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Fall 2018 One Room Challenge: Week One

Here we go! I’m very excited to be taking on another project and participating as a featured designer in Calling it Home’s One Room Challenge. If you’re not familiar with the ORC, then click here to learn all about it.

In the midst of planning a whole home remodel with my clients Trey & Bliss Brazil, they discovered they were pregnant with their first child. So – after finding out they were having a little girl, we began designing a nursery for them. Aren’t they just the cutest?!

When I was asked by Linda Weinstein of Calling it Home to participate in the Fall 2018 One Room Challenge, I knew the Brazil’s nursery would be the perfect room for the challenge.

Their North Dallas home was built in the 80’s and has had very little updating done to it.

Are you ready to take a look at some of the before photos? We have many changes that need to be addressed.

So, now you’ve seen the before photos. Let me give you a little glimpse into my game plan for the room.

Below is a rough layout of our furniture plan. We’re designing the nursery to be able to grow with the baby. It will be chic & sophisticated & not at all juvenile. I’ve custom designed a day bed that will go on our focal wall. We’ll pair two nightstands with it flanking either side. We have some stunning sconces from Crystorama going over the nightstands. An acrylic crib will sit directly opposite the day bed.

There’s obviously so much more to share so follow along on my Instagram & Instagram stories for behind the scenes & sneak peeks

Tune in this Thursday at 5:30 Central time as my team & I go LIVE to discuss our ORC project. Feel free to jump in & ask us any design related questions you might have.

Next Wednesday we’ll dive deeper into the design plan and share more of our amazing sponsors for our ORC project.

Be sure to follow the rest of the featured designers along their One Room Challenge journey. I’m so excited to see the projects that everyone is taking on! See the links below to find their blogs. There is some serious talent this season! If you have the itch to join in on the ORC fun, then join us as a guest participant! Guest participants post every Thursday. You can find more info on how to participate & how to link your blog here.

At Home with Ashley | Bre Purposed | Dabito | The English Room | Erin Kestenbaum

Harlow & Thistle | House of Brinson | J & J Design | Kelly Golightly | Linda Holt

Megan Bachmann | Michelle Gage | Mimosa Lane | Murphy Deesign | Nicole Cole

Old Home Love | SG Style | Shay Geyer | Sita Montgomery | SMP Living

Media Partner Better Homes & Gardens | TM by ORC

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One Room Challenge Week One

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Hey everyone!  It’s been a minute 😉  Things have been crazy busy around IBB & we haven’t been blogging as frequently as we should.  That’s all about to change though because I’ve decided to join in all of the fun of Calling it Home’s One Room Challenge!  I have followed the past challenges on social media & always thought to myself that it would be fun to be a part of the six week makeover challenge.  As an interior designer, projects in my own home usually head toward the bottom of the priority list as my time is devoted to my clients.

After living in our home for five years now, it’s time to freshen up a few more areas.  We remodeled a few rooms & most of the flooring when we first bought our home but budget and time constraints kept me from going all out.  I knew this was a home we would raise our two girls in so I wanted to take risks in the designs and make sure everything was carefully thought out.  I’ve allowed myself to take my time to create spaces that I enjoyed coming home to & made me never want to leave.  Plus, it’s only fair to give my sweet hubby a little breather between projects 😉

For the One Room Challenge, I’m diving in to makeover my 10 year old daughter’s bathroom & bedroom.

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Her current bedroom is cute, don’t get me wrong.  I designed the scheme in our old house when she was 4 years old & carried it over when we moved into our new house.  She’ll be 11 in December and she has her own style now & we both agree it’s time to create a space that is uniquely her.  The room also just doesn’t function well for her.  There is little to no storage & her closet is tiny.  After our air conditioner leaked thru her bathroom ceiling, we knew we could no longer procrastinate her bathroom remodel.  The One Room Challenge was really the push I needed to “get er done” & move forward with executing our entire plan.  The more I thought about the space & how it would function for her for years to come, the more I brainstormed out-of-the-box ideas to give her more storage and better function.  I’ve got big plans & grand ideas & we couldn’t be more excited!  The demo has begun & there’s no turning back now so stay tuned for progress updates over the next 6 weeks & the big reveal on Thursday, November 12th.

I’ll be back next week to discuss the design plan & progress updates.  For now, I’ll leave you with one small glimpse of our inspiration for her room…
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If weekly updates just aren’t enough, then follow me on instagram for daily design inspiration & sneak peeks.  Follow along here to see more of the participants in the One Room Challenge.

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Designer Life Inspiration

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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5 Simple Ways to Refresh Your Home for the New Year!

Refresh_FB2K15 is here! New Year! New Look! Let’s get ready 2 tackle the design projects throughout your home in #2015!

1. Update your space with a stunning lamp
2. Use a fabulous piece of artwork to kick your color palette up a notch
3. Get organized in style with decorative boxes
4. Accessorize your cocktail table with beautiful books.
5. Refresh your entryway with an interesting rug

Find these & other fabulous home accessories in stock at IBB Design Fine Furnishings!

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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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Metrie = Architectural Swoon!

I’m very excited about my recent partnership with Metrie!  You see, I’ve got a few renovation projects on my brain and their gorgeous architectural elements have my heart racing!  I was turned on to the company founded in 1926 by a friend and I’ve kept them in my little black book ever since!  However, today you’re in luck because they’ve asked me to share my passion for their products with you all.

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They offer an exquisite collection of interior finishes ranging from crown moulding & casing to newel posts & doors.  Their custom millwork is impeccable and they offer all of the designer details to transform your space into something truly remarkable.

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You’ll want to start by taking their style quiz here to see which of their products fit your style best!  They were spot on with my result ~ Fashion Forward.  It’s actually the collection I’ve been pining over for my very own master bath & closet renovation.  Here’s what they have to say about it…

“We’ve taken classic designs and added a twist to each one. Simple, yet sophisticated. Classic, yet playful. You can make this collection speak to so many styles. Go with rich sienna brown stains and create a Bistro feel. Evoke a Retro look by finishing the elements with high-contrast primary tones. Each of the three scenes in this collection are transitional, melding traditional and modern – leaving enough room for next year’s hottest trend.”

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Nailed it!  All of the design high notes in one collection & this one really sings to me!

Stay tuned for more with Metrie!  I’ve specified them to show up in some of my upcoming designs.

Want more inspiration from Metrie?  Mosey on over to their blog The Finished Space or follow them on twitter @OfficialMetrie

*all photos courtesy of Metrie

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Design with Meaning

I love it when the magic of design comes together for a client and brings out a deep connection between their life & their home. Today, I’m offering you a sneak peek inside a recent installation for one of my clients. It’s a gorgeous home. It’s been such a treat to work with this family. Her husband is a very talented custom builder & they both have impeccable taste. Our collaboration has brought forth some beautiful fresh results. Below are a few photos I snapped with my iPhone as we were installing some of their wallpapers & drapery treatments. The Designer’s Guild paper we chose for their catering kitchen captured my client’s heart & she couldn’t wait to get it installed. The blue hydrangeas in the bold & colorful floral pattern reminded her of her late mother & she knew she would enjoy spending time in there each day.

