Thursday! Follow the fun on instagram @designershay & @ibbdesign.

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Designer Life Inspiration

IMG_1834.PNGI find inspiration for my designs in all facets of life. Travel, art, friends, family, fabrics you name it. As we’re just now seven days into the New Year, I’m finding different areas of my life colliding when it comes to inspiration. I thrive on inspiration to try to live a better life. Jesus Calling by Sarah Young is my go-to daily devotional for my spiritual inspiration. I pour thru Pinterest & instagram posts for healthy recipes and fitness inspiration but I also use it a lot for design inspiration & to share my work with others.

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Well, this week I discovered an amazing woman via instagram. It was really an ah-ha moment for me. You see, when my dad was diagnosed with cancer (stage 3C Melanoma) in January of 2013, my whole family vowed to live a healthier life. We made changes but admittedly we never stuck to them for the long haul. The stress of my dad’s illness compiled with regular aspects of life were a lot to handle. Quite frankly, it just felt easier to eat out & cling to the excuse of being too tired or too busy to stick to our workout routine. We lived life in the moment just taking each day at a time cherishing it when he wasn’t in the hospital or getting treatment. After my dad passed in April of 2014, things were still busy. Actually busier. Since then I’ve felt the stress. I haven’t been feeling good & I am just not feeling healthy. I need to make some big changes to implement a healthier lifestyle.

Over the break, I was inspired some of the goals I saw my 10 year old daughter Jaylie setting for herself in order to be a better dancer. We searched instagram together to hunt for healthy recipes and tips. I decided to focus on showing her how to be healthy rather than saying “I want to lose weight” or having any body image related discussion. I’m certainly no expert in this area so I thought it would be fun for us to take on this journey of learning how to be healthy together.

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We’ve discovered so many inspiring people out there! Jaylie loves @kinoyoga & has accepted the #bestrongin2015 yoga challenge. I love that! Be strong! Huge shout out to my friend Deborah @madewithom for inspiring her through yoga & introducing us to @kinoyoga.

For me, it really all clicked when I stumbled upon Amber Locke (@rawveganblonde), vegan chef, blogger & artist. She combines 2 of my passions – design & food – into gorgeous works of art. Talk about someone I can identify with. Amber creates intricate patterns using real fruits & vegetables & then photographs them from above. Her work has been commissioned into fashion accessories, wallpaper, magazine & book illustrations & fabrics. Tory Burch, one of my favorite style icons, is a huge fan of hers! She even offers some of her work as giclee prints in her online store ambaliving.com
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Soak in some of her inspiring art & you’ll see what I mean!
IMG_1837.PNGLocke says, “It’s a joy to use beautiful ingredients and my work aims to showcase their unique qualities, reflect the changing seasons of the year and also be a celebration of healthy living.”

I told you she was inspiring! Let’s celebrate life! No New Year’s resolutions for me. This year is a movement toward being strong. Strong in my faith in God. Strong in the love for my husband, two daughters, my mom, my friends & our staff @ibbdesign. Strong with my choices to eat healthy. Strong with working out regularly. Strong in my commitment to my clients to deliver them design that works for how they live and to allow them to live beautifully. Strong in inspiring others.

I won’t be perfect. Sometimes I might “fall off the wagon”. But, that’s when I’ll look to my family, friends & all of you to help keep me STRONG.

So, here’s to designing your life the way you want to it! Tell me, what is it going to look like?

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Embrace Color!

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Don’t be afraid of color!  Have no fear, bring in the color for fresh and fun cheer!!

You see vibrant colors and room combinations all the time and may find yourself saying, “Wow! This is way too contemporary or loud!” Finding that balance and sophisticated way of pulling in color can be a challenge and tend to make you shy away. Embrace it, go for it!

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Use color in coffee table books stacked on an end table or centrally located on the cocktail table.   Have some fresh flowers cut and simply stemmed in a pretty vase.  Fresh flowers in a room will always bring a smile to your face!

Pull in a few, or even a single fun and colorful pillow on your sofa or chair. Remember, a little goes a long way so those few simple elements can transition a room from flat to fun in a matter of minutes!!

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Feeling even more adventurous?   Opt for a bold piece of artwork with color or a shade of paint to brighten up a wall.  A great piece of art can really set a room off.  In an all neutral setting, a bold colorful piece of art could serve as the stand out element to create a WOW factor!

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So, embrace color & take a risk.  Whether a small pop or a bold powerful statment, just remember to have fun & surround yourself with things you love!

