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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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Style Spotter Rewind

TGIF design devotees!  I have a BIG announcement for you all!  I’m so excited to have been invited back to be a part of the Style Spotters program ~ Style Spotters Rewind ~ for the Fall 2013 High Point Home Furnishings Market!  I’ll be one of nine designers from across the country that will be curating our favorite finds from the Fall market & pinning them on the Style Spotter board on Pinterest.  This group of fab ladies have all been Style Spotters before, so this will definitely make for a fierce competition to find the best products that the market has to offer!

 

What this means for you:
By following all of the fun on Pinterest, you will get a first hand look at all of the hottest products from the Fall 2013 High Point Home Furnishings Market.  We do all of the work & you get to enjoy all of the eye candy on your computer or tablet right from your comfy home!

How you can participate:
This is a competition, so every point counts!  Vote for your favorite Style Spotter by liking & re-pinning what we find.

SO, if you don’t already have one, then go set up your Pinterest account today! It’s one of my favorite places to get inspiration not only for interior design, but for fashion, cooking & so much more.  I promise you will fall in love with it!  Find me on Pinterest & let’s get inspired together!

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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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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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Amazed by Alexa

Yesterday I had the great pleasure of getting a VIP tour of Hickory Chair during their blogger breakfast.  One of the highlights was getting to hear Alexa Hampton discuss her designer collection of furnishings for the company.  Her style, as well as her energetic personality is infectious.  She has such passion & enthusiasm for this collection she has designed for Hickory Chair.  I could have listened to her describe her pieces for hours.  As the daughter of renowned designer, Mark Hampton, it is no surprise Alexa has such an extensive knowledge of the design industry.  Her inspiration comes from many facets of her life including a passion for antiques, encounters with friends & family & worldly travels.

Her collection is sexy and sophisticated.  It’s not just eye catching, it’s also comfortable.  Alexa explained the lengthy process of perfecting the pieces for her collection and how they re-worked each piece until it was functional, stylish & cozy.  The options in her collection are endless.  That’s what Hickory Chair is known for.  They’ll customize any piece to fit your desires.

Alexa is known for her reflection of classicism.  She joked that when she was pregnant with her twins, that Thomas O’Brien teased her.  He asked if she was going to name them “Neo & Classical” to which she quickly retorted, “No, Vintage & Modern”.  See, I told you she was spunky!  She emphasized her goal to design pieces that would speak to both men & women.  Scale is a huge priority to her.  The room burst into laughter when Alexa referred to what she calls a “chofa”, or a sofa that is so horribly out of scale that it takes away from the beauty of a room’s tall ceilings.

The collection embodies detail and perfect balance.  The use of geometry, fluted feet on some of the chairs, and functionality of each piece are astounding.

Here are a few highlights from the tour & some of my favorite pieces from Alexa Hampton.

Kicking off the tour of Alexa’s collection

Alexa describing my absolute favorite piece from her line!  How sexy is this?  Such a statement!  Definite WOW factor!

Up close & personal ~ This chair is bringin sexy back!

Upholstered bed featuring one of Alexa’s fabrics by Kravet.

My new nickname for this Egyptian revival chair is “The Boyfriend Chair” since Alexa pointed out that it was named after a former ex-boyfriend.  I love the sides & arms of this chair.  Hickory Chair has it set up at the end of a wonderful canopy bed.

The Mark desk.  Named after her late father, Mark Hampton.  Alexa says this desk “epitomizes her hopes & dreams for the collection”.  Considering it’s fabulosity, her future looks very bright.

In the presence of design greatness… Alexa Hampton & I at Hickory Chair.

For more information regarding purchasing pieces from Alexa Hampton collection for Hickory Chair contact an IBB Design Furniture Showroom designer.

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Fabric talk with Fabricut

Want to know what’s hot in fabrics for your home? Today on GMT I sat with fabric expert Margie Gomez from Fabricut to get the scoop.  Watch the segment here.

Fabricut has been in business for over 50 years.  Their line includes more than 58,000 exquisite fabrics and trimmings. They pride themselves in their daily commitment to develop exclusive products for customers with an array of traditional, transitional and contemporary styles, patterns and palettes available.  Based in Tulsa Oklahoma, they are able to offer an extensive line of in-stock fabrics which can be shipped out immediately to satisfy your quick turn around deadlines.

Fabricut has teamed up with well known furniture & textile designer Lilian August to create a stunning new fabric line.  The line, exclusive to Fabricut, takes an updated approach to traditional designs that were dreamed up by influences from August’s life and her wealth of design knowledge.  (see some of the fabrics from Lilian August here & here.

A few of my favs from Fabricut

Fabricut Fabric Kolman Color Jade

Fabricut Fabric Karloff Color Lagoon

Fabricut Fabric Perry Skin Color Nile

Fabricut Fabric Shocker Color Amber Sky

Fabricut Fabric Fairstein Color Brass

Fabricut sells to the trade only.  For pricing & ordering information contact an IBB designer.

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Fashion Collides

Schumacher has done it again!  Style icon and fabulous fashion designer Trina Turk has crossed over into home furnishings.  Could we be more excited?  Wait… it gets better.  Her collection of fabrics are all indoor/outdoor.  So, not only will the inside of your home be stylin, but so will the outside!  Take a gander…

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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!