View from the catering kitchen looking into the laundry room. You see a small glimpse of the fun Martyn Lawrence Bullard paper we used in there. More on that in another post…
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The catering kitchen has a built in desk area so we created an upholstered cork backsplash & framed it with a simple nail head design.20140604-081005-29405907.jpg
We carried the pattern into the main kitchen in fabric on a relaxed Roman shade over the kitchen sink window.20140604-081006-29406182.jpg

I hope you enjoyed this sneak peek into my project! There’s much more to do so stay tuned for more updates!

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Master Makeover

IBB designer, Shannon Gidney, recently transformed the master bedroom for some of her clients. Take a peek at what the room looked like before.
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The room felt dated & needed a new fresh look!
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Shannon selected great basics like the upholstered bed with tufting & nail heads in a neutral fabric & mirrored nightstands. A pop of orange was brought in with two patterned pillows & one solid on the bed. The bench at the end of the bed allows another opportunity for pattern & offers seating for the space. Fun mirrors and perfectly scaled lamps add the finishing touches to the design.
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Thank you for the sneak peek Shannon! For more design inspiration & sneak peeks, follow us on instagram & like us on Facebook!

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New Video: Get Inspired for your Design Projects!

Yesterday on Good Morning Texas, I showed the viewers a few different ways to get inspired to jump start their design projects. The vignette I took to GMT involved these fabulous & oh-so-comfy zig-zag swivel chairs from CR Laine. Watch the segment here.
For more design inspiration, find us on social media!
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Houzz: www.houzz.com/pro/ibbdesign
Pinterest: Pinterest.com/designershay
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Keep up with what’s hot in the design world! This October I’ll be participating in the High Point Home Furnishings Style Spotter competition again. You can follow all of the pinning fun during the week of Oct 17th-24th. Find out more about Style Spotters here. If you don’t already have a Pinterest account, get one today! It’s one of my favorite ways to get inspired!

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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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Designer Entertaining Inspiration

The weekend is here & there’s a good chance you have entertaining on the brain. Half of the fun of entertaining with friends or throwing a party is setting up for it! I love pulling double duty with home furnishings & accessories by using them to help set the stage for a swanky soirée! All you need to add is food, fresh flowers & an organized beverage display & then you’re ready to greet your guests! Here are a few set ups that I have done for myself, clients & events at IBB to gear up for party.
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For more design & entertaining inspiration, follow me on instagram and my family’s business IBB Design & don’t miss all of the fun over on Pinterest!

Happy weekend & happy designing!

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Three Easy Steps to Creating Successful Design

Happy Tuesday design devotees! I’m letting IBB Designer, Kevin Wild take over the blog today. He’s offering up some easy tips to kicking off your design projects in 2013. Take it away Kevin…

Anyone who has taken on the challenge of a home design knows that is does not happen over night. Design is a process. You have to start somewhere. “But where?” you ask.
Let’s start off 2013 with a NEW design for you! Here is an easy guide you can use to help you with your starting point.
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Step 1: Starting with “The Basics” is easy! To me the anchor pieces in the room are the sofa, chairs and cocktail table. Before you get too ahead of yourself, be sure to watch out for the #1 most common mistake; being overly matchy-matchy. This is a big no no! When choosing your basics, be sure to play with different shapes and materials. This Hickory Chair sofa and slipper chairs complement each other with soft lines while the Interlude Home cocktail table adds a contrast with an exciting geometric punch.
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Step 2: Adding layers and dimension. Now we are starting to build on the basics. This is where even more character comes into your home! Once again we are utilizing contrasting shapes and adding interest with new textures. I added in a fantastic Thomas Pheasant round side table by Baker Furniture. The soft curve brings a new shape into the room and the wood material brings in warm tones and life. Painting Sherwin Williams Conservative Gray on the wall builds on another layer while contrasting with the gold tones in the stunning John Richard art. There is nothing better than mixing gold and silver tones!
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Step 3: Finishing touches make the room! The finial building block to any room is the accessories. This is where even more texture comes in, not to mention color! I love to bring in colors you see in nature when using floral pieces. Lux Art Silks, John Richard and NDI Floral are great sources for life-like floral designs. In addition to floral, be sure to have a designer cocktail table book or eight! Adding cocktail table books or even books from your travels give guests a sneak peak into your personality. Finally, in the finishing touches stage be sure to have plan window coverings which will add the final layer of softness against otherwise harsh walls.
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Step 4: ENJOY! Sometimes when seeing the different building blocks to a space separately it can be scary and a little overwhelming. As a designer, it is my job to take your style and bring it to life while helping you envision the space every-step of the way. If you have a hard to envisioning, then your first step should be putting a little trust in your designer’s hands! Now that you have all the elements layered on one another, you have a fabulous space to live in!

Happy designing!

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Inspired Design: Craig Ranch Huntington

Happy Thursday everyone! If you caught my segment on GMT last Friday, then you got to see a sneak peek at one of our latest design installations. We featured the family room area of the Huntington Homes model home in Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX. Take a look!

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There is more to see of this gorgeous 4300 square foot one story home, so tour it in person & stay tuned to our blog for more sneak peeks!
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Looking for design inspiration?  Check out my monthly column, Inspired Design, in GrandLuxe magazine.  This month, I’m giving you 4 tips to a healthy home in the new year.  Check it out on page 54 here.

For up to the minute inspired design, follow me on instagram (@designershay & @ibbdesign), twitter, Pinterest, & Facebook.
Happy Designing everyone!
xo
Shay

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Making the most of what you have!

Happy Friday design devotees!  I have a treat in store for you today!  I’ve asked Kevin Wild, one of IBB’s designers, to guest blog for us today.  He’s giving us a quick peek into a project he is working on with a client to show us how to make the most of what you have.  Take it away Kevin…

Design is all about putting your unique personal touch in your home.

Sometimes you even have to “work with whatchya got!”   This is exactly what I did in my client’s new home.  A few months back my clients moved in, and like many of my clients, she had wallpaper in her formal dining room. She was ready to rip it down and paint.   I told her, “No way.”   Her wallpaper was fabulous!

I used their wallpaper as the inspiration for the entire design.  A lot of times you may feel like patterns are too busy. Sometimes this is true with an all-over pattern on a chair or wallpaper.   An easy tip and trick is to break up the pattern to give your eye somewhere to rest!

In this dining room I broke up the busy pattern of the wallpaper with two fantastic John Richards elgomise floor mirrors.  This also allowed the dining room to bounce light all around the room.  In addition, the mirrors are gold leafed which helps tie in the gold from the wallpaper at the same time contrasting with the darkeness of the wallpaper.

The real icing on the cake in this room is the unique designer chairs from Guy Chaddock.   The tone-on-tone structured pattern contrasts with the more natural curves of the rest of the room.  The lighter fabric also provides a fresh contrast with the darker patterned wallpaper.  The clean lines of the chairs give the room an updated feel.

At the end of the day, using elements and details that are currently in your space to your advantage and adding a few new pieces to freshen it up can lead you to the design that fits you uniquely.

-Kevin Wild

Thank you Kevin!  It’s fun to see how just by changing things a bit & adding a few new pieces can give a room’s design a whole new perspective.   A room can still look fabulous even if you’re forced to work with what you’ve got!

Happy weekend & happy decorating everyone!

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Kravet Blogfest2012 Highlights part 1

Wow! What an amazing week! I had such a blast at Kravet’s Blogfest2012! I’m already ready for next year! I’m not sure how they’ll ever top all of the fun we had. In case you missed it, I recapped all of the excitement yesterday on Good Morning Texas.

