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New Video: Stylish Family Friendly Design

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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!

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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.

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I is for Ikat

I am a sucker for a great Ikat (pronounced ‘ee-KAHT’) fabric.  Ikat means “to tie” or “bind”.  I love the bold colors & patterns found in these woven textiles.  Similar to tie-dye, the fabrics are crafted using a resist dyeing process.  The threads are dyed before being woven into eye catching patterns.  Ikat fabrics may have made a recent & very popular comeback, but this is no trend.  Although the exact origin &  time frame is hard to determine, Ikat dates back several centuries.  Many say Ikat orginated in India and quickly spread due to trade.  From fashion to home interiors, Ikat is flourishing in the fabric world.  Take a peek at a few of my favorites.

Gorgeous yellow, grey & white Ikat by Thom Filicia for Kravet.

Thom Filicia’s Ikat livens up this room on an accent chair & pillow for the sofa.

 

Purple Ikat by Madeline Weinrib.

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H is for Hand-painted Finishes

I am just wild about hand painted finishes on furniture.  It’s such a sassy way to liven up a piece to bring color & life into a room.  Hickory Chair will allow you to use any Benjamin Moore color on their pieces.  I fell in love with a hot pink chair that Suzanne Kassler showed at Hickory Chair during April’s furniture market.  Century Furniture will allow you to use any Sherwin Williams paint color to create your own custom piece.  It’s completely up to you on how bold to go, but I love to punch it up a bit to really draw your attention to the piece.  I love mixing finishes to forge a truly unique look  for a client’s home.  Check out some of my favorites below.

This is the one I was telling you about earlier.  How cute is this?!  Linwood Chair by Suzanne Kasler for Hickory Chair in Benjamin Moore 2081-40 Pink

A bright yellow paint make these ultra-chic  Chippendale chairs scream “Look at me”.  They make the room.  Image from Elle Decor.

Hugo Secretary by Thomas O’Brien for Hickory Chair in Ralph Lauren Polo Blue

Kids rooms are an ideal place for painted finishes.  How fun is this little girl’s room?  The yellow finish really brings this antique piece to life.  Image from Elle Decor.

I love this modern Century furniture console in orange.  The cobalt blue lamp & fantastic art tie the look together in a gorgeous little package.  Excuse the image quality ~ I took this photo with my iphone at market.

The bright Wisteria turns this ordinary console into something extraordinary & makes a stylish first impression in this entryway.  Image from Elle Decor.

How stunning is this color palette?  The coral console grounds the room & plays beautifully off of the deep turquoise wall.  Image from Elle Decor.

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Cool Kid’s Spaces & On Magazine

Hey friends!  The new issue of ON Magazine is hot off the press!  This month we’re focusing on the family & I’m talking about designing cool spaces for your kiddos.  I had so much fun on this issue.  The game room featured in the article is my daughter’s & she even makes a cameo in her favorite space.  Vamping up your kid’s rooms is the perfect back to school project!  Click on the photo below to get an up close look at the photos & tips.  Happy designing!

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G is for Greek Key

The Greek Key is H-O-T in interiors!  From fabrics to furnishings, I am definitely a huge fan of the classic design.  One of my favorite furniture pieces is the Cypress cocktail table by Mariette Himes Gomez for Hickory Chair (pictured left ~ bottom left of photo).  Today, I’ve asked my uber-stylish friend Shelly Rosenberg to give us a little insight into some delicious designs featuring the chic motif.

Shelly’s take on the Greek Key…

Designing is pure joy. I just love the limitless options that we have to choose from. Although many interior designers have a trademark look, I pride myself on collaborating with each unique client and creating their own style. However, there are some classic motifs that I find myself relying on time and again, regardless of replicating a historical genre or redesigning an abode into a super sleek mod pod. My favorite of all time is Greek Key, a meandering deign of lines, graphically and repetitively folding into it self.

Despite its name, the ancient Greeks were not the only civilization to discover this geometrically based design. Similar patterns have been found in the region that is now Vietnam and also in the Native American Hopi culture. This versatile motif can also change shape. We are most familiar with the square or T configuration. But there are also “keys” that resemble waves on the sea and even triangles.

