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Spring 2017:  One Room Challenge Week 2

OMG! What did I get myself in to?  As I sit here writing this post (after 1:00 AM), I’m starting to think I should have chosen our pool bath instead of our study 😬. With all I have on my plate with clients & running a business, it proves very difficult to find time to tackle my own design to-do list. This past week has been a whirlwind. We head to High Point market next week, so I’ve been meeting with clients back to back, checking in on projects, presenting concepts & sourcing.  We’re very fortunate that the area of Dallas we live in is booming. Like crazy big time booming!  There’s no shortage of folks building new homes or looking to remodel. With so many companies relocating here, the real estate market is on fire and so many commercial projects are popping up all around us. It’s definitely an exciting time at IBB Design. With tight deadlines and such a high demand for skilled trades & labor, I’ve spent a great deal of time calling in favors to get projects completed for my clients. This first week of the ORC has definitely been a reality check for me that this room may not be camera ready in six weeks.

Let’s get to the nitty gritty & discuss inspiration, details & timeline.

As you saw last week, the room’s backdrop is high gloss black paneling, white ceiling & brass & acrylic light fixtures.

Now if you know me or follow me on social media, then you know I love color!  Let’s take a look at some inspiration photos for the room’s color palette. I saved these photos a while back & can’t remember the original source, so if you know the designer, let me know so I can credit.

L💙VE all of this fresh color!  Blue, yellow & a small pop of fuchsia – AMEN to all of that!

This inspiration photo really captures the color vibe I’m after.

The art above will go above our fireplace mantle is my inspiration for my room’s palette. It’s a actually an Hermes scarf that my mom gave me as a gift. I’m framing it to turn it into artwork that I can see & enjoy every day. I’m not typically a green person but I’m so drawn to pulling out this stunning malachite that I’m going to step out of my normal comfort zone & go for it as a strong accent in the room 😍.

I’ll be doing motorized drapery in here. The panels will hang on a simple brass traversing rod & the top photo shows the square finial I’m using. I have a little trick up my sleeve with the drapery fabric (more on that later) but this is going to be a super tight turnaround considering all of the elements of the design. The black & brass bar cart (available at IBB Design) will sit to the left of the fireplace with the large scaled gold metal shade lamp on it.

I’m using a glass, chrome & brasssawhorse desk that will float in the center of the room & back to the built in bookshelves. I love this little malachite drink table. I might use it next to the quilted yellow leather chair that I’m using toward the right of the fireplace.

Ok folks! That’s all for today!  Make sure you follow me on Instagram for more sneak peeks and behind the scenes. Easter weekend is almost here!  Enjoy your time with your families.

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Fall 2016 Week 4 & 5 Update

Holy moly! Things are busy around here. Deep breath.  Now exhale.  I’m clearly behind on posting my updates on Brookie’s bedroom makeover 😬. The room is on schedule but I have not had the time to pen the progress 👎🏻.  I promise we’re having a blast with her room & lots of fun things are happening around here.
This is James Peck (a.k.a Michelangelo 😉) of KidzDigz painting the butterflies around Brookie’s room.

Brookie is a super creative kiddo and she loves to draw & paint so we have a fun plan to showcase her artwork that she’ll be able to switch out whenever she wants to.

 I decided to take on the past 3 One Room Challenges as a way to focus on getting things done in our own home.  I’m fortunate to have a busy design career so projects in our own home usually take a backseat.  The One Room Challenge gave me the push I needed to tackle my own design “to-do” list.  The past 2 challenges’ demanding six week timeline worked out perfectly & I somehow managed to find the time to chronicle it all here on the blog.  Well, not this time.  I just returned from an exciting time at the Fall 2016 High Point Market in North Carolina.  We also had a very exciting project installation in the Cayman Islands

and we’re in the process of several large ground up projects as well as working on adding a new design center at IBB for our finish out specifications.  I also just completed my submission for my nomination for Best Interior Designer for the 2017 ARTS Awards.  I am truly humbled to have been nominated by my peers for this prestigious award and honored to be amongst some very talented friends from across the country who are also in the running.  We also just wrapped up the Winter 2016 edition of IBB at Home which will be out in just a few weeks.