I was very excited to have 2 fellow IBB designers along for the ride – Brandy Scott & James “JT” Turner.

We kicked off the festivities by perusing ICFF and came across this insanely cool ping pong table by Akke Functional Art.

This Hermes inspired sink from Linkasink really caught my eye. I think it would be such an elegant addition to a powder bath!

Next stop was the Kips Bay Show house benefiting the Boys & Girl’s club. It was a scrumptious feast for the eyes with incredible rooms by notable designers like Alexa Hampton & Thom Filicia. One of my favorite rooms featured this stunning tapestry over the sofa.

Alexa Hampton’s bedroom featured richly lacquered walls in “Dragon’s Breath”. The bed was dressed with fabrics from her personal collection with Kravet. I was very excited to see the suzani inspired fabric since we’re getting ready to use it in a client’s dining room.

This chair was so remarkable in person. The contrasting welt cord was the exact shade of the deep bluish purple walls. The apple green silk paired with the creamy white finish and gold leafing was so fresh and made a beautiful statement in the dining room.

This layered vignette was so well pulled together. I think almost every blogger stopped to photograph it.

The weather may have been yucky on Tuesday morning, but we were cheerfully welcomed by these gorgeous pink peonies at Hearst Tower. We were treated to a behind the scenes look at what goes into publishing House Beautiful, Veranda & Elle Decor.

It was such a pleasure to chat with House Beautiful’s editor, Newell Turner. He was so warm & gracious. Newell and the staff at House Beautiful have embraced the digital world and are steering the magazine to become an interactive experience that the reader can enjoy far past the printed pages. They also fully support the blogging world and have realized the benefits of taking cues from design bloggers.

The next stop on our tour was the Elle Decor Modern Life Concept House. My favorite space was designed by Michael Tovano. The outdoor space was tres chic! We all gushed over the patterned metal cabana.

We spent some time at the D&D building for much more eye candy & inspiration. This wall of ikat fabrics at Brunschwig & Fils caught my eye. They offer a wonderful selection of richly saturated & fresh colors in ikat prints and many more timeless classics they are so well known for.

We ended the day with a cocktail party at GE Monogram. I honestly had no idea about the detailed customization they offered. One of my favorite things showcased there was these braided leather refrigerator handles. Such a fabulous detail!

On Wednesday, we enjoyed an exclusive tour of the Kravet studios. I’ve done this tour a few times before, but it’s always a treat because you get a sneak peek at all of the fabulous fabrics they’re designing. Look what I spotted at Lee Jofa! It’s coming out soon!

During our trip, we were introduced to a very neat company called GlassyBaby.  Created by 3 time cancer survivor, Lee Rhodes, they make artisan hand blown glass votives in an array of gorgeous colors.  “To Lee, they represented “that deep breath that we often forget to take.”  I was very excited to take home one of the turquoise votives.  My apologies to founder Lee Rhodes & glassybaby.  I mistakenly referred to them as “GlassBaby” instead of glassybaby on Good Morning Texas.  Please make sure to check out this wonderful company.  Not only do they make beautiful votives, they have also given back over $850,000 to charities to date.

There’s so much more to share with you! Stay tuned for more photos & details on each of the amazing experiences we had during Blogfest2012.

Happy Memorial Day weekend everyone!

xo
Shay

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Spotted at market: Lighting

Yesterday, I shared my top 5 lighting picks that were featured in Residential Lighting magazine’s High Point market recap video. Today, I’m going to treat you to a pictorial feast of some of the fabulous lighting I found during spring market!

Orange gourd lamp from Bungalow 5


Wall sconce from Currey & Co


Greek key lamp from Worlds Away


Mirror wall sconce from Regina Andrews


Mercury glass lamp from Jamie Young


Crystal cage chandelier from Regina Andrews


Hot pink chandelier from Currey & Co


Floor lamp by John Richard


Contemporary indoor/outdoor sconces from Fine Art Lamps


Turquoise ball pendant from Worlds Away


Chandelier by John Richard


Mercury glass lamp by John Richard


Gold metal lamp by Worlds Away

To check out more of my spring market finds, you can follow me on Pinterest or check out my Style Spotter board.

Happy designing!
xo
Shay

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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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Last day to vote!

Well my friends, the fun is almost over.  I’ve had such a blast pinning all of my fabulous finds for the Style Spotter contest

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Sneak Peek Saturday: Craig Ranch

For today’s sneak peek Saturday, I wanted to give you a look inside a fun project we just completed out in Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX.

The project is a 4,292 sq ft 2 story town home located in a private gated section of Craig Ranch. All of the town homes boast exceptional views of the TPC golf course. For this model, the developer requested a traditional interior that would cater to a discriminating buyer looking for luxury in an elite golfing community.

The finish out of the home had already been completed by the builder. We were very excited to be called in to be the exclusive designers for this project & furnish & accessorize the home from top to bottom.

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Living room

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Jewel tones offer a rich color palette

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End of foyer looking into living/dining area

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Sitting area of one of the guest bedrooms

For more information on the interior design of this home or to incorporate this look into your own home, contact one of IBB Design Fine Furnishing’s talented designers. To schedule a tour of this home or for more information regarding the purchase of this home, contact the office Paulette Green with Ebby Halliday.

Stay tuned because we are installing a second project for Craig Ranch in just a few weeks.  I’m super excited about this one!  It will be a completely different design style & color palette.  I can’t wait to share it with you!

Happy designing!

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Thank you Material Girls!

I just have to give a quick shout out & HUGE thank you to my fabulous friend Emily Johnston of Material Girls for the post on IBB she featured earlier.

Check out the post here.
http://materialgirlsblog.com/dallas/2012/01/11/a-tour-of-ibb/

IBB LOVES Material Girls! Thank you Emily for the post & being a loyal IBB client to help fulfill your designs for your client’s homes! xo

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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!

 

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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Design Sneak Peek: For the Dog Lovers!

Greetings my design devotees!  I apologize for being MIA from the blog for a while.  I need a clone right now!  I am wrapping up several projects so that my clients may enjoy their newly designed & furnished homes before the holidays.  I wanted to leave you with a little sneak peek of a project we recently completed at IBB.  It’s a home that features one of my favorite kid’s bedrooms.  The room has a dog motif & is done in vivid colors contrasted with white.  I love the large circles on the wall behind the bed.  It reminds me of the Twister game.  It’s actually a larger scaled version of one of the fabrics in the room.  The room is in the Huntington Model Home is Prosper, TX.  So, feel free to go take a look at it in person.  This model is definitely one of my very favorite recent projects!

Have a fabulous weekend & Happy Designing!

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What’s Your Cocktail Style?

Cocktail tables, that is.  My design philosophy is that your home needs to be a personal reflection of who you are.  So, for today’s segment on Good Morning Texas, I came up with a fun way to help you determine the perfect cocktail table for you by what your cocktail of choice is.  Watch the segment here.

Rustic & ready for game day!  This leather upholstered cocktail ottoman comes with a built in game board & chess & checkers game pieces.  Sports enthusiasts can kick up their feet on the durable leather and sit back & relax.  Game table center can be used to set food or drinks or for countless hours of fun during family game night.

Glamorous and sophisticated, this mirrored top cocktail table says “Look at me”.  For the stylish woman or man (or family!) who likes an updated traditional look with clean lines and metal finishes.

