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One Room Challenge: Week 5 Update

Now we’re starting to see some major progress!  My daughter’s room is really beginning to come together.  We’re in the home stretch with just one week left now.

All of the lighting was installed this week.  Our favorite fixture by far is the acrylic and brass sputnik chandelier that will hang over her day bed.

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This is a view from her top bunk looking down.  The polka dots on the four walls of her room were a last minute add on.  I kept thinking the walls needed something & decided the polka dots were the perfect way to go.  We couldn’t be more thrilled with how the large scaled pattern really takes the room’s design to the next level.

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The sconces on the top bunk were also installed this week.  They will be perfect for when she’s reading at night before she goes to bed.
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The switch to turn the sconces on & off is right by the head of her bunk.  If you look closely, you’ll notice that the plugs we used have two electrical outlets and two USB outlets.  I specify these outlets in all of my remodeling projects.  They are so convenient and allow you to plug in electrical items and still have room to charge your phone or other devices.
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This view of the room shows more of the painting that was finished this week.  The cased openings & doors were painted in Benjamin Moore’s Jet Black with white trim on the doors.

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The frameless glass shower was also installed this week.  The brass fittings are the perfect compliment to the brass lighting & hardware in the room.  I’m dying for the gorgeous Newport Brass plumbing to get installed.  It’s supposed to arrive tomorrow.  Fingers crossed!  We’re really down to the wire!
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I love how all of the painting turned out in her bathroom.  The black detailing on the cabinets is one of my favorite design elements.

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I picked up the bow motif in her shoe & accessory closet & had this pattern painted on the wall.  I had the back of the shoe racks mirrored to open up the space.  This was her originally tiny closet inside her bathroom.  By taking off the door & adding the built ins for shoes, drawers for clothing & adjustable shelves for toiletries & towels,  we’ve given her much more functional storage for her room.

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James Peck from Kidz Digz does work on so many of our projects.  In fact IBB has worked with he and his wife for over 20 years on various murals, custom finishes & paint treatments and specialty finishes for cabinetry.

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He’s always up for whatever challenge I throw his way.  The stripes I had him do in Jaylie’s vanity/dressing area turned out so fabulous!  He just loves it when I use the word stripes and ceilings in the same sentence 😉

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The cabinetry hardware was installed today.  I bought all of our hardware and plumbing from Nob Hill.  My girl Jannette over there is a rock star!  I use her for all of my client work.  I must say that she really came thru for me this time.  The original hardware I selected was backordered until December.  She exhausted every resource & found these beauties.  I actually love it even more than our original!

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Here’s a look at the dressing room door to the closet under her bunk.  All of her hanging clothes will go in here.  We’ll use the surrounding bookcase for her dance and school awards, her many books  (she LOVES to read!) and mementos she has collected so far in life.  We’ll also incorporate some accessories that she has selected to tie in her color palette and Kate Spade theme.

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Paint touch ups and the final clean will happen tomorrow.  I’m installing her furniture, hanging art & mirrors this weekend.  Guess what?!  Remember how I was worried that her day bed wouldn’t make it on time?  Well, IT’S HERE!  YIPPEE!!!!  CR Laine REALLY came thru & it so adorable!  I’m really looking forward to showing it to you in the big reveal next week!  I’m praying the plumbing goes in Friday or Saturday.

For sneak peeks and more design eye candy, make sure you’re following me on instagram.  Make sure you check out everyone else’s progress in the One Room Challenge here as well.

 

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One Room Challenge: Week 4 update

Happy Thursday! It’s time for another weekly update on my One Room Challenge.

Well, this is about the time that I start getting super giddy during a project. All of my visions are beginning to come to life and we’re so close to completion! It’s all of those little details that start adding up. My daughter couldn’t be more excited that her new room is almost completed!

