Read More
accessories, Ask the Designer Detective, Back to School, Bathrooms, Bedrooms, Before & After, Benjamin Moore, black, Charity, chevron, Courageous Color, CR Laine, custom, Dallas, design, Design Cases, Design Crimes, Design Dilemmas, design ideas, Design Styles, Designer Dictionary, Designer Friends, Dining Rooms, Entertaining, Entryways, Fabulous Fabrics, Family, Frisco, furniture, get it now, GMT, Holidays, IBB, ibbdesign, inspiration, instant gratification, interior design, Kid's Room, Kid's Rooms, lighting, Living Rooms, Model Homes, neutral, On Magazine, One Room Challenge, Outdoor Living, pattern, Perfect Paint, Pinterest, polka dot, Products I love!, Recipes, Scene Stealer, Shay Geyer, Shay's Favs!, Shay's House, Sneak Peek Saturday, sophisticated, Study/Home Office, This Just In!!!, Tip in a Zip, To Market, trend, Uncategorized, unique, Video, Wall Treatments, Wallpaper Wednesday, Wedding, white

New Video: Stylish Family Friendly Design

8_22_14

Tips for a Stylish Family Friendly Design:

1)    Keep your larger pieces neutral to allow you flexibility to switch out your accent colors more easily in the future.

2)    Use an upholstered ottoman as a cocktail table.  This is great for family’s with little ones.  There are no sharp edges for them to get hurt on.  Leather is super durable & you won’t worry when your kids or hubby kick their feet up on it.

3)    Make it unique.  The lamp shades on these lamps can be painted any Benjamin Moore paint color.  It’s a great way to make a statement & bring color into your space.  Feel like changing your accent color in the future?  Just paint the shades to go with your new palette.

4) Play with pattern on your chairs, pillows & accessories.  Polka dots are the latest pattern trend.  We love this sophisticated version on the chairs we’ve used in this vignette.

Get inspired to start your family room makeover today!  Everything featured in our set on GMT on Friday is now in stock at IBB!

For your daily dose of design inspiration, follow us on instagram & facebook!

Miss the segment last Friday?  Click here to watch it.  For more design tv, tune in to Good Morning Texas every Friday morning on WFAA channel 8 from 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM.

Read More
accent, Ask the Designer Detective, bedroom, Benjamin Moore, black, blue, contest, Dallas, design, focal wall, Frisco, gray, Highland Homes, IBB Design, IBB Design Fine Furnishings, interior design, interiors, Kid's Room, market, navy, pattern, Perfect Paint, pink, Pinterest, Scale, Shay Geyer, Shay's Favs!, Style Spotter, Symphony Blue, Uncategorized, Upholstered wall, wall treatment, wallpaper, white

Wall Treatments: In or Out?

I’m often asked about how I feel about accent walls and wall treatments. Should people use them or not? Yes! I am a fan of accents & wall treatments. I actually have an entire board on Pinterest dedicated to wall treatments. Of course, how they are applied and interpreted in a design is very important to the overall success of a room. Whether its paint, wallpaper or that you upholster your walls, wall treatments can be a beautiful way to take your room’s design to the next level. Here are a few ways we’ve used wall treatments in our designs.
20130829-082218.jpg
Master Bedroom: Large scale pattern painted on the wall behind the bed to create a focal point.
20130829-082320.jpg
Kid’s bedroom: We took the dot pattern we used on the bed skirt & bedding & blew up the scale to create a fun feature wall behind the bed.
20130829-082456.jpg
Master bedroom: To create contrast behind the white upholstered bed, we painted the wall a deep gray. Then, we painted a fretwork outline to define the wall.
20130829-085357.jpg
Kid’s room in progress: We upholstered the bed wall in a super cute embroidered “I love you” fabric in navy & white and painted the rest of the walls in Benjamin Moore’s Symphony Blue. I can’t wait to see the finished room!

Do you have a Pinterest account? If not, you should consider getting one! It’s a fabulous tool to use for inspiration & stay on top of trends & what’s hot in design. I also love it for great recipes, fashion, crafts & so much more! Speaking of trends, make sure you also follow my board for the High Point Home Furnishings Fall 2013 Style Spotter contest. From October 17th – 24th I’ll be pinning my top 25 favorite finds from market along with eight other of the country’s top designers. Find out more here..

20130829-090351.jpg

Read More
Ask the Designer Detective, decorating ideas, design dilemma, Design Dilemmas, design questions, design tip, question, Uncategorized

Got a design question?