This glass top cocktail table is made from an antique flour bin & has a wrought iron base & handles on the sides.  The look is vintage and has an aged feel just like a fine wine!

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G is for Greek Key

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

Shelly’s take on the Greek Key…

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

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

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

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

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

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F is for Finial

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

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

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

Custom drapery hardware & finials  by NR Designs

Knole sofa by Hickory Chair featuring “egg” finials

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

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B is for Bergere

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

Louis XV Bergere Chair by Hickory Chair

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

Grand Bergere Chair & Ottoman from Century.

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

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

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

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ABC’s of Design: A is for Accessories

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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Tip in a Zip: Time to Edit!

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

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Idzinechat offers FREE Design Advice TOMORROW Night!

Our last #IDzinechat was so successful that we decided to make this a regular thing!  I am very excited to announce that I am taking over the hosting duties for tomorrow night’s event founded by Wanda Horton & Leslie Carothers.

Designers & consumers unite tomorrow night on twitter to ask questions & get answers ~ for FREE!  That’s right!  Some of the hottest interior designers from around the country will be participating in tomorrow night’s discussion.

It’s simple.  Log in to twitter & search for the hashtag #IDzinechat to follow the chat.  Chime in anytime to ask questions, but make sure all of your tweets contain the hashtag #IDzinechat so that other participants can see your tweets.

Take advantage of this chat to get all of your design dilemmas resolved by a wide range of design professionals.  Looking for a second opinion on your design project?  During the #IDzinechat, you may get advice from multiple design professionals participating who can offer their perspective & help you get the ball rolling!

For more information regarding the #IDzinechat & how you can get in on all of the fun log on to the #IDzinechat blog or follow them on twitter here!

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Fancy Word Friday: Case Goods

If you’re around a professional designer for any period of time, chances are you will probably hear them use the term “case goods”.  This industry term refers to home furnishings that are made primarily out of wood.  Think end tables, armoires, consoles & cocktail tables.

Here are a few of my favorite case goods:

New Gotham City Table in Ivory by Global Views

Thompson Side Table by Thomas O’Brien for Hickory Chair

Raffles Cocktail Table by Century furniture.  You may remember me showing this to you for my 4th of July segment on GMT.

Morgan Media cabinet by Thomas O’Brien for Hickory Chair featuring a hydraulic lift that can accommodate a TV up to 42″.

Game table by Larry Laslo for Ferguson Copeland.

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Fancy Word Friday

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

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

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It’s ON!

I’ve got exciting news my fellow interior design aficionados!  I’m thrilled to announce my editorial debut & partnership with ON magazine.  Now, you’ll be able to get my latest design tips & trends in glossy form in addition to this blog & Good Morning Texas.  Each issue will focus on a different design topic.  This issue highlights different ways & suggestions on how to use decorative trays throughout your home.  Click on the PDF below to get the full scoop!  Let me know what you think & please offer any suggestions for topics that you would like to see me cover in the magazine!

ONDecorativeTrays2

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It’s Nate Day!

Did you know that today is Nate Day?  And, yes I am referring to the uber-fabulous  Nate Berkus, celebrity interior decorator extraordinare.  If you’re active on Twitter, then you may have been alerted to the trending topic #nateday that has all of the design & blogging community in a frenzy.  “How’d he get his own day?”, you may be asking yourself.  No, Oprah didn’t declare it Nate Day.  The Moggit Girls did.  Why?  Is it his infectious smile & energy?  His drool worthy colorful designs?  Well, of course, but it all started with a recent announcement.  The Moggit Girls created such a buzz when they first tweeted about the debut of Nate’s new show premiering in September that they asked fellow design bloggers & tweeters to unite for a day full of Nate Berkus inspired content.  Being a fan of Nate’s, I am, of course, happy to participate.

So, in honor of #nateday, I thought I would share with you the top 5 reasons I can identify with & why I swoon over Nate’s designs.

#1 Contrast:  I absolutely adore the upholstery against the dark painted walls (covered in eco friendly paint company Farrow & Ball’s Off Black) in this room Nate designed alongside Ann Coyle for Elle Rakieten, a producer for the Oprah Winfrey show.

#2 Layering:  I’m a huge fan of layering!  I love to add a powerful punch to a plain sisal rug with a zebra skin rug as shown in the photo above.  Berkus hit the high notes with this one.  Each piece in the room is fabulous in it’s own right, but when joined together they create a beautiful design harmony.  I showed you a similar look  with a pair of green chairs & a fun zebra hair on hide rug on GMT back in March.

#3 Adding Ottomans:  The addition of ottomans or small benches not only allows for extra seating for your guests in a room but also gives you the opportunity to have some design fun!  I love the legs on the ottomans Nate used in this design.  The pop of color on the seat is a deep contrast with the dark rich sofa across from it.

#4 Sexy Sectionals:  Whether it’s floating in a room (like the one I recently showed you that I designed for a client in California) or hugging a wall, a sectional does not have to be boring or plain.  Even though this sectional is neutral in color, the squared tufted sections make it say “va va va voom”!  This swanky pad in Milan is one of my all time favorite Berkus designs.

#5 Any shade of blue:  I’m always feeling blue!  I’m drawn to pretty much every shade of blue from teal or turquoise to mineral or baby blue.  It’s one of my favorite colors to work with.  Nate livened up his sister’s nearly neutral color palette with the addition of a painted blue chest.  The shade is pure perfection & adds drama & intensity to her home.

HAPPY NATE DAY EVERYONE!

images from Oprah.com, Elle Decor, Glamour, Google

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Jet Set Style

Having been in business for over 30 years now, IBB has designed quite a diverse range of projects for our clients.  Today’s Sneak Peek Saturday is a look inside of a private jet we designed for a client.  From the fabrics & the finishes to the custom seating for 12 passengers, we had a blast creating this space designed for style in the sky.  Take a peek…

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Never a dull day!

Hello design friends!  I apologize for being MIA over the last week or so.   After I returned from furniture market in North Carolina, I hopped right back on a plane to go install my client’s home in California.  I’m back in Dallas now (at least for the time being) & wouldn’t you know it ~ I got a terrible sinus infection in the midst of trying to play catch up back at our showroom.  So, please excuse my tardiness in sharing all of my exciting adventures & finds with you.

I have so much to catch you all up on, but it will have to wait for now.  I need to follow up on current projects  & put the finishing touches on an event we’re hosting here at IBB for STAR Children’s Charities next week.   So exciting!  Don’t go far though, because next week will be full of lots of fun on my blog including a guest post from my fabulous friend Shelly Rosenberg.

So, for the time being I will leave you with a little teaser to entice you to come back & read up on my latest adventures…

No, this is not something I normally keep in my designer’s tool kit.  However, I did use this ever-so- handy forklift to get my client’s absolutely favorite piece into his home during my installation in California.  It’s never a dull day in the design world!  Stay tuned for details…

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Sneak Peek Saturday: Designer Nursery

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

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

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A Fabric That Rocks!

Even if you’re not a huge fan of the Beatles, you probably instantly recognize the iconic group pictured on this fabric.  It’s the photo from the back cover of their album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. This fabric caught my eye not once, but twice during visits to two different showrooms at the High Point International Home Furnishings Market earlier this week.