Right now they’re working on painting her bedroom & bathroom. The bow safety rail for the bunk bed I designed has been installed & I’m so excited with how it turned out. I think it fits our Kate Spade inspiration perfectly 🙂

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The bunk & stairs are being painted in high gloss paint in Benjamin Moore’s Blue Seafoam which is a soft aqua. The sliding door to her bathroom will be in Benjamin Moore Jet Black & the trim will be in Decorator’s White. The walls will be in Decorator’s White & all of the casings will be in Jet Black. The dressing room style door to her closet underneath the bunk will also be Jet Black with Decorator’s White trim.

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The good news is I found a replacement for the back ordered flush mount chandelier that I was using for her vanity area & bathroom. This was the original.

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And this is the replacement. They are already here & will be getting installed early next week 🙂

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More good news! In fact, this is really awesome news! I was really worried that the day bed I ordered from CR Laine wasn’t going to make it here on time, but I received word that it is shipping tomorrow & should be at IBB early next week! I need to give my friends at CR Laine a HUGE shout out! They really came thru for me on this & we are so excited to get Jaylie’s day bed installed next week! They’re always a go to source for upholstery in my projects and I know that I can count on them for amazing style, comfort, quality & customer service.

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Now for the bad news 🙁 There is a high probability that the plumbing for her bathroom won’t be here in time. Apparently they need every bit of the 6 weeks to make everything. My plumbing rep is doing everything she can to get it here in time but as of now it’s not looking too good. I guess this is the price you pay to get the perfect satin brass finish. Let’s all say a little prayer that the stars align & I’ll be showing off that gorgeous brass plumbing as part of the big reveal!

I also found out today that the hardware I selected for all of her cabinetry is backordered until December 🙁 I am currently scouring all of my sources to find a replacement. Wish me luck!

You can check out what’s happening in all of the other One Room Challenges here. Make sure you’re following me on instagram for more sneak peeks & updates on our ORC progress. Also, did you get a chance to vote for my client’s nursery? I’d be so grateful if you had a minute to spare to vote for the “Colorful Twin Gender Neutral Nursery” for Project Nursery’s October Room of the Month.

If you live in the Dallas area, Partners Card starts THIS Friday! Over 800 retailers are participating in this year’s charitable event for The Family Place & IBB is one of them! Save 20% off of the IBB price on all in stock furniture & accessories 🙂

 

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One Room Challenge: Week 3 update

We’re starting week 3 which marks the half-way point for the One Room Challenge.  I honestly can’t wait for it to all be done.  This is the point where all of the little details start taking place & even though we’re making progress, those huge significant changes aren’t happening.  All of those little details are so important though so I have to keep reminding myself to take a breath & try not to rush things.  I keep telling my contractor that I love parties so I want to see a huge crowd here every morning ready to go!  We’re on a 6 week deadline folks plus I’m trying to manage this in my “spare” time before and after work on my client’s projects and running IBB 😉  I’m definitely my own worst client.

If you’re following me on instagram, then you know that I pulled the trigger during High Point market on this super cute new desk from Kate Spade for Jaylie’s room.  I’m so excited that we’ll be carrying the new collection at IBB.  Unfortunately since it’s a brand new introduction, it will not be here in time for the big reveal 🙁  But don’t worry!  I’ll definitely be posting updates when it arrives!

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I also purchased this adorable bow chair to use as her desk chair but I’m having it upholstered in an aqua fabric.

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We’re using inspiration from a few of the Kate Spade stores we’ve been in across the country for some of her room’s design elements.  She’s been a big fan of the brand and wanted her room to look like this for quite some time so I’ve been snapping & collecting photos over the past few years.

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We’ll be using this chandelier over the day bed.

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And a pair of these sconces in her bathroom & up by her bunk bed.

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I had ordered 2 of these flush mount chandeliers but I just received notice that they are back ordered until January 🙁  Yep, that’s right.  Designers are not immune to the words backordered or discontinued.  In fact, if I had a dollar for every time that I’ve heard those words…  I’m trying to decide if I should just wait or if I just need to go ahead and re-select.  The problem is we love this fixture so much that nothing strikes our fancy quite the same way.  This 6 week time frame keeps getting more & more challenging!  I need to take my own advice though.  If you really love something, it’s worth the wait.  I’ll keep you posted on what we decide to do.