Almost like a maze, this crisp design draws us in and guides our eye along the shape it traces. It looks so elegant on the leading edge of draperies, like I have in my own master bedroom. The charcoal and ivory trim add a masculine balance to an otherwise feminine boudoir.  It also looks regal along the bottom of a silk lampshade. You can affix your own Roman border to a simple, store-bought shade, adding a smart sophistication.  There are so many fabulous options through your interior designer. Another option I use in a pinch is M&J Trimmings of New York.

Other designers before me have inspired my own work with Greek Key. Local trend-setter, Jan Showers, mimics the lines of fantastic antique chairs by sewing black ribbon onto the ivory linen upholstery in a key style. Fashion icon Oscar de la Renta adorns his delicious cased goods with Greek Key hardware in his collection for Century Furniture (available at IBB Design Fine Furnishings). The one pictured left, in apple green is divine!

Thank you so much Shelly for sharing some fabulous design inspirations with us featuring the Greek Key!

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F is for Finial

Finial:   an ornament at the top of a piece of furniture, lamp, spire or gable, or used as decoration at the ends of drapery rods

Can you say fabulous???!!!  Hand blown glass drapery rod finials from the M/K Collection featuring finishes in rusted steel, copper and gold leaf, and verdigris.

Copper Finials are part of the intricate architecture of the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina.

Custom drapery hardware & finials  by NR Designs

Knole sofa by Hickory Chair featuring “egg” finials

Decorative finials finish off the posts on the gorgeous Belle upholstered bed by Hickory Chair.

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D is for Drop Leaf

A drop leaf table is a multi-purpose table that has a stable center section and hinged side panels that can be raised to enlarge the table surface, or lowered to reduce the surface (definition from about.com).  A rectangular drop leaf table (as pictured) could be used as a console backed up to a sofa & then transition to a dining table when you have company.  These tables are great for tight spaces or apartments & homes that don’t have a designated dining area.  Because of their size flexibility, they are a great investment because they can be used in so many different areas of your home.  You may use it in your current home as an entry piece or sofa table & then use it as a true dining table if you move to a larger home in the future.  They come in a variety of sizes & shapes & are a perfect purchase for those who move around a lot (or for those of us who like to re-arrange our furniture a lot!)

*Pictured is the Christiansen Dining Drop Leaf Table with Beeswing by Hickory Chair.  You can find Hickory Chair furnishings at IBB Design Fine Furnishings.

Here the table is shown as a console between two chairs.

Here the leaves are extended to create a dining table.

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C is for Chinoiserie

Chinoiserie:  a form of European decoration imitating techniques and motifs of the Orient; especially fashionable in the late 17th century and revived during the Regency, or as many say ~ a French term meaning “Chinese~esque”

While researching for this blog post, I stumbled upon a blog devoted entirely to Chinoiserie called Chinoiserie Chic. It’s full of all sorts of eye candy featuring “Chinese~esque” designs.  You really should check it out!

Below are a few of my favorite examples of Chinoiserie

Chinoiserie wallpaper adds a playful & colorful touch to a bathroom.  Image via Lonny Magazine.

Another gorgeous Chinoiserie wallpaper.  Image from Domino Magazine.

Chinoiserie fabric from Thibaut.

Fashion designer Tory Burch’s entryway features a hand painted Chinoiserie wallpaper by Gracie.

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B is for Bergere

A bergere (pronounced burr-jair) is an upholstered French enclosed armchair which originated in Paris around the 18th century.  Traditionally styled bergere chairs call for a separate seat cushion.  The sides, back & arms are upholstered, but the rest of the frame is left exposed.  The frames often exhibit exquisite carving or moulding and may have striking painted finishes in lacquer, gilding or  gold or silver leaf.  These chairs are generally really comfortable & can be used with an ottoman for a great addition to a family room or master bedroom sitting area.

Louis XV Bergere Chair by Hickory Chair

I love how this fun Duralee fabric really brings these bergere chairs to life!

Grand Bergere Chair & Ottoman from Century.

A bergere chair originally purchased by President Monroe for the White House during the restoration process after the fire of 1814.  The fabric & finish on this chair are so rich & regal.  Check out this link for a very interesting article on the preservation & care that went into re-covering this chair. (image from www.whitehousemuseum.org)

A vibrant hot pink & black gives a playful modern update to this bergere chair in a rich black painted finish.

How fun is this bergere in aqua lacquer?  I found this intriguing piece over here.  It definitely makes a designer statement.  The quatrefoil print on the fabric is to die for!  I could totally see this chair in my house.

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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.