With the holidays approaching, this is always a busy time of year for us at IBB.  Many clients want their homes completed before their holidays guests arrive. I always joke that I could use another 5 hours in every day.  I love my career and it always excites me.  I also love my family and friends and want to make sure I allocate quality time with them each day as well.  I know you all feel me – the work/life balance.  #thestruggleisreal

So, after the kiddos are in bed, my nights are often consumed by catching up on email & sourcing for projects.  With extensive travel going on for projects right now, I’ve been up many nights until 1:00 or 2:00 in the morning & getting up around 5:30 or 6:00 – which I know is not healthy! So, I must prioritize and tackle each day and make the most of it.  Unfortunately the last two weeks blogging has fallen to the bottom of the list.  I’m sorry for being tardy my friends & readers!  I hope you will love Brooklyn’s room as much as we do.  It has certainly been a labor of love.  Thank you for letting me explain my absence 😘. You have no idea how much I enjoy hearing from you guys & connecting on social media.

Besides the butterflies being painted,

not a whole lot happened except this fun chest of drawers arrived 😍

Her drapery will be going in soon & her bedding is complete.  Stay tuned because the big reveal will be coming up soon!  Follow me on Instagram for sneak peeks & other updates.

Happy designing!

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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!

Happy Designing!!!

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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!

Happy designing everyone!

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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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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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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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2013 Pantone Color of the Year Announced!

Pantone announced this morning that 2013’s color of the year will be Emerald. “A vivid, verdant green, enhances our sense of well-being further by inspiring insight, as well as promoting balance and harmony.” Sounds great to me!

While I personally tend to be more of a bluesy type of girl (crushing on navy, 2010’s Color of the Year turquoise & everything in between), I’m definitely jumping on board with this jewel tone beauty.

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Remember, when I showed you this gorgeous jade cabinet from John Richard that I found at market? I fell so hard for it that I ordered it for my own home. Green definitely made it’s mark at the Fall 2012 High Point Home Furnishings Market.

20121206-101809.jpgDesigners & industry peeps went bananas for this malachite fabric from Robert Allen (seen here at Wesley Hall).

So, how should we implement this beautiful hue into our homes? Is it safe to paint a room this color? I say “Yes!”. Thom Filicia lacquered the walls of the entry of the Kipps Bay Showhouse in a breathtaking emerald green. It was spectacular! Wesley Hall features this stunning display of color on their website.

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In smaller doses or as an accent: Just a few days ago, I posted Kravet’s new ad for Jonathan Adler on instagram as something that is inspiring me right now. I love how Jonathan made a skirt for this console out of an emerald green fabric. The colors in this vignette are so well balanced.

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“It’s also the color of growth, renewal and prosperity – no other color conveys regeneration more than green.” With richly saturated colors like emerald on the scene, I see a very prosperous year ahead!

For more design inspiration find me on instagram (designershay) and on Pinterest & Twitter.

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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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Ahead of the curve

We had a fabulous first day at the High Point Home Furnishings market. I was super excited to walk into several showrooms today & see one of our favorite color palettes featured – turquoise & tangerine! Also known as the IBB company colors ;-). IBB was ahead of the curve in regard to this color palette! So fresh & inspiring! Check out a few of my favorite vignettes from today featuring this yummy color combo.

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Century Furniture

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Century Furniture

Make sure to follow me on Pinterest, twitter & instagram for up to the minute fabulous finds from this fall’s market!

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Sneak Peek Saturday ~ Brooklyn’s Nursery

Well, I must apologize my design devotees!  I’ve been meaning to share Brooklyn’s nursery with you all for quite some time.  She’s 14 months old now & time has just flown by.  Life has been pretty crazy.  I’m still trying to find the groove of balancing life with 2 busy kiddos, time with my hubby & family, running a business & charity work.  Some of you may have already seen shots of Brooklyn’s nursery in ON Magazine & GrandLuxe Magazine.  I’ve also posted a few teasers on facebook & twitter.  But, alas, here are the complete set of shots I had done of her room.

Most of the items in Brooklyn’s nursery are what I originally designed for our oldest daughter, Jaylie when I was pregnant with her 8 years ago.  The crib, chandelier, Barbie mirror & chair & ottoman are new additions.  I had aqua stripes painted on the ceiling because I wanted to add a fabulous ceiling treatment for Brooklyn to gaze at while she laid in her crib.

 

We had the twin bed in Jaylie’s nursery as well.  It’s a must for daddy or mommy to sleep in when Brooklyn is sick or having a rough night!  Big sister Jaylie often begs to sleep in here as well.  It’s so sweet!  The “Brooklyn” art was a baby gift from my good friend Kris Perry.