Do you have a design dilemma that you need to have solved?  On Friday, March 23rd on Good Morning Texas I’ll be answering viewer questions.  You can submit your questions here by leaving a comment or email them to me at shay@ibbdesign.com.  Please include your name, email & the city you live in.

Happy designing!

Read More
Ask the Designer Detective, design tip, furniture maintenance, Hickory Chair, sofa, sofa cushions, Tip in a Zip, Uncategorized

Tip in a Zip: Sofa Cushions

Hickory Chair, sofa

Many people have a favorite spot to sit in on their sofa.  Over time, you will notice that one side, or that certain “spot” will look smooshed and flattened out.  Rotate your sofa cushions every couple of months to keep them looking plump and fresh. Also, try to avoid down filled sofas.  I know they’re comfy, but they really start looking like a mess within just a few weeks of use.  A sofa with cushions with spring down (foam insert wrapped with layers of down coating) will hold its shape better.  There are also hypo-allergenic options for those who need to stay away from feathers altogether.  Remember, a well made sofa is a good investment.  Do your homework before you purchase!

*Tufted back sofa from Hickory Chair available at IBB Design Fine Furnishings

Ask the Designer Detective, book, definition, design, design term, designer, Designer Dictionary, designer lingo, dictionary, fancy, Fancy Nancy, Fancy Word Friday, lingo, Uncategorized, word

Fancy Word Friday

As designers, we use certain design terms on a daily basis, but people outside the industry may not always know what we’re talking about.  So, I’ve decided to add a new section to the blog called “Designer Dictionary”.  In this section,  I’ll highlight design terminology & give you definitions & examples that may make your journey thru your design project a bit easier.   You’ll be armed with a plethora of knowledge that will help make your design & furnishing purchases go more smoothly.

There are millions of words we could discuss, but in order to not overwhelm you, I will start off with “Fancy Word Fridays”.  If you’re familiar with Fancy Nancy (my daughter is a huge fan!), then you may have read “Fancy Nancy’s Favorite Fancy Words“.  Well, this is my designer adaptation to make learning “fancy” design lingo fun!  We’ll discuss a fabulous “fancy” new design term each Friday.  Please e-mail me or leave me a comment if there is a design term you would like to know more about & we’ll be sure to discuss it!

Read More
Ask the Designer Detective, Century Furniture, contrasting welt cord, cording, design ideas, design questions, fabric, furniture, GMT, interior design, Shay Geyer, Shay Sampson, Sherrill Furniture, sofa, Uncategorized, upholstery, welt cord

What’s a Welt Cord?

Dear Designer Detective,

I often hear you refer to a welt cord when pointing out things on the furniture you showcase on Good Morning Texas.  What exactly is a welt cord?

~Tina D.
McKinney, TX

Dear Tina,

Great question!  A welt cord is simply a fabric covered cord that follows the seam of a chair cushion, sofa cushion, or pillows.  A welt cord helps give upholstery a more finished tailored look.  The two types of welt cords are a self-welt & a contrasting welt.  A self welt is when the cord is done out of the same fabric.  A welt cord that is done out of a different fabric is called a contrasting welt cord.  Contrasting welt cords add lots of style & pop to your upholstery.  I just love to use them!
WeltCordSherrillchair

On this Sherrill chair, we used a contrasting welt cord out of a rich chocolate brown velvet.

WeltCordCenturySofa

On this Century sofa, we’ve used a contrasting welt cord out of the same leather used on the frame of the sofa.

Ask the Designer Detective, color, Dallas, design, design blog, design dilemma, Design Dilemmas, Frisco, furniture store, furniture store in Dallas, GMT, how to decorate, interior design, Outdoor Living, questions, room, Shay Geyer, space, space planning, TX, Uncategorized

Got Questions???

I’ve got answers!!!  I will be answering viewer questions on an upcoming GMT segment.  Post your questions here on the Designer Detective  blog now!  If your question is used on the show, you’ll get a $100 gift certificate to IBB Design Furniture Showroom.

Read More
Ask the Designer Detective, Brisa, Century Furniture, clean, double rubs, durability, durable, fabric, Fabulous Fabrics, furniture, leather, Uncategorized

Looking for Durable Fabrics?