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The painters started prepping yesterday & will hopefully start painting either today or tomorrow.  I’m having some fun in here playing up all of the trim work we’ve added throughout the room.  I can’t wait to show you all!  We’ll be using Benjamin Moore Jet Black, Blue Seafoam & Decorator’s White.

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I think the colors fit pretty perfectly with the inspiration image she told me to base her room off of & all of the fabrics we’ve selected.
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The safety railing hasn’t gone it yet.  I’m really hoping that it gets installed today.  I decided to enlarge the scale a bit on the pattern I designed so they had to do some tweaking.  I’m really happy with how all of the trim & paneling has turned out.  I’ll be doing a gallery wall of prints that my daughter selected over her day bed on this wall.

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The countertops went in yesterday in her vanity area & bathroom.

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I decided to do a sliding door for her bathroom to give her more space inside.  We did this in the bunk room and it really does give you so much more room to not have the door swinging into the space.

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That’s it for today’s updates.  I’ll be back next week with more but until then you can always find sneak peeks of what’s going on in my design world here.  And don’t forget to check out the progress of the other One Room Challenge participants here.

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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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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!

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.

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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.
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Master Bedroom: Large scale pattern painted on the wall behind the bed to create a focal point.
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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.
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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.
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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..

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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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Project Renovation: Study Fireplace

Today’s sneak peek  is a look at what has been going on in the study/home office in our new house.  This room is much larger than the one in our previous home.  A coffered ceiling, paneled walls, &  a fireplace are a few of the architectural details I love about this space.  However, it really needed a pick me up in the design area.

Here is the fireplace before.  It’s nice, but not exactly what I would pick if I were building this house today.  It needs a fresh feel.  It seems sort of dated, right?  The marble on the fireplace surround was really too taupe & brown for the vision I had in mind for this room.  Notice the wood paneling.  It’s red oak with lots & lots of grain showing through.  I have a plan for that!

First things first.  The fireplace surround gets rejuvenated with 12×12 Carerra marble tiles.  There is also a credenza opposite the fireplace where I used a slab countertop of the Carrera marble.  It’s already starting to take on a new look.

 

My original plan for this room was to lacquer the walls in a rich black that read midnight blue when the light hit it.  I consulted several paint professionals & they all talked me out of using it in this room.  Most of them told me that the lacquer would eventually crack on the wood paneling.  Big BOO!  I have used lacquer a million times on furniture, but never on walls.  I was willing to take the risk since it was my own house, but after extensive research on the products available I decided there had to be antoher way to get me the look I was after.  SO, onto Plan B.  I still wanted the walls to have a VERY high gloss almost wet looking appearance.  So, I chose to go with Farrow & Ball’s Off Black in high gloss.  We started with 3 coats of primer.  I wanted to cover up the grain in the red oak as much as possible.

3 coats of primer & 3 coats of Off Black later, I am really starting to dig the new look!  I painted the inset of the coffered ceiling Benjamin Moore’s White Herron & the beams are contrasted in the Off Black.  This effect really highlights the ceiling detail without making the room dark & cave like.  We had all of the floors in the house refinished to a warmer richer brown with more black & less orange red in it.  The paneling still needs the final clear coat on it, but the room is really becoming the chic space I had in mind.

 My husband often works from home & I just love the layout of this room so I want to pull out all the stops in here!  I see this space as a wonderful area to showcase some beautiful design & make it a room we will sit in & enjoy.  There is plenty of room for a sitting area.  I am still on the hunt for the perfect arrangement for that.  I have found a desk that I am dying over (more on that later), but it is clearly not in the budget for this room.  I have an alternative selected & I think it will give us the same look & fit in our budget.  I plan to use Lee Jofa’s Chevron patterned fabric from Oscar de la Renta’s collection for the drapery fabric.  The chevron pattern is on the diagonal & features the midnight blue/rich navy & a slate blue.  The white silk background will create a stunning contrast to the Off Black walls.  Unfortunately, the fabric is backordered until April.  However, good things come to those who wait & I think this is worth waiting for!  I can’t wait to see it all come together!  Stay tuned for more updates!