 

 

My mom, Jaylie & I made the Barbie mirror.  We used a sunburst mirror from IBB & glued the 50th anniversary Barbies on it in the same pose to create visual cohesiveness.

Jaylie loves to read to Brooklyn.  Actually, I’m not sure who enjoys it more.  Brooklyn is just enamored by her big sister!  Keeping books in the nursery is a must!

This is one of my favorite places to snuggle with Brooklyn.  This swivel rocker chair & ottoman by Lee Industries is amazingly comfortable!  I have fallen asleep in it many a time!  I had it upholstered in indoor/outdoor fabrics because I knew it was going to get lots of use & abuse from our family.

My great Aunt Helen hand made this pink velvet bear for Brooklyn.  She made a similar one in pink mohair for Jaylie when she was born.  We keep it up on the changing table, but it’s just for snuggles & looks.  Too precious to play with everyday!

I love Brooklyn’s chandelier from Stray Dog Designs.  I had this design made in a custom size to fit her room just perfectly.  I love how the black & white stripes play with the aqua stripes on the ceiling.  The aqua & apple green finial are just adorable!

I had liners made for the baskets on the changing table out of coordinating fabrics from the nursery bedding.  It’s a great way to conceal all of the necessities we use on a daily basis & add color to the white changing table unit.

I hope you enjoyed the peek into Brooklyn’s nursery!  To all of my momma friends out there ~ Have a wonderful Mother’s Day & I hope you all are pampered & spoiled tomorrow!

*all photos by nathanielphoto.com*

Happy Designing!

xo
Shay

 

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Spotted at Spring Market: Color!

I am very happy to report that color was abundant at the Spring 2012 High Point Home Furnishings market. Lots of saturated color! If you follow our work, then you know we (at IBB) are big fans of color! Check out a few of the colorful vignettes that caught my eye during market.

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Want more color, eye candy & fabulous finds from market? Then, head on over to my Style Spotter board on Pinterest. They’ve extended the voting for best Style Spotter! Voting now ends on May 3rd & the winner will be announced on May 4th. Every re-pin generates 2 points & every like 1 point. So, tell me what you like by commenting, liking & re-pinning. I’m anxious to see your feedback on my little curation of treasures from Spring market!

So whether it’s a pop of color or a room full of vibrant shades, I hope these photos inspire you to liven up your home!
Happy Designing!
xo
Shay

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Go Wild!

Hello my design devotees!  I’m working from home on this dreary Monday Dallas morning.  One of my little princesses is home sick.  I’m sourcing for a couple of different projects I am working on right now & I came across this photo I had saved in my “Style File” on my home computer.  There are so many things I love about this!  For starters, the chest is covered in zebra hair on hide & tricked out with silver nail heads that define this yummy piece.  The top is covered in glass to ensure a safe place to set your accessories, lamps, etc.  The mirror above the chest is so fun & really makes a gorgeous contrasting statement to the mustard yellow wall color.  If mustard yellow walls scare you, you’ll be happy to know that this ensemble would be just as chic on a crisp white wall.  Small infusions of color help tie this chic setting up in a pretty little package.  The turquoise lamp &  sunny yellow gourd vases say “Hello!” with just the right amount of energy to accessorize the space.

Want this look in your home?  Contact an IBB designer today.  All items pictured are available at IBB Design Fine Furnishings.

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Sneak Peek: Spring 2011 ~ Fresh Fashionable Fabrics

I just love it when an upholstery line we carry just “gets it”.  Do you know what I mean?  Yesterday, the designers at IBB were all treated to a sneak peek of what we’ll see at market in High Point in April from CR Laine.  If you haven’t taken a look at CR Laine in the last few years, you will be pleasantly surprised with their divine transformation.  They’ve taken fresh to a whole new level & are quickly gaining clout as color trend setters for the industry.

Take a peek at some of my favorites being introduced for Spring 2011

Gray is a fabulous neutral & they’re pulling out the punches with this color scheme.  I love the pop of the pinkish honeysuckle  red (2011 Color of the Year).  It brings the traditional floral print to life.  The traditional gray houndstooth accent fabric gets a fresh update by taking on a larger scale in pattern.  Check out the metallic snakeskin print in honeysuckle.  Now this fabric would add some instant glam to your space & really kick it up a notch.  I can see it on some fun small bench ottomans or used to cover a fabulous accent chair.  Instant statement piece.  Oh, and by the way ~ it’s a microfiber!  Yep, that’s right!  Style & durability.  Hello, can you say family friendly fashions for your home?  I told you they “get it”!!!  The fabrics in this scheme will also go with the yummy Sunbrella velvet sofa I showed you on Good Morning Texas last week.

