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One Room Challenge: Week 2 Update

Last week I revealed that the inspiration for the design scheme and color palette for my One Room Challenge was inspired by Kate Spade.  Let’s talk about function today.  My daughter’s room has many cool features to it but storage is definitely not one of them.  The older she gets, the more storage she needs and there is no better time than now to do something about it.  Her bathroom features a tiny closet that was never really laid out well.  She has an additional small closet in her room but every time I tried to lay out closet rods, we ended up with a ton of wasted space.  I decided to think outside the box to design a concept for her room that would amplify the storage and function better for her tween to teen years.  I found the concept photo below on Pinterest and it was almost exactly the idea of what I had in my head.  Her 15 foot ceilings could easily allow us to do something like this.
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So, we came up with the idea of a bunk bed on top of a closet.  We built a bunk room in one of our bedrooms downstairs last year & both of my daughters have really enjoyed using it.  They started installing the bunk/closet on Tuesday & will hopefully have the construction portion of it done tomorrow.  I’ve designed a safety rail to go around the bunk that gives a little nod to our Kate Spade inspiration.  I’m looking forward to seeing it go up.  It’s a huge mess in there right now but our concept is starting to take shape.

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On the wall where the JG letters are sitting in this photo, will be a daybed.  This will give her a place to sleep on the nights that she doesn’t want to sleep in the bunk bed as well as a place to read or hang out.  I selected the Sheridan daybed from my friend Tobi Fairley’s collection for CR Laine.

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I used COM Sunbrella fabrics as I know that this will get a ton of use & I wanted it to be as durable as possible.  CR Laine is one of my favorite upholstery lines that we carry at IBB.  The comfort is always on point and they offer a wide variety of designer pieces.  I selected a black & white stripe that will run vertically and an aqua contrast welt to highlight the super cute frame.  The acrylic legs will work nicely with other acrylic accents that will be in her room.  A custom piece like this typically takes 6-8 weeks so it will be a long shot since I ordered it at the beginning of this challenge.   I’m crossing my fingers that the stars align & my friends at CR Laine can make it happen for it to be here in time for the reveal.  It’s a tough request since this just happens to be one of the busiest times of the year and there’s this little thing happening in North Carolina right now called market 😉  In an upcoming post, I’ll feature some of the prints Jaylie has selected to hang as a gallery wall above the daybed.
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We’re going to do the door to her closet like a dressing room door similar to what is shown here from a Lily Pulitzer dressing room.

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This photo was taken prior to the stairs going in & the top of the closet bunk area.  As I mentioned earlier, I wanted to make use of every inch of space & amplify her storage so I designed adjustable shelving that will frame the closet door where she can put her books and dance awards and trophies.  She loves to read so this will be very helpful storage for my little book worm!

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Her desk will sit on the wall where you see the lighted JG letters hanging.  I have designed some fun treatments that will hang on the large arched window as well as the entrance to her vanity area which is just up the stairs you see in the left of the photo.

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I’ve selected the desk below but we might be changing this.  You see, I was privy to a little sneak peek of Kate Spade’s new furniture collection for EJ Victor last week & just went totally bananas over it!  We’ll be carrying it at IBB.  The collection is being introduced this week at High Point market, so make sure you are following me & IBB on instagram for sneak peeks.  I’m definitely using a desk chair from the new collection & I’m thinking that a desk I saw is just too perfect for her room and fits the concept and my daughter’s style to a T.  We’ve been sworn to secrecy up until now & I can’t wait to share them with you!  Of course if I decide to go with these options, they will not be here in time for the big reveal so you will have to keep checking in for updates 😉

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We turned the small closet located up the little stairs in her room into a dressing/vanity area.  I found the photo below on Pinterest to use for inspiration for that area of her room.

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They started putting the cabinets in today and will hopefully finish tomorrow.  They are also in the process of installing her bathroom vanity as well as the built in cabinetry for the closet that is in her bathroom.

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I found this Hollywood vanity light mirror to hang above the knee space in her vanity area.  It has plugs built in where she can use her hair dryer & curling iron & the lights can be dimmed.