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Fine art on a tight budget

If you’re like me, you love art! Art can be a jumping off point to start a room or the finishing touch that ties your whole look together. Unfortunately my taste in art doesn’t always fit my budget. While I have attended fine art auctions on behalf of clients in the past, I certainly won’t be in the position to bid on a Van Gogh or Picasso for myself any time soon.

So what’s a girl to do? The next best thing to an original piece of artwork is a giclee or a reproduction. And, you’re in luck! I’ve selected two of my all time favorite paintings to be a part of my “Statement & Style” curation going on now through November 1st over at Joss and Main.

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The Dream” by Pablo Picasso
Framed hand painted reproduction
Regular price $158
“Statement & Style” curation price $88.95

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Starry Night” by Vincent Van Gogh
Framed hand painted reproduction (comes with certificate of authenticity)
Regular Price $579
“Statement & Style” curation price $229.95

Items in the curation are selling out fast, so jump on over to Joss & Main to take a look and get a little “Statement & Style” for your own home!

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Bespoke Bench

Good morning design devotess! You’re in for a treat this morning. I’ve asked one of IBB’s designers, Brandy Scott, to blog for us & share some behind the scenes details from one of our recent projects out at Craig Ranch.

I’m so excited to post my first blog with our IBB Design Fine Furnishings followers! Today I want to share one of my favorite recent projects, a custom bench we created for a luxury model townhome in Craig Ranch. You may have seen Shay post it snapshot it on Facebook a couple of weeks ago.

Add some va va voom to your foyer! A bench in the entry is welcoming and sets the design tone for your home. This piece started with Beth and Shay’s vision for a high back bench that was an updated take on a wing chair. We discussed elements of the furniture that we liked best such as straight sides to the wings and the bottom seat deck off the floor with tapered legs to make the bench feel lighter. A single seat cushion and tight back added to its streamlined effect.

Deciding on the correct proportions was important to making the bench an eye catcher! We turned up the volume with an exaggerated seat back height and an overall width that ensured we could avoid seams on the back. To execute the design I did a quick sketch so we could see how all the elements came together and for our fabricator’s reference.

Finally, the finishing details elevate this piece to the next level! A bold stripe in a tone on tone grey and white coordinates with the overall color palette in the house and polished chrome nail heads reinforce the lines of bench. The black and white art surrounding the bench really makes it pop.

So whether it’s a one of kind custom piece designed just for you or a ready made bench, consider seating to welcome your guests to your home with style!

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ABC’s of Design: A is for Accessories

Accessories are like jewelry for your home.  Without them, your home will feel naked & as if something is missing.  Check out a few of my favorite budget friendly accessories that I showcased on GMT last Friday.

When setting your budget for your room design, make sure to leave ample room for the accessories.  Accessories include rugs, lamps, art & decorative items that help tie your whole look together.  A good rule of thumb is to allow 1/3 of your overall budget for accessories.  You may end up spending more if you find a few items that you just can’t live without.  Or, you may end up spending less if you take your time to find really good deals.  Whatever the case, it’s a good idea to set money aside to complete your room’s look.

A few quick pointers to help you get you started:
*Pairings &  groupings of items can help create balance & symmetry in your room.

*Remember size & scale: choose items that are in proportion with your furnishings.  Small items will quickly get lost on a larger piece & larger items will overwhelm a smaller piece.

*Vary the height of items by using books to stack accessories.  Height variations add visual interest & allow your eye to peruse the space with a steady flow.

*Make it personal:  Pick up treasures on your travels that can be used as accessories in your home.  Displaying items that are meaningful help tell a story about you & your family in your space.

Can you over do it?  Absolutely!  You don’t need to cover every inch of wall or table top space with art & other accessories.  Less really is more.

Carefully select items that help relate to the color story & style of your room.  A pair of lamps, a fabulous piece of art & some unique blown glass  may be all you need to dress up a console for your entry or family room.

*Top photo is from IBB Design Fine Furnishings & bottom photo is from the home of an IBB client.

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Tip in a Zip: Time to Edit!

Yearning for a quick makeover that won’t cost you a dime?  It’s time to edit!  Update your traditional style by de-cluttering & ridding your home of out of date accessories.  Today’s design styles call for cleaner looks without a lot of fuss.  Select the items you love the most to live amongst.  Think “less is more”!  Not every inch of your table top & wall space needs to be covered.  Try this at your home this weekend & you’ll feel instantly refreshed.  Your home will breathe new life & a new look!

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Expert Installers

I have to take a moment to give a big shout out to the guys over at Special Projects.  They are professional art installers & we use them on just about every project we do.  They always do a phenomenal job for us.  On a recent job, I was more than impressed at how they executed the heavy load of requests we laid upon them.  Our client had an impressive art collection of paintings & sculptures that had to be handled & installed with the utmost care.  Our client wanted one of their sculptures to be installed in their huge oak tree in their backyard.  The photo to the left shows Special Projects installing the work of art.  It was installed just above our client’s hanging egg chairs (which Special Projects also hung for us).