Shay,
I watched a show on GMT (quite awhile ago now) where you showed a sofa upholstered in a “new” leather like material.   I think you said that it would be very durable.  Can you tell me what it was called and a little more about it.  Also if you have used it & whether your customers/clients have been satisfied.

Thanks.
Mary – Arlington, TX

Dear Mary,
Thank you so much for your question!  I get questions about how to find durable fabrics all of the time.  It’s an issue on most people’s minds.    The leather like material you are referring to is called Brisa.  It is a unique man made polyurethane fabric with a specially designed ventilation system that allows it to breathe.  The textile manufacturer, Gulf Fabrics,  simulates the look & feel of natural leather by creating a discreet grain pattern.  With over 200,00 double rubs, Brisa is known for it’s high durability.  That’s more than 30% more durable than what is required to be considered a “heavy duty” durable fabric.  It comes in a wide array of wonderful designer colors.  Here are a few of my favs:

Presently, Century Furniture is the only furniture manufacturer who is using Brisa.  We have had several of their pieces in Brisa at IBB. I have heard only great feedback so far from clients.  It’s as soft & supple as a really high grade quality leather.  One of my clients, who bought a sofa with the cushions covered in Brisa, says that their dog gets up on it all of the time & they haven’t had any issues.  They also have 3 kids, so durability was a huge priority for them.

Here’s a few more facts about Brisa:

  1. Clinically proven to be more resistant to temperature changes than vinyl & leather.
  2. Stays cooler than genuine leather in warm weather situations.
  3. Resists cold weather stiffening & cracking.
  4. Exceeds 200,000 double rubs
  5. Cleans effortlessly with soap & water.
  6. Most stains can be lifted with with alcohol-based solutions Fantastik or Formula 409
Read More
aqua, Ask the Designer Detective, classic, color, color palette, Courageous Color, orange, Pantone, trends, turquoise, Uncategorized

Color Trends

Dear Designer Detective,
What are the latest color combinations for home decorating? What combinations do you view as timeless?

~Holly

Dear Holly,
What a great question!  I love talking about color.  My favorite new hot color combination right now is turquoise & tangerine.  It’s even fun to say them together, right?  Various shades or orange and aqua are showing up all over the design world.  I just love the two colors together, but they’re being used solo a lot as well.  Here’s a few examples:

Fall fabrics from Schumacher

Showroom from Global Views featuring orange

Home office @ a Highland Homes model home

Turquoise glass tiles

As far as classics go, you can never go wrong with a neutral color palette.  They can be changed & updated by simply adding sparks of color using pillows, art or small accessories.

neutral sofa with colorful pillows

If you’d like to get really technical concerning color palettes, Pantone is where to get all of the expert information.  They have spent a considerable amount of effort & energy into combining stunning colors to create a trend forecast for 2010 including a sampling of colors that create 4 different color palettes.  See below.

Watch a video here on how the experts from Pantone forecast color trends for home fashions & interiors.

Read More
Ask the Designer Detective, blinds, Design Dilemmas, draperies, drapery panels, drapery rod, fabric, Roman Shade, Uncategorized, window treatments, wood blinds, woven woods

Windows with Style

Dear Designer Detective,

Need to find out what to do about window coverings in our family room. We don’t want to block or distract from any of wonderful view, but leaving them plain just doesn’t look right.

-Kim Collier

Dear Kim,

Thank you so much for your question!  It’s actually one I get all of the time.  Here are a few solutions that i would suggest for you.

Simple pleated linen panels on either side of the windows with woven wood shades.  The woven woods can raise & lower for privacy & allow for little or no view obstruction.

Another drapery panel & woven wood example

OR

Simple pleated panels to dress the windows.  This option does not allow for privacy.  However, you could make the panels wide enough to draw closed if you want to be able to have privacy.  This will make the panels hang into the windows on the sides more, but will not obstruct your view.

OR

Here we used 2″ wood blinds with simple pleated drapery panels on either side.  The panels help to dress the windows, draw your eye up & bring color & texture into the room.

Time to get those windows stylin!  Let me know what you end up choosing to make your windows make a fabulous design statement!  Happy decorating!

~ Designer Detective

Ask the Designer Detective, decorating, design dilemma, design tip, Designer Detective, ideas, interior design, question, Shay Sampson, Uncategorized

Questions Anyone???