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I have so much more to share with you but I need to run for now.  I’m wrapping up client work for the week today since we are photographing one of our recent penthouse projects this Friday & I’ll be out of the office all day.  Make sure you’re following me & IBB on instagram for sneak peeks.  Part of our IBB design team leaves tomorrow for market, but I’ll be leaving this weekend after I take my girls to see Taylor Swift  🙂

Thank you for letting me share our progress!  We’re having a blast seeing it all come together!  Make sure you check out all of the other participants and their progress here.

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Family Photos as Artwork

Happy Tuesday everyone! Things are moving right along with the progress of moving my mom into her new home. You may have had a chance to see a few sneak peeks here. I wanted to share a fun tip with you that I used for my girls’ room at her house.
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Their bedroom color palette is hot pink, navy & white. For my mom’s Christmas gift this year, I had photos done of the girls in coordinating outfits and framed them in acrylic with Shutterfly. I love how the frames appear to just float on the wall. Both of my girls love to dance so the tutus were a natural choice for this fun photo shoot with James Edward. I chose to have them shot on a solid white background so the photos would really pop against the walls painted in Benjamin Moore’s Symphony Blue. It’s somewhere between a navy & a cobalt blue & it’s the perfect blue for this scheme.

With a little planning & coordinating, you too can turn your family photos into artwork for your home. Stay tuned for more sneak peeks! The draperies are going in this Thursday! Follow the fun on instagram @designershay & @ibbdesign.

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New Video: Stylish Family Friendly Design

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Tips for a Stylish Family Friendly Design:

1)    Keep your larger pieces neutral to allow you flexibility to switch out your accent colors more easily in the future.

2)    Use an upholstered ottoman as a cocktail table.  This is great for family’s with little ones.  There are no sharp edges for them to get hurt on.  Leather is super durable & you won’t worry when your kids or hubby kick their feet up on it.

3)    Make it unique.  The lamp shades on these lamps can be painted any Benjamin Moore paint color.  It’s a great way to make a statement & bring color into your space.  Feel like changing your accent color in the future?  Just paint the shades to go with your new palette.

4) Play with pattern on your chairs, pillows & accessories.  Polka dots are the latest pattern trend.  We love this sophisticated version on the chairs we’ve used in this vignette.

Get inspired to start your family room makeover today!  Everything featured in our set on GMT on Friday is now in stock at IBB!

For your daily dose of design inspiration, follow us on instagram & facebook!

Miss the segment last Friday?  Click here to watch it.  For more design tv, tune in to Good Morning Texas every Friday morning on WFAA channel 8 from 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM.

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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.
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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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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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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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Embrace Color!

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Don’t be afraid of color!  Have no fear, bring in the color for fresh and fun cheer!!

You see vibrant colors and room combinations all the time and may find yourself saying, “Wow! This is way too contemporary or loud!” Finding that balance and sophisticated way of pulling in color can be a challenge and tend to make you shy away. Embrace it, go for it!

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Use color in coffee table books stacked on an end table or centrally located on the cocktail table.   Have some fresh flowers cut and simply stemmed in a pretty vase.  Fresh flowers in a room will always bring a smile to your face!

Pull in a few, or even a single fun and colorful pillow on your sofa or chair. Remember, a little goes a long way so those few simple elements can transition a room from flat to fun in a matter of minutes!!

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Feeling even more adventurous?   Opt for a bold piece of artwork with color or a shade of paint to brighten up a wall.  A great piece of art can really set a room off.  In an all neutral setting, a bold colorful piece of art could serve as the stand out element to create a WOW factor!

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So, embrace color & take a risk.  Whether a small pop or a bold powerful statment, just remember to have fun & surround yourself with things you love!

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Beautify your Bookshelves!

JT is back on the blog again today with some great advice on accessorizing your bookshelves.

So often clients send out a “911” when it comes to accessorizing bookshelves.  It can be tricky ~ figuring out what to put in them and such.  Here are some things that I try to incorporate when I’m decorating bookshelves.