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Project Renovation

Happy Saturday my design devotees!  I apologize for being a little tardy in getting posts up on the blog lately.  Besides being a full time designer & being 8 1/2 months pregnant, I’m also in the midst of a really fun project.  It’s not a client project.  It’s a new home for our family!  We are beyond excited & can’t wait to get settled into it.  We really weren’t even looking.  We just sort of happened upon this house right before Thanksgiving & felt that it was a great investment for our family.  So, we jumped on it!  We closed on it right before Christmas, so for the past month we have been making some changes to make it fit our taste & lifestyle.  We are just a few weeks away from moving in & it’s all starting to come together.

I have lots of fun photos & info to share with you documenting our renovation.  Today I will leave you with a sneak peek at what’s going on in the kitchen.

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Before:  The kitchen was REALLY dark.  Dark trim, dark floors, dark cabinets.  The island did not work well for us at all.  So, it had to go!  It was small & it went from counter to bar height.  We entertain a lot & really wanted a large island that was all counter height.  The sink is also in the island which takes up a lot of space.

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I took this photo yesterday.  The transformation is taking shape!  I wanted a light & fresh feeling for the kitchen.  I painted the kitchen cabinets & all of the crown molding & baseboards Benjamin Moore Cloud White.  I painted the ceiling Benjamin Moore White Herron.  This gave the space an instant face lift!  I selected a light granite with lots of movement.  It has white, cream ,black, gray & a bit of gold veins running through it.  The backsplash is a a mixture of carrera marble and glass tiles lined in a silver foil.  All of our hardware is chrome & I will be putting a stunning antique mirror & chrome chandelier over the island.  I LOVE my new island!  It is 107″ by 60″.  Perfect for entertaining & cooking!  We antiqued it & the entertainment built ins in the family room in black for a pop of contrast.  The wood floors will be getting scraped & stained a deeper darker brown on Monday.

I can’t wait to show you my fabric & furniture plans for the kitchen, nook & family room areas!  For daily updates, you can always follow me on twitter.  I’ve got lots more to show you, so stay tuned!  Have a fabulous weekend everyone!

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2011 is Tickled Pink!

If you follow me on Twitter, then you probably already know that the 2011 color of the year is Honeysuckle.  I announced it after receiving the press release from Pantone back in December.  The reddish pink hue was selected by Pantone, the global authority on color, as the “It” color for 2011.  While I think the color is fabulous, I think it has it’s limitations when it comes to interior design. Although, I could see interior designer Jonathan Adler having some fun with this color.   It’s vibrant & it’s bold.  I foresee this being more of an accent color than a color one would want to live with in abundance.  I think my husband would straight up give me the *side eye* if I told him we were painting any room in our house this color or using this color for our family room sofa fabric.  That wouldn’t fly in my house & certainly not in most of my clients homes.

Where it could work in abundance:
1) Teenage girl’s room
2) A fun vibrant nursery
3) In the home of a very creative person with a playful side that most likely lives alone
4) a very chic & girly closet (see Barbie’s closet below)

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1) Gray ~ any shade of gray would be breathtaking with the color!  Gray is a fabulous neutral and can definitely take on the task of grounding this “look at me” shade of pink.
2) White ~ for a fresh approach, contrast this color with a bright white.  Honeysuckle would really “POP” against a white like Benjamin Moore’s Decorator’s White or Gardenia.
3) Turquoise ~ The color of the year for 2010!  This 2 colors would be fabulous together!
4) Black ~ Black would also act as a grounding color for Honeysuckle

Where to use it as an accent:
1) Art
2) Pillows
3) a rug
4) lamp

Check out Honeysuckle in action in some of these interiors!

 

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Barbie’s closet in the real life Barbie Dream House in Malibu.  Interior Design by Jonathan Adler


Barbie’s Malibu outdoor living area ~ interior design by Jonathan Adler

Barbie’s Malibu Dream House ~ interior design by Jonathan Adler

So, what do you think?  Is honeysuckle a good fit for your home or a better fit for your wardrobe?