Century used it in a contemporary setting.  They used the Beatles print for the back of this bench seat & contrasted it with black leather & a coordinating linen.   The scheme is a blend of contrasting neutrals and textures.  They paired it with a white lacquered end table, a fun black geometric screen & large round end table with a chrome pedestal base.  The round table is arranged in front of the bench to serve as a small dining table.  You could even use two of them in front of the bench to create a lounge feeling in a game room, media room, or hip home office or study.

Over at Vanguard, they took a more traditional approach.  The same fabric in primary colors covers a cocktail ottoman with leather, nail head trim & an exposed wood base.  An ottoman like this could add spunk in front of a gameroom or media room sofa.  Or, if someone in your house is a huge Beatles fan or memorabilia collector, this would be perfect addition to a study with book or display cases housing their collection.

I have a lot more fun finds from market to come, so stay tuned!

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Barbara Barry & Goodies from Global Views

I was so excited to receive a sneak peek at Barbara Barry’s  new accessory introductions for Global Views that I had to share it with you all right away!  The elegant line contains ceramics, trays, boxes and other fabulous accessories that depict the timeless sophistication that Ms. Barry is known for.  She has selected an assortment of amazing finishes including laquer, leather & silver leaf detailing.

Script Oval Tray in Ivory

This might be my favorite piece.  I love to add a tray to a room.  They are so versatile.  Display pretty perfume bottles on them in your bathroom or use them to group or organize cell phones, keys, pens & to-do lists.  Bring them out to entertain with when you have a party or use it to serve your sweetie coffee or breakfast in bed.  Set one up in a guest room on a nightstand or dresser with items to make your guests feel welcome (fresh cookies, magazines, bottled water & a toothbrush & toothpaste).

Banded ceramic vase & Polished Tazza in white

You know I love to entertain, so of course I love this vase & footed serving piece.  They have such a fresh clean look.  I can just imagine displaying a fresh bouquet of flowers in the vase & arranging yummy muffins on the serving piece to have coffee with girlfriends.

Luxe Organizer in Ivory laquer

This sleek set of laquered boxes offer both form & fuction.  Perfectly sized to conceal pens, pencils, keys, or jewelry this should be on everyone’s “must have” list.

Global Views is one of my absolute favorite home accessory lines.  They also happen to be one of my favorite showrooms to visit at market.  I can’t wait to see them this weekend when we embark on our bi-annual shopping spree in North Carolina for home furnishings & accessories for IBB.  Market is like fashion week for the interior design industry.  I’m like a kid in a candy store there.  By the end of the trip, my head is usually spinning from all of the fabulous finds that caught my eye.

If you aren’t already, make sure to follow me on Twitter to get instant updates & see all the great things I found at market next week!  http://www.twitter.com/designershay

AND, if you’re a designer & you’ll be at market, you won’t want to miss our Tweetup at Global Views on Sunday, April 18th.  Click here for details & to RSVP.

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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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Sneak Peek Saturday: Ottomans

Look what just came in to IBB for one of my clients!  I’m a huge fan of adding small benches & ottomans to a room.  They give you additional seating & can also be a fun way to add some style through great fabrics.  Today’s sneak peek is from a project I am working on in California.  The home belongs to a young hip single man who requested the home be done in layers of neutrals.  We’re primarily using taupes, blacks, shades of white & gray.

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The X bench by Century.  I’m using two of these on either side of a fireplace in the formal living room with some very cool art above each one.  The chrome base will add a sleek look  to the room.  The cushions are made out of a rich velvet stripe by Barclay Butera for Kravet.  I am a HUGE fan of Barclay’s fabrics!  I’m using several of them for this project.

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This is one of my all time  favorite ottomans.  It’s by Hickory Chair.  I’m using two of these at the foot of the bed in the master bedroom.  The cushions are out of a soft supple gray velvet.  The bottom fabric is out of a small herringbone print in gray & white.  I added chrome nail heads to highlight the beautiful shape of the ottomans.

I’ll be installing the home in a few months, so stay tuned to see a few of the finished shots of the home!

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Picking the Perfect Coffee Table

Today on Good Morning Texas, I gave a few quick tips for choosing the perfect coffee table for your room.  It’s important that you select a coffee table for your home that not only has form & function, but also makes a statement in the room.  Watch the segment here.

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Rectangular leather tray coffee table (pictured left) by John Richard.  4 upholstered bunching ottomans by Design Guild.  Both available at IBB Design Furniture Showroom.

Tips for selecting the perfect coffee table
1.  The standard height for a coffee table  is 17”-19”  (Contemporary designs often use lower tables.)

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One of my all time favorite coffee tables!  This eglomise stunner is by John Richard.  I especially love the shape & legs on this table.

2.  Positioning your coffee table:
Place at least 18” away from your chairs or sofa ~ you want it to be within reach but you need to have enough clearance to easily walk by without feeling like the space is cramped.

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I love this leather ottoman coffee table by Century.  The nail head detail is to die for!  The tufting & rich chocolate leather invite your guests to kick up their feet & relax.  Do you remember seeing this on GMT recently?

Determine what size & shape is best for your room.  Ask yourself these questions:

1.  Will the coffee table align with a pair of chairs, a sofa or a sectional?
2.  What shape works best for my room/furniture layout?  Do I need a round, square, rectangular, or irregular shaped coffee table?  Rounds & squares work well with sectionals.  Use an oval shaped coffee table when a rectangular would work, but the space is a bit cramped.  The rounded edges help you gain a few extra inches & open up the space.
3.  What surface do I prefer?  Wood top, glass top, stone top, or upholstered?  Glass & other transparent tops can make a smaller room feel bigger.  An upholstered coffee table can help create a more laid back feel that will invite your guests to kick their feet up.
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This glass top rectangular beauty is by Century.  Using a glass or transparent top can help open up a room.  Rectangles align well with sofas.  A good rule of thumb is to have your coffee table be 1/2 to 2/3 the size of your sofa.  This helps create visual proportion & allows access to the coffee table from each seat on the sofa.

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Got Questions???

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

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Sneak Peek Saturday: Bathtime Fun!

Today’s Sneak Peek Saturday is from a super fun project I’m working on right now.  We’re converting this vintage claw foot bathtub into a fun reading area for the family’s kiddos.  The adjoining bedroom is being set up as an uber-cool playroom.   Since the bathtub will never be used for its genuine purpose, we felt conflicted to let something so fun just lie there useless.  So, I had an artist paint the exterior of the tub in a British flag motif & we’re making a huge comfy cushion to line the interior of the bathtub.  Finally, we’ll add lots of plush pillows to ensure lots of comfort for hours of lounging & reading in a totally cool space.  I can’t wait to show you the finished product!

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From Toddler to Teen: Girl’s Room

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Friday on Good Morning Texas I showcased a fun spring inspired little girl’s room & adjoining play area.  The bright fun color palette was inspired by spring and has the type of design longevity to carry your little sweetie from toddler to early teen years.  Watch the segment here.

We used a fun array of fabrics in lime, purple, hot pink & yellow.  The walls are painted a sunny yellow & we picked up the pattern from the duvet cover & created a border half way up the wall for the room.  Wooden orange flowers adorn the wall above the headboard.  We used classic white painted furniture that allows the bright bold fabrics & patterns to be the showstoppers for the room.
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In the adjoining playroom, we jazzed up white walls by hand painting “tic tac toe” in bold colors up the wall.  We dressed the windows with fun hot orange leopard print drapery panels.