 

So, last year’s color of the year was turquoise & if you’re a loyal reader of the DD blog, then you know that I am a HUGE fan of turquoise.    I really can’t get enough of the color.  Pairing a lemon or sunny yellow with it creates one of my favorite color combinations.  It just feels so fresh & happy to me.  I’m using  these colors in my family room in my new home.  I love this fabric from CR Laine.  Yes, the pattern is a coral design but this certainly doesn’t mean you have to use it in a beach house.  It would be gorgeous on pillows or a pair of chairs.  How about on the chair below?  Instead of the green on the wood frame, let’s accent it with turquoise.  Did you know that CR Laine will let you pick ANY Benjamin Moore paint color to apply to ANY of their wood frames?  Or, maybe we cover the chair in a turquoise solid & use the the turquoise & yellow coral pattern as the fabric for the loose back pillow.  Talk about options.  My fellow design devotees, we could have some fun here!!!

I hope you all enjoyed today’s sneak peek!  We head to High Point for market in April, so stay tuned for more updates.  Enjoy your weekend design devotees!

*Like what you see & want more?  CR Laine is available at IBB Design Fine Furnishings.  Contact one of our designers for more information.

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Sneak Peek: Brooklyn’s Nursery

Today’s Sneak Peek Saturday is a glimpse into the nursery of our sweet baby girl Brooklyn who is due to arrive any day now.  All of the bedding is what I used in our oldest daughter’s nursery.  I chose to go more funky & not so “baby” in the room so that it would grow with her.  Turquoise, hot pink, bubblegum pink & lime green compose the color story.  I added accents of black & white for some contrast & spunk.  I’m a big fan of vibrant colors & six years later, the fabrics are still fun & fresh.  You don’t have to go this bold or funky in your nursery, but I always say it’s a good idea to plan a room with room to grow.  Using a baby theme or baby specific farbrics may create the need to re-do the baby’s room once they pass the toddler years.  The longevity of your design investment goes right out the window.

I even used the same drapery panels that we had in Jaylie’s nursery.  The windows in our new house are a bit taller, but I was able to let the hem out & they worked beautifully.  The art above the crib was a gift from my friend Kris Perry, an artist I work with a lot.  I love ceiling treatments in baby’s rooms because it gives them something to look at while they’re laying in their crib.  Even though I thought my decorative painter was going to have a heart attack when I told him the plan, I just love how the turquoise stripe turned out.  The inside of the bumper pad is a black & white zebra, so I used a zebra cowhide rug underneath the crib to ground the vivid colors.  I couldn’t find Jaylie’s crib in storage so, the crib (from Young America) is a new addition.  They have so many fun paint finishes to choose from & offer cribs & other kid’s furniture from traditional to more modern in style.

All of the big stuff is done.  We’ve got the room organized & ready for baby.  I’m waiting on a few last designer details like a custom chandelier I’m having made from Stray Dog Designs & a nightstand to go beside the twin bed in the room.  I hope you enjoyed todays’s sneak peek & I can’t wait for precious Brooklyn to get to enjoy it.  When the room is complete, I’ll post the rest of the photos.  Happy weekend everyone!

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Video: See the Color of the Year in Action!

We’re kicking off the new year with some bold color!  Friday on Good Morning Texas, I unveiled the color of the year for 2011 and showed a few ways you could incorporate it into your space.  Check out the segment here.  So, are you ready to get down with honeysuckle?  What do you think of Pantone’s choice for the 2011 color of the year?

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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)

jonathan adler, honeysuckle, 2011 color of the year, pink, pink interiors Colors to pair Honeysuckle with:
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!

 

image from Elle Decor


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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Think Pink!

Breast cancer, thinkpink, pink, Century, pink chairsAs many of you know, October is breast cancer awareness month.  I’ve long been a supporter of the Susan G. Komen Foundation.  I think Nancy Brinker is such a class act & greatly admire what she has done to fight breast cancer.  The subject also hits much closer to home for me.  My aunt is a two time breast cancer survivor and is currently in remission.  I truly admire her not only her own personal battle against breast cancer, but also her tenacity to raise money for Susan G Komen.