Hey fellow design lovers!  I need your help!  I am working on an upcoming Good Morning Texas segment where we will feature viewer questions.  Here’s your chance for some free design advice!  Shoot me an e-mail shay@ibbdesign.com or just post your questions here.  We will post the questions & answers here on the Designer Detective blog & also answer as many as we can on Good Morning Texas.  So, ask away!

I can’t wait to hear from you!  Happy decorating!!

Read More
animal print, Ask the Designer Detective, chair, design, hair on hide, Hancock & Moore, interior design, leather, leather sofa, sofa, style, Uncategorized

Style with leather???

Dear Designer Detective,

We are looking to purchase a new sofa for our family room.  My husband refuses to have anything but a leather sofa.  I really want the room to feel like we took the time to decorate it.  I have hit a wall on how to make a leather sofa look stylish.  Help!!!

– Katrina B.
Rockwall, TX

Dear Katrina,
No worries!!!  Leather furniture does not have to be boring.  In fact, you can find some of the swankiest & stylish furniture pieces crafted from leather.  It’s also four times more durable than most fabrics.  Your family room can & will look stylish.  There are a million different options other than just buying a brown leather sofa.  It’s all in knowing your options & how you put it together.  Take a look at few of these super stylish options for leather seating.

This sofa features a hair on hide and leather combination. What a statement piece!
I love the straight lines & the tall back of this tone on tone leather sofa.
I love the straight lines & the tall back of this tone on tone leather sofa.  The pattern on the leather on the outside of the frame is to die for!
Hello gorgeous! Red plush coushions & a carved wood frame ~ yes please!
Hello gorgeous! Red plush coushions & a carved wood frame ~ yes please!
I'm green with envy! I could see this sofa in a loft or swanky boutique hotel. So much style & the beautiful shade of jade make this piece a showstopper!
I am green with envy!  So much style & the perfect shade of jade make this a real showstopper!  Perfect for the more transitional or contemporary home.
Love the mustard gold color on this sofa. The cushions are so plush, inviting, & comfy. Nailhead trim adds a nice decorative touch.
Love the mustard gold color on this sofa. The cushions are so plush, inviting, & comfy. Nail head trim adds a nice decorative touch.

These are just a small sampling of the endless options you have when creating a fabulous leather sofa.  Of course, you can put just about any leather on any frame and truly customize it for your personal taste & needs.  Hope this helps.  Happy leather sofa shopping 🙂

– Shay Sampson, a.k.a. The Designer Detective

Read More
Ask the Designer Detective, console, eglomaise, eglomise, entry, GMT, John Richard, Shay Sampson, Shay's Favs!, Uncategorized

Shay’s Entry

Dear Designer Detective,

Where do I find the mirrored piece that you have in your entry in your home? Also, what are the measurements?
-Debra Williams
Dallas

Dear Debra,

The eglomise console that I have in my entry at my home can be found at IBB Design Furniture Showroom. It’s a stunning piece by John Richard and would make quite a statement in your home. The dimensions are 36″x21″x60″. It’s one of my favorite pieces in my home.

Thanks for your question!  -Designer Detective

advice, answers, Ask the Designer Detective, decorating, design dilemma, Design Dilemmas, design ideas, design project, fabric, furniture, GMT, idea, Perfect Paint, questions, space planning, This Just In!!!, Uncategorized

Viewer Questions Answered!

Have a design dilemma or topic you need help with?  Need some fresh ideas, paint or fabric advice, or just want to be up to date on current design trends?  Need an opinion on your latest design project?  Here’s your chance!  Write in to the Designer Detective.  All next week we’ll be focusing on questions asked by you!  Check in daily to find out what design dilemma we’re solving for that day.

Then, tune in to Good Morning Texas on Friday, February 20th to see the design dilemmas and practical solutions discussed on live television!

I can’t wait to hear from you!  Happy decorating everyone!

Ask the Designer Detective, brass, chandelier, Design Dilemmas, Designer Detective, fixtures, Perfect Paint, Uncategorized, update

Updating Brass Fixtures

Dear Shay,

I love your GMT segments and I am using Jim Morgan from IBB to recover a chair and ottoman for me. I have a very large brass foyer chandelier, I once heard you say that brass can be updated..do you have a source for that?

I would be so grateful,

-Debbie C.
Richardson

Dear Debbie,

I have a fabulous artist that I use all of the time.  She updated two light fixtures in my house for me.  Her name is Kris Perry.  I have some of her other work posted here. She will need to take a look at it & let you know what can be done.  Thank you so much for your question & Happy Decorating!

Shay