If you’d like to see the room in person, you can venture out to the Horizon Homes model home in Little Elm, Texas.

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Is your home in tune to social media?

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Talk about being socially savvy & totally with it!  Furniture manufacturer CR Laine has hit the height of uber (or should I say cyber?) creativity.  As part of their new spring line of fabrics, set to debut at April’s High Point Furniture Market,  they are offering a fun new pattern.  An obvious ode to social media giant, Twitter, the pattern is called Twitter Spring.  It features a fun branchy design with bird silhouettes.
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Here’s the patterns they suggest pairing with the fun twitterliscious print.  A soft corduroy called Wuzzy Oatmeal and an awesome geometric called Gather Round the Stone.

Attention powers that be at Twitter headquarters ~ I see a make-over in your future!  And, for all of those hip social media experts, it’s time to integrate some of that social savvyiness into your home.

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Just call me Mrs Geyer :-)

Hello friends!  I owe you all a super big apology for my absence here on the blog over the last 2 weeks.  You see, some big changes have been occurring in my life recently.  I just got married!  My wonderful husband, Brian, & I dated for nearly 3 years  & he popped the question back in September.  Being a designer combined with my strong willed detail oriented personality, I decided to take on the task of planning & creating our wedding & reception.  I seriously could have used a clone over the last few months!

Planning a wedding can be a full time job in itself, even if it’s a small one like ours was (we had 24 guests).  Add to this my full time job as an interior designer, mommy to my very active sweet five year old, fiance, daughter to the greatest parents on earth,  Good Morning Texas, and active philanthropist & charity involvement… well ~ I hope you can understand why blogging was put on hold for a while.  I typically blog late at night after my daughter goes to bed or early in the morning before she gets up.  However, with the wedding fast approaching & traveling for a  big project I’m working on in California, it seems that there just weren’t enough hours in the day.  But, now I’m back & I’ve got a full schedule of fun things to share with you including the details of our wedding!

We were married in Beaver Creek, Colorado on March 6, 2010 at the Beaver Creek Chapel (see photo).  It was the most wonderful day of my life (next to the birth of my daughter of course!)  My daughter, Jaylie (only 5 years old) gave a toast at the reception (her request) that brought us all to our knees.  My stomach flittered with pride & glee at how grown up and thoughtful her words were.

Brian is such a blessing to my life & my sweet little girl.  We are beyond blessed & so very excited about our new little family & all of the new beginnings.

So stay tuned for lots of fun in the design world & an inside look & behind the scenes details of our winter wedding in Beaver Creek.

xoxo
Shay Geyer
(BTW, Geyer is actually pronounced GEAR)

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Thank you for your patience!

You may have noticed that we had some technical difficulties over the past few days on the blog.  We are in the process of updating & making a few changes to make your experience on the Designer Detective blog better & more interactive.  Don’t be bummed my decor devotees, I have lots of great updates & fun stuff in store for you this week.   I will also be re-posting last week’s content!  I appreciate your patience while we work out a few kinks.  Thank you!

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Mini Make-over

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Video: Create a cozy look for your home

Greetings design lovers!  It’s still winter time & there’s nothing better than a cozy environment during the cold winter months.  Today on Good Morning Texas, I gave a few pointers to help you create a warm interior for your home.  I showcased a yummy sofa from Century in a leather/fabric combination, a rustic (yet sleek) coffee table from Henredon, & two different chair options to help bring the look together.  The whole setting makes me want to escape to the mountains in Aspen or Vail!

Click Here to watch the segment.

Have a fabulous & cozy weekend everyone!

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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: Makeover for the Holidays!

Good morning friends!  I know many of you are probably running around crazy like me trying to get last minute Christmas & Holiday shopping done!  How about putting a room makeover on your list?  I know there are a few rooms in my house that I want to work on 😉

Last week on GMT, I featured a ideas for a game room makeover.  Here’s a link to the segment.  I hope it inspires you!  Maybe Santa has a makeover in store for you 🙂  Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!

xoxo
Happy Decorating!

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Finding the perfect Fabrics

Kravet, one of my very favorite “go to” fabric lines had a wonderful post today on their blog about selecting the right fabrics for upholstery.  Even as a design professional, I found the knowledge & advice they provided in the blog post to be very valuable.  It’s a worthwhile read for anyone thinking about or in the process of selecting new or re-covering upholstery in their home.  Read their post on upholstery fabric tips here.

Kravet has an extensive library of fabrics to choose from.  They really do have something for everyone at just about every price point.  You may remember me telling you about their new KravetSmart program featuring a more cost conscious approach.

They are also very well known for their ingenious collaborations with interior designers such as Candice Olson, Barclay Butera, Alexa Hampton, Barbara Barry, Calvin Klein & many more.

However, the pièce de résistance for me is their Guaranteed in Stock books.  These books are a lifeline for me when I’m trying to meet a quick deadline for clients.  Case in point ~ I had a rather distressing moment at my own home last week.  Upon “fluffing” my formal living room in preparation for dinner party guests, I discovered that my sweet sweet dog had decided to make my living room chairs her daily place of resting, licking paws & other doggy propensities.  The cushions were in shambles 🙁  With our holiday party less than 2 weeks away, I had to think fast!  I went straight to one of Kravet’s guaranteed in stock books that contained my home’s color palette & selected the perfect material to begin the resurrection of my beautiful chairs.  I had the farbic in hand 3 days later.  My amazing upholsterer will have them back to me on Thursday, leaving me 2 days to spare until our party.  Whew!  Looks like Sassy (my sweet sweet dog) is giving me living room chairs for Christmas 😉

Finding the perfect fabrics can take time.  Follow the advice of professionals in the design industry or work with a professional designer to help you find fantastic fabrics for your home.

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I got that Boom Boom Pow!

For that boom boom pow, you need to head on over to the Standard Hotel in New York City in the ultra-hip newly re-invented Meat Packing District.  I stayed there on a recent trip with some fellow interior designers to the city.  I’ve heard so much buzz about it since returning home, that I thought I’d share my experience, particularly what happens on the 18th floor.

This is the reason I named this post “I got that Boom Boom Pow”.  The hotel features a VERY trendy, uber-exclusive & celebrity packed nightclub on it’s 18th floor called “The Boom Boom Room”.  Some critics have dubbed it the new “Studio 54”.  That’s how chic it is.  Madonna, Jude Law, Lindsay Lohan, Donna Karen, Tory Bruch, Calvin Klein & Bon Jovi were just a few of the big name celebs who attended their grand opening.

Jesus Luz & Madonna at the opening
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Dorothea & Jon Bon Jovi at the opening
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Tory Burch at the opening
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We had all been dying to get in to check out the swanky establishment.  For the celebs?  For the drinks?  No, no!  As designers, we had heard the interior finish out of the bar was absolutely to die for.  We just wanted to take a peek.  The bouncer at the door apparently didn’t care about our eagerness to check out the architecture.  “Are you on the list?” he asked.  “Um, no.  We’re hotel guests & we’d like to check out the design” we say with a smile.  Denied.  (at least for the time being…)

As fate would have it, we met Tyson Beckford (who was one of the coolest celebs I’ve ever met! For being one of the most famous male super models, he was insanely personable & very cool to talk with!) during our dinner at Bagatelle (you must dine there when in NYC!) & then ran into him again on his way to the Boom Boom Room.  He asked us if we were going & with a look of defeat, we explained what happend.  He told us to come with him.  Seconds later, we were in the elevator with Tyson & his crew on our way up to get our very own  glimpse of what we had heard so much about.