I recently came across the trending topics #projectpink & #thinkpink on twitter.  Every time you TWEET using the #projectpink hash tag through October 18th, PUMA will donate $1 to the winning Project Pink charity, up to a maximum of $25,000.  How awesome is that?!  So, what are you waiting for?  Go get your tweet on!!!    Click here for more information. #thinkpink is the hashtag the design blogging community has been using in an effort to raise money to help eradicate breast cancer.  See the pink posts from some of my fellow friends & design bloggers IFD Blog, Wanda S Horton,  & Cynthia Mason.

So, in honor of breast cancer awareness month & #thinkpink, the following is a brief compilation of some of my favorite pink interior goodies & inspirations.  Pink also just happens to be my favorite color, so this post is really not much of a stretch for me.  I would love to work some more pink into my home, but unless it’s our kid’s rooms (which of course have pink in them since we have a little girl & another baby girl on the way) my husband would kill me!  So, for now I will dazzle myself & the rest of you design lovers with some fab pink interior & fashion designs!

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Checkberry by Glidden Paint graces the walls of this chic dining room by Suzanne Kasler.

The pink & very girly “Eloise Suite” designed by Betsy Johnson for the New York’s Plaza Hotel.  Image from Elle.

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Fall Flavored Before & After

Fall is one of my favorite times of year for many reasons.  1) Fall & Spring give us the most beautiful weather here in Dallas 2) My birthday is in November!  3) I love all of the colors associated with the season including fun Halloween colors & the warmer colors that make us think of Thanksgiving & spending time with loved ones

Shades of green, orange, red & yellow fill the world around us this time of year.  Fall represents beautiful changes taking place.  The leaves begin to change colors & remind us that summer is over & a new season is upon us.  Just as in nature, we experience different seasons in our lives.    Many times those seasons bring about a desire for change in regards to how we live.   For many people, this sparks an interest in improving their homes.  Whether it’s big or small,  making changes to your home can be quite exciting.  A fresh coat of paint in a fabulous new shade or an amazing pair of lamps can make a room feel brand new.  Remodeling or completely re-furnishing a room can make you feel like you have an entirely new home.  Design projects and transformations are revitalizing.

I recently worked with a client to give her home a makeover inspired by a wonderful new beginning in her life.  Some of the interior changes were very big & while others were more simple, they were all dramatic.  The fresh new feeling that now greets her guests with a warm welcome is remarkable.  In the dining room, you will see one of our more simple changes.  On the left, you see the dining chairs before.  Originally, the outside & inside back of the chairs were covered in a tapestry fabric with a brown background.  We wanted to lighten up the room to bring new life to it.  I chose a stunning foliage patterned fabric from Lee Jofa to re-cover the inside & outside back of the chairs.  We decided to keep the seat in the red leather.  The result was a lighter more airy feel in the dining room.  The fabric is so fresh & vivid as compared to the previous tapestry that just sort of died in the room.

Enjoy this cool & gorgeous weather & Happy Fall y’all!!!

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Gorgeous Gray & Vibrant Amethsyt

Today on Good Morning Texas I featured a beautiful living room with a silvery gray & luscious purple color palette.  Click HERE to watch the segment.  The chairs are covered in a rich patterned velvet and add a definitive style to this space.  The sofa is very tailored and has a tufted seat cushion.  I love that we switched it up a bit by tufting the seat cushion instead of the back of the sofa.  We accessorized the room with a purple blown glass vase, geodes &a pair of fabulous silver rain glass lamps from Interlude.  The rug we chose adds a soft blue green to the color palette.  The playful print on it ties in with the amethyst on the chairs.

Gray is such a yummy neutral.  I really have such an affinity for it.  With it’s popularity these days, we’re seeing the color used in a variety of design styles.  Long gone are the days when the color gray made you think of a cold sterile or industrial space.  I was recently at a taping for the Nate Berkus Show & after the taping he graciously answered questions from the audience filled with design bloggers.  One of the girls asked him his favorite shades of gray paint.  I took a video clip with my iphone while he answered.  Check out what he had to say!

Nate Berkus’s Favorite Gray Paints

Well, I must say that Nate has divine taste because my favorite gray paint just happens to be Benjamin Moore’s Dior Gray as well!  I have used it in several projects.  It seems to be the most perfect shade of gray.  It’s rich & warm and just oozing with style.  I suppose we should expect nothing less when inspired by the uber-chic Christian Dior!  I recently used it in the corporate offices of one of my Dallas clients.