Bravo on a job well done!  It is always such a pleasure to work with such a wonderful & reliable company.

Whether it’s a mirror, a piece of art or just something your hubby doesn’t want to hang, I would highly recommend Special Projects for the job.  To contact them to handle your next art installation call 972-818-6522.

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Sneak Peek Saturday: Designer Nursery

Today’s Sneak Peek Saturday is from IBB designer Shannon Gidney.  Shannon is just weeks away from delivering her first child, a baby girl.  We are all so excited & can’t wait until baby Morgan arrives!  This sweet nursery is layered in creams, chocolate brown & turquoise.  A few antique touches, like a rocker Shannon found, help give the room a vintage feeling.  The drapery fabric is from Kravet.  It’s also used on the top of the ottoman & again in the crib bedding.  There are lots of more fun details to share with you like an amazing hand crafted dresser & fun little touches Shannon created to let her sweet little angel always know how much she is adored.  Congratulations John & Shannon!

Stay tuned for more nursery details & updates on Morgan’s arrival.  You can contact Shannon here.  shannon@ibbdesign.com or 214-618-6630

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Mini Make-over

It’s time for a make-over!  It’s a mini project for me.  I’ve finally had it!   My office at IBB is in major need of some TLC.  You see, we’ve been at our current location for more than five years now.  I was pregnant with my daughter & super busy at the time of the move, so I decided to put the task of “officially” designing my office space off for a later date.  Well, five years later, things are still super busy around here (Praise God!)  & my walls are still bare (with the exception of a print of the new studios I was given when I started at Good Morning Texas).  My desk chair is oh-so-comfy, but a MAJOR eye sore!  My guest chairs for clients & other business guests are pretty, but they’re just not me.

Last weekend while I was up here working on a client project, I finally reached my boiling point.  Part of creating inspiring interiors, I believe, is surrounding ourselves with things we find inspiring.  My office, where I spend a great deal of time each day, falls very short of awe inspiring.

I whipped out some fabric books & my Benjamin Moore paint deck & picked out some fabulosity for my new digs.  I wanted something fun, girly, young & hip.  I will be using hints of fuschia (because I love pink & I think my fiance would kill me if I ever tried to use pink in the home we’ll soon be sharing!)  I’ll be re-covering my desk chair & the guest chairs, painting the walls, adding some art & lighting & switching out the big bulky armoire for a sleek mirrored console.  I’ll be keeping my desk unit (even though I probably should eventually update that too) because I love it’s functionality & quite frankly I just don’t want to spend the money right now.  I’ll be tackling this in stages (in my spare time:  note to self; find spare time! ~ LOL!) so I will post the after pictures when it’s complete.  For now,  check out the color palette as well as some before photos below.
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These are the fabrics I’ve selected.  Since you haven’t heard me shut up about my excitement that turquoise is the 2010 color of the year, are you even surprised that I’d be using it in my own surroundings?  I’m contrasting it with the rich midnight blue velvet.  I’ll be pulling in hints of my favorite color pink through the fuchsia in the stripe fabric as well as some accessories.  I”ll show you & explain where everything is going in the After post when the room is complete.  Gotta let the reveal be a surprise…

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I know, I know.  Hideous, right?  I use that cozy turquoise throw everyday ( It’s always so dang cold in my office! ), but it actually helps disguise my ugly desk chair too ~ LOL!
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My chunky clunky armoire is getting the boot.  It’s really just serving as a storage unit for JUNK!  Hasta la vista baby!

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This shows off the wall color before.  I’ll be changing it to a bright white for a cheery update and to bring some life into my office.  I have no windows in here, so I’m ready for a light bright feel.  As of now, I’ve selected Benjamin Moore white dove.  I’ll be painting a test sample this weekend.

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I’ll be recovering these chairs & adding some cool detailing to give them a fun playful update.

If I’m feeling a little frisky, I will probably chronicle this makeover via twitter, so make sure you follow me here.

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NYC Design Trip: Day 1

Well, I’m back in New York.  It seems I can’t get enough of this city lately.  This week I’m here studying under the fabulous Steve Nobel with a lovely group of 9 other interior designers from across the country.  Tonight we had a chance to meet, greet, & treat.  We socialized for a bit & met each respective designer & briefly discussed our hometowns & backgrounds.  Then we were off to our treat.  The treat was getting to go to the Christie’s Postwar Contemporary Art Sale.  Let me tell you, this was a treat indeed!  There were 47 lots and they all sold for a pretty penny.  We all sat watching in amazement at the numbers that rolled in on each one of these fabulous works of art.