A-maz-ing!!!  The scene & be seen bar boasts floor to ceiling windows which offer 360 degree views of NYC as well as the Hudson River.  The rumors were confirmed… the architecture & finish out WERE to die for!  It had a very “Rat Pack” feel to me.  It’s mid-century modern meets old Hollywood.  From the upholstered private booths to the stunning main bar, there was plenty of eye candy even without all of the celebs to fill the joint.  Enough said.  I’ll share the rest of my experience with photos.

Shelly & I with our gracious host, Tyson Beckford

Tyson introduced us to his friend Jazz from the Black Eyed Peas
The Boom Boom Pow was in the Boom Boom Room 😉

I told you the architecture was spectacular!
This is the main bar area.


Bartenders hard at work amongst the gorgeous setting

I love the outfits the cocktail waitresses wear!
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SO, if you live in NYC or plan to visit soon, make sure to stop at the Standard Hotel & try to get your very own glimpse of the Boom Boom Room.

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Light Up Your Life

After choosing furniture, colors and accessories, if you’re room still feels lacking the problem may be the lighting. Lighting is a crucial part of home decorating. Beyond helping you see, proper lighting can add beauty and drama to a room. When used properly, lighting enhances color, highlights texture and creates just the right mood for any room in a home.

There are many ways to light a room, and the room’s function greatly determines the way it should be lit. Mixing natural and task lighting makes a room visually interesting.

Natural light: Sunlight, candlelight and firelight. This is light that moves and is sometimes referred to as kinetic. The quality of natural light, sunlight in particular, depends on many things–time of day, weather, what season it is.  The setting sun gives a different kind of light than midday sun.

Task lighting: Task lighting is just that; lighting that’s used to perform daily activities such as reading, cooking, shaving, putting on makeup, etc. Effective task lighting enhances visual clarity and keeps the eyes from getting tired.

Now that we’ve concluded today’s lesson in lighting.  Take a look at some stylish ways to light up your life…

The transparent lamp base was a big trend at furniture market in High Point this fall.  This beauty is from Barbara Cosgrove.  Available at IBB Design Furniture Showroom.

SO stylish!  Perfect task lighting for a desk in a home office or study.  Rectangular shades like this fit so nicely up against a wall because of their flat sides, so this could also work for an entry or hallway on a console.  Barbara Cosgrove.  Available at IBB.

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this lamp from Jamie Young!  The shade is made from cork.  Again, we see the transparent base, but with a tinge of yellow this time 🙂

Fabulous floor lamp from Jamie Young.  Great scale & style.  Suitable for a wide range of homes.

Colorful pendant lighting from Jamie Young.

Chatting with designer Jamie Young at furniture market in High Point this fall.  Such energy & spunk ~ which is obviously carried out through her fabulous designs.  I love that you can mix & match all of her shades with any base.  We had fun playing & buying for IBB Design Furniture Showroom!

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One Design Competition

In honor of Maitland-Smith’s 30th Anniversary Celebration, they are hosting the “One Design Competition”.  The contest is open to designers & consumers.  It’s super easy to enter.  Just log on to their website, create your very own signature Maitland-Smith masterpiece & click submit.  Choose from 500 silhouettes and then customize your piece by mixing & matching finishes & materials.  Here’s a chance to create that very special something that you’ve been searching for to complete your home!

Winners will be chosen in 4 different categories; Best Designer Submission, Best Dealer Submission, Best Consumer Submission & Website Vote Winner.  The winner will have the honor of having their signature design built & shipped to them at no charge.  How cool is that?!  Winners willl also be extended an invitation to an exclusive cocktail party highlighting the winners of the One Design Competition during the April 2010 High Point Market.

For more details & official rules, click here.

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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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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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Style with leather???

Dear Designer Detective,

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

– Katrina B.
Rockwall, TX

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

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

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

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

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Candice Olson=Divine Fabrics!

Candice Olson

In case you haven’t heard, Kravet carries a fabulous line of fabrics from famed interior designer, Candice Olson.  You may recognize her from her hit HGTV show Divine Design.

Candice is probably my favorite tv interior designer.  I can really identify with her design style.  I don’t think I have ever seen a room of hers that I did not like.   So, needless to say, I am a HUGE fan of her fabric line!  The fabrics offer some really rich textures, detailing & even a few very cool & very well done metallics.  I am thinking about using a few in my master bedroom.  There are so many great coordinates that it’s so hard to decide!  I’m really drawn to the black, white & sea blue color palettes.  The line features several in this palette.  One even has tiny pearls sewn into the fabric.  I could totally see that on a few accent pillows to make a bed super luxurious.

Check some of them out & let me know what you think.

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Nail it with Nail heads!

Add some pazazz to your furniture & nail the look you want.  Sorry for the pun.  I just couldn’t resist 😉

A technique once used out of necessity is making a huge comeback in a very sophisticated stylish way.  Nail heads can really liven up a Plain Jane sofa, chair and other accessories.   They date back to the period of 1560-1643 and the advent of French Country Style during the reign of Louis XIII.  The Os de Mouton chair marked the introduction of nail head trim

A nail head is a decorative accent that is used to embellish upholstered furniture & even some case goods.  They can accentuate the style of the piece and is usually used on arms and rails.  Nail heads are most commonly used with leather-upholstered furniture, particularly leather sofas, chairs and ottomans.

Ideas for how & when to use:

  • *can be used to add accents, decoration, or “jewelry” for your furniture
  • *when re-upholstering your own furniture to add a finished look and to hide staples or imperfections
  • *nail heads come in many designs, sizes and finishes ~ plain to ornate, polished brass or brushed nickel
  • *can be found at hardware stores and home centers
  • *nail heads must be hammered in one by one by using a tack hammer
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Means to an end…

Looking for a fabulous finish to a stylish sofa or a great pair of chairs?  Read on to get the perfect ending…

Square

Neoclassical End table by Hickory Chair
Neoclassical End table by Hickory Chair

Round

round lamp table by Hickory Chair
round lamp table by Hickory Chair

Gold & Metal

Square gold, metal & glass by Hickory White

Regal

John Richard End Table
John Richard End Table

Smaller Scaled

John Richard Black Laquer End Table
John Richard Black Laquer End Table

Mirrored

John Richard Eglomise Lamp Table
John Richard Eglomise Lamp Table

Now for the really sweet ending; You can find ALL of these fabulous end tables at IBB Design Furniture Showroom.

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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!

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Out with the old & in with the new!

Happy New Year everyone!  Now that the holidays are over, it’s time to get your design projects underway!  Hopefully you have completed the daunting task of taking down all of your holiday decorations.  It’s always so much more fun to put them up, isn’t it?  Do you find that with all of your decorations down, there are many empty spaces & blank walls to fill?  Well, don’t fret!  You’re not alone!  Let’s tackle your design projects together!

I hope you will join me this year & stay interactive in the Designer Detective community.  I would love to hear about your design dilemmas, current projects & your fabulous feedback!