This is a monster!  A big dark empty wall unit.  First of all, don’t keep all of the shelves the same height.  I think mixing it up makes it more interesting, so adjust them for varying interest.  You can see in the second picture how many I removed from my client’s wall unit. Play with the scale of your accessories.  To avoid monotony, make sure you choose items of different sizes.  Create an opening large enough for artwork or a sculpture.  Place your larger items in the shelves, not all together, maybe one in the middle left, another on the top right and then fill in the other spaces.

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You’ll notice that I also incorporated some colorful things into this client’s wall unit to make it come alive.  In the smaller openings use a great box or group of books.  I also wanted to make it personal.  Showcase something that was brought back from your trip to Venice or found on a beach.  Using items that have meaning to you will also help tell your story and reflect your life in your home’s design.  I also love family photos mixed in, with some great new picture frames you found at IBB Design Fine Furnishings.

 

Be unconventional, if you have grandma’s china or a great collection of silver, use this has a springboard for your display design.  Things look better grouped in a collection, rather than spread out.  It makes more of an impact.

Place your larger items in the shelves, not all together, maybe one in the middle left, another on the top right and then fill in the other spaces.

You can also choose a color pallet and keep it say Turquoise, Yellow and Green.  Then when you’re out shopping you know what you need to buy and what to look out for.  This is a great look for a more transitional space.

I hope that a few of these tips and tricks will help with your bookshelf design and remember IBB Design Fine Furnishings has gorgeous accessories to help with the process.

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Sneak Peek! MillionAir Project by JT

We’re thrilled to have IBB Designer James Turner, a.k.a JT, blogging for us today!  He’s giving us a sneak peek inside a project he is working on for MillionAir.  Let’s see what he’s up to!

I’ve been so lucky to be working on a project for MillionAir in Addison.  They called me and wanted me to warm up the space in their new state of the art hanger.    We’ve done quite a bit, but the one thing that I’ve heard time and time again from the female staff at MillionAir is their love and appreciation of the women’s facility.

Here it is in the before stage.  Honestly, not much to write home about.  Utilitarian and lackluster to say the least.  I can see where it needed a little enhancement with the overall design scheme for the sitting area.

I brought in two fabulous chairs from Jessica Charles in a refined champagne fabric.  The line of the chairs have a very aerodynamic feel, fitting of a Jet.  In addition, we’ve nixed the office “box store” table and in its place added an elegant eglomise chest to house all the little things one needs.  A sophisticated phalaenopsis orchid placed on the chest with a collection of perfumes and we have ourselves one swanky ladies room.

You too can incorporate new things to vamp up your own guest bath.  Maybe you have room for a small table for a floral to sit.  Or perhaps some nice monogrammed towels.  Try replacing the normally boring overhead “bathroom bar” light fixture with something more stylish. Taking the time to dress up your powder bath will really make an impact with your guests.  At IBB Design Fine Furnishings, we have so many things to help make living in style easy!

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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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Upholstery 411

Last Friday on GMT, I gave viewers some helpful pointers on things to look for when shopping for upholstery.  I have to give a big shout out to my Twitter friend Carl for suggesting a very helpful pointer to give everyone.  Thanks Carl!  Watch the video here.

Let’s use the photo above & discuss few things to keep in mind concerning cushions when you’re selecting upholstery for your home.

  1. Upholstery Styles:
    Here we have a tight back sofa by Hickory Chair.  A tight back has a very structured & tidy look.  There are no back cushions to fluff.  We added a few throw pillows for comfort & to soften the look.  Decorative pillows are always a great way to add a punch of style.
  2. Cushion Type:
    Multi-cushion box seat:
    Multi cushions are great for durability.  You can flip & fluff them as needed.  This comes in handy when you need to flip a cushion to hide a stain that won’t come out.  A box cushion is shaped like a box & generally finished off with a welt cord.
  3. Chairs:
    Here we have a dark wood frame with upholstered loose “T” cushions also by Hickory Chair.  A “T” cushion simply wraps the arm of a chair or sofa to form a “T”.
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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.