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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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Thanksgiving Gratitude: My Family

Life is busy! People often ask me how I do it all. My answer is always my amazing support system – my family! They’re by my side for all of my successes and always there when I need a shoulder to cry on when I’ve had a bad day. I am so thankful for my family. So, today I’d like to share these very special people with you all.

First of all, God blessed me with the most amazing parents in the world. Not only am I blessed to have them as my mom & dad but I also get to work with them every day. Some may say that they couldn’t work with their parents, but I couldn’t imagine it any other way. My mom started IBB when I was just a toddler and my dad runs our everyday business operations. Growing up, my parents encouraged me to take full advantage of opportunities life presented to me & instilled Christian values and good business ethics to help make me a well rounded person. Also known as “Grammy” & “Big Bob”, they are amazing grandparents to our two girls. We live just two miles from my parents & have family dinners together almost every Sunday (and often many other nights too!). My parents are thrilled to babysit anytime we ask & our girls love to spend time with them. They are so nurturing & supportive not only to me but also to all of our family, friends & staff at IBB. As we say in the South, “They are just GOOD people!”.

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My husband. God truly blessed me with an amazing man to partner with in this life. He is thoughtful, caring & an amazing daddy to our girls. Anyone will tell you that he is a good friend, but he is most definitely my best friend. He’s compassionate & always quick to offer someone a hand. When we first met, we used to talk for hours and never run out of anything to say. Even as busy as life with two kids & careers has become, we still enjoy long conversations with plenty to talk about! Brian is so supportive and we really make a great team. We have a blast together. He is so witty & makes me giggle on a daily basis. It certainly doesn’t hurt that he’s a handsome fella as well! I LOVE this man!

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My girls. Words cannot even begin to explain the love I have for our daughters Jaylie (almost 8) and Brooklyn (20 months). They bring so much joy to my life! I love watching them grow up.

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Jaylie has the sweetest spirit & is such a wonderful big sister to Brooklyn. She even picked out her name when I was pregnant with Brooklyn. Brian’s nickname for Jaylie is sport, but she’ll always be my princess. She is always thinking of others first. I love that she has become quite the little volunteer & often goes along with mommy to give back to the community thru local charities. She is so determined & driven. She definitely gets her competitive nature from mommy. I can’t wait to see the amazing things she will accomplish when she grows up.

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Brooklyn certainly lives up to the fiery red head persona. She’s sassy & independent. Quite frankly, she pretty much skipped the baby phase altogether. Forget about baby toys or baby books. She wants to do play & do whatever big sissy is doing. Her laugh is contagious & she loves to dance & sing. She’s really into hugs & her favorite phrase right now is “I love you”. It melts my heart! Watch out world, God has big plans for this little one!

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Our dog Roxy. A.K.A “Roxer Boxer”. We love this dog! At just a little over two years old, she is still in her puppy phase (we’re hoping this ends soon…). She is full of energy & loves to play with the kids. Her greatest fault is that she thinks she is a lap dog & has complete disregard for any personal space – which clearly makes her the ideal snuggle dog! This is really just Roxy’s world & we’re all just living in it 😉

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Thank you for allowing me to share my loved ones with you today! They give each day supreme meaning and I am so thankful for each moment with them.
I hope you all are enjoying your families during this wonderful week of Thanksgiving & the kick off of the holiday season.

❌⭕❌⭕
Shay

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Brooklyn Sage Geyer

Happy Tuesday my design friends!  Life is very busy over here at the Geyer household.  Brooklyn Sage Geyer was born on March 8th & was 7 pounds 1 ounce & 19 inches.  She is officially one week old today!  We love her more & more every day.  Big Sis Jaylie is taking her sisterly duties very seriously.  She loves to read & sing to Brooklyn.  Life is great as a family of four!

I want to thank all of my friends in the blogosphere, twitter, & facebook for all of the kind well wishes & gifts over the last week.  We feel so loved!

Gotta dish some shout outs!

Flowers from my friends at CR Laine (one of my favorite upholstery lines that we carry at IBB)  Thank you!

I was super excited to receive this gift from my fabulous Twitter friend Julie Bova. The Guna Pod, an infant sleep sack, is the creation of her sister & we absolutely love it!  Thanks Julie!

I especially want to give a huge shout out to my amazing mom who came over & filled our house with loads of gorgeous fresh flowers to welcome home baby Brooklyn!  It was such a treat!  There is just something about fresh flowers around the house that instantly puts a smile on your face!