Let’s make 2009 a stylish year for you & your home!  Happy New Year & Happy Decorating!!!

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GMT 11/7/08

Stuck on how to design an area just for the kiddos?  We’ve got some great ideas for you!  On today’s GMT segment we’re showing off cool spaces for kids.  Get creative ideas on how you can turn any ordinary room into something special for the young ones in your household.  See how easy it is to create a design that will grow with your little girl.  You’ll see a fun girl’s bedroom that she’ll love for years to come!  Plus, practical design tips!  From built-in desk solutions to a bedroom converted into a play area, we’ll inspire you to create a cool space!  Tune in to WFAA Channel 8 at 9:00 AM

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Get some Glamour!

Today is my birthday!  So, I thought it would only be appropriate to have some glamour & bling today!  This amazing piece is by John Richards, so we should expect nothing less than a real show stopper!  They actually make lamps out of this very same design (see next photo).  Pricey?  Yes, but it’s like purchasing a fabulous pair of Manolo Blahnik’s (Remember ~ it’s my birthday! ~ insert wish list here).  The splurge is well warranted.  A guilty pleasure if you will.  Your home will be gorgeous!

It’s pretty obvious that I could be charged with over-using the word fabulous 😉  But, come one!  What other words could you use to describe this chandelier?  It’s fabulous!  Here’s some other words that come to mind:  stunning, glamorous, gorgeous, sparkley (that would be a made up Shay word ~ who doesn’t love sparkle?), jaw-dropping,  GOTTA HAVE IT!

Help me out here…  What do you think?

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Simple Storage Solution

I like to buy greeting cards in bulk so I have them handy when I need to send a birthday or special occasion card.  My desk drawer was full of them & hunting through the unorganized stack to find the right card was starting to get on my nerves.  So, I came up with a simple solution.  Here’s how I organized my greeting cards & made a decorative statement at the same time.

This is also a really great solution for organizing items other than greeting cards.

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Lisa Garza Recipe

Lisa Garza from the Food Network’s hit show The Next Foodnetwork Star is cooking in our client’s kitchen this morning!  Don’t miss it!  Tune in to WFAA Channel 8 to Good Morning Texas to watch.  In case you miss the show (shame on you!  ~ ok I’ll forgive you!) I will be posting the segments on the IBB website as well as on the DD blog later this afternoon.

Here is the recipe from Lisa’s segment ~ yummy yummy!!!

STILTON FILO FLOWERS with LAVENDAR HONEY SYRUP &
TOASTED ALMONDS & MIXED GREENS

6(12 inch) sheets filo
6tablespoons salted butter
4tablespoons parsley, chopped
1 ½ cup stilton cheese
1 ½ cup ricotta
2Organic Eggs
½cup lavender honey, warmed
1cup sliced almonds, toasted

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Melt the butter in the microwave. Working quickly, on a large work surface, butter and sprinkle parsley over one layer of filo. Layer another on top and repeat until you have 3 sets of three, layered with butter and parsley. Cut each set into 3 ½ inch squares. Use the tips of your fingers to press each square into the cups of a regular muffin pan, Press the filo against the sides of the cup’s until you have formed 12 filo cups. Cups should look like flowers and stick out of the top of the muffin cups. Place in the oven for 5 minutes. Remove and allow to cool. In a large bowl combine the cheeses, eggs and seasoning. Mix well. Pour ¼ cup of the mixture into the center of each filo cup. Bake for 20 minutes or until the filo begins to brown around the edges and the cheese is set. Pull from the oven and allow to rest for 5 minutes. Remove the filo flowers and drizzle with warm honey. Sprinkle with toasted almond slices. Serve with mixed greens.

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30
Inactive Prep:
Ease of Preparation: easy

Mixed Greens
½cup French or Italian extra virgin olive oil
4tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
2cloves garlic, minced
1teaspoon lemon zest, minced
½teaspoon kosher salt
½teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
1pound baby mixed greens

Whisk all of the ingredients in a small bowl EXCEPT, the oil and greens. Toss the greens in with the oil in a large salad bowl. Drizzle with the remaining mixture and lightly toss again. Serve.

Yield: 12 small side portions
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time:
Inactive Prep:
Ease of Preparation: easy

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CAN’T MISS TV!

Tune in, TiVo, & get your bootie in front of the TV to watch GMT this Friday Oct 24th!  You are NOT going to want to miss this!  I’m kicking off a 6 week design extravaganza on Home Entertaining (everything you need to know to get your home ready for guests for the holidays or whenever!)  & I’ve got a VERY special celebrity guest joining me!  Drum roll please…

It’s Lisa Garza from the Food Network’s hit show Next Food Network Star!!! Isn’t she just fabulous!  I am SOOOOOOO super excited!  Lisa will be doing a cooking segment live from one of our client’s homes!  I got  a sneak peek at the recipe & it looks yummy yummy!  We are MAJOR foodies & Food Network junkies at the Sampson household, so I feel a little star struck!  I can’t wait to meet her!

My design segment will feature a tour of the kitchen/nook area of this stunning home built with home entertaining in mind!  This is TRULY a gourmet kitchen complete with every appliance possible.  It’s designed with gathering around the cook in mind with not a single detail left out.  Wait until you see the wonderful finish out of the home from the cast stone vent hood over the stove top to the Italian Fresco walls, this home is a designer knock-out!  The kitchen/nook offer amazing views of the incredible backyard resort featuring arched stone columns and groin vault ceiling with hand forged wrought iron fixtures.  I will also offer some of my favorite tips for getting your home ready for a party!

Tune in to Good Morning Texas this Friday to WFAA Channel 8 at 9:00 AM!

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Wild with Style!

I just cannot get enough of animal prints!  I think it’s just one of those things I will never get sick of.  I love the way they add drama to an otherwise boring color palette.  Zebra is one of my favs.  I used 2 huge tufted back chairs from Sherrill out of zebra in my family room.  The high contrast between the black & white is so simple, yet it does wonders for a blah room.  Many of you are wondering how much is too much animal print?  While I’ve seen rooms successfully carried out using a variety of colors & variations of differnet animal prints, I would say stick to one or two items per room of any bold print.  Too much could get confusing and very busy for the eye.  In the photo above, we’re showcasing several ways to use zebra.  I wouldn’t suggest using all of these pieces in one room, but one or two could help bring out your wild side 😉

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Paint treatments that are all the Rage!

Today on Good Morning Texas we discussed new techniques in paint finishes for your home.  All of the gorgeous samples I used were provided by my good friends at Artifax.  We’ve worked with them for over 15 years & let me tell you …. they are incredible!  Kris Perry is a true artist & her work is just awe-inspiring.  Her husband James is a master at Venetian and other plaster techniques.

These techniques are not for the novice painter.  They are incredibly labor intensive!  The team at Artifax have spent years perfecting these techniques.  They are the crew to be copied!  Copying is the sincerest form of flattery, but do NOT try this at home yourself!  You will be thoroughly disappointed, not to mention exhausted.  This is one area where you definitely want to call in the professionals!

Kris Perry
214-636-1104
www.artifax.us
artifax_p2@yahoo.com

Top Photo:  Inganno Fresco
Middle Photo: Antiqued cabinets sample board showcasing a variety of colors
Bottom:  Tin ceiling tile featuring 4 different faux colors & techniques

Click here to learn more by watching this GMT segment!