The fabric pictured was one of our accent fabrics.  The sofa in the lobby was a warm souffle color.  I used Benjmain Moore’s Dior Gray (pictured top), Benjamin Moore’s Pewter (pictured center), and Benjamin Moore’s Acadia White (pictured bottom) throughout the corporate offices.  It really turned out brilliantly!

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Yummy Yellow & Gorgeous Gray!

You may remember that last year’s color of the year was Mimosa, a warm sunny shade of yellow.  At IBB, we love color.  There’s nothing better than seeing neutrals come alive with beautiful pops of color.  Yellow can instantly make a home feel bright & welcoming.

The color combo of yellow paired with the very chic neutral gray is quickly catching on as one of the most sought after color palettes.  Our model team executed the gorgeous duo on a recent project in Houston, led by IBB designer Susan Neff.  Take a peek inside the family room…

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The tufted ottoman coffee table is by Aidan Gray.  I love the shelf at the bottom that allows for extra storage for books, magazines, or a basket to hide your remotes.  Pillows with yellow & gray prints make a splash on the sofa & wing chairs.

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The neutral stone gray wing back chairs are by Century.   The art over the fireplace may be my absolute favorite part of the room.  It brings so much life & color to the space & really draws your eye up.

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We used a lively yellow & gray print from Duralee on the drapery panels which were designed by our drapery designer Gilda Wood.  The breakfast table is also by Aidan Gray.

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Good Old Red, White & Blue

In honor of the 4th of July, let’s talk about some  All-American colors!  Friday on Good Morning Texas, I showed you different ways you could incorporate the classic red, white & blue color palette into your home.  Whether you choose a neutral base & add doses of red, white & blue thru your accessories or you use the fresh colors in larger amounts on your bigger pieces, these colors will help you create a design that will make you feel happy.

Here are a few more of my favorite red, white & blue decor ideas for your home:


Stars & Stripes fabric by Perennials.

I LOVE this room by Suzanne Kasler.  If I owned a lakehouse, I would definitely have a room like this.  It feels so fresh & welcoming.

images from Perennials & Suzanne Kasler

Happy 4th of July everyone!!!

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Sizzling Summer Colors

The kiddos will soon be out of school & begging to play in the pool all day everyday to beat the heat.  If you’re looking for inspiration for your home’s color palette, why not consider a few sizzling summer colors?  Last week on GMT, we chatted about one of my all time favorite color combinations ~ Turquoise & Tangerine.  It sounds so chic just rolling off your tongue, but when you combine the two hues with crisp whites or other neutrals it instantly satisfies your need for exceptional eye candy.  Whenever I’m around the powerful color duo, I dream of sitting on a beach in the Caribbean drinking a Hibiscus Martini.

Watch the segment here to get a few ideas on incorporating these summer inspired colors into your home.

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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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Scene Stealer: Sensuous Sofa

Almost every day I see an item or fabulous home furnishing that arrives at IBB & my mind starts rolling on where & how to use it.  So, I’m creating a new section on the blog called “Scene Stealers”.  Let it serve as inspiration to you for your home or interior project.  I’ll start with one uber-fabulous piece that steals the show & give you my “suggested pairings” to create a sensational interior around it.

Today’s scene stealer starts with a sensuous sofa.   I have literally been drooling over this stunning leather sofa by Hancock & Moore ever since I saw their ad featuring it.  Isn’t it just delicious?  I’m not sure what sends my heart racing more; the fabulous shade of teal that gives it an edge or the tufting that gives it a classic feel.   This sexy sofa is what all other sofas should aspire to be ~ a real statement piece.

Suggested Pairings:

How about pillows or even a pair of chairs out of this botanical fabric by Schumacher?  You’ve just kicked your color palette into high gear!  From tangerine to canary, we now have  lots of room to play!

Time to add a casegood.  This French Key secretary by Global Views adds style & workspace to your room.  This piece is perfect for your great room or formal living area.  Depending on how your room is laid out, this could go on a wall opposite the sofa or even angled in a corner.

Brass Fleur de lis wall sconce by Global Views.  Yes!  Brass is back & in a beautiful way!  These sconces are stunning and at 42.5″ tall they have a great large scale.  I’d place one on each side of the secretary in this room.  Or, how about one on either side of a fabulous piece of art above the sofa?