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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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Glamorous Gray!

You read it right!  Gray does not have to mean boring, drab or dreary!  Gray is actually quite the glamorous neutral.  It serves as a wonderful back drop for colors that pop like a sunny yellow or feminine lavender.  I also loves shades of blue like aqua with gray.  Picture it with Hermes orange.  I’m using that color combination for a client in Dallas right now.

I featured a swanky sitting area of gray & yellow on GMT last Friday & created quite a buzz about the hot neutral.  Watch the video here.

Make no mistake, gray is certainly hot on the scene right now, but it’s a timeless neutral that has been used in interior design for generations.  It’s always been a favorite especially amongst those who love the look of Hollywood Glamor.

Benjamin Moore makes two of my favorite shades of gray to use.  Wickham Gray will lightly wash your walls with a subtle yet fresh gray.  Dior Gray,  on the other hand, will give you instant drama with a rich blue undertone.  It’s simply stunning.  I actually walked into my friend Shelly’s house recently only to discover that her master bedroom is painted in this stylish gray.  I’ve also specified it for an upcoming project for a client’s office.

So, my fellow design devotees, I encourage you to embrace this neutral color & get glamorous!

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Paint app for your iphone

O happy day!!!  O happy day!!!  Check this out!  OMG, I am having a blast playing around with my latest iphone app.  Paint selection just got a little easier thanks to Benjamin Moore.  That right.  You guessed it.  They have actually created an app that helps you select paints from their line to use in your home or next design project.  It’s super easy to use & best of all, wait for it…..  IT’S FREE!!!

There has been a bit of controversy surrounding the accuracy of the helpful paint selection tool.  The arguement is that the colors you see on your iphone screen or computer are not compatible to real life.  Thus, making it nearly impossible to select color correct hues for your project.

I’ve played around with it for a week or so now & I’d have to say that overall I’m really excited about it.  It sure beats flipping thru a paint deck.  I captured photos of a few fabrics with my iphone & then used them in the Benjamin Moore app to help select a few paint options.  I’m already pretty familiar with their line of paints, so choosing from their suggestions was not difficult for me.  Even with the app, I still feel strongly that you should ALWAYS sample at least 3 options.  Paint looks remarkably different in your room than it does on a paint chip, or in today’s technology advanced world ~ an iphone app.  My vote ~ thumbs up!!!

The Benjamin Moore iphone app ben® Color Capture™ is available in the itunes store.

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Perfect Paint Picking!!!

Today on GMT, we’re talking paint!  If you want to avoid one of the biggest mistakes people make when decorating their homes, then take note:  SAMPLE YOUR PAINT COLORS BEFORE YOU COMMITT!

Watch the segment here!

 

·1) 2 ways to sample paint: a) paint directly onto the wall or b) use plastic or foam sample boards made for sampling paint. These poster-like plastic sample boards can be picked up at most paint stores. I got these from Benjamin Moore for $2.99 a sheet. I cut them in half to be able to sample more colors, but if you want to make a larger sample just use it as is. The larger the sample is, the easier it is to visualize in the room, but I think they are still big enough even if you cut them in half.

 

·2) Tester set & mini-pots: These innovative “tester sets” can also be purchased at Benjamin Moore. They are completely re-usable. All you have to do is wash them out immediately after finishing your sample. Benjamin Moore has also created these mini-pots as a more cost effective way for people to test their paint colors before they buy. This keeps you from having to buy a quart of paint. They are available in most of their popular colors, but not their entire line. Benjamin Moore has nearly 4,000 different colors to choose from.

·3) Analyze one color at a time. Don’t hold up multiple sample boards to compare. Look at each sample individually & compare with how it looks with your fabrics, flooring & trim.

·4) Just because a paint color looked great in your neighbor’s house doesn’t mean that it will look good in your house. There are many factors that can change the look of paint from room to room. (i.e natural light, room dimension, trim & flooring colors & fabrics used in a room)