Reflection (What does your soul look like) by Peter Doig
Sold for $9,000,000.00
For more information on the piece click here.

The group at Christie’s

Window @ Christie’s featuring a Picasso

Stopping @ Rockefeller Center to admire on our way to dinner

Ice Skating @ Rockefeller Center

After Christies, we headed to dinner @ Revel

One of the yummy dinners served @ our table.  Presentation was so unique!

This Texas girl has gotta have her steak 😉  Again, excellent presentation & the taste did not disappoint!  Fabulous selection for dinner Steve!

Back to the hotel

Night night y’all.  Fun-filled jam packed day of design tomorrow!  Stay tuned 🙂

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Birthday Wish List: Day 4

Flowers for my birthday?  Yes, please!!!  I want a pair of these sconces for the entryway in my home.  I love their uniqueness and gorgeous luster.  How fun is the flower motif????   I have a huge oil painting that is yearning for me to place one of these yummy Global Views sconces on either side of it!

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Unveiling John-Richard

Drum roll please…

It’s here!  I’m so excited to share a sneak peek at our exclusive John-Richard Gallery now at IBB Design Furniture Showroom!  If you haven’t had the pleasure of getting to know John-Richard before, allow me to indulge you.

John-Richard was originally founded in 1980 as a wall art & decor business. They are hands down one of my very favorite home furnishings lines.  I have several of their pieces in my own home.  Today, they have expanded the business to include lighting, mirrors, accessories, botanicals, accent furniture, case goods, & upholstery.  They are known for their unique look to the furniture market crafted by cutting edge finishes, materials & other resources to manufacturer their goods. Their elegant sophistication is functional for today’s home, however their new designs are implemented with the idea of becoming tomorrow’s family treasures.

Take a sneak peek at the gallery inside IBB…

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Accessorize It!

Is something missing from your home?  You’ve bought all of the big furniture pieces, but it just doesn’t seem right.  You may take a look around & realize that you’ve forgotten to accessorize.  Accessories are like jewelry for your home.  They can help tie your whole look together.   Here’s a few ideas to pull your look together & make your home super stylish 😉

Find a fabulous piece of art.  Use a floral and pottery to pull out the dominant colors of your color palette.

Here’s a fresh take for some coffee table decor.  I love the mixture of textures on these decorative balls.  Some are leather, some are smooth & shiny & some are adorned with seashells but they all compliment the same neutral color palette.  Combined in a bowl together, they make a beautiful statement.

Dress up a casual leather recliner with a luxurious faux mink pillow.  Va-va-va-voom!!!

Animal prints are not just for fabrics.  Try these sleek zebra decorative boxes.  They’ll most definitely liven up a bookcase.  Or, try a more practical solution & use it to hide unsightly remote controls in your family or media room.

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Girls just wanna have fun ~ with color

I am in love, love, love with this look.  I am SO into color & this definitely emanates color!  As a matter of fact, this room consists of all of my favorite colors.  All of the color experts are proclaiming that 2009 is the year of bright colors.  This look nails it.

When I grow up, I want my master bedroom to look like this!  Seriously.  The whole look is very artsy & says “look at me”, but in a tasteful way.  The hot pink chairs combined with the cool water blue chest and celery green walls are to die for.  I’m guessing that the inspiration for this room was the art.  It reminds me of a fabulous sculpted oil painting that my parents own that consists of every color in the spectrum.  I’ve loved that piece since I was a child.  I’ve always teased my mom that if it turned up missing, she’d know where to find it.  A piece of art like this is always a great place to start.  The possibilities are endless.  You really could go in just about any direction.

In my opinion, the look is flawlessly pulled together.  It’s busy with color, but free of clutter.  The art ties it all together in a perfect little bow.  It makes me want to jump start my master bedroom makeover!

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Add some pop!

Today’s Design Dilemma:  Using color to make your room say WOW!

Take a monochromatic or neutral color palette from drab to fab!  Add a few simple pops of color to create some drama like we have in this cozy family room.  The builder white walls are brought to life by a sophisticated colorful print on the draperies hanging on simple wood rods & rings.  The fireplace is a great focal point, but you really take notice with the addition of the bright artwork.  Notice the ultra-functional red ottomans in front of the coffee table.  Small movable ottomans are one of my favorite “must-have” pieces!  We’ve added a few colorful throw pillows & some accessories to complete the look.  So easy to do!  Try some of these tricks in your family room for a quick makeover.