Let’s add a fun chair to sit with the secretary.  This is one of my absolute favorites.  It’s the Alexandra chair from Hickory Chair.  I don’t mind mixing finishes, so I think the chippy white finish would work great.  However, if you want to go darker use a similar dark oak finish to that of the secretary.  If you want to play with one of my favorite color combinations, I suggest using one of Kravet’s fabrics for the chair back & cushion.  The top linen fabric is 27591 – 12.  The bottom Damask pattern is 24205.24.

Voila!  Now, you have a few key pieces to begin to make your room into something quite remarkable.

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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.
selectedfabrics

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…

deskchairbefore

Desk chair before
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!
armoirebefore

My chunky clunky armoire is getting the boot.  It’s really just serving as a storage unit for JUNK!  Hasta la vista baby!

wallcolorbefore

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.

guestchairbefore

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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Fresh Take on Turquoise

Yesterday, I introduced you to my fabulous friend & our first guest blogger, Shelly Rosenberg.  Today, she shares her fresh take on the 2010 color of the year featuring our good friend & jewelry designer, Elizabeth Showers.  Enjoy!

Fresh is the new fix in an economy that has us feeling deep blue. Take it up a notch with a hue to good to be true! Who says? Pantone, the Oz of the color wheel, gives Turquoise the title: Color of the Year, 2010! We need vibrant, chin-to-the-sun fun. Let’s walk like Egyptians and embrace this historic tint they honored for it’s restorative and healing power.

Energy is not all it’s got- fashion says it’s hip and haute. Dive into your favorite mags and notice it in the most delicate of porcelain, sleek urban furnishings, punchy textiles and the most exquisite bijoux!

Bling is the thing for our beloved local designer, Elizabeth Showers. Her designs celebrate the most refined version of this gem. Her work has been featured in O Magazine, Town & Country and Vogue and is treasured by A-list celebs. In a word, her art is simply stunning. This designer aims to “empower all women to feel beautiful.” Aligned with her trademark logo, The Hope Star, her affair with turquoise offers inspiration to us and integrity to a stone often overlooked.

A sampling of some of the magnificent turquoise jewelry by Elizabeth Showers.

So taken was she that her new ride is now all the rage. Years ahead of the curve, London’s Mini Cooper is fashion forward…In her limited edition, Elizabeth cruises in style. Here, the plucky partner to our featured shade is brown- in yummy shades of chocolate and toffee! Pleasure and sophistication coexist with Elizabeth at the helm.

Check out Elizabeth’s fab jewelry up against the chocolate brown interior with turquoise stitching of her tres chic Mini Cooper!  Can you say hot???!!!

Elizabeth Showers showing off the super cool interior of her Mini Cooper!  This is a girl on top of her trends!

Detailing of the turquoise stitching on her leather interior.

Check out Elizabeth’s blog here.

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Video: How to Use 2010’s Color of the Year

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Designer Style: Turquoise

Kelly Wearstler is simply one of my very favorite interior designers.  Known for her bold use of color, her designs have received accolades and much admiration from across the globe.  I’ve followed her work for quite some time.  One of my favorite projects by Kelly is the Viceroy Hotel in Miami.  If you ever visit, make this your place to stay!

Read up!  Kelly has previously released 2 books, Modern Glamour &  Domicilium Decoratus.  Her latest book, Hue (debuted in November 2009), reflects many of her noteworthy projects displaying her courageous (and may I say well executed) use of color.

Kelly’s designs are inspiring & intoxicating.  Since we’re chatting so much lately about the 2010 color of the year, turquoise, I thought I’d share a few photos from her projects highlighting various uses of the shade.

Whether used in a small or large way, the impact is HUGE.  Take a look for yourself.

A rich hue added in a desk chair.

Possibly my favorite interpretation of the color.  This notable photo is from the interiors of the Viceroy Hotel in Miami.

Turquoise stones adorn a decorative box from her exclusive line of home accessories for Bergdorf Goodman.

I love the turquoise & blue stripe on this modern sofa.

The drapes & sectional are sensational!

Another fabulous photo of the Viceroy in Miami.

A sampling of her fabrics for Groundworks by Lee Jofa.

Check out that turquoise sofa!  I LOVE the combination with the yellow.  So striking!

Kelly showing off one of the most fabulous chairs ever!  The chair is encrusted with oodles of gorgeous stones.  It looks like a piece of jewelry.  You can sit on it yourself if you visit the Viceroy in Miami.