I’ve got lots to share with you over the coming weeks as I recover from my c-section and enjoy some time off with my sweet baby girl.  Stay tuned for guest bloggers, more sneak peeks from the new Geyer casa & other IBB projects & a fun makeover!

Happy designing!

xo
Shay

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A Tribute to Sassy

It is with deep sorrow that I share with you that I lost my best four legged friend, Sassy, to cancer this morning.  We found out she had Mast Cell Tumors back in August.  Since she was already 10 years old, there weren’t many treatment options available for us to try on her.  Because of her age she just could not withstand surgery.  We decided to take our vet’s advice & put her on a few medications & just enjoy the rest of the time we had left with her.

She responded wonderfully to the medications over the last 5 months.  However, on Tuesday, my husband called me while I was on an installation in Houston to tell me that Sassy had taken a turn for the worse.  He took her to the vet & decided to bring her home & try her on another round of steroids.  She pepped up a bit yesterday, but we could tell that she was fading fast & was just not herself.  She sleeps with our daughter every night.  They are best buddies.  Around 4:30 this morning, Sassy came into our room.  Brian & I got up to attend to her.  She was very sick & would no longer eat or drink anything.  By 7:30 she could barely walk.

I know that God is taking great care of her now.  She is no longer in pain.  No more cancer.  She has joined our other family, friends, & four legged buddies up in Heaven.  I can just picture Jesus throwing a tennis ball for her & watching her go crazy with excitement as she fetches it.  Before she left us, I told her that we would talk to her in our prayers each night & to please continue to be a great guard dog over Jaylie.  She was always very protective of her.

I am terribly sad right now, but most of all I want to celebrate Sassy.  She have me 10 1/2 wonderful years & has seen me through some of the best & worst times of my life.  I write this blog today as a way to cope & express my deep love for that amazing dog.  I leave you with a photo montage of just a small glimpse of what a huge part of our lives Sassy was & how much we enjoyed each & every day with her.  She was the greatest dog I ever had.  I know one day we will be reunited, but until then, I have so many wonderful memories to remember her by.

Thank you so much for letting me share.
xoxo
Shay

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Sassy 2007.  She was one cool dog! LOL!

She loved to go for walks.  She was so patient & didn’t mind being pulled around by a little 3 year old.

Boxers are just the best dogs with kids.  Sassy is being such a trooper in this picture.  She let Jaylie dress her up in a party hat during Jaylie’s 2nd birthday party.

Best Buddies 🙂

Probably my favorite photo ever!  Jaylie is about 3 years old here.  She loved playing dress up with Sassy!

Sassy’s 6th birthday party.  Yes, we throw doggie birthday parties at our house.  Jaylie picked the My Little Pony theme.

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Sassy & Roxy just a few weeks ago.  We got Roxy back in October.  In just 2 short months, Sassy has taught Roxy so many things.  She was such a great big sister.

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Roxy, Jaylie & Sassy just last week on Jaylie’s 6th birthday.

R.I.P Princess Sassy.  We love you so much!  We will miss you!

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Enter to Win!

Enter to win this new contest sponsored by IBB Design Furniture Showroom!  It’s so easy & one lucky winner will receive a $500 Gift Certificate to IBB!  How cool is that?  Here’s the skinny:

The holidays are fast approaching & life can get pretty crazy this time of year.  Take some time to refelct on your family time & tell us about it!  You could win big!  Simply e-mail at least one photo of your family in action at the dining table.  Tell us about what happens at your dining table & explain your photo.  Does the dog beg for scraps?  Do your kids set the table?  Do you talk about politics or just about everyday life?  Do you eat there every night or just special occasions?  Does your family prefer the formal or casual dining area of your home?  Do you cook, or order take out?  Any special traditions?  Do the kids use the table for crafts or homework?

All entries will be entered into a drawing.  One winner will be drawn from submitted entries to win a $500 gift certificate to IBB.  A second “Viewer’s Choice” prize will be awarded for the most creative entry.  The Viewer’s Choice winner will win a $300 gift certificate to IBB.

Multiple entries are permitted.  All entries must be submitted by Monday, November 17th.  Voting for the Viewer’s Choice award will take place November 17th-20th.  Viewers can vote for their favorite entry on the Designer Detective blog.  Winners will be announed live on Good Morning Texas on Friday, November 21st.

Check out www.ibbdesign.com for more on official rules & entry information.  Good luck!