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2010 Color of the year

I am giddy with excitement today!  Pantone, the global authority on color, announced that 2010’s color of the year is… drum roll please… TURQUOISE!  Can we say YIPPEE!!!???  As I told you previously, my new fav color combo is turquoise & tangerine.  I love, love, love the color turquoise.  I can remember traveling to Santa Fe with my parents as a child & my must have souvenir was always a piece of turquoise jewelry.  The color just makes me happy!  Pantone describes the color as inviting & luminous.  I must say that I undoubtedly agree.

Turquoise had a dominant prescence at the Fall 2009 International Home Furnishings Market.  So, this announcement is really no surprise to me.  In fact, I think I really would have been more shocked if they hadn’t chosen turquoise as the color of the year for 2010.  Here’s a look at a compilation of some of my favorite uses of turquoise in both home interiors and fashion.

Fabulous accent pillow in indoor/outdoor fabric by Trina Turk for Schumacher

 Fabric by Celerie Kemble for Schumacher

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Trend Alert: Turquoise & Tangerine

So, remember when I was telling y’all that my favorite new color combination is turquoise & tangerine?  Well, I’m just ecstatic to report that it was shown all over the fall furniture market in High Point, North Carolina.  From fabrics & upholstery to pillows & accessories, the eye catching color combo well, caught my eye.  Check out just a few of the ways it’s being used…

Fabulous chair from Hickory Chair.  Soft supple aqua chair fabric with a pop of orange in a throw pillow.  Such a luxurious statement!  This also happens to be one of my very favorite chair frames.

Yummy pillows by Dransfield & Ross

Fun paisley print chair from Sam Moore

This hand blown glass was one of my absolute favorite finds at market this fall!  It’s so affordable too!  Look for it at IBB soon!

Large floral print chair by Century.  I love the detail of the contrasting welt cord on the cushion.  Such a fun look for a family room or sun room.

Sleek bench ottomans from Sam Moore paired with a bright tangerine rug.

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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.

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Gorgeous Green

As I was walking through our showroom today, my eye was caught several times by this gorgeous apple green that’s so hot right now.  It’s all over the design world.  From fabrics to pillows & accessories.  I love the color green.  It pairs so well with a variety of colors.  One of my very favorite combinations is apple green & chocolate brown.  Doesn’t it just sound scrumptious?  I snapped a few shots with my iphone of some of my favorite accessories featuring green.

I’m a sucker for animal print & the apple green just gives you that special pop of color to make your room say “Oh la la”!

I am SO over Ivy in home decor!  It can really date a house so quickly!  Now I’m using cool new grass & twig designs like this.  So chic!

This pillow rocks!  I love the criss-cross ribbon design.

Great example of the apple green/chocolate brown color combo.  LOVE this floral/twig design.  Perfect for a bookcase, coffee table or end table.

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Yellow Fever

Yellow is so energizing & happy that I’m just bursting while writing this post.  Doesn’t yellow make you happy just thinking about it?  Think sunflowers, mimosas, baby chickies, a warm sunny day…

Yellow can do so much for the soul and with hundreds of variations of the shade, it can be worked into just about any home.  My bedroom growing up as a kid was yellow, blue & white.  I LOVED it!  My room was always so bright & happy.  Because of it’s balancing and harmonious properties, yellow can be combined with so many colors to make a lovely color palette.  (blue & yellow, orange & yellow, green & yellow, black & yellow, chocolate brown & yellow, the possibilities are endless)

You may remember, back in December, that Pantone announced Mimosa (a warm sexy shade of yellow) as the color of the year for 2009.

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Open your eyes & you’ll notice that yellow is just about everywhere these days.  Kate Hudson is wearing a fun, flirty yellow dress on the February cover of Elle.  Michelle Obama wowed crowds in a stunning Isabel Toledo “lemongrass” yellow suit for the Inauguration yesterday.

As home fashions often mirror runway fashions, yellow is popping up in furnishings and fabrics all over the world.  On a recent fabric hunting spree, I came across a wide range of gorgeous yellow fabrics.  From traditional styles to contemporary, the cheery color is making a big impact.

A sampling of yellow from my recent fabric hunting spree

So, cheers to Pantone for choosing such a celebratory color like Mimosa for the color of the year.  Now, pop the bubbly & go make your home happy!